Archive for November, 2011

Tim Wu

November 30 . 2011

Tim Wu asks if  the Web–the entire flow of information could  be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of “The Master Switch“?


Robin Bernstein

November 29 . 2011

Beginning in the mid nineteenth century in America, childhood became synonymous with innocence. As the idea took hold, it became racialized: popular culture constructed white children as innocent and vulnerable while excluding black youth from these qualities. Robin Bernstein takes up this issue in Racial Innocence.

Alastair Smith

November 28 . 2011

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith’s new  book is The Dictator’s Handbook and they start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don’t care about the “national interest”—or even their subjects—unless they have to.

David O. Stewart

November 22 . 2011

In this vivid and brilliant biography, American Emperor, David Stewart describes Aaron Burr, the third vice president, as a daring and perhaps deluded figure who shook the nation’s foundations in its earliest, most vulnerable decades.

Peter Yarrow

November 21 . 2011

Peter Yarrow’ of the ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, along with Lenny Lipton, wrote the beloved song and now hit book Puff, the Magic Dragon.  Peter is active in Operation Respect, an organization that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools across the country.

Greil Marcus

November 18 . 2011

The Doors is the first book about the group to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison and the era he was made to personify, and focus solely on the music.

Christopher Phillips

November 17 . 2011

Energized by the initial optimism surrounding Obama’s presidency and, conversely, the fierce partisanship in Congress, Christopher Phillips has set out to engage Americans in discussions surrounding our must fundamental rights and freedoms, with some help from Thomas Jefferson in Constitution Cafe.

Robert Levine

November 16 . 2011

In Free Ride, Robert Levine narrates an epic tale of value destruction that moves from the corridors of Congress, where the law was passed that legalized YouTube, to the dorm room of  the founder of Napster.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

November 15 . 2011

The Change I Believe In is a collection of  The Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel’s commentaries and columns from the first years of the Obama administration, an era that has come to be defined by reform and reaction.

Adam Winkler

November 14 . 2011

The debate over guns has always generated controversy and Adam Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital, as a springboard for a groundbreaking historical narrative in Gunfight.