I am looking forward to reading Louis Menand’s latest book, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War. I really enjoyed his previous Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club. Here is the publisher’s summary of his new work. “The Cold War was not just […]

I am looking forward to two recently relased books that currently reside on my nightstand: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester, and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Frieman. If they share any qualities, they […]

I’ve save the first of Robert Richardson’s trio of outstanding biographies for last: Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. I would highly recommend William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. The publisher’s description: “The two years Thoreau […]

I’m looking forward to reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.  The New York Times has already called it an instant American classic. A description from the publisher: “In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful […]

It’s getting great reviews and I am excited to start reading (as soon as I finish a very good biography): The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Meynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter. Description from the publisher: “At the dawn of World […]

This is a documentary I can’t wait to see: The Booksellers. It opens March 6. From the producer’s description: “Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play […]

It’s the holiday season, and it’s also the time of year when media outlets publish their lists for the best books of the year. Here are just a few: The Best of 2019 NPR’s favorite books of the year New York Times 10 Best Books […]

This new release is on my reading list this month, and I can’t wait to read it: The History of Philosophy by A. C. Grayling. From the publisher: “The first authoritative and accessible single-volume history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions, from […]

Have you ever had a book completely change your mind on an important issue? This Guardian article features several prominent thinkers who speak about the books that influenced their thinking enough to change their minds. Here is one featured response: Jessie Burton, author of The Restless […]

I’m looking forward to reading the latest book from Raghuram Rajan called The Third Pillar. Rajan is a finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was also the 23rd gover of the Reserve Bank of India from 2013 to 2016. […]