last year

Why we need to elect a progressive Democratic President in 2020

Robert Kuttner has been helping set the progressive agenda for three decades as the cofounder and (current) coeditor of The American Prospect and as a cofounder and board member of the Economic Policy Institute. So, it’s hard to think of anyone better qualified to make the case for electing a progressive Democratic President in 2020. […]

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America revealed through the lens of a single mid-sized city

Quick: what do you know about Oklahoma City? Chances are, if you’re over the age of forty, you’ll mention Timothy McVeigh and the destruction in 1995 of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. One hundred sixty-eight people died then, and more than 500 were injured, in our country’s largest-ever attack by domestic terrorists. Of course, […]

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An optimistic view of economic development in Africa

It starts with the title itself—Dayo Olopade’s challenge to the prevailing sentiment that sub-Saharan Africa today is little different in its essence from the “dark continent” perceived by nineteenth century colonialists. In The Bright Continent, Olopade catalogs an impressive number of innovative businesses, social sector ventures, and even an occasional government initiative that contribute to […]

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Why is the Russian oligarchy hostile to the West?

In his new book, Russia Without Putin, Tony Wood tries to make the case that “too much attention has been paid to the man, and not enough to the system over which he presides.” It’s an intriguing claim, but Wood doesn’t quite pull it off. The book consists of six chapters and an epilogue. And […]

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The best book about artificial intelligence I’ve read so far

Google “books about artificial intelligence,” and you’ll find a slew of them. Amazon lists 286. Computer scientists, journalists, science fiction authors, and other observers have written on the topic, sometimes insightfully, sometimes not. I’ve read nearly two dozen of these books. But AI Superpowers, the latest one to land on my Kindle, is by far the best. […]

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a couple of years ago

Bob Woodward’s new book reveals how Trump makes policy

Here comes Bob Woodward’s new book with the latest wrinkles in the tangled story of Donald Trump and his conduct in the White House. It might seem that everything of note has already been said. But Woodward demonstrates his journalistic chops in this meticulously researched account. Fear is far and away the most substantive of […]

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