High-Speed Empire, Will Doig "Money talks, and China has it. This vividly observed report shows how Chinese money—both governmental and private—is transforming Southeast Asia." —Andrew J. Nathan, "Illuminating study of China's ambitious efforts to extend its influence in Southeast Asia by means of a high-speed rail system." —Kirkus Reviews, “A richly textured portrait of how China’s infrastructural diplomacy is changing the urban face of its neighbors... more
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
The Democratic Republic of Congo is known best for its robust but troubled mining sector, which attracts 80 percent of the country’s Foreign Direct Investment but generates only 10 percent of its tax revenue. But far less attention is paid to Congo’s agriculture, which generates 42 percent of its GDP and involves the majority of… more
Less than a decade ago, China did not have a single high-speed train in service. Now, the Pan-Asia Railway portion of the One Belt One Road initiative could transform Southeast Asia. Will Doig traveled through Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore to chronicle the dramatic transformations taking place. Do ordinary people have a voice in this… 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
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
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