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48 What were the causes of 9/11?
Five years on, there are many theories about the real causes of 9/11. Which ones are plausible but ﬂawed, and which are credible?
68 A masterful failure
John Updike has largely failed to convey the interior life of an ArabAmerican terrorist.
8 Common law
70 Accidental revolutionary
Can I prove my client was framed?
17 Washington watch
In his new biography of Thomas Paine, Christopher Hitchens’s discourse has grown gouty with age.
The meaning of Lieberman’s defeat.
30 Matters of taste
Time to regulate the organic industry.
The real Sean Connery.
41 Inefﬁcient markets
72 Private view
The Doha derailment.
I’m issuing a “realism” alert.
42 France profonde
54 Vasily Grossman
77 Musical notes
The fall of Libération.
46 Lab report
How Britain exploits US weakness.
The late Russian writer’s epic novel Life and Fate—often compared with War and Peace—was ﬁrst published in English in the mid-1980s. But only now is interest taking off.
The Lucerne festival. WEB EXCLUSIVES Michael Horovitz on the John Betjeman anniversary Ehsan Masood, Tahir Abbas and others on the terror plot.
52 Brussels diary
David Miliband’s sex appeal.
60 The dog 80 Notes from underground
DAN KUPER VASILY GROSSMAN
Mind your language.
Born into the life of a stray, Pestrushka ﬁnds herself being trained for spaceﬂight.
FORTHCOMING Jeremy Isaacs on Channel 4
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 11 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
66 History and human nature
Niall Ferguson’s “punk Gibbon” account of the horrors of the 20th century is gripping—until his foray into evolutionary psychology.
Siôn Simon, Peter Wilby, David Willetts and others look back on Blairism
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