Earlier this summer, BlackRock’s Chief Multi-Asset Strategist Isabelle Mateos y Lago shared a list of titles to consider adding to your summer reading list. If you’ve already finished reading those or just would like more recommendations, you’re in luck. My BlackRock Investment Institute colleagues and I recently discussed a few more books worth reading this season. Here they are in alphabetical order.
America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by Andrew J. Bacevich. This 2016 book, by a retired U.S. army colonel, examines what caused a shift in U.S. policy toward the Middle East since 1990 and provides “an interesting criticism” as one reader put it. If you’ve wondered about phrases like “open-ended war” or about if the U.S. is fighting in a “War for the Greater Middle East,” this may be a read for you.
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. This read provides a history of the prison system and labor camps in the former Soviet Union over four decades. It may not be your typical beach read, but at least two of my colleagues recommend it.
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. This book, timely after the World Cup just captivated the world’s attention, showcases the global economy through the lens of soccer.
The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm by Robert F. Bruner and Sean D. Carr. This quick read from 2007 provides a useful history on the financial crisis that led to the founding of the Federal Reserve system.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall. This book, published in 2015, depicts in an easy-to-digest fashion how geography matters to economic development and national security.
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. This 2012 book, called a masterpiece by some of my colleagues, argues that political and economic institutions underlie nations’ economic success (or lack of success). It’s worth reading (or rereading) when contemplating the recent spread of populism.
Looking for more titles to consider?
Check out our post from earlier this summer with other recommendations for your summer reading list, as well as our holiday reading picks from last December and our previous reading lists from 2017, 2016 and 2015.