How thrillers inform spycraft, and the fictions that belie them both.
Edward Luttwack’’s The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy
What are the new rules of the political game in the Middle East? Nobody knows, but Marc Lynch’s The Arab Uprising is a useful guide.
How in 1960s Berkeley the state waged a two-front war to stamp out opponents, real and imagined, to its rule.
How the twentieth century’s confidence in social solidarity, human dignity and a better future died a slow, quiet death.
Hard truths about lying in politics
Tim Weiner’s Enemies is not so much a history of the FBI as a compendium of interesting historical material.
The hollowing out of America, up close and personal.
Institutionalized torture says not look what we can do, but look what we disown, what only the bad apples among us require.
Moral indignation is no longer enough to combat the power of Big Oil.