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Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival
Review Essay - May/June 2014
The Real Reasons Nationalism Is Back in Japan
David Pilling's useful book, Bending Adversity, takes a relatively hopeful view of the conservative nationalism advocated by Japanese president Shinzo Abe. But a more thorough accounting of Japan’s recent past and the country's political system would suggest a less sanguine outlook. Read more
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Congo: The Epic History of a People
A major critical and popular success in Belgium, this sweeping history of Congo begins during the precolonial era and brings readers all the way up to the current era of warlords and civil war. Read more
The Man Who Loved Dogs: A Novel
In this ambitious, at times gripping work of historical fiction, Padura re-creates the 1940 assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico. Read more
A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior
Duncan Lee was a descendant of the two Lee brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence, and of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general. From 1942 to 1945, he spied for the Soviet Union. Read more
The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism
This interesting book is basically a history of business journalism in the United States, with an emphasis on investigative journalism, whose virtues the author extols. Read more
Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama
In this analytic tour de force, Sestanovich offers a useful and often original look at the strategies of the last 12 American presidents. Read more
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