What We’re Reading: Migrants and Lies

Weekly reviews of what's on our bookshelves.

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Man’s Fate By Andre Malraux One of the great works of the 20th century was “Man’s Fate,” by Andre Malraux, about an abortive communist revolution in Shanghai in 1927. Malraux was there and wrote the book in 1933. The hero of the book is Chen, a committed communist who experienced the distance between his profoundly held beliefs and the reality of revolution. Revolution is a conspiracy, and effective conspiracies are held together with lies and fear. A conspiracy must be invisible, and what renders it invisible, in the old phrase, is a bodyguard of lies. And those who are the soldiers of the conspiracy must believe the lies as they carry out their tasks. Chen believes, but he also sees. He sees that the communist party does not expect to win China that day. It uses the event to announce its presence in Chinese history, and it needs the death and suffering of its followers as a standard to which future communists must live. It is a perversion of what Plato called a noble lie. The party must triumph, and in order to triumph it must tell lies. It must have followers who believe those lies. A great cause justifies […]

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George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.



His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.