Favorite Books of 2015

A dozen book recommendations

Verisimilitude

The following motion picture is based on first hand accounts of actual events. In the opening scene to Zero Dark Thirty, the quote listed above fades, and recordings of actual 911 calls from September 11th play to a black screen. It’s unsettling—some might say unethical—and it sets the stage to say: this is how history […]

Henry Kissinger’s World Order and the Question of Universal Values

On the tension among “universal” values, world order, and U.S. power
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Politics and Culture in International History

The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies … But vast regions of the world have never shared and only acquiesced in the Western concept of order … [The United States must think] […]