World Events

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Last updated: September 25th, 2022


 

Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine (Ukrainian Studies) By Oksana Maksymchuk (Editor), Max Rosochinsky (Editor) Cover Image
By Oksana Maksymchuk (Editor), Max Rosochinsky (Editor)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781618118615
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Published: Academic Studies Press - November 16th, 2018

The poems collected in this volume engage with the events and experiences of war, reflecting on the themes of alienation, loss, dislocation, and disability; as well as justice, heroism, courage, resilience, generosity, and forgiveness. The anthology brings together some of the most compelling poetic voices from different regions of Ukraine.


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Marjane Satrapi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2004

BEST SELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.


Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America By Lauren Rankin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640094741
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Published: Counterpoint - April 5th, 2022

As the courts betray us and our leaders fail us, only we can keep each other safe.
 
In this powerful, empathetic look at abortion clinic escorting, “one of the most under-covered and crucial, lifesaving, rigorous forms of activism out there” (Rebecca Traister), Lauren Rankin offers real hope—and a real call to action for a post-Roe America.
 


The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Precarious State By Declan Walsh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324020257
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 4th, 2022

Winner of the 2021 Overseas Press Club of America Cornelius Ryan Award

The former New York Times Pakistan bureau chief paints an arresting, up-close portrait of a fractured country.


The Tiger's Pause: The Untold Story of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Peace Efforts in Sri Lanka By Swami Virupaksha Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143456988
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Published: Ebury Press - April 1st, 2022

As the fourth phase of the twenty-six-year-long civil war in Sri Lanka was about to begin, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, visited the island nation with a singular aim: to bring peace to its citizens while trying to mediate between Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the government.


We Uyghurs Have No Say: An Imprisoned Writer Speaks By Ilham Tohti, Yaxue Cao (Translated by), Cindy Carter (Translated by), Matthew Robertson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ilham Tohti, Yaxue Cao (Translated by), Cindy Carter (Translated by), Matthew Robertson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781839764042
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Published: Verso - March 15th, 2022

The words of China’s most famous political prisoner


Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong By Louisa Lim Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593191811
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 19th, 2022

An award-winning journalist and longtime Hong Konger indelibly captures the place, its people, and the untold history they are claiming, just as it is being erased.


Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath By Bill Browder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982153281
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 12th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Following his explosive New York Times bestseller Red Notice, Bill Browder returns with another gripping thriller chronicling how he became Vladimir Putin’s number one enemy by exposing Putin’s campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who stands in his way.

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Darfur Allegory By Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226761695
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 15th, 2021

The Darfur conflict exploded in early 2003 when two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement, struck national military installations in Darfur to send a hard-hitting message of resentment over the region’s political and economic marginalization.


Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands By Kelly Lytle Hernández Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324004370
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2022

Longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction

“Rebel historian” Kelly Lytle Hernández reframes our understanding of U.S. history in this groundbreaking narrative of revolution in the borderlands.


The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast By Kirk Wallace Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984880123
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Published: Viking - August 9th, 2022

A gripping, twisting account of a small town set on fire by hatred, xenophobia, and ecological disaster—a story that weaves together corporate malfeasance, a battle over shrinking natural resources, a turning point in the modern white supremacist movement, and one woman’s relentless battle for environmental justice.


Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine By Anne Applebaum Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804170888
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Published: Anchor - September 4th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes, the consequences of which still resonate today, as Russia has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once morefrom the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain.


The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Genocide By Azeem Ibrahim, Muhammad Yunus (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Azeem Ibrahim, Muhammad Yunus (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781849049733
Published: Hurst & Co. - February 1st, 2018

According to the United Nations, Myanmar's Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Only now has the media turned its attention to their plight at the hands of a country led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet the signs of this genocide have been visible for years.


The Naked Don't Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees By Matthieu Aikins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063058583
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Published: Harper - February 15th, 2022

A NYTBR Editor’s Choice 


Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books By Azar Nafisi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979305
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 4th, 2008

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true.


Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence By Ken Auletta Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984878373
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

A vivid biography of Harvey Weinstein—how he rose to become a dominant figure in the film world, how he used that position to feed his monstrous sexual appetites, and how it all came crashing down, from the author who has covered the Hollywood and media power game for The New Yorker for three decades


My Boy Will Die of Sorrow: A Memoir of Immigration From the Front Lines By Efrén C. Olivares Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306847288
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Published: Hachette Books - July 12th, 2022

This deeply personal perspective from a human rights lawyer—whose work on the front lines of the fight against family separations in South Texas intertwines with his own story of immigrating to the United States at thirteen—reframes the United States' history as a nation of immigrants but also a nation against immigrants.

In the summer of 2018, Efr&eacut


Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States By Reece Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640095205
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Published: Counterpoint - July 5th, 2022

An urgent look at the U.S. Border Patrol from its xenophobic founding to its assault on the Fourth Amendment in its quest to become a national police force


Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis By Eve Darian-Smith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781503631083
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Published: Stanford University Press - April 19th, 2022

How extreme-right antidemocratic governments around the world are prioritizing profits over citizens, stoking catastrophic wildfires, and accelerating global climate change.


Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America By Mark Follman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062973535
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Published: Dey Street Books - April 5th, 2022

“An urgent read that illuminates real possibility for change.” —John Carreyrou, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Blood


Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village By Jody Sokolower, Nick Estes (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jody Sokolower, Nick Estes (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781623718886
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Published: Olive Branch Press - May 7th, 2021

Palestinian youth and the fight for their village




Silwan is a Palestinian village located just outside the ancient walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village is a moving story of a village and its people.


We Have Tired of Violence: A True Story of Murder, Memory, and the Fight for Justice in Indonesia By Matt Easton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620973813
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Published: New Press - June 7th, 2022

A chilling work of true crime about the midair murder of a human rights activist, set against a riveting political drama in the world's fourth-largest nation