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Publisher's Summary

There are seven articles in the October 30, 2006 issue:COMMENT
"Alternative Realities" by George Packer: George Packer watches a war game in Washington, but the frank conversations are not happening at the White House.THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Safe as Houses?" by James Surowiecki: Why rising home prices may be deceptive.THE POLITICAL SCENE
"Southern Discomfort" by Peter Boyer: Virginia's bizarre Senate race. SHOUTS & MURMURS
"My First Day in Hell" by Jack Handey: It's not as bad as you think down here. PERSONAL HISTORY
"Snook" by Ian Frazier: Searching for the fish of my dreams.POP MUSIC
"Body Language" by Sasha Frere-Jones: Janet Jackson at forty.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Battle Fatigue" by David Denby: Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel.
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