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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Retroviews Fromm 1941 to Now
Sometimes even flawed books have their merits. Take Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom…
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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