Everett Cafe News: Bear and Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence

| August 27, 2018

180823_DisplayRev_1080x1920A recent EdLab seminar entitled “Bursting Media Bubbles”  informed on initiatives to present both liberal and conservative sides of current events through daily digests to better inform readers. Understanding news through a critical lens has never felt more important in a time of overflowing information, misinformation, or lack of information — but getting to the heart of what’s real or what’s not has never been more complicated in these highly turbulent political times, whatever side of the fence. If we try to focus on policy, rather than personality, as some may suggest, we may be inching along in the right direction — but how realistic is it to suppress emotion when media thrives on a biased hotbed?

Leaving Twitter and Facebook aside, we can look to great Russian writers (and even Ian Fleming, British author, journalist, and naval intelligence officer) for inspiration on themes about the human condition, including, alienation, the psychology of crime, power and corruption, moral justice, nihilism, utilitarianism, love, and family. In Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, for example, protagonist and impoverished ex-law student Rodion Raskolnikov speculates about Pyotr Petrovich, a wealthy, but villainous lawyer, saying ’It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.’ Petrovich enjoys making women suffer (prime example, a “trophy wife” dependent on his finances), while Raskolnikov murders a female pawnbroker for money, and is then exiled to Serbia where he experiences mental and spiritual rebirth.

It is no fiction that we struggle with truths about the 2016 elections, while the recent United States-Russia summit has left a large (question) mark in the history of American and Russian relations and liberal world order. Smack in the middle of Donald Trump’s presidency, mid term elections concern us more than ever as we continue to face challenges to democracy at home. Face it, social media is not going away and media literacy is becoming a greater must for schools, for our children are the future, and our citizens, the backbone of democratic practice.

Bear2Why and to what extent are America and Russia tied? How can we be smarter or more intelligent about the whole political process? In fifty years what will we make the Trump-Putin Anniversary? Bear and Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence features works that reflect the complex relationship between our two countries, with impetus to make informed decisions.

Featured in Everett Cafe through mid-October, this book display was designed by Angela Perrone, EdLab Services Associate and curated with input from the staff by Jennifer Govan, Senior Librarian. Be sure to see the Edlab blog with video, Building the Exhibit.

Red_NoticeBrowder, Bill. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015.

Cafe HG172.B77 A3 2015



KillingCorsi, Jerome. Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump. Boca Raton, FL: Humanix Books, 2018.

Cafe E912 .C67 2018



CrimeDostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Translated by Constance Garnett. New York: Simon and Brown, 2011.

Cafe PG3326 .P7 2011




FlemingFleming, Ian. From Russia with Love. Las Vegas, NV: Thomas & Mercer, 2012.

Cafe PR6056.L4 F7 2012




Putin_CountryGarrels, Anne. Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia. New York: Picador, 2016.

Cafe  DK651.C44 G37 2016




FutureGessen, Masha. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. Riverbed Books, 2017.

Cafe DK510.763 .G48 2017




AssaultHayden, Michael V. The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies. New York: Penguin Press, 2018.

Cafe JK468.I6 H388 2018



CollusionHarding, Luke. Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. New York: Vintage, 2017.

Cafe  JK2281 .H367 2017




Trump_RussiaHettena, Seth. Trump / Russia: A Definitive History. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2018.

Cafe HC102.5.T78 2018




Russian_RouletteIsikoff, Michael and David Corn. Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. New York, Boston: Twelve, 2018.

Cafe E911 .I85 2018




KremlinMathews, Jason. The Kremlin’s Candidate: A Novel.  New York: Scribner, 2018.

Cafe PS3613.A8484 K74 2018




PlotNance, Malcolm. The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West. New York, Machete Books, 2018.

Cafe JK526 .N35 2018



InventionOstrovsky, Arkady. The Invention of Russia:From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War. New York: Penguin, 2015.

Cafe DK510.76 .O87 2015



RedWebSoldatov, Andre and Irina Borogan. The Red Web: the Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries. New York: PublicAffairs,  2015.

Cafe JN6695.A55 A859 2015




AllZygar, Mikhail. All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin. New York: PublicAffairs, 2016.

Cafe DK510.763 .Z9413 2016




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