What the Heavy Hitters in American Politics are Reading

by Rachel Baker on July 6, 2014

This is a fascinating look at what 32 politicos are reading this summer. Of course, some of them answered the question of what they were reading with plugs to the books they are currently writing (and the research they are using for it), or the books their friends just wrote. Regardless, its interesting and if you are interested in these types of books, its a great list.

Summer vacation is underway, and many of us are off to sunnier climes. We asked dozens of political types to tell us what kind of brain food they’ll be taking along for the ride—and what they recommend to the rest of us.

*** Condoleezza Rice, professor of political economy and political science at Stanford University and former secretary of state

I’m writing this summer about democracy—re-reading (for I think the fourth or fifth time), de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Also Lynne Cheney’s wonderful biography of James Madison, Charles Murray’s Coming Apart and—for fun—The Sports Gene, by David Epstein.

*** Madeleine Albright, chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, professor of diplomacy at Georgetown University and former secretary of state

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, by Margaret MacMillan, is the perfect way to mark the centennial anniversary of World War I. Wilson, by A. Scott Berg, is a fantastic portrait of one of my favorite presidents. Hard Choices, by Hilary Clinton, is one the best choices you can make this summer. The manuscript of Havel: A Life, written by my friend and current Czech ambassador to the United Kingdom, Michael Zantovksy—few people knew President Havel as well as Zantovsky, and his book is a must-read for fans of one of the Czech Republic’s greatest heroes.

Here’s the Article:
What Politicos Are Reading This Summer

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