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Kenya's Constitutional Crisis

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The Caged Lion

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Arts, Books Not-So-Innocent Abroad

Not-So-Innocent Abroad

Anew generation has become familiar with Graham Greene’s fiction because of the recent films based on his novels The End of the Affair and The Quiet American, but his nonfiction has just as much profundity and panache. This summer, Penguin reissued two works of nonfiction by Greene, both of which...…
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Out of Africa

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The Ground You Fall Through

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Fight of the Condors

Illustrations by P. J. FidlerThe road to the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge is not for the faint of stomach. It winds and unwinds up the steep mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, through a landscape of oil rigs and dirt roads. Cleaved from the hillsides, the roads have...…
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Dead Men Walking

Illustration by Curt Crawshaw Who would have guessed that the new pimp daddy of desert writers would be a blond half-Mexican poet from Tijuana who once worked as an extra in a Chuck Norris movie? Anybody who’s been paying attention. Luis Alberto Urrea’s new book, The Devil’s Highway, is a...…
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The Invasion of the Elegant Trogons

Illustration by Julie West More than 30 years ago, three men worked together at Zero Population Growth, a Washington, D.C., environmental group founded by scientist Paul Ehrlich. In 1969, Ehrlich’s best-selling Malthusian rant, The Population Bomb, had alerted the world to the dangers of overpopulation. The Stanford biology professor was...…
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Ecology of Fire

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The Burning Men

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Saving Dugongs

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Port in a Storm

Photos by Ted Soqui THE MAIN DRAG OF WILMINGTON, CALIFORNIA, looks as if someone transformed a 19th-century Eastern seaport village into a latter-day Tijuana but forgot to finish the job. On one corner is a clapboard house built in the style of the Eastern shore of Delaware, where Phineas Banning,...…
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Ports of Cash

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The Gods of Small Things

Teresa Savaikie slammed her Ford Escort to a halt on the parkway’s outside lane, near the spot where a chunky construction worker was hauling up water from a riverbed. Ignoring the blaring horns of outraged suburban motorists, the barefoot woman, blond and good-looking in a classic Southern California way, approached...…
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Paradise Lost — Again

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