Book Bits: 2 October 2021

Wireless Wars: China’s Dangerous Domination of 5G and How We’re Fighting Back
Jonathan Pelson
Summary via publisher (BenBella Books)
As the world rolls out transformational 5G services, it has become increasingly clear that China may be able to disrupt—or even access—the wireless networks that carry our medical, financial, and even military communications. This insider story from a telecommunications veteran uncovers how we got into this mess—and how to change the outcome. In Wireless Wars: China’s Dangerous Domination of 5G and How We’re Fighting Back, author Jon Pelson explains how America invented cellular technology, taught China how to make the gear, and then handed them the market. Pelson shares never-before-told stories from the executives and scientists who built the industry and describes how China undercut and destroyed competing equipment makers, freeing themselves to export their nation’s network gear—and their surveillance state. He also reveals China’s successful program to purchase the support of the world’s leading political, business, and military figures in their effort to control rival nations’ networks.

Illicit Money: Financing Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
Jessica Davis
Excerpt via publisher (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Terrorist financing in the twenty-first century is a complex affair. Terrorists use a wide variety of methods to raise funds; procure weapons and goods; and conduct both inexpensive, low-complexity attacks and complex, expensive operations. This complexity is compounded by a superficial public understanding of terrorist financing. Analysis of terrorist financing has long been considered a niche area, with only a few scholars willing to undertake work in the field. Among practitioners, the same is largely true; understanding and countering terrorist financing is seen as a critical, if esoteric, area of specialization.

Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters
Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp
Summary via publisher (Harvard U. Press)
An essential guide to the intractable public debates about the virtues and vices of economic globalization, cutting through the complexity to reveal the fault lines that divide us and the points of agreement that might bring us together. Globalization has lifted millions out of poverty. Globalization is a weapon the rich use to exploit the poor. Globalization builds bridges across national boundaries. Globalization fuels the populism and great-power competition that is tearing the world apart. When it comes to the politics of free trade and open borders, the camps are dug in, producing a kaleidoscope of claims and counterclaims, unlikely alliances, and unexpected foes. But what exactly are we fighting about? And how might we approach these issues more productively? Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp cut through the confusion with an indispensable survey of the interests, logics, and ideologies driving these intractable debates, which lie at the heart of so much political dispute and decision making.

Modern Portfolio Management: Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory
Todd E. Petzel
Summary via publisher (Wiley)
In Modern Portfolio Management: Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory, investment executive and advisor Dr. Todd E. Petzel delivers a grounded and insightful exploration of developments in finance since the advent of Modern Portfolio Theory. You’ll find the tools and concepts you need to evaluate new products and portfolios and identify practical issues in areas like operations, decision-making, and regulation.

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