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As Historian's Fame Grows, So Does Attention to Sources For most of his career, the historian Stephen E. Ambrose was best known for his exhaustive multivolume biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He was respected in his field but seldom read by the general public until 1994, when he published "D-Day," a sentimental tale about rank-and-file soldiers. (...)
Lately, however, some historians have begun to wonder about the toll of his prodigious pace. On Saturday, he acknowledged that his current best seller, "The Wild Blue," inappropriately borrowed the words and phrases of three passages from a book by the historian Thomas Childers, "The Wings of Morning." A closer examination of "The Wild Blue" by The New York Times indicates that in at least five other places Mr. Ambrose borrowed words, phrases and passages from other historians' books. Mr. Ambrose again acknowledged his errors and promised to correct them in later editions.


The New York Review of Books: The Afghan Tragedy The Afghan Tragedy
By Pankaj Mishra
In Afghanistan in 1996 the Taliban inherited a profoundly damaged country; and five years later, the tasks of reconstruction and healing were more urgent, even before the US bombing began. The Taliban government's budget for the last year of their regime amounted to $82 million—and the meagerness of this sum for a country geographically bigger than France only tells part of the story. More than half of the income was expected to come from the semi-extortionate toll taxes imposed by their Mujahideen predecessors and continued by the Taliban; and more than half of those revenues were swallowed by the contingency fund to support the wars against the Tajiks in northern Afghanistan, formerly headed by Ahmed Shah Massoud, and against the Shiite Hazaras in the central highlands. The outlay for development was only $343,000, while the ministry that looked after the madrasas, religious schools, received $14 million, which in turn was five times more than the allocation for the Ministry of Health.[

The New York Review of Books: Occidentalism - Una rassegna dell'odio nei confronti dell'occidente -
In 1942, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of Japanese philosophers got together in Kyoto to discuss Japan's role in the world. The project of this ultra-nationalist gathering was, as they put it, to find a way to "overcome modern civilization." Since modern civilization was another term for Western civilization, the conference might just as well have been entitled "Overcoming the West." In a complete reversal of the late-nineteenth-century goal of "leaving Asia and joining the West," Japan was now fighting a "holy war" to liberate Asia from the West and purify Asian minds of Western ideas. Part of the holy war was, as it were, an exercise in philosophical cleansing.
War against the West is partly a war against a particular concept of citizenship and community. Decades before the coming of Hitler, the spiritual godfather of Nazism, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, described France, Britain, and America as hopelessly "Jewified" countries. Citizenship in these places had degenerated into a "purely political concept."[3] In England, he said, "every Basuto nigger" could get a passport. Later he complained that the country had "fallen utterly into the hands of Jews and Americans."[4] Germany in his view, and that of his friend Kaiser Wilhelm II, was the only nation with enough national spirit and racial solidarity to save the West from going under in a sea of decadence and corruption. His "West" was not based on citizenship but on blood and soil.


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Sen- 100 Million Women are missing Amartya Sen: What is the source of women's deprivation?
100 Million Women are missing
Missing women
regional distribution
Ratio of Men to Women (from Sen)...