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Boston Review Books

Boston Review Books are accessible, short books that take ideas seriously. They are animated by hope, committed to equality, and convinced that the imagination eludes political categories. The editors aim to establish a public space in which people can loosen the hold of conventional preconceptions and start to reason together across the lines others are so busily drawing.

From the former UN head weapons inspector in Iraq, a plea for a renewed global disarmament movement.

A famous Iranian dissident calls for universal human rights and democracy based on our common humanity.

An introduction to the scientific consensus on the human role in global warming.

A searing indictment of the American penal system that finds the roots of the recent prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo in the steady dismantling of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual" punishment.

A wake-up call that argues that although it may be too late to save biodiversity, we can take steps to save our ecosystems.

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