New Cold Wars by David E. Sanger

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Three decades ago, when the Cold War ended, the notion of a “peace dividend” was fashionable and conventional thinking envisioned an era of stability and prosperity during which a declining Russia and rising China would integrate themselves into the West in their own ways. Well, things haven’t quite worked out like that. As journalist David Sanger explains in New Cold Wars, the United States is now facing a new period of conflict with both Russia and China. Sanger looks at the reasons behind this renewed confrontation and the extent to which U.S. misjudgments and mistakes contributed to it. He cautions that it would be wrong to regard the revived tensions as simply a replay of old Cold War ones and warns that the current rivalries are likely to be even more challenging to manage.

New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West By David E. Sanger, Mary K. Brooks (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593443590
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Published: Crown - April 16th, 2024

The Achilles Trap by Steve Coll

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While much has been written about near-term miscalculations that led the U.S. to invade Iraq in 2003, journalist Steve Coll goes back farther—to Saddam Hussein’s 1979 assumption of power—and examines a long history not just of American missteps but of ones by Saddam as well. In fact, as Coll notes, the Iraqi leader’s misunderstandings of America were as profound as America’s misunderstandings of him. Much like Coll’s previous books on America’s ill-fated involvement in Afghanistan, the bin Laden family, and ExxonMobil, this is a revelatory and authoritative narrative. In writing it, Coll drew not just on interviews with key individuals and a range of underreported sources, but also on parts of a largely still secret trove of 2,000 hours of tape recordings of Saddam’s leadership meetings.

The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and the Origins of America's Invasion of Iraq By Steve Coll Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562269
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Published: Penguin Press - February 27th, 2024

HIts, Flops, and Other Illusions by Ed Zwick

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In this candid, engaging memoir, Edward Zwick looks back at his career as a leading director, producer, and writer, offering revealing stories and keen observations about some of the stars he’s worked with, including Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and others. But like Zwick’s movies, which have tended to be not just entertaining but about something, the book goes beyond these Hollywood insider tales. It’s a reflective and instructive examination of his own evolution as a filmmaker and professional storyteller. And it’s a rumination on what’s become of the business of moviemaking—how hard it actually is to get anything made, given the budget issues, studio demands, and capriciousness of actors.

Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood By Ed Zwick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668046999
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Published: Gallery Books - February 13th, 2024