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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:...


Yes We Did?: From King's Dream to Obama's Promise

by Cynthia Griggs Fleming & Eleanor Holmes Norton

Barack Obama's presidential victory demonstrated unprecedented racial progress on a national level. Not since the civil rights legislation of the 1960s has the United States seen such remarkable advances. During...


More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the New Century

by Godfrey Hodgson

During the past quarter century, free-market capitalism was recognized not merely as a successful system of wealth creation, but as the key determinant of the health of political and cultural democracy. Now,...


Britain Since 1945

by David Childs

Britain since 1945 is the established textbook on contemporary British political history since the end of the Second World War. David Childs' authoritative chronological survey discusses domestic policy and...


Al Qaeda's Great Escape

by Philip G. Smucker

Details how Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda fighters slipped out of Afghanistan during the battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda. The author also charges that Western media outlets, eager to satisfy...


The Last Crusade

by Michael A Palmer

The West's political struggle to reform Islam


America's Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy

by Tony Smith

America's Mission argues that the global strength and prestige of democracy today are due in large part to America's impact on international affairs. Tony Smith documents the extraordinary history of how American...


The Wounded Giant: America's Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity An eSpecial from The Penguin Press

by Michael O'Hanlon

A farseeing and controversial analysis of the military America needs and the military we can afford from the director of research at Brookings.

As total federal debt trends toward 100 percent of the GDP, and...


State of Denial

by Bob Woodward

"Insurgents and terrorists retain the resources and capabilities to sustain and even increase current level of violence through the next year." This was the secret Pentagon assessment sent to the White House...