The World Next Week: Summer Reading Special

In this special edition, Editor Robert McMahon, CFR's Director of Studies Jim Lindsay and Senior Fellow for Defense Policy Janine Davidson share their summer reading lists. Listen in for book recommendations. 

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  • James M. Lindsay
    Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
  • Janine Davidson
    Former Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Robert McMahon
    Managing Editor

Show Notes

In this special edition, Editor Robert McMahon, CFR's Director of Studies Jim Lindsay and Senior Fellow for Defense Policy Janine Davidson start off the summer with a list of books that they will be reading in the weeks ahead. Listen in for recommendations from their reading lists.

Robert McMahon's list:

  • Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  • Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat by Barry Estabrook
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

James Lindsay's list:

  • In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made by Norman Cantor
  • The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steve Johnson 

Janine Davidson's list:

  • The Unraveling by Emma Sky
  • Ghost Fleet by Peter Singer
  • The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh


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