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The Parliament of Man (Paul Kennedy); Secretary or General? (Simon Chesterman, editor); The Best Intentions (James Traub) [Full Text] 09/26/07
With a new secretary-general now in charge and the memories of the bitter final years of his predecessor still vivid, a timely procession of books on the UN has been appearing to offer some fresh appraisals and insights into how things got this way and what, if anything, can be done.
Author(s): Barbara Crossette

Ethics in Action: The Ethical Challenges of International Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations [Full Text] 09/26/07
Between 2002-2005, the UN University and the City University of Hong Kong organized a series of "dialogues" about the ethical challenges facing international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs). The result is this fascinating and timely volume, which addresses not only human rights narrowly construed, but also humanitarian aid and development.

Economic Justice in an Unfair World: Toward a Level Playing Field [Full Text] 09/26/07
"Economic Justice in an Unfair World" is a stimulating, well-researched book combining economic analysis, political philosophy, and contemporary policy, all focused on one key question: What does one mean by economic justice in a world cut through by inequalities of income, bargaining power, and human poverty?

Rationality and the Ideology of Disconnection [Full Text] 09/26/07
This passionate book is a powerful conceptual, empirical, and normative critique of Rational Choice theory by a former practitioner. Rational Choice, Taylor argues, is more than a simple style of analysis and approach to problem solving: it is a hegemonic orthodoxy that has subverted psyches, societies, and cultures.

Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency [Full Text] 09/26/07
Sadly, discussions of the pricklier issues of law, terrorism, and security rarely follow a cool, pragmatic approach. Richard Posner provides just such a perspective on the relationship of the Constitution to the terrorist threat. Undaunted by controversy, he forthrightly addresses detention, harsh interrogation methods, limits of free speech, ethnic profiling, and the boundaries of privacy rights, among other hot-button topics.

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