Book Review

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Book Review: The Decline of Democracy

There was a time not too long ago – as late as the American invasion of Iraq in 2002 – that democracy was regarded, at least in Washington, DC as an inexorable force across the world as one country ...
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Book Review: Enrile’s revenge

It should be expected, of course, that Juan Ponce Enrile comes out well in his 753-page memoir, titled, appropriately enough, “Juan Ponce Enrile – A Memoir.” Politicians write books to jus...
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Book Review: Manhunt by Peter L. Bergen

Peter Bergen, a former television journalist who has become possibly the world’s foremost authority on Osama bin Laden, has written riveting new details of the 10-year campaign to bring the world’s ...
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Book Review: Escape from North Korea

A Korean-American Protestant minister named John Yoon was banned from entering China after police broke into an apartment he rented close to the Korean border and found 19 North Korean refugees hiding there. ...
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Book Review: Mao’s Horrific Leap Forward

In 1959, a youth burst into the commune classroom where a teenaged student, Yang Jisheng, was studying, to tell him his 70-year-old father was starving to death in his Zhejiang Province village. Yang hurried to...
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Book Review: A Unique Look at Imperialism in China

Western imperialism came to Asia in various forms, mercantile, missionary and military. As that era recedes into history it is becoming easier both to the see the interlinkages and conflicts between these three...
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Book Review: A veteran journalist looks at China

Just as the wings have started to come off of China’s extraordinary decades-long expansion, James Fallows, the veteran national affairs correspondent for the US-based magazine Atlantic, has produced a bo...