Dambisa Moyo makes a compelling case for a new approach in Africa. Her message is that Africa's time is now. It is time for Africans to assume full control over their economic and political destiny.
The man who came up with phrase "The World is Flat" for his friend Tom Friedman expounds on the nations's developmental issues and possible policy solutions to continue the "Indian miracle."
How will different parts of the county survive in the current economic crises? Will cities and suburbs have to reinvent themselves and how has the physical character and geography of the country shaped consumption, production and innovation?
Richard Florida, one of our nations leading urban theorists, and the author of Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life,argues that to a surprising degree, the cause of the current crash is geographic in nature and that comming out of the recession will will require a "new kind of geography," what he calls a "spatial fix." He lays all of this out in the cover story in the March issue of the The Atlantic entitled THE GREAT RESET: How the Crash will Reshape America.
Richard Yates is getting a new following since the movie Revolutionary Road. Cheever is the subject of a new biography and Updike has had a revival since his death. Yet, the women who wrote some great work during this same period seemingly have been overlooked. Elaine Showalter believes it is high time to fully integrate the contributions of women into our American literary heritage, and she undertakes the task with brilliance and flair, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated firmly in their place. She has written A JURY OF HER PEERS. A book that will greatly enrich our understanding of American literary history and culture. My conversation with Elaine Showalter:
The United States imports the majority of its oil, not from the Middle East, but from Canada? Canada has one third of the world's oil resources; it comes from the bitumen in the oil sands of Alberta. It burns more carbon than conventional oil. It destroys forests and displaces wildlife. It poisons the water supply of communities downstream and drains the Athabasca, the river that feeds Canada's largest watershed. It's one of the largest energy projects in the world.
Buzz. What is it, how does it get started and can it be manipulated. Whether it's the Obama campaign or the latest hot book or movie, marketing today is dictated by a whole new set a rules that stand the old ideas about advertising, public relations and traditional marking upside down.
One of the top practitioners of this new "art" is David Scott. He written a new book entitled World Wide Rave. My conversation with David Scott:
Winner of this years National Book Critics Circle award for Non-Fiction, Dexter Finkins is clearly the finest war correspondent of our time. My conversation with him, when his book came out back in October of last year.