Your humble blogger is now safe and secure in his vacation redoubt, furtiously at work on the definitive textbook of Tourism Studies. When not at work on that vital subject, however, I brought along some other books to peruse while family chaos unfolds around me. In case you're looking for some eclectic reading recommendations, they are:
1) Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Poor Economics. Anyone who is weary of the Sachs/Easterly debate on economic development should grab this book and devour it now. I don't think it has all the answers, but it's a very engaging and informative distillation of their randomized control trials and interview work in some of the most impoverished places on the earth. Even if you don't agree with their findings, it's provocative stuff.
2) John Scalzi, Redshirts. Click here and here if you don't know what the term "redshirt" means in science fiction. Scalzi, who has been blogging since the time of mezines, has put together a very intriguing spin on this idea in his latest novel. I'd offer more insight, but I want to enjoy the book as I read it.
3) Gautam Mukunda, Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter. We're gonna be talking a lot about leadership over the next few months. With a few important exceptions, individual leadership has not produced a lot of interesting scholarship in my field. Mukunda, a political scientist at Harvard Business School, will hopefully buck the trend with this book, thereby earning massive royalties in addition to his business school salary. What a bastard.
4) Colson Whitehead, Zone One. A distinguished novelist has written a zombie book. I'm so there.
Blog denizens are strongly encouraged to proffer their own suggested must-reads in the comments section.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.