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JOE KENNEDY, the famous father, was said to be a Nazi sympathizer, an anti-Semite, a bootlegger, and a Wall Street swindler. Only some of that is true, says DAVID NASAW — his new book THE PATRIARCH: THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND TURBULENT TIMES OF JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times.
Plus: What will Barack Obama do with his second term? Cut military spending, and a mount frontal attack on global warming? The far right thinks so; TOM FRANK doesn’t agree. His column in the new Harper’s is “Second Chance”. Read The Baffler on gun culture HERE.
Also: LEONARD COHEN‘s songs combine intense emotion and impressive intelligence with a rich musicality. SYLVIE SIMMONS talks about his life and unforgettable work — her new book is I’M YOUR MAN: THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN.
Playlist: “Suzanne”; “I’m Your Man”; “Tower of Song”; “Democracy”; and of course “Hallejulah.”