Speechwriter Ben Rhodes attends press briefing.

Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

The registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park on Oct. 22, 1943. British cryptographers used the intelligence center during World War II to decipher top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces.

How World War II Code-Breakers Created the Modern Digital World

In “Geniuses at War,” David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.

Tattered American Flag After Hurricane Sandy

America, Indicted

Yes, the United States is deeply divided and probably undeserving of global leadership, as two new books argue. But who else is there?


Foreign Policy’s Summer Reading List

Our columnists’ top picks, from the wonky to the meditative.

Community residents look at a poster of "Black Wall Street" in Tulsa.

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Vanished

And why it’s not enough to recover its history.

Benjamin Netanyahu with an unidentified friend at the entrance to his family home in Jerusalem in 1967, and his father, Benzion Netanyahu, when he was a professor at the University of Denver in 1968.

How the Netanyahus Explain the World

A new novel offers a family history of Israel’s former prime minister—and insight into the dangers of any form of nationalism.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in London on Nov. 3.

The First Draft Account of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Catastrophe Is Damning

A new book gives the backstory of a dysfunctional early response.

Edward Said portrait

Edward Said Saw the Future of Israel and Palestine

How the literary theorist’s life and work shed light on the epic failure of U.S. Middle East policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) faces Yang Jiechi (left), director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office.

‘Stronger’ Bets the United States Can Outlast China

When it comes to the mutual relationship, Beijing gets a vote.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

The Dark Side of Rwanda’s Rebirth

A new book explores the historical roots and contemporary fallout of Paul Kagame’s aggressive foreign policy.

The Chinese flag flies in San Francisco.

Far-Right Delusions About China Miss the Real Problems

“You Will Be Assimilated” represents a worrying strand in analysis.

An illustration of a sparkling fuse on a cybersecurity bomb.

Cybersecurity Ignorance Is Dangerous

A new book gets the policy recommendations right while making technical errors that could undermine trust in its conclusions.

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