TWNW Special: What to Read This Summer 2024

This special episode of The World Next Week features a summerlong feast of reading, watching, and listening treats. Deborah Amos, the Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton University and a former international correspondent for National Public Radio, joins CFR’s TWNW hosts Robert McMahon and Carla Anne Robbins to discuss good reads they recommend, books they are looking forward to reading, and other entertainment they are 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
  • Deborah Amos

Show Notes

Mentioned on the Podcast


Bob’s Picks


Elizabeth Kolbert, H Is for Hope: Climate Change from A to Z 


Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European


Carla’s Picks


Steve Coll, The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the CIA, and the Origins of America's Invasion of Iraq


Peter Pomerantsev, How to Win an Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler 


Deborah’s Picks


Jayne Anne Phillips, Night Watch


Nathan Thrall, A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy 


Additional Books, Films, Podcasts, Shows and More Mentioned on the Podcast




Russell Baker, Growing Up


Ron Chernow, Grant 


Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History


Roy Stewart, The Places In Between




Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel


James Bridges, The China Syndrome


George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck.


Alex Garland, Civil War 


Howard Hawks, His Girl Friday


Roland Joffé, The Killing Fields


Richard Linklater, Hit Man


Sidney Lumet, Network


Alan J. Pakula, All the President's Men


Peter Weir, The Year of Living Dangerously




Alistair Campbell and Rory Stewart, The Rest is Politics, Goalhanger

Jon Ronson, Things Fell Apart, BBC Radio 4


Television Shows


Jez Scharf, Bodkin 


David Simon, The Wire


Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom




The Reckoning Project


Watch the U.S. Stall on Climate Change for 12 Years,” Vox


The world reacts to the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the selection of Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as former President Donald Trump’s running mate; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress; Cyprus marks fifty years since the Turkish invasion that left the country still split in two; and Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli begins his fourth term in office. 

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) wraps its seventy-fifth summit, pledging to keep Ukraine on an “irreversible” path to membership while concerns grow about the future of U.S. commitment; Japan hosts the tenth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting to counter China’s influence in the region; France struggles to form a government as party differences intensify; and President-Elect Masoud Pezeshkian raises hopes for possible change in Iran.   


France’s governance is at stake as it holds snap elections for its National Assembly, with the far-right National Rally looking to build on its success in the European Parliament elections; the United Kingdom (UK) has its own snap general elections with Keir Starmer and his Labour Party looking to end the fourteen-year rule of the Conservatives; Iran’s snap presidential elections could signal unity of regime hard-liners or glimmers of change; the European Union (EU) plans to impose provisional tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles; and Ukraine strikes more than thirty Russian oil refineries.  

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