Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya

Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya

I had high expectations from Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya. It was disappointing. Politkovskaya had a rather liberal russian approach, which is not particularly anti-imperialistic. I will use some quotes from the book to highlight what is wrong with this approach. Nevertheless, I would recommend…

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford is the first book of its kind, published in 1924. It is a fascinating book, well worth reading, although it’s unlikely it is easy to find. I recommend this book for non-researchers for a simple reason –…

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost is a book I read for my research. It is a good book, but mostly suitable to either those who study journalism or those who study the history of journalism. It covers various aspects and it offers a…

The Power of Platforms by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

The Power of Platforms by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

The Power of Platforms by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen with Sarah Anne Ganter – Shaping Media and Society – is a book that must be read. I bought this book when I went to Oxford Martin School to hear Rasmus Kleis Nielsen give a talk about…

We Are Bellingcat by Eliot Higgins

We Are Bellingcat by Eliot Higgins

We Are Bellingcat by Eliot Higgins – An Intelligence Agency for the People – is a fascinating book. If you are familiar with OSINT, then this book is for you. If you are not familiar with OSINT (open source intelligence), then this book is for…

Freezing Order by Bill Browder

Freezing Order by Bill Browder

Freezing Order by Bill Browder is a must read book, particularly at this time. Browder recounts his story of fighting to get the Magnitsky Act approved and the legal challenges as russia was trying to stop him. They used American and British lawyers to stop…

Our Own Worst Enemy by Thomas Nichols

Our Own Worst Enemy by Thomas Nichols

Our Own Worst Enemy by Thomas Nichols – The Assault from within on Modern Democracy. I read another book by him, The Death of Expertise, and I enjoyed it very much. I liked this book and I recommend it. It is thought provoking and interesting,…

The Russia conundrum by Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The Russia conundrum by Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The Russia conundrum by Mikhail Khodorkovsky – how the West fell for Putin’s power gambit – and how to fix it – is written by a former russian oligarch. Despite profoundly disagreeing with him, I gave the book 4 stars. I did that for a…

Putin’s Trolls by Jessikka Aro

Putin’s Trolls by Jessikka Aro

Putin’s Trolls by Jessikka Aro – On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World – is a must read. Trolls and their dictators are not only affecting their countries, but are changing the meaning of democracy in ours. If the person we read…

International Relations by Paul Wilkinson

International Relations by Paul Wilkinson

International Relations by Paul Wilkinson was published in 2007 – part of The Oxford Very Short Introductions Series. It fully deserves the 1 star I gave it not because it’s outdate, which it is, but because the style is poor, and his views are imperialistic…

Blowing Up Russia by Yuri Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko

Blowing Up Russia by Yuri Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko

Blowing Up Russia by Yuri Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko – Terror from Within – is a 5 stars book without any doubt. It is dry and it deals with horrible topics, but it is a testament to what dictatorships can do, including to their own people.…

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo – Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa – was published in 2009, but the things mentioned in the book are relevant. She said that governments are judged on how much aid they spend…

Narrative economics by Robert Shiller

Narrative economics by Robert Shiller

Narrative economics by Robert Shiller – How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events – is such a fascinating book. Written by a Nobel Prize-winning economist, it is focused, as the name of the book suggests on how stories drive economic events, both positive…

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

This book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff – The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, was recommended by Harari at the Athens Democracy Forum earlier this year. I bought this book, alongside the second one which he…

Drug Wars by Neil Woods

Drug Wars by Neil Woods

I wanted to read this book, Drug Wars by Neil Woods and J S Rafaeli, for a while. I attended a lecture with Woods a couple of years ago, but I had no cash with me, so I couldn’t purchase the book after the lecture.…

The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols

The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols

You might ask yourself why I’ve decided to read The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols right now. Because it is a highly relevant book at this time. I was happy to see it available online, for a couple of months, on Bodleian, as the…