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  • For a good read this summer, try these five books.

  • A Gentlemen in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • You know, A Gentleman in Moscow is just so clever.

  • There's lot of allusions to Russian literature and history.

  • It's an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything.

  • It's kind of a fantastical romance.

  • But it's kind of the real world, too.

  • Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

  • The public really does not want to go to war.

  • But then, are we willing to defend our honor?

  • It means that having a good president is very important.

  • You better hope that you have some good leaders when you get into war.

  • The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier

  • There's a crisis for capitalism.

  • Individualism has been taken too far.

  • He introduces this notion of an ethical family, an ethical company, and an ethical government.

  • We have to be loyal to something.

  • We have to have a group thing where we're not just out for ourselves.

  • Upheaval by Jared Diamond

  • He took examples of countries that actually had dealt with a problem and come out of it better off.

  • He used kind of a psychological framework.

  • It actually works pretty well.

  • He doesn't force you to have a negative or a positive point of view.

  • Will it work for what the U.S. is facing in terms of polarization?

  • And just even by raising the question, he at least admits the possibility that we'll solve these problems.

  • Nine Pints by Rose George

  • She mostly wants to educate you about blood and what an important and interesting history there has been about it.

  • The history of the blood supply, the different ways of gathering blood.

  • Things like leeches where their ability to suck blood out is advantageous.

  • I'm sure people will find that fascinating.

  • Blood is so magical.

  • It's an interesting thing to know about.

  • So whether you read just one of these, or you read them all, I hope you find something you really enjoy.

For a good read this summer, try these five books.

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