‘Darkness at Noon’ Revisited
A new translation of Arthur Koestler’s classic dystopian novel reveals what’s relevant to our age—and what isn’t.
Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life
Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.
Europe’s Ever Closer Confusion
A newly translated novel portrays the European Union’s search for meaning as a historical reckoning—and a comedy of manners.
Who Will Win the Self-Driving Future?
China and the United States have drastically different visions for autonomous transportation.
Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again
The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.
What to Read If ‘Game of Thrones’ Let You Down
Five reads that do political fantasy better than HBO.
China Is Burning Books Again
Censors are on the lookout for political mistakes—even in print runs for foreigners.
The Second Coming of George Papadopoulos
Patient zero in the Mueller investigation is back with a well-timed book.
Washington and the ‘Most Dangerous Place in the World’
Why the United States keeps getting South Asia wrong.
A new book on interrogation during the Korean War sheds light on how the 20th century imagined prisoners of war.
Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did
The latest novel by France’s most famous author cements his reputation as a prophet of populism.
How the Mighty Have Fallen
Israeli literary icon Amos Oz died on Dec. 28 at age 79. Author Ayelet Tsabari considers his legacy.
Poetry for the Masses
1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.
The Spanish Fraud
On the podcast: Javier Cercas’s new book on the man who impersonated a Holocaust survivor.
A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity
A review of Prudence Bushnell’s new book on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.
Books in Brief: Fresh Reads on WWII Maritime History, Clipper Ships, and Cambodian Refugees
Foreign Policy staffers review recent releases.
Books in Brief: The Latest Reads on the Financial Crisis, the Rwandan Genocide, and What It Means to Be a Nation
Also: Works on India’s rise, the history of U.S. trade politics, and social media’s role in modern conflicts.