Book Mail – #riseupandread

Some book mail from Crown Publishing came yesterday 🙂

Thanks to the awesome people at Crown for the free copies in exchange for my honest reviews.

THE DEATH OF TRUTH – Michiko Kakutani (out today!)

THE PERFECT WEAPON: HOW THE CYBER ARMS RACE SET THE WORLD AFIRE – David E. Sanger (already available!)

I’m so excited to have some more poli-sci books in the mix. It’s been awhile since I graduated and I haven’t really been reading a lot in the genre. I love espionage, sabotage, and anything to do with how technology is changing the game.

The #riseupandread movement is really interesting! From their website:

“The books featured on Rise Up and Read are for readers devoted to activism, those just picking up a cause, and for anyone seeking to empower themselves or others through knowledge. Once you’ve started reading, we hope the guides and resources below will help you start conversations, learn more, and take action.”

This is definitely something you should go check out – for more information and more book titles, check out their website here!

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Here are the synopses:

THE DEATH OF TRUTH – Michiko Kakutani

A stirring and incisive manifesto on America’s slide away from truth and reason.

Over the last three decades, Michiko Kakutani has been thinking and writing about the demise of objective truth in popular culture, academia, and contemporary politics. In The Death of Truth, she connects the dots to reveal the slow march of untruth up to our present moment, when Red State and Blue State America have little common ground, proven science is once more up for debate, and all opinions are held to be equally valid. (And, more often than not, rudely declared online.) The wisdom of the crowd has diminished the power of research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the “facts” that best confirm our biases.

With wit, erudition, and remarkable insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and presents a path forward for our truth-challenged times.

THE PERFECT WEAPON: HOW THE CYBER ARMS RACE SET THE WORLD AFIRE – David E. Sanger

From the premiere New York Times Washington correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.

Behind the Russian cyberattacks that may have thrown the 2016 election; behind the Sony hack; behind mysterious power outages around the world and the disappearance of thousands of personnel records from poorly guarded government servers are the traces of a new and powerful weapon, one that has the potential to remake global conflict like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. The Perfect Weapon is the riveting story of how, in less than a decade, cyberwarfare displaced terrorism and nuclear attacks as the greatest threat to American national security.

Cheap to acquire, difficult to defend against, and designed to shield their user’s identities so as to complicate retaliation, these weapons are capable of an unprecedented range of offensive tactics; they can take us just short of war, allowing for everything from disruption to theft to the cause of widespread damage of essential infrastructure systems. And the vulnerability of those systems has created a related but equally urgent conflict: American companies like Apple and Cisco must claim allegiance to no government in the name of selling secure products around the globe yet the US intelligence agencies want the help of such companies in defending against future cyberattacks.

Reported and written with unprecedented access by New York Times chief Washington correspondent and bestselling author David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon takes readers inside war rooms and boardrooms, into the secret cyberdens of American and Chinese military, to give the deep-background story of the increasingly pitched battle between nations, their governments, their cyberwarriors, and their corporations.

 

What do you think of the #riseupandread movement?

–Jess

 

 

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