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From Hiroshima to Fukushima

Fresh Currents - Japan's Flow from a Nuclear Past to a Renewable Future edited by Eric Johnston (Published by Kyoto Journal August 2012). Website: Freshcurrents.org. Also available in print, price 2000 yen.

Heart of Darkness

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild; Mariner Books, New York, 1999; $15 (paperback), pp 367.

Corpses as Commodity

Death, Dissection and the Destitute by Ruth Richardson; Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1987; p 426.

Palestine Through History

Transformation of Palestine edited by Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2nd edition, The Birth of Israel

AIDS Scourge of Our Times

Eastern Europe, Reforms, Technology and Income Distribution", Praeger, New York, 2 Alec Nove, "The Soviet Economic System", George Allen and Unwin, London, 1980,

The Suburban Nation

role of direct taxation. Given the niggardly contribution made by direct taxes in the agricultural sector, this reviewer is not altogether clear that agriculture has not been under-taxed in India.

Ahab s Fantasies

Ahab's Fantasies Bindu T Desai Star Warriors by William J Broad; Simon and Schuster, New York; p 223, IN his brilliant extended essay on the works of Herman Melville, CLR James says of Captain Ahab that he tried to "reconcile the undoubted advantages of an industrial civilisation with what that very civilisation is doing to him as a human being" [1]. Ahab's challenge and defiance contains a fatal flaw. He docs not, even for a single moment, question his relations with society. Trained in the school of individualism, an individualist solution is what he will choose to the very end. Expressing a desire to do away altogether with men who think, Captain Ahab tells the ship's carpenter to make "a complete man after a desirable pattern. Imprimis, fifty feet high in his socks; the chest modelled after the Thames Tunnel; then, legs with roots to 'em, to stay in one place; then, arms three feet through the wrist; no heart at all, brass forehead, and about a quarter of an acre of fine brains; and let me see

Victims of Corporate Greed

Victims of Corporate Greed Bindu T Desai Outrageous Misconduct: The Asbestos Industry on Trial by Paul Brodeur; Pantheon Books, New York, 1985; pp 374, $ 19.95.
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