Dan May

What, exactly, is the difference between a free market and state-run capitalism? How does the economy in Norway differ from the economy of Brazil or China? Ian Bremmer's The End of the Free Market is a nice primer on the global economy, and provides keen insight into the current financial crisis. But when it comes to specific remedies to heal an ailing free market system, Bremmer comes up short. Dan May reviews.

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

Muslims of Metropolis traces the experiences of three Muslim immigrant experiences in the West: a Turk in Germany, a Palestinian in England, and a Bangladeshi in the United States. They may share the same religion, but the experiences in their new countries are hardly the same. M. Junaid Levesque-Alam reviews the intimate portraits sketched by Kavitha Rajagopalan.

Danny Schechter

In this essay, award-winning, veteran journalist Danny Schechter reflects back on his decades-long career in mainstream and independent journalism and offers advice for the next generation of reporters. Would be muckrakers, media critics, progressive journalists and speakers-of-truth-to-power, listen up: the News Dissector has something to say.

Ed Hancox

Putin's Oil has all the makings of a thriller novel: conspiracies, Kremlin politics, double agents, corporate espionage, mysterious deaths, and exile to Siberia. Except this is the true story of how then-president Vladimir Putin wrestled control of  the oil giant Yukos, once one of Russia's most successful companies, from Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Ed Hancox delves into the machinations that landed a one-time billionaire in a Siberian prison.

Lauren Young

With the world in a frenzy over the World Cup tournament, Lauren Young re-visits the newly re-issued How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer. Despite the books grandiose title, "its beauty is that it does not make a specific argument—by recognizing the messy heterogeneity of soccer’s effect on people, it very clearly shows the game’s power to drive right to the heart of a cultural or economic phenomenon." Read on...

Shaun Randol

Sebastian Junger's gripping reportage from the frontlines of Afghanistan is adrenaline-fused war reporting at its best. Shaun Randol reviews the harrowing account of a platoon of American soldiers battling a ferocious enemy in the Korengal Valley, the most dangerous part of the war-torn country. A philosophical rumination on war it is not, but War is as addictive as the fighting it portrays.