Editors’ Picks

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Demick’s reporting is resourceful and inspired, but her message is a dispiriting one: there is little the outside world can do to halt Beijing’s deliberate and systematic erosion of the distinctive cultures and traditions of Buddhist Tibetans and other minority groups within China.

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Political and Legal

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Democracy Rules

by Jan-Werner Müller

Müller argues in this important book that the forms of popular authoritarianism seen recently in Brazil, Hungary, India, Poland, and the United States constitute a threat to democracy but do not herald a return to the fascism of the 1930s.

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Economic | Social | Environmental

Military | Scientific | Technological

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Combining meticulous scholarship with a practitioner’s eye, Malkasian provides a full and authoritative account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan over the past four decades, leading up to President Joe Biden’s decision earlier this year to withdraw U.S. troops.

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The United States

Western Europe

Western Hemisphere

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Amazônia

by Sebastião Salgado

Salgado, a famed Paris-based Brazilian documentary photographer, takes his camera deep into the Amazon rainforest, capturing both the startling beauty of nature and intimate, sensitive portraits of the everyday life of indigenous peoples.

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Civilizations: A Novel

by Laurent Binet. Translated by Sam Taylor

Binet playfully imagines a world in which the Aztecs and the Incas conquer western Europe, offering a redemptive fantasy that rescues history from the tragedy of the European destruction of the precolonial Americas.

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Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics

Middle East

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Global Jihad: A Brief History

by Glenn E. Robinson

In this remarkably comprehensive account of the evolution of political jihad, Robinson provides an accessible history and a provocative analysis of one of the most important political movements in the world over the last half century.

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Asia and Pacific

Africa

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In a sweeping history extending from the classical world to the twentieth century, Otele masterfully analyzes the changing relationship between Africa and Europe, particularly the hardening of racist European views about Africans.

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