From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. " Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool , but it is pink--all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue , and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue." In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman ( Sweet Valley High ) of color ( The Help ) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years ( Girls, Django in Chains ) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better, coming from one of our most interesting and important cultural critics.
The author describes how his family was haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust and how he embarked on a determined search to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his lost ancestors' fates.
#1 New York Times Bestseller Best Books of 2018 -- The Economist A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today's world, written by one of America's most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, "is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have." The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning , Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption. Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s. Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
Presents the history of the United States from the point of view of those who were exploited in the name of American progress.
From the Ice Age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire story of Europe in a single volume. Chosen ten times as Book of the Year, it is the most ambitious history of the continent ever undertaken.
A historical explanation of the U.S.'s decision to intervene in Iraq explains the Middle-Eastern nation's potential future role in the face of the world's growing energy needs, offering insight into the economic and political forces shaping the region and the events that will affect U.S.-Iraqi relations. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
An unusual and authoritative "natural history of languages" that narrates the ways in which one language has superseded or outlasted another in the past, and what it is about -- say -- Greek, Sanskrit, Mandarin Chinese and English that has led to their supremacy at different times.
Traces the evolution of numerous schools of thought in the western intellectual and cultural communities, from beliefs about paradise and the invention of mathematical principles to the creation of language and theories about the origins of life, in a narrative account that offers insight into human development prior to the twentieth century. By the author of The Modern Mind. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
The English broadcaster describes how he pursued and conducted his historic interview of President Richard Nixon, with excerpts from the program in which Nixon discusses the country's involvement in Vietnam and his role in Watergate.