A Portrait of India on Fire
Megha Majumdar’s bestselling novel “A Burning” begins with a train in flames. But what really gets torched is the Indian Dream.
How Putin and the KGB Took Control of Russia—and Duped the West
An important new book details the carefully calculated rise of a modern-day tsar.
Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir
The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.
Rethinking American History in Trump’s Shadow
Catastrophes like the pandemic or the president shape the past as much as the future.
4 Reads on a Frighteningly Plausible Vision of the Future
“Burn-In” fascinated and scared me as a cop, spy, writer, and citizen.
Dismantling the World’s Largest Democracy
A new book recounts the inspiring story of how India’s constitution introduced democracy to people who had never experienced it before. Those freedoms are now in jeopardy.
The Tyranny of Property
Thomas Piketty’s new book argues that rising inequality is explained by politics, not economics, and offers some radical solutions.
Books in Brief
FP staff review recent releases on Chinese industrial espionage, the dissent channel in American diplomacy, and British anti-colonialism.
Putting Lipstick on a Bigotry
Former British Prime Minister Theresa May’s top advisor wants to remake conservatism. Instead he’s written a rousing defense of Little England xenophobia.
The FP Guide to Staying In During a Pandemic
What we’re reading, watching, playing, and listening to as we muddle through social distancing.
Amid Darkness, There Is Still Hope in the Middle East
A rare book treats the region’s residents as empowered individuals who can shape their collective future, rather than portraying them as geopolitical pawns.
Selling Your Soul to the Kremlin
A new book chronicles the Faustian bargain that Russians—from holy men to human rights activists—have made with Vladimir Putin’s government.
Poland Is Becoming a Global Capital of Chutzpah
As the government cracks down on Holocaust remembrance, the country’s Jewish art scene is thriving like never before.
War Movies After War
Shows like “Occupied” and “Blackout Country” give a taste of life in the new world of grayzone conflict.
Will Abiy Ahmed’s Bet on Ethiopia’s Political Future Pay Off?
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has disbanded Africa’s largest political party in an effort to reinvent the country’s politics—but some powerful players stand to lose, and they won’t go quietly.
Could a Spy Save Liberal Democracy?
John Le Carré’s latest protagonist bridges his old and new heroes, contending with the question of loyalty to a liberal society in crisis.
We Are Not Who We Think We Are
A new book on the West’s declinist anxiety is a welcome antidote to Islamophobic alarmism, but it could go further in debunking misguided notions of “us” and “them.”
When the Green New Deal Goes Global
The left’s increasingly ambitious environmental agenda is rethinking the mechanics of the international economy.
Why Does China Have 1.4 Billion People and No Good Bands?
Mongolia rocks out while its giant neighbor slumbers.
Don’t Call Donald Trump a Fascist
What it means to brand today’s right-wing leaders with the F-word—and why you probably shouldn’t.
Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions
The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.
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.
The Heart and Hypocrisy of the American Empire
Richard Holbrooke was a symbol of his country’s promise as a superpower—and its decline.
The False Promise of Protest
David Shulman’s diaries of resisting the Israeli occupation show the limits of activism in the face of rampant dispossession and despair.
Jia Zhangke’s "Ash Is Purest White," socially critical yet officially sanctioned, strikes a middle path for Chinese cinema.
‘Roma’ Is a Gorgeous Homage to Domestic Oppression
Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece may be Oscar worthy, but it fails to address the problems of Latin American households.