New biography shows Merkel close to communists

The pro-American publication Der Spiegel says a new biography on Angela Merkel’s life in East Germany shows she was closer to the communist apparatus and its ideology than previously thought.

Published this week and written by journalists Günther Lachmann and … Read the rest

Vortex, war novel by Larry Bond and Patrick Larkin

vortexThe lengthy novel focuses on the U.S. deployment of force, and gives an excellent sense of the problems and limits of power projection in an underdeveloped theater, a type of setting Americans are likely encounter in such deployments, writes a … Read the rest

In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy

Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran … Read the rest

Peter Sloterdijk’s ‘Bubbles’: a theory of connectedness

sloterdijk_bubbles1by Joshua Mostafa

Quoting the poet Jean Paul, German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk remarks at the beginning of his controversial essay “Rules for the Human Zoo” that books are like “thick letters to friends.” Weighing in at over six hundred pages, … Read the rest