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More Books to Read This Summer

by James M. Lindsay
June 18, 2014

Books Summer Reading Library Visitors read books at the Liyuan Library in Beijing. (Barry Huang/Courtesy Reuters)


Last week, Bob McMahon, Gideon Rose, and I offered up our summer reading suggestions on The World Next Week podcast. India Adams and her colleagues on the CFR Library staff were not to be outdone. They generated their own, much longer summer reading list, organized by topic. They had a lot of good suggestions, so I thought I’d share the ones that Bob, Gideon, and I haven’t already recommended:



  • Feldman, Noah. Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (2013). Feldman delivers a “bold and thought-provoking look at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world.”
  • Lewis, Michael. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (2013). Lewis criticizes so-called high-frequency trading on Wall Street by telling the story of a small group of financial figures who created an exchange in which high-frequency traders don’t have an edge.
  • Piketty, Thomas. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014). Piketty uses data from twenty countries to argue that inequality is a basic feature of capitalism and that reducing inequality requires deliberate state intervention in the economy.
  • Silverstein, Ken. The Secret World of Oil (2014). Silverstein contends that shady dealings shape the modern oil industry.


Memoirs and Biographies

Society and Culture

War and Conflict

If you have any summer reading recommendations of your own, please mention them in the comments.

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