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Books: Life Among the Lefties

In his entertaining memoir, Victor Navasky recounts the brawls and balance sheet of running the Nation

In the offices of the Nation, the weekly magazine of leftist opinion, staff members like to joke that "if it's bad for the country, it's good for the Nation." In a political age dominated by bloggers, conservatives and cable news, the Nation delivers a regular helping of unfashionably liberal journalism printed on gray butcher paper, lightened only by pencil drawings and the mordant poetry of Calvin Trillin. The formula is working: since the election of George W. Bush in 2000, its circulation has soared 96%, to 184,000; in 2004 the magazine enjoyed its best year ever, reversing years of losses to turn...

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