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Can an American Soldier Ever Die in Vain?

What Shakespeare, Lincoln, and 
"Lone Survivor" teach us about the danger 
of refusing to confront futility in war.

Elizabeth Samet |

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The Reckoning

After decades of censorship, Burma's filmmakers probe their country's dark past.

Francis Wade |

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Most Favored Narrations

The 10 best books, according to China's ruling elite.

Isaac Stone Fish |

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Muse of the Revolution

A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya's most famous novelist.

Amal Hanano |

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The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

A guide to the most critical readings on Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, and U.S. counterterrorism.

Peter Bergen |

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The Cookbook Theory of Economics

Why Chinese and Mexican dominate the market.

Tyler Cowen |

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Recipe for Living: Add Rice. Stir.

The grain that sustains the war weary.

Anna Badkhen |

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Austerity Lentils

What a country cooks when it's collapsing.

Joanna Kakissis |

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Market Revolution

How Poland learned to love its own cuisine.

Anne Applebaum |

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The Singularity of Fools

A special report from the utopian future.

David Rieff |

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'Homeland' in the Holy Land

A TV thriller taps into Israel's collective subconscious.

Debra Kamin |

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Insecurity Camera

Homeland and the Israeli show that inspired it aren't the only thrillers that tackle their countries' deepest national security concerns. Here are five other programs that tap into national psyches.

Joshua E. Keating |

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The KGB Oscars

In Putin's Russia, it's the spies that are handing out the awards for the year's best movies.

Simon Shuster |

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The Disappeared

Even the Soviet Union eventually acknowledged Stalin's Great Famine. Why does China still hide evidence of its own mass starvation under Mao?

Frank Dikötter |

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A Father's Secret…

And his journalist son's search for the truth.

Scott C. Johnson |

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The son of a Red Army intelligence officer sent to die in a Siberian gulag discovers his father's KGB file, and a cottage industry of children-of-spies memoirs.

Peter Buck Feller |

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Con Air

What in-flight magazines don't want you to know about the world.

Sarah Wildman |

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Leftist Planet

Why do so many travel guides make excuses for dictators?

Michael Moynihan |

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Teaching Intolerance

You should see what even first graders have to read in Saudi Arabia.

Eman Al Nafjan |

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The End of History in the New Libya

The Green Book is gone, but what will replace it?

Clare Morgana Gillis |

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How García Márquez Explains<br>Latin America

(And Roberto Bolaño and Tomás Eloy Martínez.)

Edmundo Paz Soldán |

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How Gogol* Explains the Post-Soviet World

(*And Chekhov and Dostoyevsky.) The case for (re)reading Russia's greatest literary classics.

Thomas de Waal |

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Pakistan the Unreal

A son's tale of a death ripped from the headlines -- and the novel that foretold it.

Aatish Taseer |

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True to Life

From Vietnam to Pakistan, writers have long turned to fiction to make sense of the news, often yielding uncanny portraits of real-life war, revolution, and cultural change. Here, Foreign Policy offers a sampler of novels that could have been straight out of the newspapers -- and sometimes even made them.

Margaret Slattery |

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Written on the Wall

A tumultuous year, told through the scrawls and murals of the people living through it.

Roger Gastman |

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Revolution in a Can

Graffiti is as American as apple pie, but much easier to export.

Blake Gopnik |

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The Skeletons in Deng's Closet

The new biography of the man who really transformed China is the most complete and ambitious ever. But does it leave out some black spots?

Christian Caryl |

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Dear Uncle Sam…

Why do India and Pakistan see America in such opposite ways?

Pankaj Mishra |

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America the Brutiful

Yanks are starring on foreign screens -- and it ain't a pretty sight.

Michael Idov |