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12These islands Belfast is beyond strife now—isn’t it?
22Washington watch Obama and Hillary ﬁght over talent.
24Inefﬁcient markets China’s stock market frenzy. MICHAEL PREST
28Out of mind Phantom pregnancy. ROBERT DRUMMOND
51France profonde Sarkozy’s mythmaking. TIM KING
56Rivers of Babylon Baghdad’s wall. NIBRAS KAZIMI
63Lab report Who will ﬁnd the Higgs boson ﬁrst?
64Brussels diary Can Brown and Sarkozy be friends?
88Modern manners I’m not going on holiday this summer. LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN
06Letters 08News & curiosities 10Grayling’s question AC GRAYLING 10Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 81Classiﬁeds 86The generalist DIDYMUS 87The list
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65 Oration for a dead hero My husband died a national hero, exalted by the president. But I know them both for worthless dogs. PETINA GAPPAH
72 End of the book postponed The eBook, the rise of the online retailer, the blog and the print-on-demand book all provide challenges for booksellers and publishers. Some may not survive. NICHOLAS CLEE
74 Chaos and horror Don DeLillo has a gift for creating an atmosphere of inchoate dread. But his latest novel feels ﬂat and static, and lacks a sense of purpose. ERIK TARLOFF
75 Life on planet Boyle Danny Boyle’s trippy ﬁlms delight in moments of rapture—from which they ﬁnd it hard to come down. MARK COUSINS
77 Lives not led Lionel Shriver’s latest work is a subtle examination of the difﬁculties of decision-making. I met her in her south London ﬂat. WILLIAM SKIDELSKY
78 The poverty of liberalism The individualism and universalism of western political elites are on a collision course with the popular desire for moorings in time and place. ERIC KAUFMANN
71Private view Who will be Miss Venice Biennale?
80Between the lines Cormac McCarthy’s astounding novel.
85Smallscreen What The Apprentice gets wrong. CHRISTOPHER HIRD
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CHARLES GLASS AND OTHERS reply to Edward Luttwak
LESLIE LEE ’s dispatches from the Hay festival
YASMIN KHAN reviews Ramachandra Guha’s history of India
KAMRAN NAZEER concludes his Thomas Pynchon reading diary
GEOFF MULGAN pays tribute to the late Mary Douglas
Revisit our past coverage of some of the topics covered in this issue.
GEORGE WALDEN on Cuban prostitution STEVEN HILL on America’s obsession with Fidel Castro’s health
AMARTYA SEN on the rights and wrongs of development
NGAIRE WOODS asks if aid works
PHILIP COLLINS and ROGER WICKS ask if New Labour’s big welfare idea is too complex
DAVID HARKER on the tax credits overpayments scandal
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