Category Archives: The Eclectic Bookshelf

“Washington Rules” by Andrew J. Bacevich

by Joshua H. Liberatore If you missed Andrew Bacevich’s compelling Limits of Power, which published in the fall of 2008 and headed off the presidential transition with stern warnings to both major parties about the fate of our imperial ambitions, … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | Leave a comment

“The Long Emergency” by James Howard Kunstler

by Joshua H. Liberatore In The Long Emergency, James Howard Kuntsler presents his dark, near-apocalyptic vision of life in the United States after peak oil, the point at which production has reached its half life, after which no more oil … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | Leave a comment

“The Way of Ignorance” by Wendell Berry

by Joshua H. Liberatore Wendell Berry’s most recent collection of essays, The Way of Ignorance, builds strength from a premise at once fundamentally American and decidedly un-American: the recognition and acceptance of limits. The eponymous essay that forms the book’s … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | Leave a comment

“The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer

by Joshua H. Liberatore I’ve often wondered how (and indeed, why) one goes about writing a book with a collaborator. My concern is for the basic logistics of dividing labor, reconciling stylistic preferences, and merging variant voices. But I suppose … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | Leave a comment

“Three Cups of Tea” by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson

by Joshua H. Liberatore In Three Cups of Tea journalist David Oliver Relin and mountaineer-turned-grassroots education activist Greg Mortenson describe the positive change that can come, at impressively low cost, when dedicated and informed leadership tackles a thorny problem with … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | 4 Comments

“American Orientalism” by Douglas Little

by Joshua H. Liberatore American Orientalism, Douglas Little’s sweeping thematic survey of American foreign policy in the Middle East since 1945, was published in the fall of 2002, just as the Bush Administration was beginning the hard work of lying … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | Leave a comment

“In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan

by Patrick Baker What is food? It’s kind of like asking, ‘what is fire?’ The answer seems obvious until you are forced to think about it. So what is fire? From antiquity to the early modern period the answer was … Continue reading

Posted in The Eclectic Bookshelf | Leave a comment