Paul R. Pillar's provocative new book ties the American public's misconceptions about foreign threats and behaviors to the nation's history and geography, arguing that American success in international relations is achieved often in spite of rather than because of the public's worldview. These cultural and political misunderstandings run deep, Pillar explains, and persist even when subsequent events contradict them. A host of social, economic, and...
A narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions, this book elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated; its central tenets -- karma, dharma, to name just two -- arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each...