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Left, Right – Yves Engler

April 4, 2019
Left, Right – Yves Engler Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada, Yves Engler, Black Rose Books, 2019, pp. 263, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-55164-663-3 Former Speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly Juan Guaido declared himself the interim President of Venezuela on January 23, 2019. The move followed a concerted

Between Iran and Zion – Lior Sternfeld

March 12, 2019
Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran, Lior B. Sternfeld, 2019, Standford University Press, pp. 208, $40, ISBN 978-1-5036-0614-2 Speaking to a crowd of a few thousand in December 2005 in the south-eastern city of Zahedan, the then President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Holocaust was

Rodrigo Duterte – Jonathan Miller

March 9, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte: Fire and Fury in the Philippines, Jonathan Miller, Scribe, 2018, pp. 346, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-947534-34-6, also published as Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines The language of diplomacy is often bland, but always measured and appropriate. It aims to foster good relationships, build trust between the

The Threat – Andrew G. McCabe

March 4, 2019
The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe, St. Martin’s Press, 2019, pp. 274, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-250-20757-9 The Trump presidency has proven to be a boon to the publishing industry. Both key and minor players who voluntarily quit, or as is

Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict – Ware & Laoutides

February 25, 2019
Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict, Anthony Ware & Costas Laoutides, Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 275, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-29-093886-6 In November 2018, Amnesty International stripped Aung San Suu Kyi, the former political prisoner under the military regime in Burma, of its highest honor, the Ambassador of Conscience. Secretary-General of Amnesty, Kumi Naidoo

From the Ground Up – Howard Schultz

February 16, 2019
From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America, Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon, Random House New York, 2019, pp. 352, $37.00, ISBN 978-0-525-50944-8 Howard Schultz came in from the cold. Appearing on 60 Minutes in the last week of January, Howard Schultz, founder and former CEO

This Fight is Our Fight – Elizabeth Warren

February 7, 2019
This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class, Elizabeth Warren, Metropolitan Books, 2017, pp. 337, $39, ISBN 978-1-250-12061-8 Elizabeth Warren officially announced that she will be running for the presidency of the United States in 2020, thereby satisfying at least a portion of the population who

The Biggest Prison on Earth – Ilan Pappe

January 30, 2019
The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories, Ilan Pappe, Oneworld, 2017, pp. 273, $30, ISBN 978-1-85168-587-5 In the six days of war, Israel emerged victorious against four Arab armies. Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, supported by Iraq, were defeated. In fact, by June 8, 1967, Israeli army

Germany’s Hidden Crisis – Oliver Nachtwey

January 21, 2019
Germany’s Hidden Crisis: Social Decile in the Heart of Europe, Oliver Nachtwey, Verso Books, 2018, pp. 247, $35.99, ISBN 978-1-78663-634-8 In the popular imagination, Germany is Europe’s most powerful economy and at the forefronts of industrial innovation. It is a country that keeps the other struggling economies afloat while making