(Yes, I’m looking at you, Mitt Romney.) The Nobel Prize-winning economist tries to end the debate with a definitive examination of inequality’s effects not only on the economy, but on democracy and globalization.
Central Park: An Anthology, edited by Andrew Blauner Summer is here, even though in New York it doesn’t always feel like it.
Reading these wonderful short essays by Jonathan Safran Foer, Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, Susan Cheever, Francine Prose, Adam Gopnik, Nathaniel Rich, Bill Buford and more will ignite the hot season within your head, no matter what the weather’s like outside.7.
In ten years in the Army, I discovered one thing I found consistently surprising: I never met a professional soldier who wanted his children to someday follow in his path. My childhood notebooks were full of doodles of tanks and helicopters.
I turned every plaything I could get my hands on into a weapon.
My father practically dragged me home by the ear one night after discovering me hacking away at the neighbor's prized azalea bushes with a plastic sword. There was more pay in it, more respect, and more social mobility.
Before honor or duty or country, there was the childhood code of the warrior, the boy's delight in destruction. "Besides," he liked to remind me, "if you're an officer, you call the shots."Maybe we were both naïve. Late one evening in August 2007, a farmer and his wife brought a five-year old boy to the front gate of my combat outpost on the outskirts of Baghdad.
I used it with merchants, imams, mayors, and, sometimes, even insurgents in disguise.
It's a trick that works especially well with soldiers, my own as well as Iraqi. Every year at Halloween, I pirated pieces of the uniform he'd hung in the spare closet.
Part road-trip narrative, part memoir, Bissinger’s loving account is an eye-opener on all the realities, sacrifices and joys of parenthood.12.
Stalin’s General by Geoffrey Roberts Here is an epic war story that you and Dad haven’t already heard.