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  • Good thug, bad thug

    You know the technique. In police work, it's called good cop, bad cop. A couple of detectives team up to work on a suspect. The good cop wants to be our suspect's friend, offering all kinds of inducements if he'll do as the cops say -- like provide information or just straighten out his act in general. If he'll do that, his friend the good cop assures him, he'll get lenient treatment, maybe even a reward. And won't be left to the less than tender mercies of the bad cop. And there's no telling what the bad cop will do to him if he doesn't cooperate. (In diplomatic circles, this is called deterrence, and it's been known to have considerable effect.)
  • 'World War Z': A look back at the early years of zombie flicks

    'World War Z': A look back at the early years of zombie flicks
    With “World World Z” off to a strong start at the box office -- both globally and at its Thursday night domestic opening, where it took in $3.6 million -- it seemed time to track the shambling forebears of the celluloid walking dead. Long...

    Rick Atkinson closes his war trilogy with 'The Guns at Last Light'

    After calling it a masterpiece of deep reporting and powerful storytelling, what more needs to be said of Rick Atkinson's trilogy about World War II? The first volume, "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943" received the Pulitzer Prize for...