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“America and Iran” by John Ghazvinian: Why the United States and Iran Struggle to Get Along

Street shopping in Iran. Yes, those are “no parking” signs right next to all the parked cars plus the guy in the street hanging out on his motor bike. Pretty standard for that part of the world. Mehr News Agency, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons As soon as I saw John Ghazvinian’s new book, …

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Forsyth’s “A Short History of Drunkenness”: The Importance of Handling the Buzz

Americans in Paris celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Unknown /w New York Times, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons, 1933. Who would think to write a history of drunkenness, and what is there to say?   That’s what I thought when I ran across this bizarre little book, but as it turns out, people have …

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