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Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times
Fantastic. This is the first book by Ghosh I have ever picked up, and rather than his normal fiction-fare, this is a collection of non-fiction essays....more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
A Tomb for Boris Davidovich
A collection of grim short stories, each chapter traces the life of some “historical” figure via capricious and sometimes violent politics of betrayal...more
not set
May 27, 2011
Democracy in What State?
In this collection of essays, French and American thinkers question democracy’s global reign, producing some thought-provoking commentary along the wa...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
Looking back over this book as I choose how many stars to give it, I remember how wonderfully it began for me. Stasiuk is an Polish author who spends...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment
This is a good addition to the large body of scholarship on the collapse of socialism. Kotkin focuses on three cases; the former GDR, Romania, and Pol...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon
Great concept for an edited volume. Edited volumes can get a bit tiresome, but this one is very neatly conceptualized around how words shift in meanin...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
The Fiction of a Thinkable World: Body, Meaning, and the Culture of Capitalism
In one of the more exciting intellectual works I have read in a while, Steinberg chips away at some fundamental presumptions we have about what it mea...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
The Soccer War
Kapuscinski's has lived his life in unstable places, writing as a journalist and developing penetrating insights about the people and places he encoun...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
What can I say? I am a sucker for the post-apocalyptic world. And human-induced viral destruction? Yes. I'll take that too. Ultimately, I liked The Pa...more
Nov 28, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Ideas in Action: Political Tradition in the Twentieth Century
Bronner's aim in this book is to trace the contexts of major traditions of 20th century political thought. He does a truly excellent job of presenting...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction
A classic work. I'll be teaching a course on Human Sexuality again this summer (it is a lot of fun) and decided to give this book the thorough read-th...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
Rory Stewart's experiences as a coalition governor in Iraq are interesting and well written. I had been unaware of the degree to which tribal affiliat...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
The Tiger's Wife
The masterful touch of Obreht's novel really surprised me. Here she deftly weaves stories of Natalia--the main protagonist--in the present, with remem...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
Year of Wonders
The plague! After hearing this book reviewed on NPR, I had to pick it up. I love historically accurate fiction, and this one just about lived up to th...more
Feb 27, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
Ill Fares the Land
It warms the heart. Judt, who sadly passed away last year, has written a really nice book which I hope will enable me to talk about politics with fami...more
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Mar 25, 2011
Modern Social Imaginaries
Charles Taylor is a philosopher whose work demands respect. He writes on heady topics like the imaginary, but always strives to make his arguments cle...more
Aug 06, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Hochschild's account of World War I is full of quirky, in the moment tidbits of daily life among a cast of characters who were, in various ways, relev...more
May 05, 2012
May 04, 2012
Deathless (Deathless, #1)
Deathless begins with some truly captivating writing and imagery. I loved the beginning. Marya anticipates the coming of her future husband. She knows...more
Feb 15, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
Eastern Europe since 1945
I used this book as a text for a class on Eastern Europe. My aim is not to teach straight history, but to teach themes of life which have both histori...more
Oct 08, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
We, the People of Europe?: Reflections on Transnational Citizenship
I picked up this book entirely for his chapter "Europe after communism." The book was published in 2004 and I had hoped for a relatively recent reflec...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
This is just the kind of exciting, accessible and provocative science that I like to read about. For the most part.

Cochran and Harpending's book pres...more
Apr 28, 2013
Mar 30, 2013
Night Watch (Watch, #1)
Lukyanenko populates Moscow with Others, Dark Ones, vampires, sorceresses and more, living their lives among us, keeping the balance between light and...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
A Scandal in a Small Town: Understanding Modern Hungary Through the History of Three Families
The basic setup of the is book is compelling. In the late 1980s a high school teacher exposes that she was asked to give the son of a local communist...more
Sep 27, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
The Trouble With Community: Anthropological Reflections on Movement, Identity and Collectivity
This thought-provoking book has an interesting structure. Two anthropologists, Amit and Rapport, each wrote half of the book with their own perspectiv...more
Jan 04, 2012
Oct 04, 2011
Language and Sexuality
This is a exceptional book which manages to communicate complex theoretical ideas in interesting and accessible ways. The key strength of the book is...more
Jul 15, 2011
May 17, 2011
Sarajevo: A Bosnian Kaleidoscope
Markowitz’s book aims to analyze modern life in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Before war tore the country apart in the mid-1990s, Sarajevo was Bosn...more
Mar 15, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal
First the good. This book contains some of the best demographic maps of Bosnia and Herzegovina that you can find. The authors spent a hefty amount of...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters)
Jared Diamond is a favorite target of criticism from anthropologists. This is not because Diamond is an ornithologist who has chosen instead to write...more
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Invisible Cities
This book is full of poetic and beautiful imagery, but I'm not sure it is much more than that. It never captivated me in the same way that it seems to...more
Oct 02, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
Class, Nation And Identity: The Anthropology of Political Movements
For anyone looking at nationalisms, this is a great little book. Pratt questions scholars have treated nationalism as a solidarity premised upon emoti...more
Dec 2010
Feb 13, 2011
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