What SPEA Is Reading


For many of us, the pace of our lives slows down a bit in the summer.  It’s a great time to pick up a book,  whether for serious reading or just for fun.  I recently asked the faculty and others associated with SPEA about books of interest to them.  They mentioned the following titles that they have already read, are presently reading, or plan to read while Bloomington is hot and humid:

Matt Baggetta:

Tiny Publics:  A Theory of Group Action and Culture, by Gary Alan Fine

Becoming Right:  How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives, by Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

Digitally Enabled Social Change:  Activism in the Internet Age, by Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport

What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain

The Image of the City, by Kevin Lynch

City:  Rediscovering the Center, by William H. Whyte


Lisa Blomgren Bingham:

The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen


Chuck Bonser:

London, by Edward Rutherfurd


Bill Brown:

Flourish:  A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, by Martin Seligman

Antifragile:  Things That Gain From Disorder, by Nassim Taleb

Two Degrees:  The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate, by Alistair McGregor, Cole Roberts, and Fiona Cousins

Language Intelligence:  Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga, by Joseph Romm

The Nature of Order:  An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, by Christopher Alexander

One Piece of Paper:  The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership, by Mike Figliuolo

The Shape of Green:  Aesthetics, Ecology & Design, by Lance Hosey

Nature’s Fortune:  How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature, by Mark Tercek and Jonathan Adams


Beth Cate:

Justice:  What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael Sandel

Salt Sugar Fat, by Michael Moss

Poor Economics:  A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo


Dan Cole:

Erasmus and the Age of Reformation, by Johan Huizinga

Karl Liewellyn and the Realist Movement, by William Twinning

All That Is, by James Salter


Chris Craft:

The Idea Factory:  Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, by Jon Gertner


Brian DeLong:

The Powers of War and Peace:  The Constitution and Foreign Afairs After 9/11, by John Yoo


Kristen Gronbjerg:

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris

Colonel Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris


Paul Helmke:

Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham

To End All Wars, by Adam Hochschild

Istanbul Passage, by Joseph Kanon


Diane Henshel:

Fighting for Common Ground:  How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress, by Olympia Snowe


Ron Hites:

The Army at Dawn:  The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, by Rick Atkinson

The Day of Battle:  The war in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, by Rick Atkinson

The Guns at Last Night:  The War in Western Europe 1944-1945, by Rick Atkinson


Chris Kohler:

Demon in the Freezer:  A True Story, by Richard Preston


Leslie Lenkowsky:

With Charity for All:  Why charities are Failing and a Better Way to Give, by Ken Stern

The Good Life of Ruthie Leming, by Rod Dreher

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism, by Evgeny Morozov

No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, by Ruth Wisse

Invention: The Care and Feeding of Ideas, by Norbert Wiener

Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World, by Dan Pallotta

City of Strangers, by Robert Barnard

The Tooth Tattoo, by Peter Lovesey


Mark Norrell:

Cape Cod, by Henry David Thoreau


David Parkhust:

Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver


George Rehrey:

Fat Chance:  Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, by Robert Lustig

Dollarocracy:  How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America, by John Nichols and Robert McChesney

Inventing America:  Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, by Garry Wills


Justin Ross:

The Three Languages of Politics, by Arnold Kling

Star Wars:  Dark Lord:  The Rise of Darth Vader, by James Luceno


Michael Rushton:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo

College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means to Students, by Jeffrey Selingo

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, by Hanna Rosin

To Save Everything, Click Here:  The Folly of Technological Solutionism, by Evgeny Morozov

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace

Canada, by Richard Ford

A Sport and a Pastime, by James Salter

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, by Lydia Davis

What Maisie Knew, by Henry James

Capital, by John Lanchester


Tom Zeller:

Power, Sex and Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, by Nick Lane

Evolution of Microbial Life Symposium:  54th Symposium of the Society for General Microbiology, edited by D. McL. Roberts

Eukaryotic Membranes and Cytoskeleton: Origins and Evolution, by Gaspar Jekely

Consciousness:  A Very Short Introduction, by Susan Blackmore

Trojan Horse, by Mark Russinovich

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel


Now it’s your turn.  Tell us what you have already read, are reading, or plan to read over the summer.

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