The Political Books That Help Us Make Sense of 2024

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As the Presidential race intensifies, and threats to global stability grow, the Washington Roundtable reflects on the books its members have been reading to understand the 2024 Presidential campaigns and the state of international politics. The New Yorker staff writers Susan B. Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos swap recommendations of works about all things political, from the anger of rural voters to the worldwide rise of authoritarian rule, including a fictionalized imagining of a powerful real-life political family.

Read with the Roundtable:

America Last: The Right’s Century-Long Romance with Foreign Dictators,” by Jacob Heilbrunn

Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism,” by Rachel Maddow

The Longest Con: How Grifters, Swindlers, and Frauds Hijacked American Conservatism,” by Joe Conason

Offshore: Stealth Wealth and the New Colonialism,” by Brooke Harrington

The Wizard of the Kremlin,” by Giuliano da Empoli

The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family,” by Joshua Cohen

The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and the Origins of America’s Invasion of Iraq,” by Steve Coll (The New Yorker)

The Sentinel State: Surveillance and the Survival of Dictatorship in China,” by Minxin Pei

White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy,” by Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman

Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture,” by Kyle Chayka (The New Yorker)

Romney: A Reckoning,” by McKay Coppins

The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism,” by Tim Alberta

Unholy: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, and the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind,” by Sarah Posner

Playing God: American Catholic Bishops and The Far Right,” by Mary Jo McConahay

Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism,” by Stephen Breyer

The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court,” by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

What It Takes: The Way to the White House,” by Richard Ben Cramer

Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy: “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” “Theodore Rex,” and “Colonel Roosevelt,” by Edmund Morris

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