The Chronicle of Higher Education asked scholars to answer this question. Here are some of the titles they chose:
Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Robert Putnam: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Jo Guildi and David Armitage, The History Manifesto
Jonathan Levy: Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in Modern America
Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism
Jessica Riskin, The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick
Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement
Bernard Williams, Truth and Truthfulness
Daniel T. Rodgers, The Age of Fracture
Read the entire list here.
- How many have you read?
- What books would you add to the list?