Blog fav Dan Drezner posted his summer reading list yesterday, and that seemed like a fun idea to
steal build upon. A couple of his entries look interesting to me:
- Thomas Oatley, “A Political Economy of American Hegemony: Buildups, Booms, and Busts.” Most of my serious scholarly work was on hegemony to one extent or another. This also looks like it ties a little into my interest in the role of the military in history. I have used Oatley’s text in my IPE class (and he’s a Carolina guy!) (well, as a faculty member, that is.)
- Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and Jonathan Woetzel, “No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends.” Apparently the 4 forces are “urbanization, the changing pace of technological innovation, the graying of the population and globalization.” I’ve taught on 3 of these, so that should be fun.
And for the other side of my professional hat, I just got these (I really only ordered the first one and the second one appeared along with it; I’m not quite as pessimistic as this makes it look (yet?):
- Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America by
- American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know by Goldie Blumenstyk. Don’t really know much about this, but I’ve learned from her work at the Chronicle, and it’s in a Q & A format, so should go down easily.
And for fun, first, two things I am in the middle of:
- Shelby Foote’s 3 volume history of the Civil War. I’ve gotten bogged down in this at least once before, but I am attributing that to how physically large the books are–makes it hard to read in bed. I am making better progress now that I have them on Kindle, but I started over. Just coming up on Shiloh, so still a long way to go.
- Lila, by Marilyn Robinson. If you haven’t read any of her work, start now. This is the third book in the fictional town of Gilead, and I suggest you start with the first one, with that as the title. But it’s probably not necessary. She is a prose craftsman. I read her very slowly to savor the words.
And finally, this was lent to me with a very high recommendation a good long time ago. It’s dauntingly long, but I need to read it and return to owner:
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Let me know if you’ve read this.
There is no way I am going to finish (or even start?) all of these, but you know what Daniel Burnham said: “make no little plans…” How about you? What are you reading or planning to?