What We’re Reading

Preeti Aroon Kabul Beauty School, by Deborah Rodriguez. This engaging book is the real-life tale of an American woman who opens a beauty school in Afghanistan … and gets an arranged marriage to an Afghan who already has another wife. It provides an excellent ground-level view of everyday life in Kabul, but it has also garnered ...

601491_070604_billion_05.jpg
601491_070604_billion_05.jpg

Preeti Aroon

Kabul Beauty School, by Deborah Rodriguez. This engaging book is the real-life tale of an American woman who opens a beauty school in Afghanistan ... and gets an arranged marriage to an Afghan who already has another wife. It provides an excellent ground-level view of everyday life in Kabul, but it has also garnered controversy: Rodriguez may have put some of her former students at risk by discussing taboo details of their lives.

Mike Boyer

Preeti Aroon

  • Kabul Beauty School, by Deborah Rodriguez. This engaging book is the real-life tale of an American woman who opens a beauty school in Afghanistan … and gets an arranged marriage to an Afghan who already has another wife. It provides an excellent ground-level view of everyday life in Kabul, but it has also garnered controversy: Rodriguez may have put some of her former students at risk by discussing taboo details of their lives.

Mike Boyer

  • A Cuban Death Rehearsal, by Bella Thomas in Prospect. Every hipster sporting a Che Guevara t-shirt who waxes poetic about Cuba’s successful alternative to democracy needs to read this article.

Blake Hounshell

Prerna Mankad 

  • The Tale of Two Dynasties in Newsweek. Johnnie L. Roberts offers a fascinating history of the Bancroft family and Rupert Murdoch, emphasizing their vastly different backgrounds and philosophies toward journalism. But for all the differences, mutual respect for the bottom line could provide enough common ground to see Murdoch ultimately take control of The Wall Street Journal.

Carolyn O’Hara

Tom Stec 

  • Google Keeps Tweaking Its Search Engine, by Saul Hansell in Sunday’s New York Times. A lucky Times reporter hangs with Google’s “search-quality” group, the secretive team responsible for developing the PageRank algorithms.

More from Foreign Policy

An illustration shows George Kennan, the father of Cold War containment strategy.
An illustration shows George Kennan, the father of Cold War containment strategy.

Is Cold War Inevitable?

A new biography of George Kennan, the father of containment, raises questions about whether the old Cold War—and the emerging one with China—could have been avoided.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.

So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

Chinese President Xi jinping  toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.
Chinese President Xi jinping toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.

Can China Pull Off Its Charm Offensive?

Why Beijing’s foreign-policy reset will—or won’t—work out.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.