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Book Review
Jun 26, 2006
 Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism

Welcome to Wal-Mart

Tom Wall
There is no shortage of statistics testifying to the sheer size and power of Wal-Mart. Its revenues exceed the combined GNP of 36 sovereign nations. It imports more goods from China than Britain or R
Book Review
Jun 28, 2006
 Generation Debt: Why Now is the Worst Time to be Young

The grad trap

Jennifer O'Connor
A recent <I>Maclean'</I>s reported that the average student in hawk owes more than $20,000. Meet the latest members of Generation Debt, the new catchphrase for those under 35 who can't get out of t
Book Review
May 30, 2006
 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Get your freak out

Gillian Burnett
<I>Freakonomics,</I> a collaboration between rock-star economist Steven D. Levitt and <I>New York Times</I> writer Stephen J. Dubner, is full of brilliant deduction and a disarming curiosity about wh
Book Review
May 2, 2006
 Planet of Slums

The future is urban

David Renton
The rapid urbanizing of the world means bigger, dirtier and poorer cities. In 1978 there were fewer than half a million cars in Cairo; today there are more than seven million. Kinshasa has no water-b
Book Review
Apr 20, 2006
 The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed

A tree's life

Rahat Kurd
Beyond merely telling the sensational story of the destruction of a 300-year-old tree, John Vaillant's <I>The Golden Spruce</I> puts before us the basic human need for clear space on which to build s
Book Review
Jan 23, 2006
 Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Woman to woman

Gillian Burnett
In <I>Nine Parts of Desire</I>, journalist Geraldine Brooks aims to provide a more complex vision of Islam for Westerners than that which prevailed in the mid-nineties. She examines how the Quran, a

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