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 Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume I By Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Jacob L. Shapiro: This is my first foray into Schlesinger Jr., one of the most prolific and well-respected American political historians. He won two Pulitzers for books on presidents Andrew Jackson and John F. Kennedy. I chose to start with “The Crisis of the Old Order” because American liberalism is at a crisis point, and geopolitically – as GPF founder George Friedman has pointed out – the world looks somewhat like it did before World War II. Schlesinger Jr. is one of those writers, like Robert Caro, who portrays history both to describe the facts and to tell a story. The narrative is as important as the particulars, and the two weave back and forth to create something greater than the sum of the parts. Schlesinger Jr., a fluid and compelling writer, loves to find a good quote that adds color to the narrative, but at times it leaves […]

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