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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56 by Anne Applebaum - Review

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
October 26, 2012 |

A Russian woman who visited East Germany in 1986 on a Soviet school trip described to me recently how their East German official hosts explained the Berlin wall as a necessary defence against the hordes of West Germans who wished to storm into East Germany to escape West German economic misery and join in East Germany's success. And she and her 13-year-old Soviet friends had at the time no reason to doubt this, never in their lives having been told anything different.

Book review: ‘No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden’

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
August 30, 2012 |

Even before the book went on sale, the announcement by the publisher Dutton that the pseudonymous Mark Owen, one of the SEALs on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, would be publishing an account of his role in the raid quickly propelled “No Easy Day” to the No. 1 slot on Amazon, displacing “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Sense and Nonsense About Obama and Osama

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
August 29, 2012 |

On Wednesday some media outlets obtained copies of the heavily embargoed book "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen, the pseudonym of one of the Navy SEALs who was part of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Practicing Balance

September 3, 2012

Work-life imbalance is a problem that has personal, national, and religious implications. Millions of Americans sense that they are rushing through life and that their work and non-work lives compete with one another.  Clergy and lay leaders are struggling with overwork.  Church members are looking for help. Practicing Balance demonstrates why congregational leaders should take work-life imbalance seriously. The issue gets in the way of spiritual development, church attendance, and member involvement.

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‘Saving the School’ by Michael Brick: the Fight for Education Reform in America

  • By
  • Dana Goldstein,
  • New America Foundation
August 13, 2012 |

What can a book about a year in the life of a single school—a timeworn genre—tell us about the pressures facing the uneven, chaotic, increasingly data-driven American public education system? If that book is Michael Brick’s Saving the School, the answer is, quite a lot—as long as you’re willing to slog through a few too many play-by-plays of high school basketball games.

Unraveling Afghanistan

  • and Rajiv Chandrasekaran
July 17, 2012

Alcove 4: Writing Obama

June 29, 2012
Writing about the life of the President of the United States can be a daunting task - just ask Robert Caro. The mission is even more complicated when the commander-in-chief is an esteemed author himself like President Barack Obama. But since Obama took office, a few masterful writers have successfully unearthed hidden stories from his past and present. Join the New America Foundation for a conversation with three authors who have helped reveal the real Barack Obama to the American public.
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The Sidebar: The Politics of Mormonism and Wonder Women

June 27, 2012
Noam Scheiber and Liza Mundy discuss Anne Marie Slaughter's controversial Atlantic magazine cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All", and explore facets of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism. Scheiber talks about one way Romney's Mormon background may have helped him financially this election, and Mundy explains how Romney's faith could impact his  policies affecting women -- if only he would address the subject. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts. 

Welcome to the Hybrid Age

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ayesha Khanna
June 14, 2012 |

One 26-year-old says more than half his memories come from his online life. A Japanese man marries a voluptuous digital avatar. A corporate laboratory implants memories in 7-year-olds, convincing them they swam with dolphins. In their minds, they even got wet.

Power Failure

  • By
  • Barry C. Lynn,
  • New America Foundation
April 12, 2012 |

Americans have never felt at ease with empire, and with good reason. Running an empire often demands that we betray our republican ideals, at least for periods of time. It can also be costly in gold and in blood. So it was no surprise that after the fall of the Soviet Union, the American people leapt at the opportunity to lay down the imperial burdens we had carried since World War II. Politicians in both parties assured us that we could off-load our responsibilities onto a “global” market mechanism, overseen by a new institution created in 1995 called the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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