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1. Satan in Hell:

There’s no orator to compete with the Prince of Lies. The speech Lucifer makes to his lieutenant Beelzebub after both have been cast into hell following their failed rebellion against God—brilliantly read here by the late Ian Richardson—is a fabulously sinuous attempt to make the best of a bad lot. Blame is shirked or shared, Beelzebub flattered, and the conversation rapidly moved from present disaster to fantasies of future triumph. Satan makes defeat sound like a victory.

2. Richard Nixon’s…

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