Favorite Books of 2017

Six of my favorite reads from 2017

The Discontinuities between the Generations in History

A few gems from Sir Herbert Butterfield’s 1971 Rede Lecture at Cambridge University

Favorite Books of 2016

My favorite five books from the year

Father Joseph’s Folly

Posted by Mike on April 6, 2016 in Books |No Comments

Some gems from Aldous Huxley’s “Grey Eminence” (1941)


Some wisdom from St. Augustine

Favorite Books of 2015

A dozen book recommendations

The Ancien Régime and the Revolution

With all the hubbub about China as of late, I thought it might be worth reading Alexis De Tocqueville’s The Ancien Régime and the Revolution (Penguin: 2008). A number of China Hands say the Party has used this book to inform their approach to domestic stability and harmony.1 I have no idea whether these assertions […]


Posted by Mike on April 5, 2015 in Books |2 Comments

‘Intelligence differs from one man to the next, And yet each is happy with his own insight— Each thinks himself much brighter than the rest, Each values and praises himself to the height. All think their own understanding the best— Forever lauding their superior intellect, Forever denigrating all the rest. ‘Men who make common cause […]

Favorite Books of 2014

Following the smashing success1 of last year’s post on my favorite books from 2013, I thought I’d aim for a repeat and perhaps inspire some gift ideas for the holidays. Here are 11 standouts that I remember from this year. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity | Katherine Boo […]

Politics and Culture in International History

Politics and Culture in International History

The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies … But vast regions of the world have never shared and only acquiesced in the Western concept of order … [The United States must think] […]