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

Age of Danger, by Andrew Hoehn and Thom Shanker

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Veteran journalist Thomas Shanker and former Pentagon official turned RAND executive Andy Hoehn team up to produce a very thoughtful and insightful book about what more can be done to ensure America is better protected. They begin by noting that although about $1.25 billion is currently spent on national security, the government often is stunned by events at home and abroad and fails to respond adequately. The authors argue that our national security system needs an overhaul—both to provide better intelligence and warnings and also to respond more effectively. Outlining some ways to achieve this, Shanker and Hoehn are very persuasive in making a case that hopefully will help bring about new strategies, processes, and institutional tools to deal with the challenges posed by China and Russia and such future threats as pandemics, cyber attacks, drones, and climate change.

Age of Danger: Keeping America Safe in an Era of New Superpowers, New Weapons, and New Threats By Andrew Hoehn, Thom Shanker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306829109
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Published: Hachette Books - May 9th, 2023

Bright Unbearable Reality, by Anna Badkhen

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Badkhen, already one of the most important chroniclers of our time, here turns her sharp, perceptive eye on both human history and recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic violence against migrants and marginalized people. These 11 essays weave scenes of past ages with Badkhen's travels and scholarly work to interrogate the state of humanity with empathy and intelligence.






Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays By Anna Badkhen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681377063
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Published: New York Review Books - October 18th, 2022