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Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.

Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men

Relying on Hollywood clichés, “Argentina, 1985” offers a pat, sentimentalized view of history.

A monument by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, representing the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent behind bars, in Howick, South Africa.
A monument by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, representing the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent behind bars, in Howick, South Africa.

No Justice. No Peace.

Post-apartheid South Africa remains steeped in the “rainbow nation” ideals of reconciliation and forgiveness—but it has never truly reckoned with accountability.

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Power-Broker-Robert-Moses-Robert-Caro-China-illustration

Beijing’s Power Brokers Wouldn’t Surprise Robert Moses

An American classic offers fresh insights into China.

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Military aircraft is seen above plumes of spoke.

The Solution to Climate Change Isn’t Demilitarization

A new book argues that the Pentagon drives carbon emissions worldwide but ignores inconvenient realities.

An illustration for Puck magazine from 1905 shows the battle against bureaucracy.
An illustration for Puck magazine from 1905 shows the battle against bureaucracy.

Only an Absolute Bureaucracy Can Save Us

The West will only restore its stability when civil servants are again devoted to the public rather than themselves.

Daily Life In Bali
Daily Life In Bali

Is Longtermism Such a Big Deal?

William MacAskill’s “What We Owe the Future” was endorsed by Elon Musk and has fueled a movement, but is it all that revolutionary, really?

Journalists and students protest the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez in 2012.
Journalists and students protest the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez in 2012.

The Journalist and the Murderer

A new book investigates the death of veteran Mexican crime reporter Regina Martínez Pérez—with a surprising conclusion.

A man rests in front of a poster of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen, China.
A man rests in front of a poster of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen, China.

The 1980s Are Buried but Not Dead in China

A new history explores an intense period of hope, reform, and death.

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food-commodity-books-multiple

The Foods That ‘Changed’ the World

What happened to all those bestselling individual food histories?

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foreign-policy-cookbooks-homepage

7 Cookbooks for Foreign-Policy Wonks

Cookbooks remind us that countries are more than their politics.

An immigrant father from Colombia holds his child after crossing the border from Mexico, as they await processing by the U.S. Border Patrol, on May 19 in Yuma, Arizona.
An immigrant father from Colombia holds his child after crossing the border from Mexico, as they await processing by the U.S. Border Patrol, on May 19 in Yuma, Arizona.

Why Skills-Based Immigration Is the Best Option for America

A meticulous and groundbreaking book on immigration chronicles the history of upward mobility in the United States—but falls short as an argument against a more selective policy.

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Jared Kushner

Breaking History for No Good Reason

On Middle East politics, Jared Kushner is not the disruptor he says he is.

U.S. troops patrol the roads of the Syrian town of al-Jawadiyah.
U.S. troops patrol the roads of the Syrian town of al-Jawadiyah.

The War That Is Testing America’s Patience

A new history of the United States’ war against the Islamic State.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a political rally in 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a political rally in 2018.

Why Trumpism Will Endure

The former U.S. president took control of a party that had already destroyed itself, several new books contend, and his malign influence will long survive him.

Congolese workers stand beside bags filled with cobalt and copper slag at the STL processing plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Dec. 1, 2011.
Congolese workers stand beside bags filled with cobalt and copper slag at the STL processing plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Dec. 1, 2011.

What Do Electric Cars Really Cost?

“Volt Rush” examines the price of a dirty green business—and China’s role.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

Europe’s Top Climate Negotiator on the Road After COP27

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Frans Timmermans returned from COP27 with his dreams dashed. Europe’s top climate negotiator says the global climate summit was a disappointment: The pledges made were simply not aggressiv...Show more

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Reporters’ Notebook — Winter and the War

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As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues into 2023, the weather will have an important impact. Ukrainians, of course, are more vulnerable than usual to power outages and energy shocks. But Rus...Show more

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely the most popular elected leader in the world. No other politician has won so many votes in history. Few other incumbent leaders around the world...Show more