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Book reviews (non-fiction)

Stuxnet was basically waging war

CYBER WARFARE: Countdown to Zero Day relates the story about Stuxnet, the world’s first public known digital weapon. The book raises important questions about warfare in which we all may become collateral damage.

Food on a tormented planet

The world’s intensive food production and the resulting resource depletion may quickly lead us into serious crises. Something must be done about it.

Intelligent care for a world in disorder

The central argument in The Neganthropocene is that the world is at risk of lapsing into a nihilistic state, as our failure to care for it becomes ever more manifest. But the challenge Stiegler takes upon himself is to show the way to an alternative anthropology.

The Dream Island of Modernity

This year, Sir Thomas More’s Utopia marks its 500th anniversary. Modern Times takes this opportunity to celebrate this, still radical, great piece of work.

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.

Elitist liberalism + mass nationalism = truth

To political scientist Jean François Bayart, globalising and development are complementary processes.

State of repression

Recently opened archival material from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq paints a different picture of the brutal dictatorship.

People helping people

Business model 2.0: get your personal audience to support your personal art. In the US filmmakers have managed to finance several films through the Iinternet, but what does it have to offer a European documentary scene?

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.

In Extremis: A story about bravery, talent and betrayal

WAR REPORTER: Marie Colvin covered all the main conflicts of our time, always with the same aim: not only to bear witness, but to bring action.
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