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What We’re Reading: Superpowers and Scary Stories

Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War By Bob Davis and Lingling Wei “Superpower Showdown” provides a broad overview...

What We’re Reading: Pandemics and the US-UK ‘Special Relationship’

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History By John M. Barry They coughed until their abdominal muscles and rib cartilage were shredded,...

What We’re Reading: Work-Life Balance and Mapping the Energy Sector

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) By Eve Rodsky I’m fascinated by the effects...

What We’re Reading: Measuring Our Enemies and Ourselves

The Cold War: A Military History By David Miller During the Cold War, there were constant discussions about when the Soviets might invade Europe and how...

What We’re Reading: The Beginning of an Era and the End of the American Century

Not so long ago, some friends and I were debating when exactly whatever political era we are currently living through began. The end of...

What We’re Reading: The Exceptional and the Unexceptional

American War By Omar El Akkad I almost don’t want to describe the backdrop of “American War” because it may be triggering for American readers and...

What We’re Reading: Making America and the Caucasus

American Nations: A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures by Colin Woodard There’s no denying a deep social divide exists in the United States. Most anyone...

What We’re Reading: Succession and Mutilation

Waiting for Eden By Elliot Ackerman War stories are often gruesome, heart-wrenching and generally hard to read. What tends to go overlooked, though, is that the...

What We’re Reading: Eisenhower and McCarthyism

Ike: An American Hero By Michael Korda Michael Korda’s book is an excellent study of Dwight D. Eisenhower, both as a person and as supreme allied...

What We’re Reading: Failures of Western Democracy and Iranian Resiliency

Angrynomics By Eric Lonergan and Mark Blyth One of today’s great questions is how to explain what’s happened to Western democratic politics in recent years...

What We’re Reading: United by Hardship

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression By Studs Terkel As I read “Hard Times,” I had recurring flashbacks of my grandparents, who were...

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