Book reviews (non-fiction)

An unscrupulous empire about to fall

In his new book, Alfred W. McCoy collects his multiple analyses of the US as an empire, and describes how violence practiced in the periphery will accompany you all the way home.

Cash and corpses in Sarkozy’s wake

The French journalists Arfi and Laske investigate the real reasons behind the bombing of Libya in 2011.

In power for eight years

Barack Obama’s eight years as America’s first black president indirectly paved the way for the country’s «first white president», according to one of America’s most influential African-American writers.

A nuanced take on Boko Haram

During the past three years, Hilary Matfess has interviewed a number of women who have been freed from Boko Haram captivity in northern Nigeria. She challenges the reader to take a more nuanced view of the group.

The structural cruelty of American prisons

Marc Morjé Howard’s book provides a shocking picture of America’s treatment of convicts through a detailed comparison of the European and American Prison systems.

The devil is in the distractions

Solitude is an occasionally interesting reflection on the many qualities of loneliness in a time where we’re almost always connected with others.

Varoufakis’ magical realism

By cutting the principles of capitalism to the bone and by using language that is straightforward, Yanis Varoufakis pulls out the essence of modern economy.

Agamben and the Ethics of Abnegation

The Coming Community is a rich, complex and at times impenetrable text drawing you into the realm of the profane before finally presenting us to «the solution».

Heretics the fun way

The new cartoon and graphic narrative Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy, offers a smooth beginning to some of the wisest thinkers of early modern thoughts.

The conqueror of the useless

A genuine democracy must be open to dissent, the different and the useless. Only through this “conquest of the useless” can we get closer to the truth.