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In this issue:

COMMENT
"The Test", by Steve Coll: What makes a President great?

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Tombstones", by Lizzie Widdicombe: The toys bankers aren't buying

ANNALS OF BUSINESS
"The Uses of Adversity", by Malcolm Gladwell: When disadvantage won on Wall Street.

PROFILES
"The Bright Side", by Ian Parker: Thomas Friedman's green dream.

POP MUSIC
"Prodigy", by Sasha Frere Jones: Taylor Swift's Fearless.

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