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Zhivago's Secret Journey

Paolo Mancosu continues an investigation he began in his 2013 book Inside the Zhivago Storm, which the New York Review of Books described as "a tour de force of literary detection worthy of a scholarly Sherlock Holmes." In this book, Mancosu extends his detective work by reconstructing the network of contacts that helped Pasternak smuggle the typescripts of Doctor Zhivago outside the Soviet Union and following the vicissitudes of the typescripts when they arrived in the West. Drawing from a rich trove of archival documents, Mancosu details events that were treated as top secret by all those involved, vividly recounting the history of the publication of Pasternak’s epic work with all its human and political ramifications.


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Beyond Disruption

Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance delivers a fine-tuned perspective on how the unprecedented pace of emerging innovations is impacting 21st century society. In a riveting look at technology’s influence on political systems and the well-being of the human race, commentaries assembled by George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie systematically evaluate how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is set to transform international relations and manipulate economic growth and virtual communications.

Originating from a fall 2017 Hoover Institution conference, the authors evocatively take on the plight of modern technology—from the vulnerabilities of the global operating system to the benefits of sophisticated medical diagnostic tools.


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Currencies, Capital, and Central Bank Balances

Drawing on work debated and discussed at the Hoover Institution, expert contributors address big-picture debates affecting US and global monetary policy and apply cutting-edge economic research to the international monetary and financial system. With in-depth discussions covering the size of the Fed’s balance sheet, the role of government in restricting capital flows, and many other pressing policy questions, they examine relevant research developments and argue options for reform.


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Gambling with Other People's Money

Russ Roberts argues that leverage—using “other people’s money”—was the central cause of the financial crisis of 2008. He shows that both government and Wall Street are to blame—government for coddling the large banks and those banks for pushing for the policies that rescued them from their mistakes—and that a new approach to financial crisis management is necessary to avoid further damage when the next financial crisis occurs.
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Inequality and Economic Policy

Distinguished contributors explore various measures of inequality in America and ask why it is increasing and whether it matters. In examining those questions, the authors present new research on human capital and intergenerational mobility. The authors draw conclusions for public policy, paying particular attention to those at the bottom of the income distribution and the overall effects on economic growth.


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Moscow Has Ears Everywhere

Boris Pasternak’s conflict with the Soviet regime over the publication of Doctor Zhivago did not end when he won the Nobel Prize, or even when he died. Paolo Mancosu tells how Soviet pressure led Pasternak to seek out smuggled royalties for the book and how his “will” on behalf of his companion, Olga Ivinskaya, was intercepted by the KGB. After his death, she received some of the smuggled money, leading to her and her daughter being sentenced to eight and three years, respectively, in a labor camp. The “Ivinskaya case” became a cause célèbre in the West and Mancosu reveals how Western literary figures tried to win her freedom.


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Thinking about the Future

In Thinking about the Future, George P. Shultz reflects on more than half a century of public service to offer solutions to some of America’s most pressing contemporary problems. Revisiting key speeches and articles spanning his distinguished career, Shultz considers America’s role in the twenty-first-century world and addresses topics including governance, technology, terrorism, drugs, and climate change.


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Warriors and Citizens

A diverse group of contributors offer perspectives on whether and how public attitudes about the military have changed during fifteen years at war. They analyze extensive polling information to identify disparities between the military and the general public and explore, among other things, whether some of these could in time erode important elements of America’s beneficial civil-military relationship.


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