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Book Briefs: September 2013

Bloodlands wins Hannah Arendt Prize Timothy Snyder has been awarded the prestigious Hannah-Arendt-Preis für Politisches Denken for 2013. The €7,500 prize is for his book, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, a history of the Nazi and Soviet mass murders that occurred on the lands between Berlin and Moscow. The book has been translated into 23 […]

Book Briefs: October 2013

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Stanford Professor Ian Morris looks at the paradoxical status of war, which has not just harmed, but also helped humanity – and whether it can continue to do so in the present. The title – while clearly echoing the anti-war song – is also the name of Professor Morris’ […]

Book Briefs: July/August 2013

OUT OF TUNE PIANO BLUES Prolific concert pianist, teacher, and recording artist James Boyk has been Pianist in Residence for 30 years at the California Institute of Technology. He also spent 25 years in a second post as Lecturer in Music in Electrical Engineering at Caltech, integrating music, science and technology in his course, “Projects […]

Book Briefs: June 2013

THE GLOBALISATION OF LOVE How far would you go for love? Would you emigrate, give up your cuisine, compromise on your children’s education? These are questions asked by Wendy Williams in her recent book The Globalisation of Love. Looking at the growing trend of multinational, multicultural relationships, she examines language, food, humour, pets and other […]

Book Briefs: May 2013

SMART CITY What is a Smart City? At heart, the concept concerns sustainable quality of life for urban dwellers. A total of 67 Viennese scholars show Vienna’s potential for the coming decades. Chapters include City & Planning, Energy & Buildings, Mobility & Networks and Environment & Climate, with introductory chapters written by journalists Astrid Kuffner and Jürgen Hatzenbichler.   Smart City: Viennese Expertise […]

Book Briefs: Apr., 2013

MIDDLE EUROPA “Martin Ehl shows us how entertaining sophisticated, high-quality journalism can be,” said Jury Chairman Ambros Kindel when he announced the winner of the 2012 Writing for Central and Eastern Europe award. Ehl is among the top columnists on the issues and events shaping Central Europe and the Baltics. Middle Europa collects well-informed and well-written assessments of the historical, cultural and social characteristics […]

Book Briefs: Mar., 2013

IN THE HUG OF ARMS A tribute to all the innocent victims of armed conflicts, this anthology, edited by EU Parlamentarian and writer Mariela Baeva, takes readers to war-torn Europe, the Arab Spring and other regions of turbulence and radical change with short stories, excerpts of short novels, and essays.   In the Hug of Arms by Mariela Baeva, ed. CULTURE’99 […]

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