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.
By Walter Benjamin
George Friedman: A lifetime ago, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on a group of German philosophers who included, as an outrider, Walter Benjamin. Benjamin was both brilliant and incomprehensible. One of his great insights was published in a short piece called “The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” His argument in this case was simple. Rembrandt painted in the expectation that his work would be viewed in a setting appropriate to it. Mozart composed with the expectation of a concert hall. When Benjamin wrote in the 1920s, Rembrandt prints were available from sidewalk vendors, and Mozart was present on records. Mechanical reproduction allowed them to be viewed in homes or offices or wherever someone wished. This violated