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September 2022 Reviews: ‘WSJ 12 Books To Read’

The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine That Made the Modern World

By Bryan Appleyard Pegasus

In their brief ascendancy, cars have dominated every aspect of public and private life and changed our understanding of space, time and nature. Review by Mark Yost.

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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

By Michael Frank Avid Reader

A chance meeting with a Holocaust survivor blossomed into weekly conversations—and a journey into a vanished world. Review by Heller McAlpin.

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Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis’ Fortress Prison

By Ben Macintyre Crown

Built on a rock outcrop, the grim German castle once housed the incurably insane. Then it became a prison for unruly Allied POWs. Review by Alex Kershaw.

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Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921

By Antony Beevor Viking

If the American Civil War ended slavery, and the English Civil War restrained the monarchy, what did the Russian Civil War achieve? Review by Douglas Smith.

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Working With AI: Real Stories of Human-Machine Collaboration

By Thomas H. Davenport and Steven M. Miller MIT Press

A compendium of case studies in which corporations stopped worrying and introduced artificial intelligence into their workflow. Review by Matthew Hutson.

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Ukraine Views: Inside The Recaptured City Of Izyum

Ukrainian forces have reclaimed large swaths of territory in the Kharkiv region. WSJ’s Stephen Kalin reports from the liberated city of Izyum, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to assess damage on Wednesday.

Izyum, also spelled Iziumcity, eastern Ukraine. Izyum is located 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Kharkiv on the Donets River. The earliest historical mention of it dates as early as 1571; it has been a city since 1639. Izyum is linked with Kharkiv and Luhansk by rail. Industries have included railroad repair, brick making, brewing, and optical equipment manufacture. 

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 29, 2022


U.N. Inspectors Head to Ukraine Nuclear Plant as Safety Fears Grow

The International Atomic Energy Agency said a team was heading to the facility to assess damage, check safety and security systems and evaluate staff conditions. The inspection will begin on Wednesday and last until

U.S. Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait for First Time Since Pelosi Visit

The move comes amid deteriorating ties between Beijing and Washington, and as tensions rise between Taiwan and China after the U.S. House speaker’s trip earlier this month.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 27, 2022


U.N. Set to Inspect Ukraine Nuclear Plant Early Next Week

United Nations atomic agency inspectors are poised to make an emergency visit to Ukraine’s Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant early next week, after a breakthrough in negotiations over access, people involved in the talks said.2617 hours ago

Mar-a-Lago Search Affidavit Says Top Secret Documents Had Been Found Previously

Boxes retrieved from the former president’s home since the start of the year contained top-secret national defense information, according to the heavily redacted affidavit.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 26, 2022


Powell to Address Economic Outlook at Jackson Hole

The Fed chairman’s comments will be closely watched for signals on how the central bank could manage a series of difficult trade-offs as it seeks to bring inflation down from a 40-year high.3 min read

Student-Loan Plan Ignites Debate Over Inflation, Budget Risks

The move to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers will have economic consequences, including on inflation, consumer behavior and government budgets, though the degree of those effects is uncertain.5 min read

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 25, 2022


Biden Urged to Act Swiftly on Ukraine Nuclear Plant

A bipartisan letter from dozens of experts and former officials called on the U.S. president to make the deteriorating situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant an administration priority and demand an immediate inspection by the IAEA.

Biden Cancels Up to $20,000 in Student Debt for Millions

The president’s executive order will provide unprecedented relief for tens of millions of Americans but is certain to draw legal challenges and political pushback.6,906Long read

Musk-Twitter Legal Fight Complicated by Whistleblower Complaint

Allegations by the platform’s former head of security may open new legal pathways in Elon Musk’s effort to abandon the $44 billion takeover.6 min read

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 23, 2022


U.S. Natural-Gas Prices Hit Shale-Era Highs

The 14-year highs reached this week by U.S. natural-gas futures show the unceasing demand for U.S. shale gas across the Atlantic—and likely point to higher prices ahead.

After Six Months of War in Ukraine, Momentum Tilts Against Russia

Moscow retains a firepower advantage, but Kyiv is starting to take the initiative, while Western support for Ukraine is holding firm despite economic pain.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 19, 2022


Mercenaries Enter Spotlight as Russian Troops Struggle in Ukraine

Wagner Group has proven indispensable in Russia’s few successes in Donbas, and now is expanding its recruitment drive to prisons as it seeks to replenish its losses.3177 min read

Mercenaries Enter Spotlight as Russian Troops Struggle in Ukraine

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 18, 2022


U.S., Taiwan Set for Trade, Investment Talks This Fall

The aim is to deepen ties on a range of issues including digital trade, agriculture and trade facilitation, and comes amid fresh tensions over Taiwan between the U.S. and China.

Explosion at Mosque in Afghan Capital Leaves Multiple Casualties

The attack comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of the South Asian country.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 16, 2022


U.S. Approves Nearly All Tech Exports to China

A Commerce Department-led process that reviews U.S. tech exports to the country approves almost all requests and has overseen an increase in sales of some particularly important technologies, according to an analysis of trade data.

Garland Weighed Mar-a-Lago Search for Weeks

Attorney General Merrick Garland deliberated for weeks over whether to approve the application for a warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, people familiar with the matter said.