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


Concerns grow over the widening Middle East conflict after Iran launches three hundred ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and drones at Israel; European Union (EU) leaders discuss how to bolster aid to Ukraine amid an uptick in Russian attacks and the situation unfolding in the Middle East; India kicks off the world’s largest democratic election—spanning more than forty-four days—where the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to win again; and warming water temperatures cause a mass bleaching of coral reefs.


Congress returns from recess and grapples with contentious agenda items, including reauthorization of a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and a Ukraine aid package; Sudan enters a second year of civil war with more than half of the country’s population in need of aid and millions more displaced; and Ecuadorian police breach international law by raiding the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas. 


Rwanda marks thirty years since its genocide against the Tutsis; U.S. President Joe Biden hosts the first trilateral leaders’ summit with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.; music fans celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Swedish pop group ABBA’s Eurovision win; and Ekrem İmamoğlu is elected mayor of Istanbul, in a rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party.

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