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At one time the postwar era (1945-1989) was considered the dawning of a new epoch. Now with the Berlin Wall down and the Soviet Union part of history, Judt treats the era as an interim period during which the unfinished business of World War II was dealt with.

Welcoming Children

I must admit that I am drawn to books with the word children in the title. Actually I approach these titles with both interest and suspicion. Two questions guide my evaluation. First, which genre does this book represent?

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Public schools have been a primary battleground between the despisers and defenders of religion. The forces of secularity have pounded steadily forward on the prayer front, pushing into a tiny meditative corner those who want schools to reflect and teach spiritual, and even specifically Christian, values.