Crime and Punishment

Winter 2011

Crime and Punishment

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Seven million Americans are in prison or on probation or parole. Crime is down, but state prison budgets have ballooned. A new war on crime must focus on reducing repeat offenses by ex-inmates and steering more young people away from crime.

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Table of Contents

In Essence

THE SOURCE: “The End of Al Qaeda? Rethinking the Legal End of the War on Terror” by Adam Klein, in Columbia Law Review, Nov. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Macroeconomics After the Crisis: Time to Deal With the Pretense-of-Knowledge Syndrome” by Ricardo J. Caballero, NBER Working Papers, Oct. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “The Gridlock Myth” by Michael Barone, in The American Interest, Nov.–Dec. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Our Responder in Chief” by Patrick S. Roberts, in National Affairs, Fall 2010.

THE SOURCE: “What Can We Learn From the Portuguese Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs?” by Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes and Alex Stevens, in The British Journal of Criminology, Nov. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “A Profitable Public Sphere: The Creation of the New York Times Op-Ed Page” by Michael J. Socolow, in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Summer 2010.

THE SOURCE: “All Programs Considered” by Bill McKibben, in The New York Review of Books, Nov. 11, 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Rights, Words, and Laws” by Amartya Sen, in The New Republic,Oct. 28, 2010.

THE SOURCE: “The American Jewish Revival of Musar” by Geoffrey Claussen, in The Hedgehog Review, Summer 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Seriality and the Search for Order: Scientific Print and Its Problems During the Late 19th Century” by Alex Csiszar, in History of Science, Sept.–Dec. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Learning Degree Zero” by D. Graham Burnett, in Cabinet, Fall 2010.

THE SOURCE: “The Four Hundred Years of Planetary Science Since Galileo and Kepler” by Joseph A. Burns, in Nature, July 29, 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Old Vagabond” by Barry Schwabsky, in The Nation, Nov. 1, 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Hemingway in Love: Four Found Letters” by Jeffrey Meyers, in Raritan, Summer 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Last Rites” by Sara Hamdan, in First Things, Aug.–Sept. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “The Muse of Impossibility” by Alberto Manguel, in The Threepenny Review, Fall 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Pop Idols” by Kamila Shamsie, in Granta, Autumn 2010.

THE SOURCE: “The Shadow of Confucianism” by Tianjian Shi and Jie Lu, in Journal of Democracy, Oct. 2010.

Book Reviews

Transatlantic Poet  Image

THE AGE OF AUDEN:
Postwar Poetry and the American Scene.
By Aidan Wasley.
Princeton Univ. Press. 280 pp. $35

Hurricane Man  Image

SAUL BELLOW:
Letters.
Edited by Benjamin Taylor.
Viking. 571 pp. $35

Communist Manifesto  Image

A DICTIONARY OF 20TH-CENTURY COMMUNISM.
Edited by Silvio Pons and Robert Service.
Translated by Mark Epstein and Charles Townsend.
Princeton Univ. Press. 921 pp. $99.50

Bowling with God  Image

AMERICAN GRACE:
How Religion Divides and Unites Us.
By Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell.
Simon & Schuster. 673 pp. $30

Masters of Peace  Image

ARMED HUMANITARIANS:
The Rise of the Nation Builders.
By Nathan Hodge.
Bloomsbury. 338 pp. $26

Kids These Days  Image

NOT QUITE ADULTS:
Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone.
By Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray.
Bantam. 239 pp. $15

The Plan Is All  Image

MAKESHIFT METROPOLIS:
Ideas About Cities.
By Witold Rybczynski.
Scribner. 240 pp. $24

Mental Maps  Image

SELF COMES TO MIND:
Constructing the Conscious Brain.
By Antonio Damasio.
Pantheon. 367 pp. $28.95

He Put the 'I' in Tries  Image

HOW TO LIVE:
Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.
By Sarah Bakewell.
Other Press. 389 pp. $25

The Thinking Man’s Politician  Image

DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN:
A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary.
Edited by Steven R. Weisman.
PublicAffairs. 705 pp. $35

The Old Story  Image

SHOCK OF GRAY:
The Aging of the World’s Population and How It Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation.
By Ted C. Fishman.
Scribner. 401 pp. $27.50

NEVER SAY DIE:
The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age.
By Susan Jacoby.
Pantheon. 322 pp. $27.95

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PREACHING WITH SACRED FIRE:
An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present.
Edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas.
W.W. Norton. 960 pp. $45

PRIME MOVERS OF GLOBALIZATION:
The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines.
By Vaclav Smil.
MIT Press. 261 pp. $29.95

SONG OF WRATH:
The Peloponnesian War Begins.
By J. E. Lendon.
Basic Books. 608 pp. $35

Essays

In embracing a victims-and-villains explanation of the recession, Americans are missing important lessons about the future of the U.S. economy.

Robert J. Samuelson

It is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation and a highly successful democracy. How did Indonesia do it?

Robert Pringle

Trees brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites. Now scientists are learning that they also play a crucial role in the green infrastructure of America’s cities.

Jill Jonnes

After 20 years of nation-building in the Balkan countries, a big payoff may be in sight. But it will still be a long time before the United States can declare victory and pull out.

Martin C. Sletzinger

For decades, America’s chief answer to crime has been to put more criminals behind bars for longer. That expensive strategy is yielding diminishing returns. It’s time for a closer look at ways of helping ex-offenders steer away from crime.

Joan Petersilia

The old divide between hard and soft strategies is breaking down under a wave of new thinking about how to control crime.

Philip J. Cook & Jens Ludwig