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Daniel W. Drezner

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Daniel W. Drezner is an American professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an author, a blogger, and a commentator. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution.
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Pale Rider
The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
Laura Spinney - 2017-09-12
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With a death toll between fifty and one hundred million people across the globe, the Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. Nevertheless, it exists in our memory as a mere footnote to World War IIn Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of this overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from ...
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@AndrewMLeber @profmusgrave @BeijingPalmer That’s a great book (I’m pretty sure it’s cited in the IO piece).      source
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The Monster at the End of this Book
Jon Stone - 2004-05-11 (first published in 1971)
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Many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page—for fear of a monster at the end of the book. “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page . . . for, of course, the monster is Grover himself! This all-time favorite i...
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@Perrid13 There is no such thing as reading this book too many times. I remember my parents reading it to me and I loved reading it to my kids (it helps that I could do a passable Grover voice).      source
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Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel - 2014-09-09
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
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Also, if you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic book that is weirdly optimistic about humanity and don’t love science fiction, I suggest Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven.”      source
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Presidential Misconduct
From George Washington to Today
James M. Banner - 2019-07-02
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Named a best book of the year by The Economist and Foreign Affairs "A whole book devoted exclusively to the misconduct of American presidents and their responses to charges of misconduct is without precedent." ―from the introduction to the 1974 edition by C. Vann Woodward, Pulitzer Prize–winning Yale historian The historic 1974 report for the House...
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Some book recommendations before I go on vacation next week. cc: @KevinMKruse, @MicahZenko, @speechboy71.      source
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Cari Mora
A Novel
Thomas Harris - 2019-05-21
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From the creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs comes a story of evil, greed, and the consequences of dark obsession.Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetite...
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Some book recommendations before I go on vacation next week. cc: @KevinMKruse, @MicahZenko, @speechboy71.      source
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Clear and Present Safety
The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans
Michael A. Cohen - 2019-03-26
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An eye-opening look at the history of national security fear-mongering in America and how it distracts citizens from the issues that really matter   What most frightens the average American? Terrorism. North Korea. Iran. But what if none of these are probable or consequential threats to America? What if the world today is safer, freer, wealthier, h...
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Some book recommendations before I go on vacation next week. cc: @KevinMKruse, @MicahZenko, @speechboy71.      source
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The Fifth Risk
Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis - 2019-12-03
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The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared. Across all departments the stories were the same: Trump appointees were few and far between; those who did show up were shockingly uninformed abou...
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There is no better author to make the federal bureaucracy an exciting read.      source
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These Truths
A History of the United States
Jill Lepore - 2019-10-01 (first published in 2018)
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Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, n...
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If a genie granted me some wishes, one of them would be to write as cleanly and carefully as Jill Lepore. This is the general history of the United States that you both want and need. Lepore is your dream tour guide to navigate the shining moments and the worst warts of this country’s past. Buy and read this book.      source
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Taxing Wars
The American Way of War Finance and the Decline of Democracy
Sarah Kreps - 2018-06-01
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Why have the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq lasted longer than any others in American history? The conventional wisdom suggests that the move to an all-volunteer force and unmanned technologies such as drones have reduced the apparent burden of war so much that they have allowed these conflicts to continue almost unnoticed for years. Taxing Wars sugg...
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One can argue that the shift from conscripted to volunteer militaries has reduced the reluctance among the citizens who know they will never have to fight. Kreps tackles the treasure part of this equation, and reaches some sobering conclusions.      source
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Maxwell's Demon and the Golden Apple
Global Discord in the New Millennium
Randall L. Schweller - 2014-05-01
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Just what exactly will follow the American century? This is the question Randall L. Schweller explores in his provocative assessment of international politics in the twenty-first century.Schweller considers the future of world politics, correlating our reliance on technology and our multitasking, distracted, disorganized lives with a fragmenting wo...
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@thoatley There’s Randy Schweller’s book.      source
Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz
Wars of Law by Tanisha M. Fazal
War on Peace by Ronan Farrow