Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, her story of secretly teaching a literature class for women students in her Tehran living room when Iran became a repressive theocracy, has remained an international bestseller since its publication in 2004. With that book Nafisi emerged as a forceful and eloquent voice challenging the suppression of free speech and the free exchange of ideas in Iran and other countries. In her newest book, The Republic of Imagination, she continues to make the case that classical literature is a weapon against tyranny and subjugation. She argues that the stories written by Mark Twain, James Baldwin and other Americans are foundational to strengthening democratic principles and building tolerant and inclusive societies. Nafisi is a brilliant, courageous, and inspiring writer—and her message is much-needed antidote to the assault on free thought and speech in too many parts of the world.

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Published: Viking Books - October 21st, 2014

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Readers and political junkies of a certain age undoubtedly remember the lurid details of the sex scandal that ended presidential candidate Gary Hart’s political career almost thirty years ago. So what’s left to know? That was my reaction until I read All the Truth is Out (Knopf, $26.95), the fascinating new book by Matt Bai, the national political columnist for Yahoo News and formerly of The New York Times Magazine. Bai conducted lengthy interviews with all of the major characters involved in the scandal (including the leading journalists) and his book raises important questions about when and whether indiscretions by politicians constitute newsworthy character lapses that disqualify them from political office. Told in a breezy narrative, Bai’s story also corrects some widely held misconceptions about the events that led to Hart’s political collapse. This is a smart, compassionate, and eloquent book about our evolving political and journalistic culture.

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

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A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream (PublicAffairs, $25.99), Eric Liu’s story of his Taiwanese-American family, explores and explains the confluences of two extraordinary phenomena of the past half century: the trajectory (mostly up) of Chinese-Americans in America and the rise of China as a global power. But this isn’t a memoir in the typical sense. It’s more an examination of cultural identity and the roles of heritage, language, custom, and geography in defining one’s person and character, not to mention the identities of whole groups of people. A former presidential speechwriter, policy wonk, and founder of Citizen University, Liu is a gifted storyteller and a fresh and creative thinker. He brings to the telling of his personal tale a deep and abiding faith in democratic values and the role of citizenship.

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