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In 1989 I published a book about a plutonium-producing nuclear complex in England, on the coast of the Irish Sea. The plant is called Sellafield now. In 1957, when it…
In the early 1980s the Southwark side of the River Thames was a wasteland. It had a power station with a tower — a rude finger — for emphasis; you,…
Discussed in this essay: Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber. Liveright. 672 pages. $35. W.W. Norton. Not many of Karl Marx’s ideas were original. The concept of communism…