Never Remember, Masha Gessen & Misha Friedman "A powerful meditation on contemporary Russia as seen through its relationship to the past." —Publishers Weekly ★, "Short, haunting and beautifully written."—The Wall Street Journal, "If one were needed, a sure sign of the increasingly totalitarian drift of Putin’s Russia is the steady rehabilitation of Stalin, long hidden away but now safe enough to be commemorated at a Moscow subway stop.... A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago." —Kirkus...more
Pipe Dreams, Erin Banco"Investigative reporter Erin Banco reveals the complicated conspiracies keeping the richness of Iraqi oil from trickling down to the general populace.... This is the way that big oil wants it.... Rather than sharing the wealth from oil, the displaced Iraqi citizenry is generally poorer than it was before.... Banco's reportage vividly shows the human toll that deceit and subterfuge have taken on a land so rich in natural resources." —Kirkus Reviews... more
Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is an outspoken critic of Putin and Trump, and was just named one of the Five Most Important Intellectuals in America Today by The Washington Post. Her new book "Never Remember" with photos by Misha Friedman, commemorates those who died in the gulags and explains how Putin’s totalitarian state is whitewashing… more
CGR Director Nicholas Lemann sits down with investigative reporter Erin Banco, author of the new book Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq’s Oil Wealth. When the United States invaded in 2003, the Bush Administration promised that oil revenue would be used to win the war and to rebuild and democratize the country. But fifteen years… more
Those who recall Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial $100 million philanthropic experiment to transform Newark public schools might be surprised to learn that Zuckerberg, the Gates Foundation, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and other Silicon Valley visionaries have been quietly investing in another educational experiment an ocean away. Bridge International Academies was conceived in 2007 to be the… more
Nollywood, Emily Witt "Nollywood is one of the most remarkable cultural developments of recent decades.... Witt charts the industry's evolution from shaky-cam videotape fodder to higher-quality cinema multiplex showings.... The strength of Witt's book is her exploration of Nollywood's attempts to formalize its haphazard business model.... An insightful and entertaining book about a rapidly evolving industry." —Noo Saro-Wiwa, Times Literary Supplement... more
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