Book of the Week: “What we owe: truths, myths, and lies about public debt” by Carlo Cottarelli

The euro crisis, Japan’s sluggish economy, and partisan disagreements in the United States about the role of government all have at least one thing in common: worries about high levels of public debt.

“Nearly everyone agrees that public debt in many advanced economies is too high to be sustainable and must be addressed. There is little agreement, however, about when and how that addressing should be done – or even, in many cases, just how serious the debt problem is.

As the former director of the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department, Carlo Cottarelli has helped countries across the globe confront their public finance woes. He also had direct experience in advising his own country, Italy, about its chronic fiscal ailments. In this straightforward, plain-language book, Cottarelli explains how and why excessive public debt can harm economic growth and can lead to crises such as those experienced recently in Italy and several other European countries.”

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2017
Call Number: 336.3 HEIA 120154

Book of the Week: “Strange justice: the selling of Clarence Thomas” by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson

There was in fact much to doubt about the character of Clarence Thomas and his denial of Anita Hill’s accusations during the riveting and fractious Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

“Drawing on hundreds of interviews and scores of documents never seen before, Mayer and Abramson demonstrate that the political machinations that assured Thomas’s ascension to the Court went far beyond what was revealed to the public: Several witnesses were prepared but not allowed to testify in support of Anita Hill’s specific allegations about Thomas’s pronounced interest in sexually explicit materials; Republican Judiciary Committee members manipulated the FBI and misled the American public into believing that Hill was fabricating testimony during the televised hearings; Clarence Thomas mythologized certain elements of his upbringing and career to draw attention away.”

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994
Call Number: 340(73) HEIA 44623

Jill Abramson will be present at the Institute, on Tuesday, 29 May,  for the conference Women’s Voices in the Media: Changing the World

Livre de la semaine : “L’événement 68” de Emmanuelle Loyer

Un retour aux sources de Mai 68
“On ne semble plus vouloir aborder Mai 68 que sous deux angles : la commémoration des témoins et des anciens, rituellement organisée tous les dix ans ; la liquidation exigée par ses adversaires, qui, régulièrement, revient sur le devant de la scène médiatique. Ce livre veut sortir de ce double discours, pieux et nostalgique ou vindicatif et injuste, en proposant les documents qui, sur le moment même, ont constitué l’événement de Mai 68.
À travers ces traces écrites, ces voix plurielles – déclarations, pétitions, slogans, tracts, procès-verbaux de manifestations, fiches de renseignements généraux, projets étudiants ou ouvriers, extraits de presse, fragments de discours –, l’on peut revivre au plus juste et comprendre ce qui fut une véritable révolution, dans la rue, certes, mais aussi dans les mots. Le regard de l’historienne, au ras de l’archive, permet ainsi de lire à nouveaux frais ce qui s’est passé au printemps 68, moment d’invention et de jubilation de la parole.”
Editeur : Paris : Flammarion, 2018
Call Number: 944.083, HEIA 121742