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Working It Out
Hack Job

A new book on the future of work suffers grievously from confirmation bias. The author sees what she wants to see, not because of but despite the relevant data.

The New Battlefield
Chronicles of the Meme War

A new book offers a revealing look into how social media has been “weaponized” by nefarious actors—even if it doesn’t show how the genie can be put back into the bottle.

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Sartre on the Tube
The Afterlife Will Be Televised

Two quirky comedies about death translate the gloom of French existentialism to the cheerier realm of American television.

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The Secret World
An Intelligent History

Christopher Andrew’s The Secret World shows us how the intelligence business is consistently underrated by politicians, military leaders, and historians.

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Technocracy and Democracy
The Taming of the Few

In his new book, ex-central banker Paul Tucker explores the legitimacy crisis of the regulatory state—and argues that with great unelected power comes great democratic responsibility.

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Phony Philanthropy
Change You Can’t Believe In

A new book argues that our technocratic elite have succumbed to a “new faith” that promises worldly utopia but instead perpetuates injustice. Perhaps they might take lessons from an older one.

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Fromm 1941 to Now

Sometimes even flawed books have their merits. Take Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom

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Soft Despotism
The Bulverizing of the American Mind

A new book by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff gives good advice but undermines its entire project in the process.

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Radical Sacrifice
The Useful Errors of Terry Eagleton

Eagleton’s diagnosis of the central problem of postmodernity is spot-on, even if his denials of his own postmodern outlook are less convincing.

Continent in Crisis
After Union, the Deluge

In a searing new book, Ian Kearns reckons with the European Union’s many failures—and offers a disturbing prediction of its collapse.

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