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U.S. Navy sailors bring ammunition supplies ashore for Cubans fighting for independence from Spain in this print published in 1898.
U.S. Navy sailors bring ammunition supplies ashore for Cubans fighting for independence from Spain in this print published in 1898.

America’s Long Road to Global Power

Michael Mandelbaum has written a masterful interpretation of the twists and turns of U.S. foreign policy.

Pablo Picasso with his arts dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler
Pablo Picasso with his arts dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

How Picasso Became Big Business

A new history of modern art flips the script by focusing on dealers, collectors, and curators.

Supporters cheer in front of an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Supporters cheer in front of an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

What’s New About the New Authoritarianism?

Three recent books tackle how threats to democracy have shifted in the 21st century.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.
Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.

The Wizard of the Kremlin

A French novel offers a fascinating, fictionalized look at Vladimir Putin’s longtime spin doctor.

Chinese military aircraft carry a Chinese flag
Chinese military aircraft carry a Chinese flag

China’s Strategy Needs Study, Not Assumptions

Elbridge Colby’s influential take on combating Beijing doesn’t add up.

Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."
Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."

Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors

The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.

A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear
A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear

Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

A new book compares different countries’ responses to the pandemic, and the conclusions are intriguing.

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Book covers

Foreign Policy’s Summer Reading List

Our top picks, from campus novels to science fiction to globe-spanning histories.

An engraving depicts King Alfred the Great of England dividing his kingdom into counties and instituting tithes as a form of taxation.
An engraving depicts King Alfred the Great of England dividing his kingdom into counties and instituting tithes as a form of taxation.

Is Brexit a Swamp Creature From 10,000 Years Ago?

Ian Morris’s latest pop history looks for the roots of British particularism.

Workers remove a banner
Workers remove a banner

‘The Lazarus Heist’ Is the Gripping Story of North Korean Cybercrime

Worryingly, Washington’s concern does not rise to the level of the danger.

A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, Libya on June 27, 2017.
A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, Libya on June 27, 2017.

The Next Mediterranean Migration Crisis Will Be Worse

A new book tells the forgotten story of migrants stranded in Libya amid United Nations incompetence and Western indifference.

A top shot of a man in a hat looking at a newspaper.
A top shot of a man in a hat looking at a newspaper.

Inside the Waning Days of al Qaeda

A new book on the documents recovered in the Abbottabad raid reveals an organization far weaker than many believed it to be.

A U.S. destroyer approaches an aircraft carrier during the Manila offensive in the Philippines during World War II
A U.S. destroyer approaches an aircraft carrier during the Manila offensive in the Philippines during World War II

The Navy Made America a Superpower Once. Can It Again?

Paul Kennedy made his name bemoaning America’s decline. Now, he highlights a way to reverse it.

An aerial view of firebombed Tokyo in 1945.
An aerial view of firebombed Tokyo in 1945.

When Tokyo Burned

“Paper City” explores the forgotten firebombing of Japan’s capital.

Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel
Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel

Has Hollywood Fallen Out of Love With Israel?

A recent book examines the origins and end of an affair between the film industry and the Jewish state.

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