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Which political and cultural happenings were given far too much attention this year or far too little? 100 Prospect contributors—including Niall Ferguson, Brian Eno, Duncan Fallowell, Ian Rankin, George Monbiot, Robert Reich, Anne Applebaum, James Lovelock, Pico Iyer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dominic Sandbrook, Peter Hitchens and many, many more—give their picks of the most overrated and underrated events of 2008.

Meanwhile, James Harkin looks back on the big ideas books of 2008. Crowdsourcing, nudging and mass collaborating all jostled for attention,…

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