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What We’re Reading: Jan. 10, 2017

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Below you will find a list of books (and films) that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading or watching. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them.

His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt
By Joseph Lelyveld

Meredith Friedman: As an insight into Roosevelt’s foresight and complex thinking, this is a fascinating book. The author reveals Roosevelt’s ability to balance the realities of American politics and elections with his handling of our allies, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom. He solidly believed that “whether we win or lose the war depends on the Russians.” Keeping in mind current criticisms of President-elect Donald Trump, it’s interesting to read that Roosevelt’s policymaking was “so personal and intuitive, so seemingly off the cuff, that it’s seldom reflected in documents.” Admittedly by this stage he had several terms as president under his belt. At the meeting

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