Guest Books

Bomb Scare

The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons


Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed…

Hear Joseph Cirincione’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/19/2017

Unchecked And Unbalanced

Presidential Power in a Time of Terror


Thirty years after the Church Committee unearthed COINTELPRO and other instances of illicit executive behavior on the domestic and international fronts, the Bush administration has elevated the flaws identified by the committee into first principles of government. Through a constellation…

Hear Aziz Huq’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/18/2017

Down for the Count

Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America


Down for the Count explores the tawdry history of elections in the United States—a chronicle of votes bought, stolen, suppressed, lost, miscounted, thrown into rivers, and litigated up to the U.S. Supreme Court—and uses it to explain why we are…

Hear Andrew Gumbel’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/18/2017

Free Speech on Campus


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Hardly a week goes by without another controversy over free speech on college campuses. On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful, and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other…

Hear Erwin Chemerinsky’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/14/2017

Wake-Up Call

The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow


Kristen Breitweiser was a happy young mother and housewife leading a privileged life. Then, on the morning of September 11th, 2001, the phone rang. It was her husband, Ron, calling from his office in the second tower. “Sweets, I’m ok.…

Hear Kristen Breitweiser’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/14/2017

The Heart of Power

Health and Politics in the Oval Office


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Even the most powerful men in the world are human—they get sick, take dubious drugs, drink too much, contemplate suicide, fret about ailing parents, and bury people they love. Young Richard Nixon watched two brothers die of tuberculosis, even while…

Hear James Morone's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/13/2017

The Impossible Presidency

The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office


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In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues…

Hear Jeremi Suri’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/12/2017

Chasing Ghosts

The Policing of Terrorism


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Since 2001, the United States has created or reorganized more than two counterterrorism organizations for every apprehension it has made of Islamists apparently planning to commit terrorism within the country. Central to this massive enterprise is what the FBI frequently…

Hear John Mueller’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/11/2017

The Black Box Society

The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information


Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with all this information? Frank Pasquale exposes how…

Hear Frank Pasquale’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/07/2017

Twilight of American Sanity

A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump


A landmark book, from “one of the world’s most prominent psychiatrists” (The Atlantic, June 2017): Eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances analyzes the national psyche, viewing the rise of Donald J. Trump as darkly symptomatic of a deeper societal distress. Equally challenging and…

Hear Dr. Allen Frances' latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/06/2017

Born on Third Base

A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good


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As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the…

Hear Chuck Collins’ latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/04/2017

The Rich Don’t Always Win

The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970


The Occupy Wall Street protests have captured America’s political imagination. Polls show that two-thirds of the nation now believe that America’s enormous wealth ought to be “distributed more evenly.” However, almost as many Americans—well over half—feel the protests will ultimately have “little…

Hear Sam Pizzigati’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 09/04/2017

Move Fast and Break Things

How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy


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Move Fast and Break Things is the riveting account of a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs who in the 1990s began to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating three monopoly firms—Facebook, Amazon, and Google—that…

Hear Jonathan Taplin's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/31/2017

The Madhouse Effect

How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy


The award winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have fought at the frontlines of climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and…

Hear Michael Mann’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/30/2017

Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance


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Japan’s new politics challenge some basic assumptions about U.S.-Japan alliance management. CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith explores this new era of alternating parties in power and reveals the growing importance of Japan’s domestic politics in shaping alliance cooperation.

Hear Sheila Smith's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/29/2017

The Blood Bankers

Tales from the Global Underground Economy


Like tentacles on a vast octopus, the firsthand investigations in The Blood Bankers all lead to one core. A financial detective of sorts, investigative journalist Jim Henry analyzes a range of scandals, including the looting of the Philippines by the…

Hear James Henry's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/29/2017

The Water Will Come

Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World


What if Atlantis wasn’t a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into…

Hear Jeff Goodell’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/28/2017

In the Shadows of the American Century

The Rise and Decline of US Global Power


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In a completely original analysis, McCoy explores America’s rise as a world power, from the 1890s through the Cold War and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade…

Hear Alfred W. MCCoy's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/27/2017

To Conserve Unimpaired

The Evolution of the National Park Idea


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When the national park system was first established in 1916, the goal “to conserve unimpaired” seemed straightforward. But Robert Keiter argues that parks have always served a variety of competing purposes, from wildlife protection and scientific discovery to tourism and…

Hear Robert Keiter’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/24/2017

The Public in Peril

Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism


This is one of the first books to thoroughly critique the rise of Trumpism and its potential impact, nationally and? globally. One of the world’s leading social critics, Giroux offers new critiques of Trump and his early Cabinet choices in…

Hear Henry Giroux's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/24/2017