Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them.
The Stories of John Cheever
By John Cheever
“Unhappy men of means drinking brown liquor – usually encumbered but occasionally gratified by the presence of women” is an unfair and reductive rendering of the world John Cheever created. But it’s not a useless frame of reference. If it strikes a familiar chord among fans of the television series “Mad Men,” it should: Much of the show’s aesthetic was cribbed from Cheever’s works, and its characters could just as easily be found in the pages of “The Stories of John Cheever” as they could in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
None of this is a criticism, mind you. Cheever is an author of such talent that he should be the object of emulation. He is rightly counted among the best American authors of the