Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton
by Joe Conason
Veteran political journalist Joe Conason brings you along with Bill Clinton, as he blazes new paths in his post-presidential career. It is unlike the second career of any other president: “Bill Clinton” is a global brand, rising from the dark days of his White House departure to become one of the most popular names in the world. Conason describes how that happened, examining Clinton’s achievements, failures, motivations, and civilian life. He explains why Clinton’s ambitions for the world continue to inspire (and infuriate). Man of the World—starring the one and only Bill Clinton—tells the engrossing story of an extraordinary man who is still seeking to do good in the world.
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon
by Rosa Brooks
Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today, America’s wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. Today, military personnel analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, and patrol for pirates. You name it, the military does it. This is the kind of book that will leave you moved, astonished,
and profoundly disturbed, for the world around us is quietly changing beyond recognition—and time is running out to make things right.
Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
by Parag Khanna
Khanna offers a unique and hopeful vision for the future. New energy discoveries and technologies have eliminated the need for resource wars; ambitious transport corridors and power grids are unscrambling Africa’s fraught colonial borders; even the Arab world is evolving a more peaceful map as it builds resource and trade routes. At the same time, thriving hubs such as Singapore and Dubai are injecting dynamism into young, heavily populated regions, and the world’s ballooning financial assets are being invested in an inclusive global society. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.
Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union
by Stephen Budiansky
In Code Warriors, Stephen Budiansky—a longtime expert in cryptology—tells the fascinating story of how NSA came to be, from its roots in World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall. With access to new documents, he shows where the agency succeeded and failed during the Cold War, and offers crucial perspective for assessing NSA today in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. He shows how NSA’s obsession with recording every bit of data and decoding every signal is far from a new development; throughout its history the depth and breadth of the agency’s reach has resulted in both remarkable successes and destructive failures.
The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works
by David Crystal
We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking—from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He also investigates the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why
certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others.