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 Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War Edited by Robert Strassler George Friedman: Having completed the first draft of my upcoming book, “The American Era,” and having not yet been inundated by the ruthless and joyful criticism of friends, colleagues and editors, I have decided to refresh my mind by rereading the great books that I still cherish only by dulled memory. Naturally, I began with “History of the Peloponnesian War” (“The Landmark Thucydides” edition because it comes with fine notes). I am at the beginning where two cities, Corinth and Corcyra, are at war and representatives visit Athens, a superpower, to plead their case. What struck me about this reading was that neither side made its case by primarily moral pleadings. Both sides made their case by pointing out the benefits that would accrue to Athens if it aligned with them. We think of antiquity as the time in which ruthless reason was absent and moral sentiment ruled, while we think of modernity as the world that Machiavelli […]

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Cole Altom
Cole Altom is the managing editor at Geopolitical Futures. He oversees the publishing department, which curates the website, develops Geopolitical Futures’ editorial strategy, consults with analysts, liaises with marketing and maintains the integrity of all published material. Before joining Geopolitical Futures, Mr. Altom worked at Stratfor for seven years, during which time, as managing editor, he handled special projects, served as personnel director for the publishing department, ran the internship program, managed website taxonomy, tracked website analytics, developed new content types and edited and copyedited published material. Mr. Altom earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science at Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a certified English teacher and is conversant in Spanish.