Aif Reading List


Books From Our 2023 Festival Speakers

The Aspen Ideas Festival team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Their books will be highlighted in talks at the Festival and available at the campus bookstore. See the list below for recent releases by Festival presenters.

  • May 23rd 2023

How do we best navigate the promises and pitfalls of artificial intelligence? What can we learn from America’s past to inform our future? How are relationships and romance changing in the 21st century? What can be done about democratic backsliding around the globe? And what are the ingredients for a meaningful life in the modern world?

These topics and more are highlighted in a bounty of books from our 2023 speakers. Get to know their recent releases below.

Alchemy: The Material World of David Adjaye, Spencer Bailey and David Adjaye

India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy, Ravi Agrawal

Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, Letters, and Remembrances, Kwame Alexander

In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials, Spencer Bailey

The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants, Karen Bakker

Herbert Bayer's World Geo-Graphic Atlas and Information Design at Mid-Century, Benjamin Benus

The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter, Kai Bird

Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It, Heather Boushey

The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days, Kate Bowler

Little Monsters, Adrienne Brodeur

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, Arthur Brooks

How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen, David Brooks

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, Susan Burton et al.

Accountability Reconsidered: Voters, Interests, and Information in US Policymaking, Brandice Canes-Wrone et al.

Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of Democracy, Jennifer Carlson

Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes: Comparing China and Russia, Jessica Chen Weiss et al.

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, Elbridge Colby

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, Catherine Coleman Flowers

The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization, Peter Coleman

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, Kelly Corrigan

Going There, Katie Couric

Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, Brian Cox

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents, Lisa Damour

The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave

My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist, Sadanand Dhume

Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America, Lee Drutman

Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, Christine Emba

The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology, Nita Farahany

The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World, Bruce Feiler

Eating from Our Roots: 80+ Healthy Home-Cooked Favorites from Cultures Around the World, Maya Feller

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, Franklin Foer

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, Jamie Ford

The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech, Mary Anne Franks

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas Friedman

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, Eddie Glaude Jr.

The Myth of American Inequality: How Government Biases Policy Debate, Phil Gramm et al.

It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It, Jonathan Greenblatt

Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, Brian Greene

I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, Mónica Guzmán

Everything Beautiful in Its Time: A Family Journal, Jenna Bush Hager

The Problem of Democracy: America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea, Shadi Hamid

Insanity Defense: Why Our Failure to Confront Hard National Security Problems Makes Us Less Safe, Jane Harman

Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World, Brian Hooks et al.

The Age of AI and Our Human Future, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher, et al.

Fat Ham, James Ijames

Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, Martin Indyk

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, Walter Isaacson

Think Bigger: How to Innovate, Sheena Iyengar

Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump, Neal Kumar Katyal

Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America, Don Katz

Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier, Kevin Kelly

It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs, Mary Louise Kelly

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, Sal Khan

Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation, Samuel Kimbriel

Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters, Steven Koonin

Next!: The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work, Joanne Lipman

Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy, Eric Liu

The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free, Rich Lowry

The Vanishing American Dream: A Frank Look at the Economic Realities Facing Middle- and Lower-Income Americans, Gene Ludwig

Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations During the Cold War, Tanvi Madan

The Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe, John Mather et al.

Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother's Story, Lucy McBath

Superpower in Peril: A Battle Plan to Renew America, David McCormick

Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, John McWhorter

Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times, Alison McQueen

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle, Jon Meacham

Talking Back: . . . to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels, Andrea Mitchell

Two Billion Caliphs: A Vision of a Muslim Future, Haroon Moghul

Picking Presidents: How To Make The Most Consequential Decision in the World, Guatam Mukunda

Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution's Promise of Limited Government, Clark Neily

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome, Alondra Nelson

Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, Suzanne Nossel

The Greeks and the Rational: The Discovery of Practical Reason, Josiah Ober

Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education, John Palfrey

Football's Secret Trade: How the Player Transfer Market was Infiltrated, Tariq Panja et al.

The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain, Annie Murphy Paul

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, Imani Perry

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, Catherine Price

The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, Robert Putnam

Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World, Jonathan Reckford

System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot, Mehran Sahami, Rob Reich, et al.

How to Stand up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future, Maria Ressa

Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison - Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out, Jason Rezaian

Accidental Conflict: America, China, and the Clash of False Narratives, Stephen Roach

Conversation With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law, Jeffrey Rosen

The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream, David Rubenstein

Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi, Sigal Samuel

The Creative Classroom: Innovative Teaching for 21st-Century Learners, Keith Sawyer

Savage Love From A to Z: Advice on Sex and Relationships, Dating and Mating, Exes and Extras, Dan Savage

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell, Eric Schmidt et al.

The 30-Day Alzheimer's Solution: The Definitive Food and Lifestyle Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline, Dean and Ayesha Sherzai

The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life, Simran Jeet Singh

Romantic Comedy, Curtis Sittenfeld

You and Your Adult Child: How to Grow Together in Challenging Times, Laurence Steinberg

Which Side of History: How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy & Our Lives, Jim Steyer

Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion, Wendy Suzuki

The One State Reality: What Is Israel/Palestine?, Shibley Telhami et al.

Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life, Gillian Tett

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett

Blackface (Object Lessons), Ayanna Thompson

The Middle Out: The Rise of Progressive Economics and a Return to Shared Prosperity, Michael Tomasky

Provoke: How Leaders Shape the Future by Overcoming Fatal Human Flaws, Geoff Tuff et al.

The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles

Life Worth Living: A Guide to What Matters Most, Miroslav Volf et al.

From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth, Darren Walker

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy, Stephen Walt

Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution, Rainn Wilson

Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy, Andrew Yang

Solito: A Memoir, Javier Zamora

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