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Writer Deems Beijing a 'Perfect' Olympic Venue

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Writer Deems Beijing a 'Perfect' Olympic Venue

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Writer William Langewiesche talks about his article "Beijing's Olympic Makeover," published in the April edition of Vanity Fair. He writes that Beijing "presents the most unabashedly totalitarian cityscape in the world today, the kind of parade-ground capital that governments everywhere dream of building."