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Hamilton Cain is the author of a memoir, This Boy's Faith, and a former finalist for a National Magazine Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

ECONOMICS

The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

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The new book by the financial journalist traces the journey of a powerful ideology from academic papers to the corridors of power.
The Goodness Paradox

HUMAN NATURE

The Goodness Paradox

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It's a quirk of evolutionary history: humans thrived because we learned to cooperate, but in the process, we invented ways of committing violence on a massive scale.
An American House Divided: “The Field of Blood” and “The War Before the War”

AMERICAN HISTORY

An American House Divided: “The Field of Blood” and “The War Before the War”

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Two new works of history look at the political and personal clashes that set the stage for the Civil War.
Ninth Street Women

LIVES

Ninth Street Women

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Mary Gabriel's group biography puts the spotlight on five trailblazers of abstract art -- all of them women.
We Contain Multitudes: Discovering Our Ancestors Anew

SCIENCE

We Contain Multitudes: Discovering Our Ancestors Anew

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As researchers develop better and better tools to investigate our ancestors, our stories about where we come from are changing.
Neruda: The Poet’s Calling

LIVES

Neruda: The Poet’s Calling

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A new life of Chile's poetic titan examines not only a career of genius but a darker personal history as well.
Moral Combat

CULTURAL HISTORY

Moral Combat

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Since the late nineteenth century, religious beliefs and attitudes about sex have made a politically volatile mix that continues to burn.
God: A Human History

HISTORY

God: A Human History

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A scholar of religion looks across faiths to grapple with the question of how our conceptions of divinity are shaped.
Calder: The Conquest of Time; The Early Years, 1898−1940

LIVES

Calder: The Conquest of Time; The Early Years, 1898−1940

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The first volume of Jed Perl's life of Alexander Calder follows the artist into the bustling world of expatriate Paris. Review by Hamilton Cain.
Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

SCIENCE

Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

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Evolution is not only how life today emerged, writes Jonathan B. Losos -- it's also changing us more rapidly than we tend to think. Review by Hamilton Cain.
Out in the Open

FICTION

Out in the Open

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Margaret Jull Costa's translation threads her way through Jesus Carrasco's new novel "as if every word contained a trap."...
Luther’s Children

AMERICAN HISTORY

Luther’s Children

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Two recent books trace the roots and flowering of Protestantism and the rapid growth of its Evangelical branch in America. By Hamilton Cain.