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A failed attempt at ‘Bible Communism’

Books | The founder of the 19th century Oneida commune believed in an extremely literal sense of ‘love thy neighbor’
by Ellen Wayland-Smith
Posted 9/23/17, 12:20 pm

In Oneida—a runner-up for WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category—Ellen Wayland-Smith, a descendant of Oneida commune founder John Humphrey Noyes, describes vividly the theory and practice of “Bible Communism” pioneered in Oneida, N.Y., beginning in 1848. Residents established community ownership of both property and bodies, but neither approach proved successful.

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Hillbillies like me

Books | A look at life in the Rust Belt, where poverty has become a family tradition. An excerpt from Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance
Posted 9/16/17, 12:34 pm

J.D. Vance’s engrossing memoir/popular sociology, Hillbilly Elegy, offers an insider’s view into Appalachian communities struggling with factory and mine closures, unemployment, addiction, ­family breakdown, and premature death. The book, which was named WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category, tells how Vance’s grandparents and the military saved him from the destructive path of many relatives and friends.

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Freaking out Darwin

Books | How the co-discoverer of natural selection later ‘disassembled and demolished’ the theory of evolution
by Tom Wolfe
Posted 9/09/17, 01:38 pm

In The Kingdom of Speech—a runner-up for WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the Science, Math, and Worldviews category—Tom Wolfe has fun with Darwinism and then linguistic theory.

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