Books

A Strange Sense of Deja Vu

Flipping through tomorrow’s New York Times Book Review I see reviews of two books that are, uh, less-than-recent. Richard Rhodes’ “Arsenals of Folly,” which I touched on briefly here close to four weeks ago, and John Dean’s “Broken Government,” which has already got a thick layer of dust on it wherever it is I set […]

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Reagan and Gorbachev

I’m not even done reading Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race yet, but it looks like Richard Rhodes has hit another home run. I was totally blown away, so to speak, by the chapter “Looking Over The Horizon” last night. It’s a minute-by-minute account of the Reykjavic summit of 1986, when […]

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The Road

Post-apocalyptic fiction in its postwar versions has at least two common threads. One is, they tend to be cautionary tales. The most common of course being the threat of nuclear annihilation. There are too many examples of that to even list. But others themes include, “it’s not nice to mess around with germs” (“28 Days […]