Manhattan Institute

Summer Reading, with City Journal

City Journal editor Brian Anderson joins Vanessa Mendoza, executive vice president of the Manhattan Institute, to discuss Brian’s summer and vacation reading list.

Summer is traditionally a time when Americans can catch up on books that they’ve been meaning to read (or reread). We asked Brian to talk about what books are on his list this year, how he decides what to read, and more.

Check out Brian’s summer reading list, in the order discussed:

The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief  , by V.S. Naipaul.
Leo Strauss on Political Philosophy: Responding to the Challenge of Positivism and Historicism  , edited by Catherine H. Zuckert
Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad)  , by Danielle and Phil Town
Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life  , by Edith Hall
Room to Dream  , by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less  , by Greg McKeown
Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy  , by George Gilder

More from Manhattan Institute

Manhattan Institute3 min readPolitics
The Real Debt
When it tells us how much we owe, the government excludes trillions of dollars in obligations.
Manhattan Institute19 min readEthnic Studies
The Bias Narrative v. the Development Narrative
Editor’s note: The following is an edited version of the lecture that Professor Loury presented to faculty and students in MIT’s Department of Economics in October 2020. Let me be provocative right at the start. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis
Manhattan Institute4 min readPolitics
Out Of Patience In California
Political atheism is spreading across California, and cynicism is taking hold. Reviling policymakers is not new, of course, but the current disdain is particularly intense. As elected officials’ disregard for constituents and the law becomes ever mor