11 new books we recommend this week


PREVENTABLE WAR: The dangers of a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Xi Jinping’s China, by Kevin Rudd. (Public Affairs, $32.) In this in-depth analysis, Rudd, a China expert and former Australian prime minister, argues that the best way to avoid war in Asia is for the United States and China to find a way for the two powers to “coexist in competitive way”. Reviewing it, Kevin Peraino says Rudd has “a rare feel for China’s cultural hotspots” and “understands better than most that there will be no longing for Xi Jinping and his worldview. transformative, at least in the short term. The headache is chronic; Americans will have to use all their ingenuity if they hope to manage the pain.

AFTER STEVE: How Apple Became a Trillion Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul, by Tripp Mickle. (Tomorrow, $29.99.) Mickle, a New York Times business reporter, pulls back the curtain on the past decade at Apple, after the death of Steve Jobs left ideologically divergent Tim Cook and Jony Ive in charge. “Mickle constructs a dense, granular mosaic of the company’s trials and triumphs, showing us how Apple, building on Ive’s successes in the 2000s, became Cook’s company in the 2010s,” Clay writes. Shirky in his review. “The book is a surprisingly detailed portrait of the ongoing tension between strategy and luck: companies make their own history, but they don’t make it their own way.”

THE LONG CORNER, by Alexander Maksik. (Europe, $27.) A writer who traded his literary aspirations for the flat language of commerce narrates Maksik’s fourth novel, set in a New York City reeling from the 2016 election. The writer escapes to an enigmatic artists’ colony, where his questions about imagination, sincerity and discipline only intensify. “The story it tells orbits around questions of creativity, heartbreak and tearing down Trump-era platitudes and ever-increasing implausibility and absurdism,” Will Stephenson writes in his review. “It is finally an argument for the necessity of irony, risk and integrity in the production of art as in life.”

YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN 10A: stories, by Maggie Shipstead. (Knopf, $27.) Written over 10 years, the stories in this book oscillate between parodic false autofiction and historical fiction told by a band of abandoned and increasingly dissolute French women. Our reviewer, Lizzy Harding, notes the stories’ meticulous grounding in reality, grounded by research, as well as occasional imaginative leaps: “There’s a generous spirit beneath Shipstead’s controlled, sometimes temperamental style,” Harding writes. “His most immersive stories are those that seem to elude him. They take perverse turns to achieve open ends.

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