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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Making sense of the Cambodian genocide. George Packer reviews Thierry Cruvellier’s The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer.

A huge defeat for Parti Quebecois. Andrew Coyne explains the significance of the PQ’s extraordinary drubbing at the polls.

Resolve and the narcissism of Great Powers. Patrick Porter thoroughly debunks the obsession with “resolve” in foreign policy.

Ukraine is headed for default. Mark Adomanis explains why.

Neoconservatism’s flaws. Noah Millman identifies three of its insights and how they are abused in practice.

Revisiting Bush’s dreadful Second Inaugural Address. Damon Linker criticizes Joseph Bottum’s attempt to spin Bush’s Second Inaugural as an expression of serious Christian thought.

When Captain America hunted communists. Charles Moss recounts the brief history of the comic book character’s “commie smasher” phase in the early 1950s.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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