Arthur Herman’s dual biography, Gandhi And Churchill (Bantam, $20), is a gripping tale of two colorful, stubborn giants of the 20th century who struggled to define the future of the British imperial presence in colonial India.  Both men represented the ironies in British-Indian history: Churchill, the ambitious Raj, spent much of his childhood in India and hoped to invigorate the British Empire, while Gandhi, opposed to the Raj, was so committed to humanitarian action that he was part of an ambulance corps that tended to British wounded in the Boer War. Herman’s book is a wonderful narrative about a longstanding conflict where both sides are completely right and each side is partly wrong.  I loved this book for its perspective on how a no-win diplomatic rivalry overcame so many hurdles on the path to independence. The tragedy of this story is that the great triumph brokered by Gandhi and Churchill, a free India, quickly dissolved into religious and ethnic divisiveness as Muslim Pakistan and Bangladesh established their own independent states.

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ISBN: 9780553383768
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bantam - April 28th, 2009

The Travels Of A T-Shirt In The Global Economy: An Economist Examines The Markets, Power, And Politics Of World Trade (John Wiley, $18.95) is An Omnivore’s Dilemma for apparel. From seed to shirt, Georgetown University business professor Pietra Rivoli skillfully traces a cultural and historical travelogue from the 1790s to 2009 as technological innovations, genetic engineering, human rights campaigns, and foreign policy agreements have transformed the arenas of farming and manufacturing. This Revised and Updated Second Edition revisits many of the characters and topics from the first edition, and adds material on environmental issues, popular resistance to free trade, and current U.S. trade policy.

More than a vacation spot, more than a hot zone of environmental degradation, more than a literary device: the ocean is Seven-Tenths (Europa Editions, $16) of the world. Celebrated British novelist and satirist James Hamilton-Paterson (Cooking with Fernet Branca) turns to the water in this rich meditation, plumbing the depths of the sea’s meanings much as Annie Dillard considered nature in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Hamilton-Paterson lets his thoughts float along the currents of travelogue, philosophy, and environmentalism; there are sections on overfishing and ecological crisis, piracy, the Sea of Galilee, Kon-Tiki, Levi-Strauss, and a burial at sea. With Seven-Tenths your time on the beach this summer will be enriched in myriad ways. Or, if this is a no-vacation-summer for you, Hamilton-Paterson will evoke the oceanic expanses in ways idle days at the shore never could.

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ISBN: 9781933372693
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Published: Europa Editions - April 28th, 2009