Book cover of Off-Earth: Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space by Erika Nesvold
Astronomy & Space Science

Off-Earth: Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space

Can we do better in space than we’ve done here on Earth?

We’ve pinpointed the destination, refined the technology, designed the habitat, outfitted our space residents. Are we forgetting something? A timely reminder that it’s not just rocket science, this thought-provoking book explores the all-too-human issues raised by the prospect of settling in outer space. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA by Liza Mundy
History

The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA

The acclaimed author of Code Girls returns with a “rip-roaring” (Steve Coll), “staggeringly well-researched” (The New York Times) history of three generations at the CIA, “electric with revelations” (Booklist) about the women who fought to become operatives, transformed spycraft, and tracked down Osama bin Laden. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today by Hal Brands
International & World Politics

The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today

The United States is entering an era of great-power competition with China and Russia. Such global struggles happen in a geopolitical twilight, between the sunshine of peace and the darkness of war. In this innovative and illuminating book, Hal Brands, a leading historian and former Pentagon adviser, argues that America should look to the history of the Cold War for lessons in how to succeed in great-power rivalry today. […Learn More]

Book cover of To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa by Emily Bass
Africa

To End a Plague: America’s Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa

With his 2003 announcement of a program known as PEPFAR, George W. Bush launched an astonishingly successful American war against a global pandemic. PEPFAR played a key role in slashing HIV cases and AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the brink of epidemic control. Resilient in the face of flatlined funding and political headwinds, PEPFAR is America’s singular example of how to fight long-term plague—and win. […Learn More]

Book cover of Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China by Michael Beckley and Hal Brands
International & World Politics

Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China

It has become conventional wisdom that America and China are running a “superpower marathon” that may last a century. Yet Hal Brands and Michael Beckley pose a counterintuitive question: What if the sharpest phase of that competition is more like a decade-long sprint? […Learn More]

Book cover of The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future by Peter Gleick
Earth Sciences

The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future

A revelatory account of how water has shaped the course of human life and history, and a positive vision of what the future can hold—if we act now
 
From the very creation of the planet billions of years ago to the present day, water has always been central to existence on Earth. And since long before the legendary Great Flood, it has been a defining force in the story of humanity. […Learn More]

Book cover of Pegasus: How a Spy in Your Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy by Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud
Computers & Technology

Pegasus: How a Spy in Your Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy 

Pegasus is widely regarded as the most effective and sought-after cyber-surveillance system on the market. The system’s creator, the NSO Group, a private corporation headquartered in Israel, is not shy about proclaiming its ability to thwart terrorists and criminals. “Thousands of people in Europe owe their lives to hundreds of our company employees,” NSO’s cofounder declared in 2019. This bold assertion may be true, at least in part, but it’s by no means the whole story. […Learn More]