Anne Applebaum’s Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Doubleday, $35) describes the origins of the Soviet Bloc, a now defunct geopolitical entity consisting of European states that fell under the control of the USSR after World War II. Focusing specifically on Hungary, Poland, and East Germany, Applebaum investigates wartime and post-war factors that made the establishment of the Soviet regime possible. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time. This fantastic study of a “totalitarian mindset, Soviet priorities and Soviet thinking” should be required reading for any Soviet- or 20th-centuryhistory buff.

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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2012

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Published: Anchor - August 13th, 2013

In his new book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (W.W. Norton, $28.95), the veteran science and nature writer David Quammen explores the origins of zoonotic diseases, i.e., infections that jump from animals to humans, such as Ebola, AIDS, SARS, and others. His investigation into the origins of these diseases evokes a peculiar and chilling epidemiological landscape. Quammen goes out into the field and visits places like Bangladesh, Gabon, Australia, and China to talk to scientists, researchers, and survivors of these new maladies. He speculates about the source of the next big pandemic and whether we can predict, let alone prevent, its emergence. This is a masterfully done piece of scientific writing that’s as informative as it is unsettling.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2012

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Take Richard Forthrast, ex-smuggler and now owner of a multi-player online game called T’Rain; REAMDE, a virus designed by Chinese hackers; Russian gangsters; a fantasy writer; a Welsh Muslim terrorist; add Forthrast’s niece, Zula, who’s caught in the middle of it all, and you have REAMDE (Wm. Morrow, $18.99), by Neal Stephenson, the most engrossing thriller you’ll read this summer. True to his style, Stephenson also masterfully weaves in information on a number of subjects, including the Chinese city of Xiamen, with descriptions of its architecture, guns, and international air traffic. REAMDE is an ambitious novel, and the plot comes together in an intense, all-guns-firing finale that will leave you incredibly impressed with Stephenson’s talent and erudition.
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