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Russia Today
The Hot Peace We Have

Though it has its blindspots, Mike McFaul’s memoir of his time as Obama’s main Russia hand is an enlightening and important read—especially with Trump now at the wheel.

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At the Movies
Unless Ye Become as Little Children

A new head-banging musical about Joan of Arc captures the inner life of a visionary child—and the radical strangeness of Christian faith.

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Hearts of Flint
Demolished by Neglect

Anna Clark’s book on the Flint, Michigan tainted water scandal details the struggles of making the problems of invisible people visible.

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Troubled Waters
Reading the South China Sea

Two recent books offer a helpful guide to Southeast Asia’s most complex maritime dispute.

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Science Fiction
Terraforming Ourselves

What sort of world do we want to live in? Science fiction has answered the question in wildly different ways.

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The Middle Kingdom
All Under Heaven?

Ge Zhaoguang’s history offers subtle warnings of the dangers of Chinese triumphalism.

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Religion and Modernity
The Francis Resistance

Ross Douthat’s new book sounds the alarm about Pope Francis, arguing that the much-beloved pontiff is leading the Church into a crisis. But is resistance the wisest option?

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red vs. blue
Are Our Politics Really “Tribal”?

Amy Chua’s new book mischaracterizes American politics and perpetuates stereotypes of tribal societies.

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China Down Under
Fifty Shades of Red

Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion is a vital wake-up call about the threat of Chinese influence operations—but its policy prescriptions are painted in very broad brushstrokes.

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Future of Liberalism
The One Theory to Rule Them All

Patrick Deneen’s much-discussed book diagnoses liberalism with failure-by-success, but fails to find a convincing cure. Might the answer be another theory?

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