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.