What We’re Reading
Mike Boyer How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. Pierre Bayard has the courage to admit what the rest of us are afraid to: That there’s little time in modern life to read all the great books out there. So why not pretend you have? Think of it as a survival manual for Washington ...
- How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. Pierre Bayard has the courage to admit what the rest of us are afraid to: That there’s little time in modern life to read all the great books out there. So why not pretend you have? Think of it as a survival manual for Washington cocktail parties.
- “On Saad Eddin Ibrahim and Reda Hilal.” My former boss and Egypt’s most famous democracy activist accuses President Hosni Mubarak of operating a death squad.
- The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge. Step one of my master plan: Read this book. Step two: Jeopardy!
- “The General Speaks” at Informed Comment: Global Affairs. Manan Ahmed translates the full text of Pervez Musharraf’s state of emergency speech. The quick summary: Musharraf plays the terrorism/extremism card, makes quite a few jibes at the Supreme Court, and appeals to the West for understanding—and time.
- Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China’s Most Wanted Man. Oliver August explores modern China’s seedy underbelly and stumbles upon Lai Changxing, an illiterate billionaire wanted on corruption charges, in the process.
- “Who Needs the World Bank?” By Jonathan Gregson, Global Finance, October 2007. A good primer on the bank’s diminished role in the global economy.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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