Book Reviews

The Price of Inequality

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz’s new book, “The Price of Inequality,” is the single most comprehensive counter­argument to both Democratic neoliberalism and Republican laissez-faire theories. While credible economists running the gamut from center right to center left describe our bleak present as the result of s ...

Reviewed by Thomaas B. Edsall New York Times August 3, 2012

The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at all Costs

by David Unger

Last year a Newsweek article made public President Obama’s reading list. Its message was promising: A third of the books focused on former presidencies. Yet according to “The Emergency State,” David C. Unger’s ambitious and valuable overview of 20th-century presidents and national security, Obama has ...

Reviewed by Karen J. Greenberg Washington Post May 25, 2012

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West

by Blaine Harden

Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West” by Blaine Harden ...

Reviewed by Andrew Salmon Washington Post April 27, 2012

Tinderbox : How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

by Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin

Just a few months ago, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a leading firebrand of the global AIDS movement, Stephen Lewis, said at a conference that the money given to Africa by the U.S. global AIDS initiative called PEPFAR and by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria amounted to “partial reparatio ...

Reviewed by John Donnelly Washington Post April 7, 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

by Katherine Boo

This is an astonishing book.eye view of the “undercity” of one of the world’s largest metropolises; as an intensely reported, deeply felt account of the lives, hopes and fears of people traditionally excluded from literate narratives; as a story that truly hasn’t been told before, at least not about ...

Reviewed by Shashi Tharoor Washington Post February 10, 2012

World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development

by World Bank

The 2012 World Development Report (WDR) is a watershed moment: it is the first time that the World Bank, the world’s largest and most influential development institution, has devoted its flagship publication to gender. Kate Bedford of the University of Kent argues that the report leaves the Bank failing to ...

Reviewed by Kate Bedford Bretton Woods Project February 8, 2012

Earth Grab: Geopiracy, the New Biomassters, and Capturing Climate Genes

by Diana Bronson, Hope Shand, Jim Thomas, Kathy Jo Wetter

Human induced climate change is rapidly becoming an environmental crisis unprecedented in scope. As the crisis takes hold, with examples such as increasingly unpredictable and destructive weather patterns, unrestrained deforestation, the disappearance of arctic ice, rising global temperatures and the thinni ...

Reviewed by Michael Abouzelof World Hunger Education Service January 11, 2012

The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics

by Kathryn Sikkink

What is the impact of putting former national leaders on trial for massive violations of human rights? Surely, most who are aware of the crimes, and certainly the surviving victims, find value in the trials and convictions of murderous leaders and their associates. On the other hand, there are cases in which ...

Reviewed by Micheline Ishay Washington Post December 30, 2011

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

Appearances often deceive. Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature” landed on my desk in the immediate aftermath of that terrible massacre in Norway. As I read the book, Syrian forces slaughtered pro-democracy protesters, riots engulfed English cities, and murders punctuated the news. But, if ...

Reviewed by Gerard Degroot Washington Post November 30, 2011

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean

by Alex von Tunzelmann

Power in the Caribbean in the 1950s and early ’60s was taken by a knife at the throat. “Political life in Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic was a cockfight,” writes Alex von Tunzelmann. “For any politician landing in the dust, the only thing that mattered was to survive for as long as possible. ...

Reviewed by David Hoffman Washington Post November 15, 2011
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