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Untying the Knot

A new book untangles historical confusion and contemporary anxieties about marriage

Thou Art Anxious

Decisions, decisions

Keep in Touch

Why digital connections can’t sustain health, happiness or politics

Conrad Black

Conrad Black is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and has been publisher of several newspapers.

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Suckered by America

If it keeps buying the myth of U.S. supremacy, Canada will never come into its own. May 2011
oing the Continental: A New Canadian-American Relationship is a useful but somewhat portentous little book that immodestly bills itself as “a new and sensible basis for making decisions and taking steps towards doing our dance with the U.S. differently.” David Dyment assures us: “That a political scientist would write a book that includes himself is understandable … I sought to understand Canada and Quebec by learning French in my twenties and doing a…

What Do We Owe?

An exploration of pacts with the Devil and other transactions November 2008
Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is a very provocative reconciliation of moral with financial indebtedness, and of the need to repay debts—especially when they have the character of penalties for previous misconduct—with severe consequences for not paying them back. She lays out a learned but never pedantic or turgid cultural history of the evolution of debt to…

A Fascinating Snapshot

Margaret MacMillan provides another example of world diplomacy under the microscope. January–February 2007