1. Donna Zuckerberg, Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age. Ten or fifteen years ago, would I have predicted that Harvard University Press would publish a serious academic argument claiming that on-line pick-up artists misread the classic texts they cite?
2. Cass R. Sunstein, The Cost-Benefit Revolution. One of the very best Cass Sunstein books, the product of decades of reflection, remarkably well thought out on every page to an extent which is rare these days.
3. William Taubman, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era. Winner of a Pulitzer, this remains one of the essential takes on mid-20th century Soviet history and is highly readable as well.
4. Maxwell King, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers. Yes, that is Mister Rogers. If you’ve seen the movie, this book is the perfect complement. I hadn’t know that Mister Rogers was born into wealth, self-financed his early work, and consistently turned down opportunities to market “Mister Rogers toys” to kids for large sums of money. His email address by the way was email@example.com, with the triple z’s indicating he slept soundly every night, and the 143 referring to the constant weight he kept throughout his adult life.