Todays black neoliberals and progressives may instinctively reject the singular image of blackness in America put forth in The Black Power Mixtape, but they have no clear, affirmative conception of African-American identity of their own.
Painstakingly researched and sensitively composed, David Graebers latest book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years, attempts a retelling of world history in which credit systems underpin the riseand potential declineof human civilization.
Finely written, carefully reported, and imaginatively conceived, Siddhartha Debs The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India (Faber and Faber, Inc.) is one of the outstanding nonfiction books of 2011.
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If A Tree Falls explores complex questions about social change through means that target private property rather than human life and how government prosecution in the post-9/11 era aggressively uses wide definitions of terrorisma strategy with potentially more destructive consequences than the dark eras of Red-baiting that stain American history.
Any mildly astute analyst of racial dynamics could have quickly debunked the idea that President Barack Obamas election represented the dawning of a post-racial age for America. A single election could not heal centuries of dehumanizing oppression and close a widening wealth and health gap between black and white Americans.
In On China, Henry Kissinger makes a broad attempt to tell the story of Chinas history, in the hope of being able to provide much-needed context to one of the leading global issues of the early 21st century: the essential yet confusing relationship between the United States and the rising Asian giant.
These special Americans, enumerated and discussed in David McCulloughs new narrative history, The Greater Journey, were traveling to Paris in the 19th century; to the Paris that had yet no Tour Eiffel; to a post-Bonaparte Paris that saw the reign of King Louis-Philippe and Napoleon III.