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18 Books to Raise Your IQ This Summer

IQ2US Staff
Friday, July 13, 2018

IQ2 Summer Reading List

Looking for a smart summer read? We’ve got you covered.
Breeze through our summer reading list and check out some of the great books we’ve read over the past year -- the ones that helped shape and inform our debates. Whether you’re looking to learn more about big tech, digital dating, history, or how to make the most out of being bored at the beach, we’ve got a book for you. Written by IQ2 debaters, these books are sure to make you think twice.


1. The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

by Max Boot

2. Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It

by Dambisa Moyo

3. The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

by Yascha Mounk

4. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

by Franklin Foer

5. The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State

by Elizabeth Economy

6. Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers)

by Daniel Jones

7. Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism

by Ian Bremmer

8. Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

9. Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools

by David L. Hudson Jr.

10. Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

by Eric A. Posner & E. Glen Weyl

11. Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony

by Kori Schake

12. How to Fix the Future

by Andrew Keen

13. Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

by Joe Nocera

14. Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News

by Jeff Jarvis

15. Muted Modernists: The Struggle over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia

by Madawi Al-Rasheed

16. Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

by Michael Chertoff

17. Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self

by Manoush Zomorodi

18. Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

by Suki Kim

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