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Soviet Spotlight: The Jews of Silence by Elie Wiesel

Last year, when I heard the news Elie Wiesel passed away like many others I was saddened because the world lost not only a powerful writer and wise man but also a survivor one of history’s darkest episodes. 411 more words


I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

If I may for a moment, channel The Most Interesting Man in the World and say I don’t always read young adult books, but when I do, I prefer something that’s socially and politically relevant. 554 more words

Area Studies/International Relations

1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen

I’m a huge sucker for books about a single year in history. Some of my favorites have been 1959, 1968 and 1973. Last year I read… 436 more words


Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon

During the second half of 2016 I ended up taking a break from Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge, even though it’s been huge favorite of mine over the years. 339 more words


About Time I Read It: The J Curve by Ian Bremmer

Back in 2010 while TV channel surfing I happened to land on PBS in the middle of Charlie Rose interviewing a geopolitical thinker/writer named Ian Bremmer. 713 more words


Girl at War by Sara Nović

After reading one excellent novel set in the former Yugoslavia I was definitely in the mood for another. Right after finishing The Wolf of Sarajevo… 344 more words


The Wolf of Sarajevo by Matthew Palmer

To me there’s nothing like taking a chance on a book you knew nothing about but in the end you thoroughly enjoyed. Recently, I noticed my public library had an available copy of Matthew Palmer’s… 346 more words