In this issue: COMMENT "Conventional Wisdom", by Steve Coll: The Democrats in Charlotte. ANNALS OF WAR "The Silent Strike", by David Makovsky: Syria and Israel’s secret nuclear history. THE SPORTING SCENE "Quarterback Shuffle", by Nicholas Dawidoff: A year with the Jets. BOOKS "It Ain’t Necessarily So", by Anthony Gottlieb: The hubris of evolutionary psychology. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Sail Away", by Anthony Lane: A reviews of The Master.