The WQ's Most Read Stories of 2010

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The WQ's Most Read Stories of 2010

Pieces on the demise of friendship, the Arab world, Jane Austen, and more.

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2010 has been a big year for the WQ. In addition to launching a redesigned website (with full archive access for subcribers!), we’ve started this blog, created a Facebook page, launched a Twitter feed, and produced a few podcasts. As we (and, we hope, you) wait with anticipation for our Winter 2011 issue to arrive from the printer, here’s a list of the WQ pieces that were the most popular on the Web this year. Happy New Year!
  1. America: Land of Loners?” by Daniel Akst
Americans, plugged in and on the move, are confiding in their pets, their computers, and their spouses. What they need is to rediscover the value of friendship.
  1. The Enterprise of Nations” by David S. Landes
Critics have tried to explain away the West’s centuries-long economic domination of the globe; they would do better to study its lessons.
  1. Gandhi’s Invisible Hands” by Ian Desai
Behind the rise of Mahatma Gandhi was a little-recognized team of followers he carefully recruited including his secretary, Mahadev Desai.
  1. Celebrity Jane” by Brooke Allen
A review of two books that consider various aspects of the Jane Austen industry.
  1. The Arab Tomorrow” by David B. Ottaway
The Arab world today is ruled by contradiction. Turmoil and stagnation prevail, as colossal wealth and hypermodern cities collide with mass illiteracy and rage-filled imams. In this new diversity may lie disaster, or the makings of a better Arab future.
  1. The Despair of Zion” by Walter Reich
Any effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians must reckon with the fact that bitter experience has taught many Israelis to doubt that their foes want a lasting concord.
  1. The Case for Selective Failure” by Ross Terrill
Hardly anyone wishes for a total Chinese collapse, but certain setbacks should be welcomed.
  1. America’s Changeable Civil War” by Christopher Clausen
A century and a half after the first state seceded from the Union, a lively debate over what caused the Civil War continues.
  1. Listening Tour” by Megan Buskey
The complicated reasons behind the meaning of silence.
  1. Turkey’s Role Reversals” by Michael Thumann
In Turkey, secularists cling to a decaying old order while pious Muslims lead the way toward modernization. But will the upstarts create a genuinely pluralist new order?

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