The first PartyParty’s summer reading list will keep you hooked throughout the sunny days. From gripping political sagas to insightful analyses of global affairs, our curated collection by Gabriele Faccio promises to entertain, enlighten, and challenge your perspectives. Grab your favourite spot, whether it’s a beach towel or a comfy chair, and embark on a journey of knowledge and imagination through our selection.
1) Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Frank I. Luntz
Luntz does a fantastic job explaining why we vote for dreamers (like Reagan, Obama) because we all crave better days ahead. He also points out why ‘imagine’ is so powerful, as it connects with our own experiences. Lastly, he takes us through 10 essential communication rules: keep it simple, be brief, be credible, stay consistent, be innovative, use strong language, inspire, paint a picture, ask questions, and consider the context. Check it out and enjoy the read!
2) Goodbye, Eastern Europe: An Intimate History of a Divided Land by Jacob Mikanowski
Farewell, Eastern Europe – a captivating tale of a nearly forgotten land where identities are intertwined with a diverse and turbulent history. Mikanowski takes us on a beautiful journey, delving into ancient pagan times, the rise and fall of mighty empires, the impact of Fascism and Communism, and the birth of the modern nation-state. With a literary touch and personal connection, he paints a grand picture of resilient people shaped by their struggles against domination. Join this fascinating narrative and rediscover the lost chapters of Eastern Europe’s cultural memory!
3) Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet by George Monbiot
Discover the hidden truth about farming, the world’s leading environmental destroyer, often avoided in conversations. George Monbiot’s groundbreaking book, “Regenesis,” offers a brilliant and fresh perspective. Unveiling the potential of soil ecology, Monbiot presents a new future for food and humanity. Explore a fresh vision for food and humanity, nourishing the world sustainably. Join this inspiring journey towards renewal and regeneration. Read it now!
4) Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) by Daniel Ziblatt
Delve into the evolution and demise of democracies in Daniel Ziblatt’s compelling narrative. From the 1830s, Britain to Hitler’s rise in Weimar Germany, witnessed a fresh interpretation of European history. Discover how inclusive political rule faced unexpected challenges from conservative parties. With rich historical evidence, this book holds vital lessons for democracies today. Join the exploration of democracy’s past and its relevance to our present. Read it now and gain valuable insights for our time.
5) Homelands: A Personal History of Europe by Timothy Garton Ash
Discover the colourful mosaic of Europe’s history in “Homelands – A Personal History of Europe” by Timothy Garton Ash. This captivating narrative combines astute political analysis with insightful personal memoirs, reflecting the author’s career as a journalist and academic. Dive into the complexities of Europe’s past and present. Read it now and embark on this journey through the continent’s stories!
6) Beyond the Wall: East Germany, 1949-1990 by Katja Hoyer
Explore the lasting cultural and political identity of East Germany, even 30 years after reunification, in this accessible story. Uncover the nation’s hidden strengths and well-known flaws, and shed light on present-day tensions in Germany. Dive into this captivating narrative that offers fresh insights into a fascinating era.
7) The New Life by Tom Crewe
Dive into the world of 19th-century thinkers fighting for change in this confident and captivating account. Delve into intimate dramas of autonomy, love, and the struggle for rights. A fresh historical novel that centres on desire, highlighting the power of single individuals in shaping politics.
8) The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies by Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington
Discover the increasing influence of consultancy giants in government and their potential adverse effects on the public sector’s strength and sustainability. This thought-provoking book offers insights into the case of McKinsey in South Africa, highlighting the importance of understanding and addressing these challenges.
10) Algorithms for the People: Democracy in the Age of AI by Josh Simons
Explore the transformative impact of AI on the world, including the government, and its potential uneven distribution of benefits. Read it now and uncover ways to safeguard democracy amidst this revolutionary shift.