TWNW Special: What to Read This Summer 2023

In this special episode of The World Next Week, Rosa Brooks, the Scott K. Ginsburg Chair in Law and Policy and professor at Georgetown University Law Center, joins Robert McMahon and Carla Anne Robbins to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and other entertainment they’re enjoying this summer.

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  • Robert McMahon
    Managing Editor
  • Carla Anne Robbins
    Senior Fellow

Ester Fang - Associate Podcast Producer

Gabrielle Sierra - Editorial Director and Producer

Episode Guests
  • Rosa Brooks

Show Notes

Mentioned on the Podcast


Carla’s Picks


Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J. Robert Oppenheimer


Caitlin Doughty, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death


Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer


Bob’s Picks


Konstantin Paustovsky, translated by Douglas Smith, The Story of a Life


Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow


Jonathan GPT Swift on Jonathan Swift,” Conversations with Tyler


Rosa’s Picks


Alex Mar, Seventy Times Seven: A True Story Of Murder And Mercy


George Black, Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone


John Linson and Taylor Sheridan, “Yellowstone


Additional Books, Podcasts, Shows, and Games Mentioned on the Podcast


John Adams, Doctor Atomic


Edward Berger, “All Quiet on the Western Front


Tyler Cowen, “Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide


Joan Didion, The White Album


Craig Mazin, “The Last of Us




Sam Shaw, “Manhattan


Frank Spotnitz, “The Man in the High Castle


Fred Zinnemann, “From Here to Eternity

Climate Change

The United Arab Emirates, a major oil and gas producer, hosts the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), where hundreds of world leaders meet to discuss limiting global warming and helping states that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change; Russia arbitrarily detains a journalist with U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and the World Health Organization asks China for information on a spike in respiratory illness.


Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian forces stalls as the future of U.S. aid remains uncertain; Argentina gears up for its presidential election runoff while inflation rates soar; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrives in Berlin to address refugee flows and the Israel–Hamas war with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz; and David Cameron returns to the United Kingdom government as foreign secretary.


The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit begins in San Francisco with U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping set to meet on the sidelines; French President Emmanuel Macron hosts a humanitarian conference to discuss new aid options for civilians in the Gaza Strip; the Arab League holds an emergency summit in Riyadh at the request of the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia; and the United States and China discuss nuclear arms control.

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