What We Are Reading Today: Deep Life: The Hunt for the Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond

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Updated 27 July 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Deep Life: The Hunt for the Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond

Edited by Tullis C. Onstott

Deep Life takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth’s crust in search of life in extreme environments, and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are aiding the quest to find life in the solar system. 

Tullis Onstott provides an insider’s look at the pioneering fieldwork that is shining new light on Earth’s hidden biology, a subterranean biosphere thriving with rare and exotic life forms. 

Join Onstott and his team on epic descents into South African gold mines, and travel deep beneath the frozen wastelands of the Arctic tundra to discover life as it could exist on Mars. 

An unforgettable scientific adventure, Deep Life takes you to the biotic fringe, where today’s scientists hope
to discover the very origins of life itself.


What We Are Reading Today: Economic Statecraft by David A. Baldwin

Updated 24 September 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Economic Statecraft by David A. Baldwin

Today’s complex and dangerous world demands a complete understanding of all the techniques of statecraft, not just military ones. David Baldwin’s Economic Statecraft presents an analytic framework for evaluating such techniques and uses it to challenge the notion that economic instruments of foreign policy do not work. Integrating insights from economics, political science, psychology, philosophy, history, law, and sociology, this bold and provocative book explains not only the utility of economic statecraft but also its morality, legality, and role in the history of international thought.

Economic Statecraft is a landmark work that has fundamentally redefined how nations evaluate crucial choices of war and peace. Now with a substantial new preface by the author and an afterword by esteemed foreign-policy expert Ethan Kapstein, this new edition introduces today’s generation of readers to the principles and applications of economic statecraft.