‘A Rage for Order” by Robert Forsyth Worth looks into the hopeful rise and chaotic collapse of the Arab Spring. As the author discovered, “the demands for dignity and civic rights have been transformed into conflicts that loosened the very building blocks of social and political order.” Says the NY Times, “the storytelling so easy that you won’t realize how much you are learning as you read.” “El Narco” by Ioan Grillo offers a fascinating look inside Mexico’s drug cartels, detailing not only the rise of gang violence but the drug balladeers and religious cults that emerged in its wake. Grillo’s street level reporting is “riveting” and “authoritative”.
Quotable"No place is as totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." - Lady Bird Johnson