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book image China's New Rulers: The Secret Files
China's New Rulers
Andrew J. Nathan, Bruce Gilley
Nathan
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China's New Rulers contains the first insights into matters of great importance to the West: who will lead China, what changes they may bring to their country, and how they may act as international partners and competitors.

book image Fear and Loathing in George W. Bush's Washington
Fear and Loathing
Elizabeth Drew
Drew
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Russell Baker in his preface writes: "In Washington an age of moral and philosophical sterility is deeply entrenched, and as Elizabeth Drew's reporting attests, the result is not pretty. "

book image Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11
Fixed Ideas
Joan Didion
Didion
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Joan Didion describes how, since September 11, 2001, there has been a determined effort by the administration to promote an imperial America—a "New Unilateralism"—and how, in many parts of America, there is now a "disconnect" between the government and citizens.

book image Glory and Terror: The Growing Nuclear Danger
Glory and Terror
Steven Weinberg
Weinberg
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Steven Weinberg, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, writes that America today "has an unprecedented opportunity to begin to escape from the risk of nuclear annihilation." But, he warns, President Bush is not only letting this opportunity slip away, he is, in some respects, moving in the wrong direction.

book image A Handbook on Hanging
Handbook on Hanging
Charles Duff
Duff
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With barbed insouciance, Charles Duff writes not only of hanging but of electrocution, decapitations, and gassings; of innocent men executed and of executions botched; of the bloodlust of mobs and the shabby excuses of the great.
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens

book image India: A Mosaic
India: A Mosaic
Robert B. Silvers, Barbara Epstein
Roy
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Nine essays on India, all originally published in The New York Review of Books.
Contributors: Arundhati Roy

book image Intelligence Wars (Revised and Expanded Edition): American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda
Intelligence Wars
Thomas Powers
Powers
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No one outside the intelligence services knows more about their culture than Thomas Powers. In this book he tells stories of shadowy successes, ghastly failures, and, more often, gripping uncertainties.

book image Justice at War: The Men and Ideas that Shaped America's War on Terror
Justice at War
David Cole
Cole
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David Cole takes a critical look at John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, and David Addington, the men who made the decisions that shaped America's war on terror. Cole argues that America can prevail against the threat of terror not by dismantling the checks and balances that guarantee the fairness of our justice system, but by restoring them.

book image Looking Back
Looking Back
Baker
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

book image Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Norman Mailer
Mailer
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1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in American politics and society, the effects of which reverberate today. Norman Mailer was on the ground, covering Nixon's relentlessly stage-managed nomination in Miami as well as the Democratic convention in Chicago—where the violence at the heart of the American dream exploded on the streets.
Contributors: Frank Rich

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