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20 Books to Raise Your IQ This Summer: Our 2020 Summer Reading List

IQ2US
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

How can you stay sharp this summer?

In true Intelligence Squared fashion, we’re challenging you – our community – to take on a summer reading list with a purpose: bringing new perspectives to your bookcase. We curated 20 books written by our alumni that represent a range of ideas from across the ideological spectrum on everything from foreign affairs, to the Trump presidency, to how science drives your spirituality. Let’s get started. 

On understanding other points of view:

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein   

How to Stay Sane in the Age of Division* by Elif Shafak

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell  

On the rule of law and the Trump presidency:

Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy by David Frum

Defender-in-Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power* by John Yoo

On the past and future of technology:

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara  

Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays: Conversations in Defense of the Future* by Andrew Keen

Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility by David Weinberger

On science and spirituality:

Metahuman: Unleashing your Infinite Potential by Deepak Chopra

Making Sense of Nonsense: The Logical Bridge Between Science & Spirituality by Raymond Moody

On the state of politics and democracy:

The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy  by Katherine Gehl

Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism by Colin Dueck

Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America by Lee Drutman

On climate and energy:

False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet* by Bjorn Lomborg

Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change by Daniel Poneman

A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations by Robert Bryce

On foreign affairs and the global order:

China and the World  by David Shambaugh

Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World* by H.R. McMaster

Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan

The Arab Winter: A Tragedy by Noah Feldman

*Available for pre-order only.  

Looking for a great debate? Hear all of our featured summer authors debate on this new podcast playlist: 

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