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The Return

“When Qaddafi took my father,” Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father’s disappearance, “he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard.”

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The Story of Egypt

A new book on ancient Egypt is full of fascinating material, including a re-examination of Cleopatra’s death, a look at the fluidity of sexual identity, and a tale about being carried off by a hippopotamus.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE

Celebrating the 1 Percent: Is Inequality Really Good for the Economy?

In his new book, “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality,” Scottish economist Angus Deaton practices public relations for the rich.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE


In 2012, a house painter, a Vietnam vet, and an 82-year-old nun broke into one of the most secure nuclear weapons facilities in the world with two bolt cutters and three hammers.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

Writings on the Wall

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s new book fights the dangerous complacency of American discourse on race and social justice, and is clearly inspired by all that the Trump phenomenon has unleashed.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

How the World Breaks

Welcome to the new frontier—a place where intensifying catastrophes driven by climate change have already forced people around the world to make life-altering decisions.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

How Everything Became War

As the distinction between war and peace has blurred, international law has not kept pace with the smudging of this line. Unless we build legal foundations that stand some chance of containing war, we invite further chaos, endangering future generations.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

Where the Jews Aren’t

A new book examines the brief history of an autonomous Jewish region in Russia, founded in 1929. It lasted until Stalin ordered the eradication of its Jewish identity in 1948, burning Yiddish books, banning the Yiddish language, and executing by firing squad its Yiddish writers.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE

The Euro

The timing couldn’t be better for this new book, which recounts the tragic irony of how the euro, which was supposed to bring Europe together, is in fact driving it apart.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This

Nadja Spiegelman’s new memoir is an attempt to decode her mother’s wounds: “The past was always there on her body, but I couldn’t see it. ... It was underneath everything else: the blueprint we both carried.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE

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