I am currently in Washington, DC. I packed two books to read on the flight over: “Russia, China and Global Governance” by Charles Grant (actually a long think-tank pamphlet, published by the Centre for European Reform) and “Every Nation For Itself, Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World” by Ian Bremmer.
Once in Washington, I passed by the Brookings Institution and bought three more books: “Deadly Embrace, Pakistan, America and The Future of Global Jihad” by Bruce Riedel; “Bending History – Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy” by Indyk, Lieberthal and O’Hanlon; and “Obama and China’s Rise” by Jeffrey Bader, who should know what he’s on about, since he was head of the Asia desk at the NSC in the Obama White House.
All of these books look excellent. But I’m afraid “look” is the operative word, since I haven’t actually got round to opening any of them. Instead I have been reading the collected essays of Christopher Hitchens, published under the title, “Arguably”. And a slim volume, I picked up in a second-hand bookshop on Dupont Circle, Richard Overy’s “1939, Countdown to War.” Read more