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Brand-name intellectuals

Books | How those at the top establish and maintain their profitable presence
by Daniel W. Drezner
Posted 9/29/18, 11:46 am

Daniel W. Drezner’s The Ideas Industry offers an amusing analysis of how ideas spread and pundits become brands. He portrays intellectuals competing for the attention of wealthy benefactors, in the process adjusting their ideas and demeaning themselves as proximity to power offers seductive opportunities. These merchants of flighty ideas give us witty remarks and TED Talks that fit the formula for standing ovations, but thoughtful analysis becomes less important than hitting green rooms to feed big media beasts.

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Nazis: AP • All others: public domain/Wikipedia

25 Good History Reads

Books | After summer fiction comes fall friction: Many textbooks are boring, so hurrah for authors who have not forgotten the story in history
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/27/18, 03:28 pm

Our surveys show WORLD members are great readers, so we’ve now regularized our review process: Three pages of reviews every issue, and four times a year additional articles on children’s books (late winter), fiction (early summer), history (early fall), and Books of the Year (late fall).

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Little explorers

Children's Books | Four recent picture books reviewed
by Susan Olasky
Posted 9/27/18, 12:49 pm


Sam Usher

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