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August literature: the summer reading list

I’m away for a summer break, so I thought I’d sign out from this blog for a couple of weeks with some holiday reading tips. 

My choice of political biography is DJ Thorpe’s Supermac, on which I blogged here. It’s a tremendous book with countless gems. I fear I shall never read all of Caro’s latest LBJ instalment so I recommend Runciman’s review of it in the LRB to those facing the same predicament.

Perry Anderson has a piece on Gandhi in the same edition of the LRB which I thought was unusually weak, but students of the eurozone crisis could do a lot worse than this special edition of the NLR in which he and others dissect the contours of Eurogedden.  His earlier book of essays on Europe, The New Old World, is magisterial. Wolfgang Streeck’s piece on the contradictions of democratic, welfare capitalism in the NLR is also really worth a read.

IPPR visiting fellow Marc Stears has given me a wealth of US political theory to load up on my Kindle. For new thinking which looks set to shape debates on social justice, power and statecraft in Britain, authors he suggests include Bonnie Honig, Danielle Allen, James Tully, Stephen White and Romand Coles. In particular, White’s very short book, The Ethos of the Late Modern Citizen, might be the most efficient place to start.

The fall of Bob Diamond has given more airtime to Minsky’s followers. I’m taking Steve Keen’s Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned with me on holiday, plus Minsky’s own influential re-reading of the Keynesian revolution: John Maynard Keynes.

Thats all quite heavy going, so I’m also taking Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies.

Happy holidays!

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2 Responses to August literature: the summer reading list

  1. Duncan Weldon says:

    A couple of years old now, but following on from your last post on Social Democracy this 27 page pdf of essays is worth adding to the list.

    http://www.henryfarrell.net/berman.pdf

    • Sevinc says:

      Meant to add to previous post …How many of your coennitustts, given a choice, would rather the billions spent in Iraq were instead spent on hospitals, OAPs and schools. Why should the old be ‘grateful’ for a few hundred quid of winter fuel allowance when the disaster that is Iraq costs billions every year. Where is the justice in this.? Millions marched against the war, wars aren’t exactly (New) Labour territory. Do you talk to your coennitustts about these things?Maybe if you weren’t whipped into submission you may have had some backbone. I was interested in politics at school and university and was tempted to ‘get in to it’. As I get older however the realism of a knackered democracy becomes ever clearer.