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"Demos possesses an uncanny ability to see the reflection of a much larger world in the towns of colonial New England and the early republic. In The Heathen School, what Demos discerns is American exceptionalism: the proposition that the United States is a chosen nation whose history diverges from all others and whose destiny will determine the fate of the world. It is an idea still embraced by most American politicians (even when they are smart enough not to believe it) and loathed by most American historians.”
- Richard White reviews John Demos’s The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic.
Read the full review here.
"It is not a feel-good story. But if you want to understand where we are, how we got here, and the mortal dangers that lie ahead, read this book."
- Jonathan Kirshner reviews Martin Wolf’s The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Still Have to Learn—from the Financial Crisis
2014 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest -
Writers! The deadline for the BR Short Story Contest is this upcoming Wednesday, October 1st. First prize is $1,500!
You can submit your work online through our contest entry manager.
You can’t have nuclear weapons and Congress. You can’t have nuclear weapons and a citizenry … . I think the big question for nuclear activists is, is the American population asleep or is it pretending to be asleep? —
Elaine Scarry, in conversation with Simon Waxman:
The Contradiction of Nuclear Democracy
Managers and one vendor talk about this summer’s employee uprising at last night’s MIT/Boston Review-hosted forum on Market Basket.
It was 2003, and America had come undone. The day I arrived in Paris, American forces had invaded Iraq. Two days later at the Père Lachaise cemetery, I lost rock ‘n’ roll for good. — read Jackson Bliss’s lyrical essay on visiting Jim Morrison’s grave at the dawn of the War in Iraq
TONIGHT: experts in leadership, corporate governance, finance, marketing, operations, and labor meet to discuss the key lessons learned from the historic revolt of Market Basket’s employees and how to put those ideas to work in teaching and practice.
Watch the webcast of tonight’s forum LIVE here from 6-9 p.m. and use the Twitter hashtag #MarketBasketQ to submit a question to the panelists!
A recording of the event will also be available on our website afterwards.
Taking Action on Climate Change: A Reading List | Boston Review -
Today, the United Nations are meeting for a Climate Summit in New York City. Yesterday, 310,000 people turned out for the Climate March and hundreds participated in #FloodWallStreet, a sit-in to protest capitalism’s role in climate change. As part of Climate Week, Boston Review is revisiting pieces from our archive that join the conversation around climate change and present concrete plans for taking action.