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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.

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.

Evil: The powerlessness of the spirit

The French-Tunisian philosopher Mehdi Belhaj Kacem wants to show us the path towards good by sharpening our insight into evil.

Prescript Killjoy

Narcocapitalism is a short book about modern psychoactive pharmaceuticals, but also a theory of how to gain control over the social body.

A mourning sister speaks truth to power

Through reflections, prose-poems, and conversations with living and dead revolutionaries, Jackie Wang dissects the American prison system.

The diaspora as a vantage point to modern China

From the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century more than 20 million people migrated out of China. Shelly Chan analyses the emergence of China as a nation state from the vantage point of the Chinese diaspora around the world.

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.

To the Youth of Today

The aging Alain Badiou pens a radical speech on existential anguish as an opening towards a better community.

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.

Two Centuries of Silence

A: Where are you from? B: Iran A: So you speak Arabic? B: No, we speak Farsi. Iranians are not Arab. We are Persian.
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