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Albert Camus: Past and Present

Camus remains the writer who always speaks to individuals, never to groups. He remains perpetually relevant without ever quite being fashionable.

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This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

In 1946 Paul Robeson told President Truman that if the government refused to defend its black citizens, blacks would have to defend themselves. A new book, and history, reveal why Robeson’s words were so tragically prophetic.

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The Age of Cryptocurrency

A new book examines Bitcoin, a “highly disruptive technology” that has the modest goal of “freeing people from the tyranny of centralized trust.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Overreach

A new book is arguably the best account of what went wrong with the project to turn Baathist Iraq into a liberal democracy, but flawed by the insistence that failure was inevitable due to Iraq’s sociopolitical realities.

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Muhammad: A Life

Two new books, each by an accomplished scholar, address how Muslims and non-Muslims interpret Muhammad’s life in a changing world.

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Living on a Dollar a Day

Nearly 1.8 billion people live in extreme poverty, most barely surviving on $1 a day. A new book of photography documents the everyday lives of the world’s poorest people.

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Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Story/Time

“Story/Time: The Life of an Idea,” by acclaimed dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, reads like the origin story of a superhero, in which the most intriguing parts revolve around how the superhero discovers and acquires his power.

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The Unsubstantial Air

This “terrific book,” by Sam Hynes who spent WWII as a marine pilot, is written with personal knowledge of what it was to be young and learning to fly, and of the gains and losses that combat flying brings to those who engage in it.

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