Jonathan Power

Jonathan Power has been an international foreign affairs columnist for over 35 years and has interviewed over 60 of of the world's most famous political icons including Ignacio Lula Da Silva, Indira Gandhi, Willy Brandt, Julius Nyerere, Jimmy Carter, Olusegan Obasanjo, Dilma Rousseff, Olof Palme, Manmohan Singh and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

For 17 years Mr. Power wrote a weekly column on foreign affairs for the International Herald Tribune. He has also been a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times and the Washington Post.

He has written eight books on foreign affairs and, in his early days as a journalist, made films for the BBC, one of which won a Silver Medal at the Venice Film Festival. He is an associate of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research which keeps a library of his columns. Mr. Power is also listed in Who's Who.

Book Reviews by Jonathan Power

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“Shelley Emling . . . brings Bernadotte to life. Written in an unpretentious style, it portrays close up the . . . most modest of men.

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Maybe, after all, there is an argument for saying that the world needs more violence, not less, if we are to make its societies more equal.

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Valerie Jarrett of Chicago was described by the New York Times as “the ultimate Obama Insider.”

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Irish Above All is a likeable book, nicely written and carefully paced—just a bit too long.”

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"The unexpected lurks at every corner."

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“If you want to be abreast of the big issues that the electorate is focusing on in the current election no book has more authority than this one by Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow of the Coun

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Machines Like Me is the result of very special literary brain, the master of all he turns his writing to, fantasying deep into our imagination, a novelist with the ability to turn complex

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It took Li Er 10 years to write this book and it shows. The story meanders along, and every time you pick up the book to read some more you have to think where you were.

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By 1914 Europeans ruled 84% of the globe. How did they do it? Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater.

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If you are an admirer of the FBI and/or the CIA you may not like this book, but you still should read it. The FBI is seen as too bureaucratic for its own good and many of its agents inept.

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“unusual and often gripping novel . . .”

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“Death Is Hard Work is a short book, but one learns more detail of the life of war than from a hundred newspaper and TV reports.

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A beautifully written novel, translated from the Italian, with a heartwarming story against a backcloth of misery and degradation, about a priest and a gang of boys and one of the boy’s sister, 16-

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“Braithwaite has the ability to interject the unexpected and interpolate the tension.”

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“A wall cannot be built to stop immigration. We have to learn to make the best of it.”

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“Perhaps the Congo is at its darkest just before sunrise. Let us hope so, even if its history suggests otherwise.”

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"quite a nicely baked short yarn, rather than a novel, but written a bit like a soufflé, rising in the oven but when eaten there isn’t that much substance."

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Diderot was one of the three genius philosophers of the French Enlightenment.

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"If [Madhuri Vijay] goes on like this she will enter the first rank along with Arundhati Roy, Anita Desai, Vikram Seth, and half a dozen others. We will see much more of her."

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"Chigozie Obiama is one of many top-notch Nigerian novelists writing today."

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“Washington Black is a rich, absorbing tale.”

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Peter Frankopan is professor of global history at the University of Oxford. Steeped in knowledge of the world’s past he has written this book for his four children.

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Fiction as nonfiction. The past master of this is the great Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard. But Thomas Mallon in this fascinating novel Landfall has also written in this way.

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“Fences and walls are not necessary. Mostly they are manifestations of superficial thinking.”

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What do we have to truly fear about President Donald Trump? He pulled off the successful re-negotiation of the North America Free Trade agreement.

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At last a book that attacks the “Blob” and holes it below the water line. Whether it can sink it is another matter.

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“Suppose aliens existed, and that some had been watching our planet for its entire forty-five million centuries, what would they have seen?

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A subtle book, a gently disturbing book longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.

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Another crime adventure from the Pulitzer prize winning Robert Butler.

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The Ensemble is a novel played to music. It’s the story of four musicians who at college decide to form a string quartet.

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At the June 2018 European summit the leaders spent most of the time discussing immigration restrictions. Yet the Syrian rush through the Mediterranean is now a trickle.

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“Obama was a light. Trump is of the night.”

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A speech of General George Patton, a famous World War II warrior, has an uncanny resemblance to the philosophy of Donald Trump. “All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.

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A new novel by Julian Barnes is exciting.

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This present pope—Francis—is probably the most powerful man in the world.

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"Afterward Brzezinski was asked if he had woken his wife. “No,” he said, “if she was going to die, better it was in her sleep.”"

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We are soon going to have a clash between President Donald Trump and international law.

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Looking for a good cause for 2018? Something you can do while sitting in your armchair? Something that needs to be done if we are to live in a “clean” planet?

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The nuclear weapon missile business is contradictory, full of missteps, highly dangerous and prepared in its madness (Mutually Assured Destruction, aka MAD, they used to call it in Cold War days) t