Two weeks ago we did an informal poll of Nation writers and editors asking them what they were reading this summer. The survey produced some interesting results but not nearly as interesting as the reading suggestions tendered by our readers.
Reading lists from coast to coast poured in to our website, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and our own Nation social network. The result is below—an invaluable summer reading list for the rest of this season and then for about the next fifty summers after that!
As you’ll see, the choices range from progressive standards like Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn to obscure historical and philosophical tracts; from a strong Stieg Larsson faction to a raft of Christopher Hitchens readers; from numerous Tolstoy buffs to a passionate Issac Babel fan, the list is an eclectic litany of more intellectual currents then we can catalog.
Go forward and learn, as we did!
Mary Krook, Duluth MN
Endgame by Derrick Jensen
Highly recommend it for anyone interested in having a historic perspective on the times we are living in.
Karim Walker, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Michele Shea, Butte, MT
The American Way of War by Eugene Jarecki
Carl Keys, Pittsburgh, PA
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D.
Jeff Rine, Madison MS
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Karen Chapman, Chula Vista, CA
How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist by Andrew Newberg, M.D., (co-author of Why God Won’t Go Away), and Mark Robert Waldman