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On Saudi Arabia

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On Saudi Arabia

by James Mustich ×

Pulitzer Prize winner Karen Elliott House has spent three decades pondering the enigma that is Saudi Arabia. The paradoxes of a modern oil-producing nation still mired in many medievalisms,...

Throwing Stones at the Moon

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Throwing Stones at the Moon

by James Mustich ×

The destinies of the United States and Colombia seem inextricably intertwined as two poles of the trade in illegal drugs. This collection of oral histories captures the effects of that...

The Twilight War

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The Twilight War

by James Mustich ×

Beginning with the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 and exacerbated by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a low-level conflict between Iran and the United States has simmered for more than three...

The Dictator’s Learning Curve

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The Dictator’s Learning Curve

by James Mustich ×

With despots toppled in Egypt and Libya and pro-democracy demonstrations convulsing Syria and Russia, the conflict between repression and liberation has reached new heights. This powerful work...

Little America

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Little America

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

A reporter goes behind the lines and finds the deep divides that hampered the American "good war" against the Taliban.

Five Books on Korea

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Five Books on Korea

by Bill Tipper ×

In the wake of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il's death, suggestions for reading about the enigmatic nation have been circulating via Twitter, including frequent mention...

China in Ten Words

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China in Ten Words

Reviewed by Daniel Asa Rose ×

A "tiny lexicon" captures the paradoxes of the world's most populous country.

In a Land of Silence

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In a Land of Silence

By Janine di Giovanni ×

A heartbreaking report on resistance and graffiti from Libya, courtesy of Granta.

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works

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Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works

by James Mustich ×

Whether you think health care reform is the best thing since Superman's cape or America's kryptonite, chances are you could stand to understand it better. MIT economist and health care policy...

Ill Fares the Land

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Ill Fares the Land

Reviewed by George Scialabba ×

A distillation of the historian's career-long engagement with the vicissitude of 20th-century history and ideology.

The Big Short

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The Big Short

Reviewed by Felix Salmon ×

The author of Liars’ Poker finds the financial raiders who knew the bubble was destined to burst – and made a historic profit when it did.