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The Return of History

The Return of History

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We've been known to marvel at the notoriety of a few families, no member of which isn't famous or successful. There are, of course, the Feldmans: Noah, Simon, and Ezra. The Kristols: Irving, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and William. And the Kagans: Donald, Robert, Frederick, and Kimberly.

Last November, just before Thanksgiving, one of my colleagues, Susan Lund, wondered aloud about what holiday dinners must be like in the Feldman, Kagan and Kristol households. In between courses, do the Feldmans argue about policy, philosophy, and poetry? Do the Kagans draft statements of principles over turkey and gravy?

On today's program, in the second hour, we'll talk to Robert Kagan about his newest book, The Return of History and the End of Dreams. (If you haven't read it yet, check out the article on which it was based.) If you have a question for him, about how countries can shape history — or how they can be shaped by it —, leave it here.

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