Category Archives: book review

Portrait of a moderate fanatic

Abdul Salam Zaeef’s My Life With the Taliban is an engrossing work that offers a personal account of Afghan history and shines new light on the mindset of Islamic fundamentalists. Continue reading

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Zero-sum conflict and its tragic consequences

More valuable for its reporting than its biased conclusions, David Hirst’s Beware of Small States is a gripping work of political journalism that wears its allegiances on its sleeve. Continue reading

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The Beijing Consensus? Not quite.

Stephan Halper’s The Beijing Concensus is a valuable work on Sino-U.S. relations that gets the big ideas right, though it falls prey to some common misperceptions and faulty logic that detract from its powerful central message. Continue reading

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Preaching to the choir

Ian Bremmer’s The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? is a piece of tautology from a pundit that preaches to his ideological choir. Continue reading

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