Aug 7, 2014 — Charles Cumming hooks NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse with his latest spy novel, A Colder War. It's a tense and tangled tale of a British agent hunting the truth behind a mysterious death in Istanbul.
Nov 8, 2012 — Since the end of the Cold War, many Americans have largely dismissed the threat of nuclear war. But Paul Bracken warns that Americans feel a misguided sense of calm. In The Second Nuclear Age, he argues that the second age of nuclear politics has arrived and the U.S. must face a new nuclear reality.
May 2, 2012 — Next week, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol finally arrives in paperback, along with Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton's memoir, journalist Fareed Zakaria's update on the post-American world, journalist Annie Jacobsen's look inside a top secret U.S. military base, and journalist Mitchell Zuckoff's true tale of the survivors in a WWII plane crash.
Nov 2, 2011 — Historians have long struggled to explain how the West became the preeminent political and economic force in the modern world. In Civilization, historian Niall Ferguson credits six "killer apps" and explains how China is quickly catching on — and catching up.
Jun 30, 2011 — America's dominance on the world stage is fading, says commentator and CNN host Fareed Zakaria. He explains why the U.S. is now lagging behind other countries on key indices such as patent creation and job growth — and what that could mean for America's economic future.
Jan 22, 2011 — When is it all right for leaders to lie to other leaders, other nations — or their own? Political scientist John Mearsheimer poses the provocative question in his new book.
Jun 17, 2008 — It's getting harder to comprehend the world economy without understanding two of the world's most rapidly growing economic powers. A new crop of books focus on how China and India's astonishing growth will play out in the global economy.
Jun 16, 2008 — Read an excerpt from The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East by Kishore Mahbubani.
Jun 16, 2008 — Read an excerpt from Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China and India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott.
Oct 3, 2007 — Sarah Percy, professor of International Relations at Oxford University in England, discusses the kinds of services provided by private security companies like Blackwater USA, and how their rules regarding the use of force apply.