What We’re Reading
Erica Alini How the Right Was Knocked Off Balance and How It Can Recover, (pdf) by Gideon Rachman in the Washington Quarterly. A witty assessment of the transatlantic crisis of the right by the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. After a hilarious but vitriolic depiction of leftist peace-protesters, Rachman admits that, when ...
- How the Right Was Knocked Off Balance and How It Can Recover, (pdf) by Gideon Rachman in the Washington Quarterly. A witty assessment of the transatlantic crisis of the right by the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. After a hilarious but vitriolic depiction of leftist peace-protesters, Rachman admits that, when it comes to democratization and greenhouse gases, “the disheveled college lecturers in cardigans and the fierce-looking women in sensible shoes” got it right.
- Party Politics, by Robert Service in The New Statesman. Responding to a review of his book by Guardian op-ed page editor Seumas Milne, Service looks at why the left insists on having an enduring nostalgia for communism, despite the fact that failed ideology has cost millions of lives.
- What Does Tina Brown Have to Do to Get Some Attention? by Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York magazine. A fascinating profile of the queen of media in the 1980s and 1990s, who has just written a biography of Princess Diana. Tina Brown, former editor of Britain’s Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, created the mix of high-brow culture and celebrity worship that’s become so common today.
- Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. The latest novel by the Japanese-British author of The Remains of the Day tells the unsettling story of a group of students raised at an isolated and mysterious boarding school in rural England. (Spoiler alert: Read no further if you plan on getting the book!) Ishiguro examines the troubling moral implications of genetic engineering and what it means to be human.
- Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations, a report sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. Upshot: The United States should do more to cultivate a closer relationship with Angola and help the country rebuild in the wake of its 27-year civil war.
- The Right to Know: Secrecy for an Open World, edited by Ann Florini of the Brookings Institution. Short version: Secrets, secrets, are no fun. Secrets, secrets, hurt someone.
- Women and money make a perfect match, in The Spectator. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why women make better investors and money managers than men—and why they they aren’t doing more of it.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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