FP's new section, The Early Read, will highlight upcoming new
books with big ideas. In this inaugural edition, we examine a few picks
from the reliable crop of books about the future that appears every new
year. These take a slightly longer view, with bold forecasts for the
next century: which brewing conflicts will erupt into wars, which
states will dominate, and what it will mean to live in a completely
Running a country is a lot like managing a business: Reputation is
everything. So, what can you do if your national image has been
sullied -- whether by war, drugs, or just bad neighbors? Break out a new
In our last issue, we named the world's top 100 public intellectuals
and asked readers to vote for those they deem most deserving of the top
honors. Now, 500,000 votes later, we reveal the results of the reader
poll. Plus, members of the Top 100 name the intellectuals they believe
should have made the list.
Rap music has long been considered a form of resistance against
authority. Boosted by the commercialization of the music industry, that
message has proven its appeal to youth all around the world. Now, from
Shanghai to Nairobi to São Paulo, hip-hop is evolving into a truly
global art of communication.
The CEO of News Corp. has been injecting his personal views into the
press and promoting provocative entertainment for nearly four decades.
But the tycoon is no tyrant. He's less powerful than you think and not
the evil genius you fear.