Feeling Like an Outcast
The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.
How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan
The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.
Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict—and Beijing Is Winning
‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.
The Refugee Crisis Is Now a German Superhero Movie
The most persuasive portrait of Angela Merkel’s decision-making five years ago is featured in a new television film.
Strategic Lunacy Doesn’t Play in Reality
“The Madman Theory” hands Trump a foreign-policy report card.
The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal
Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.
For Sri Lankan Refugees, a Free and Fair Australia Is a Myth
A murder mystery is an indictment of Australia’s draconian immigration policy that has left many legitimate asylum-seekers detained, deported, or dead.
When the Numbers Don’t Add Up in China
A historian explores how Beijing has tackled its statistical woes over the years.
Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?
A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.
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.
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.”
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.