The Naked Don’t Fear the Water by Matthieu Aikins

Review by Brian Tanguay Refugees are once again in the news and on our screens. Millions of Ukranians have fled their homes to escape Russia’s unprovoked attack, taking whatever possessions…

Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Review by Brian Tanguay The cover photograph for the third edition of Angela Davis: An Autobiography, published in 2021 by Haymarket Books, was taken in November 1969 by an unnamed…

We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama

Review by Brian Tanguay The Dalai Lama is the most recognizable figure of the Tibetan diaspora, but the focus of Tsering Yangzom Lama’s debut novel, We Measure the Earth with…

Free The Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It by Brian J. Karem

Review by Brian Tanguay In his 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman sounded a warning about media ownership and the danger to the public when it’s fed a…

Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka

Review by Brian Tanguay When I began reading Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian writer who won the Nobel Prize for…

To Govern the Globe: World Orders & Catastrophic Change by Alfred W. McCoy

Review by Brian Tanguay What factors contribute to the rise and fall of empires, and what characteristics distinguish an empire from a world order? In To Govern the Globe, American…

A Field Guide to White Supremacy Kathleen Belew and Ramon Gutierrez, Editors

Review by Brian Tanguay When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, there was a perception that the United States had crossed a line and put the worst excesses of…

Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas

Review by Brian Tanguay At one time or another most of us have suffered at the hands of a petty tyrant, perhaps an overbearing supervisor at work, a rude clerk…

Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter

Review by Brian Tanguay In the Human Stain, the late Philip Roth’s award-winning novel published in 2000, an academic named Coleman Silk has his life, career and reputation derailed for…

Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War by Samuel Moyn

Review by Brian Tanguay Warfare is one of the oldest practices in human history, one that creates and destroys empires, topples or installs kings and dictators, and inflicts suffering on…