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Revue de Presse: 21 June

June 21, 2021

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James McAuley, until recently the Paris correspondent for the Washington Post, has received glowing coverage of his book “The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France” in both the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books. In their respective reviews, both Julian Barnes and David A. Bell explore how a book purportedly about objects is, in fact, a profound meditation on identity and antisemitism.
How have debates over history come to be so central to American politics? What is at stake in the conflict between those who trace America’s founding to 1619 vs. those who trace it to 1776? In a masterful essay for Harper’s Magazine, Matt Karp traces the genealogy of this turn in public

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The Final Volumes of The Complete Works of Tocqueville

June 11, 2021

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On June 3, 2021, Gallimard published volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Tome XVII of the Complete Works of Tocqueville.
With the addition of these three volumes of Tocqueville’s correspondence, the Complete Works are now, in point of fact, complete.
In a process that spanned 70 years, the entirety of Tocqueville’s works has now been edited and published. These newest additions to the œuvres complètes, which brings together thousands of letters from hundreds of libraries, archives, and personal collections, includes Tocqueville’s correspondence with French luminaries such as Chateaubriand, Guizot, Lamartine, Michelet, and Thiers, among many others.
Françoise Mélonio, who has over many years overseen the

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How to Lose a War

September 30, 2018

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Review of Elie Baranets, Comment perdre une guerre : Une théorie du contournement démocratique (CNRS Editions, 2017)

In November 1968, Daniel Ellsberg wrote a review of a book-length debate with multiple contributors entitled Can We Win in Vietnam? In it, the RAND Institute analyst, who was involved in the planning of American foreign policy, expressed his frustration with how the public debate about America’s involvement in Vietnam had played out over the 1960s. He concluded his review in the American Political Science Review by complimenting two of the contributors, Ed Stillman and William Pfaff: if their views “had been more adequately represented and understood much earlier in our involvement in Southeast Asia, we might have

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