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Prospect Magazine

Issue 146

May 2008

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England's history boy

Robert Colls
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Melvyn Bragg's celebrity means that his novels are not usually taken seriously by critics. But his widely read sagas of family and place, depicting a vanishing England, make him one of the most important national novelists we have

Here comes the second world

Parag Khanna
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

From Asia to eastern Europe to Latin America, middle-income countries are growing increasingly assertive. These "second-world" states are forging links among themselves and are adept at playing off first-world powers against each other

What genes remember

Philip Hunter
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Many geneticists now think that the behaviour of our genes can be altered by experience—and even that these changes can be passed on to future generations. This finding may transform our understanding of inheritance and evolution

Christopher Hitchens

Alexander Linklater Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

From '68 agitator to staunch supporter of George W Bush's Iraq war—what explains Hitchens's political journey? I spent three days with him in Washington trying to find out

In search of lost Tyne

Richard T Kelly
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Newcastle has been rebranded from a city of heavy industry to a raucous capital of culture. But in leaving its grittier past behind, how much has the place lost?

1968: liberty or its illusion? 1

prospect
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Many 68ers now feel ambivalent about their heritage. Was too much of value discarded? Were the hippies just carriers of a new strain of capitalism? What was the silent majority thinking? Prospect writers give their views

Is democracy winning?

Robert Kagan
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Is the world reverting to a struggle between great powers? Or is the democratising spirit of 1989 still alive?

1968: liberty or its illusion? 2

prospect
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Many 68ers now feel ambivalent about their heritage. Was too much of value discarded? Were the hippies just carriers of a new strain of capitalism? What was the silent majority thinking? Prospect writers give their views

1968: liberty or its illusion? 3

prospect
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Many 68ers now feel ambivalent about their heritage. Was too much of value discarded? Were the hippies just carriers of a new strain of capitalism? What was the silent majority thinking? Prospect writers give their views

1968: liberty or its illusion? 4

prospect
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Many 68ers now feel ambivalent about their heritage. Was too much of value discarded? Were the hippies just carriers of a new strain of capitalism? What was the silent majority thinking? Prospect writers give their views

The good fight

Mary Fitzgerald Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Contrary to received wisdom, the protracted nature of the Democratic campaign is probably good news for the party—whoever wins the nomination

Intellectual lives (A-K)

prospect Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Intellectual lives (L-Z)

prospect Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

The Hitchens out-takes

Alexander Linklater Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Christopher Hitchens on the sectarian left, his relationship with his brother, and more

Hurdles on J Street

Gideon Lichfield Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

America's new liberal Israel lobby could change the middle east debate in Washington. But it faces major obstacles

Duncan Fallowell interviewed

Georgia de Chamberet Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

The novelist, travel writer and Prospect contributor on his writing strategies, how he met Warhol, and why he is the first travel writer who is not a wanker

Rehabilitating Carson

John Quiggin Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Why do some people continue to hold Rachel Carson responsible for millions of malaria deaths?

We are all Kemalists

Nicholas Birch Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Turkey's supposedly antagonistic "democratic Islamists" and "authoritarian secularists" are actually cut from the same cloth

DDT works

Roger Bate Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Contra John Quiggin and Tim Lambert, DDT is usually the most cost-effective anti-malaria treatment, and remains scandalously underused

What I learned in Belfast

Jonathan Powell
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Of course the Northern Ireland conflict was unique. That doesn't mean it holds no lessons for other trouble spots

Safe as houses

Tim Leunig
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

There may be a hiccup this year, but in the long term house prices will continue their upward march

Our lobby, his lobby

John J Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

The Israel Lobby authors reply to Gershom Gorenberg's criticisms in the last issue of Prospect

Return of the spoken word

Tom Chatfield
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Inspired by hip hop and Yeats, a new generation of performers is helping to revitalise poetry

More mayors for England

Michael Kenny
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

English mayors are popular and successful. The government should legislate to introduce more of them

Shia intelligence

Bartle Bull
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Patrick Cockburn's politics may be misguided, but he is a reporter and analyst of the first order. His biography of Iraq's foremost Shia power-broker is by far the most useful book about post-Saddam Iraq, and helps us to better understand the country's faltering progress towards democracy

Ageing mirthlessly

William Skidelsky
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Despite an array of puns and jokes, David Lodge's new novel contains uncharacteristically few laughs. All the same, it is a quietly brilliant study of deafness, death and linguistics

The digital spectrum

Andrew Keen
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Is the web 2.0 revolution making us more co-operative, or is it turning us into vulgar narcissists who can't relate to one another? Three recent books offer differing views of what technology is doing to our humanity

Ireland's Bono boomers

John Kelly
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

David McWilliams astutely analyses the flaws in Ireland's recent economic miracle. But his more eccentric speculations on Irish identity and the future of the diaspora should be treated with caution

Private view

Ben Lewis Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

A gorgeous show of nature paintings from the "age of discovery" reveals some surprising parallels with the strategies of artists today

Performance notes

Martin Kettle Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

If even a Michael Berkeley-Ian McEwan collaboration can't find funding, there must be a real problem with the way we do contemporary opera

Smallscreen

Peter Bazalgette Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Set in the swinging, sexist 1960s, Mad Men lets us relish political incorrectness safely. Meanwhile, advertising today could be entering a golden age

Living on

David Constantine
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Francis is married to Judith, but the woman he really loves is Anne. The trouble is, Anne is dead

Matters of taste

Alex Renton Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Finding out whether the fish in restaurants is "sustainable" is harder than you'd think. Plus, it's a good time to start foraging—I found wild garlic, and cooked up a storm

Washington watch

Tumbler Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Would Clinton quit the race if she got to be Senate majority leader? The media and McCain's secrets. Plus, what are Condi's chances of being McCain's running mate?

This sporting life

Geoffrey Wheatcroft Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Despite Britain's triumph in Manchester, cycling remains an overlooked sport in this country. Yet many things are more important than sport, as a sad event reminds me

Lab report

Philip Ball Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Lisa Jardine is the right woman for the HFEA. Pfizer fails to rewrite the rules of science. And sentimentality has deprived Nasa of a highly capable head of science

Brussels diary

Manneken Pis Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Peter Mandelson appears to have blown any chance of staying on for another term as trade commissioner. So what will he have to show for the last four years in Brussels?

China café

Mark Kitto Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

My new neighbour holds a meeting for local officials—and pulls off an eco-triumph. The diesel wars are hotting up. Plus, I won't be mentioning a certain province

Editorial

David Goodhart Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Letters

prospect Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

News and curiosities

prospect Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Tom's words

Tom Chatfield Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Escapades in etymology

Grayling's question

AC Grayling Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

In fact

prospect Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146

Enigmas and puzzles

Ian Stewart Free entry
24th May 2008  —  Issue 146







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