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The Professor of Truth

The new novel by Scotland’s James Robertson, based on the Lockerbie bombing, is a thought-provoking portrayal of grief, loss, injustice and the tragedy of someone imprisoned by his certainty.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Story of a Death Foretold

It has been 40 years since the CIA helped oust a democratically elected government in Chile, leaving President Salvador Allende sprawled on a couch with part of his skull gone. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera tells the story of “that other September 11.”

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



Knopf

Reign of Error

As educational reforms themselves grow ever more strident, standardized and, yes, totalitarian in structure, Diane Ravitch embodies the institutional memory that no totalitarian system can abide.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



Times Books

The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer tells the story of the Dulles brothers, who served as secretary of state and director of the CIA in the Eisenhower administration. It is a bracing, disturbing, and serious study of the exercise of American global power.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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A Theory of the Young-Girl

A slim, shattering book by a French collective called Tiqqun shows us the “Young-Girl” in everyone in consumer society—experiencing ourselves almost entirely as commodities to be valorized and marketed.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



W.W. Norton

The Internal Enemy

Know these lyrics? “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.” That’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



Verso

The Village Against the World

Nestled in farmland about 60 miles from Seville, Spain, is Marinaleda, a functioning utopia—every villager has work and housing, mortgages are 15 euro a month, and foreclosures and police don’t exist.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



Hachette Book Group

The Everything Store

Brad Stone’s book explores Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and the lunacy it took to build a company in less than two decades that now employs almost 90,000 people and sold $61 billion worth of, well, almost everything last year.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



Hachette Book Group

David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book explores “lopsided conflicts,” though he warns us that “we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong. … Giants are not what we think they are,” and we often mistake privilege for strength.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



Macmillan

Oil and Honey

“I didn’t particularly want to lead a movement, but I wanted to join one, and so I helped to build it,” writes environmental activist Bill McKibben in his memoir, “Oil and Honey,” an endearing account of his reluctant rise to leadership.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE


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