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The Other Eighties

by Bradford Martin

In this engaging new book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than many remember—one whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms...


Engaging the Muslim World

by Juan Cole

With clarity and concision, Juan Cole disentangles the key foreign policy issues that America is grappling with today--from our dependence on Middle East petroleum to the promotion of Islamophobia by the American...


There Is No Freedom Without Bread!

by Constantine Pleshakov

The conventional story of the end of the cold war focuses on the geopolitical power struggle between the United States and the USSR: Ronald Reagan waged an aggressive campaign against communism, outspent the...


The Spirit of Democracy

by Larry Diamond

One of America's preeminent experts on democracy charts the future prospects for freedom around the world in the aftermath of Iraq and deepening authoritarianism

Over three decades, the world was transformed....


Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

by Michael T. Klare & Michael Klare

From the author of the now-classic Resource Wars, an indispensable account of how the world's diminishing sources of energy are radically changing the international balance of power

Recently, an unprecedented...


A Little War That Shook the World

by Ronald Asmus

The brief war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 seemed to many like an unexpected shot out of the blue that was gone as quickly as it came. Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Ronald Asmus contends...


20:21 Vision

by Bill Emmott

The Editor in Chief of The Economist illuminates what global issues mattered in the last century--and how the ways in which we deal with them will shape our lives in the next

The attacks on September 11th, 2001,...


In a Time of War

by Bill Murphy, Jr.

The dramatic story of West Point's class of 2002, the first in a generation to graduate during wartime

They came to West Point in a time of peace, but soon after the start of their senior year, their lives were...


Sniper: A Novel

by Nicolai Lilin

Poised to stand among the great war novels, the harrowing chronicle of a sniper during the Chechen War. “The saboteurs? Holy Christ, what happened? What did you do to deserve that?” a fellow soldier responds...


Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East

by Shareen Blair Brysac & Karl E. Meyer

A brilliant narrative history tracing today’s troubles back to the grandiose imperial overreach of Great Britain and the United States. Kingmakers is the gripping story of how the modern Middle East came to...


The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

by Rory Stewart

The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Rory Stewart, a Farsi-speaking British diplomat who was appointed deputy governor of provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. By turns...


Syria

by David W. Lesch

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came to power upon his father's death in 2000, many in- and outside Syria held high hopes that the popular young doctor would bring long-awaited reform, that he would be...


History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000

by Anders Ekström, Solveig Jülich & FRANS LUNDGREN

This book argues for a historical perspective on issues relating to the notion of participatory media. Working from a broad concept of media - including essays on the 19th century press, early sound media, photography,...


The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe

by David Marquand

Has Europe's extraordinary postwar recovery limped to an end? It would seem so. The United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy, and former Soviet Bloc countries have experienced ethnic or religious disturbances,...


Reforming the European Union: Realizing the Impossible

by Daniel Finke, Thomas König & Sven-Oliver Proksch

For decades the European Union tried changing its institutions, but achieved only unsatisfying political compromises and modest, incremental treaty revisions. In late 2009, however, the EU was successfully reformed...


The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy

by William J. Dobson

In this riveting anatomy of authoritarianism, acclaimed journalist William Dobson takes us inside the battle between dictators and those who would challenge their rule. Recent history has seen an incredible...


Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition

by James T. Kloppenberg

Derided by the Right as dangerous and by the Left as spineless, Barack Obama puzzles observers. In Reading Obama, James T. Kloppenberg reveals the sources of Obama's ideas and explains why his principled aversion...


The Education of Barack Obama: From "Reading Obama"

by James T. Kloppenberg

If you really want to know what makes Barack Obama tick, you need to understand his education. James T. Kloppenberg explains the rich American intellectual tradition that shapes Obama's beliefs and influences...


Constructing Spain: The Re-imagination of Space and Place in Fiction and Film, 1953-2003

by Nathan Richardson

Constructing Spain explores the interactions between culture, geography, and society over fifty years of recent Spanish history through close readings of over a dozen films and novels.


Modern China and the New World: The Reemergence of the Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century

by Randall Doyle & Zhang Boshu

Randall Doyle and Boshu Zhang have grappled with several of the most important issues relating to the rise of modern China at the beginning of a new millennium in their new book, Modern China and the New World:...