Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton When protest and then war broke out in 2013/14 in Ukraine, many people in the US couldn’t find Ukraine, much less the Crimea or the Donbass, on a map, and for most people that’s probably still the […]Read more "“Everyone Loses” by Charap and Colton"
The Midnight Sea Kat Ross I got this book as part of a free giveaway, and approached it with the the trepidation one always does in these situations. As usual, 50-75% of the books I got in the giveaway were not really worth reading, but a couple of them stood out, with “The Midnight Sea” […]Read more "“The Midnight Sea” by Kat Ross"
Bring Out the Dog Will Mackin Different wars generate different types of literature. This seems obvious, but it’s interesting to note the differences between wars that are happening simultaneously, and even involve some of the same countries, but nonetheless produce stories of different flavors. Case in point: Western literature on the recent war in Iraq […]Read more "“Bring Out the Dog” by Will Mackin"
Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change Mary Beth Pfeiffer An ancient monster has been awakened from its unquiet slumber by the arrogant foolishness of humans, and is now coming to feed on you and your children, while scientists and government officials sit back and do nothing, or actively distribute misinformation. The plot of the […]Read more "“Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change” by Mary Beth Pfeiffer"
Comrade Criminal: Russia’s New Mafiya Stephen Handleman Have you ever wondered, sitting back on the other side of the ocean and most of a continent, and getting your news from sources that don’t actually know what they’re talking about, why Russia is the way it is today? Why corruption flourishes and Putin is so popular? […]Read more "“Comrade Criminal” by Stephen Handleman"
The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience Jennifer Pharr Davis If you enjoy reading stories of Shackleton’s attempt at reaching the South Pole, or of plucky horses like Seabiscuit who succeed against all odds, then chances are good you’ll enjoy Jennifer Pharr Davis’s “The Pursuit of Endurance.” If you are […]Read more "“The Pursuit of Endurance” by Jennifer Pharr Davis"
Career of Evil Robert Galbraith In “Career of Evil,” the third Cormoran Strike book, Galbraith/Rowling takes a decidedly macabre turn. While “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm” were not without their gruesome aspects, they were as much satires of the entertainment industry in its various facets–modeling, tabloid reporting, fashion, publishing–as they were crime novels. “Career […]Read more "“Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith"