For the year-end issue of Foreign Affairs, also the last one under the editorship of James Hoge, its staff asked a number of people to recommend a book to put on a "Reading List for the 21st Century." I couldn't help myself and recommended a whole bunch. My own reading list is here -- and you have to scroll down to see them all, ending with the Rosales novels of the wonderful F. Sionil Jose. The all-hands compendium of suggestions is here.
I felt especially serious and worldly when I found that Richard Holbrooke had also chosen one of the books on my mini-list: David Fromkin's A Peace to End All Peace! (At right.) Surprisingly enough, another international worthy had a different recommendation from mine. If you're short on reading material, browse around.