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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces
This is an examination of how, in the last forty years or so, U.S. police forces have transformed into paramilitary operations, with even very small t ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 02, 2014
Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography
Spaces of Capital is a collection of essays by David Harvey, a geographer whose work has embraced elements of sociology, history, and economics, among ...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan
This is a useful survey of American involvement in Afghanistan since 2001, if one which didn't surprise me with any of its analyses. The main reasons ...more
May 23, 2012
May 15, 2012
The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers
At heart, I don't think Gordon Weiss is a long form writer. He was formerly a UN official, and the prose and structure of The Cage seems to show someo ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Dec 08, 2012
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin is another example of a book which is not quite about what its title implies. Gessen docum ...more
May 06, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Drift is probably not a book you'll want to read in public—by which I mean, not that it's a book you'll be embarrassed to be seen with, but rather tha ...more
Oct 06, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist, a woman's rights activist, an inhabitant of refugee camps for many years, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an alcoholic, ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
This is a really fascinating book into one of the world's geopolitical curiosities: the hereditary Communist monarchy of North Korea. The author, Andr ...more
May 31, 2013
May 17, 2013
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
In Sister Citizen, Melissa Harris-Perry sets out to examine what it means to be a black woman who is also an American citizen, melding a more empirica ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America
This is an interesting look at the impact of Martin Luther King's assassination on American politics and racial discourses. April 4, 1968 was publishe ...more
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
Dear Leader
Jang Jin-Sung is the pseudonym of a defector from North Korea—a former poet laureate who became disillusioned with the regime under which he lived, an ...more
Aug 04, 2015
Jul 02, 2015
Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation
This is a pretty damning indictment of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Palestine Inside Out is a slow read not because the prose is dense (though ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
The Modern Middle East: A History
This is a brisk and pretty informative introductory survey of the history of the Middle East, in which Gelvin attempts to explain contemporary events ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
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