Bright Unbearable Reality, by Anna Badkhen

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Badkhen, already one of the most important chroniclers of our time, here turns her sharp, perceptive eye on both human history and recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic violence against migrants and marginalized people. These 11 essays weave scenes of past ages with Badkhen's travels and scholarly work to interrogate the state of humanity with empathy and intelligence.






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ISBN: 9781681377063
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Published: New York Review Books - October 18th, 2022

The Jakarta Method, by Vincent Bevins

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After World War II, many countries that had lived under the shadow of colonialism longed to rebuild and strengthen themselves with their newfound autonomy. While the Cold War intensified, Third World countries were optimistic as they solidified bonds amongst each other, ready for a new future. Juxtaposing personal narratives with the violent events that occurred in Jakarta--a swift and bloody annihilation of suspected communists that resulted in the deaths of an estimated one million Indonesians--Bevins recounts how that initial post-war optimism clashed with the US's violent suppression of such dreams in their quest to end communism. The scorched earth approach extended to Latin America, and Bevins emphasizes that when America wasn't directly involved in the killings, they installed governments that were. A chilling portrait of a little-known chapter in America’s violent history, Bevin's study holds the imperial war machine to account and wonders if its cost to human life was worth it.  

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ISBN: 9781541724006
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 27th, 2021

Dark Mirror, by Barton Gellman

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In 2013, Bart Gellman, after receiving an astonishing trove of intelligence documents from Edward Snowden, anchored a team of Washington Post reporters who wrote a Pulitzer-winning series that exposed widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. In Dark Mirror, Gellman recounts his own story engaging with Snowden and explores the full nature and impact of a government surveillance system that expanded after the 9/11 attacks and sought to collect vast amounts of data on people in great secrecy and without previous constraints. The book is illuminating, engrossing, and balanced—a revealing narrative that not only examines intelligence gathering and government overreach in the digital age but provides a thrilling account of investigative journalism in a time of pervasive surveillance.

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ISBN: 9781594206016
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Published: Penguin Press - May 19th, 2020