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Reading List: Aspen Ideas 2021

The Aspen Ideas team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Find your favorite book, click the link, and use the discount code IDEASFEST21 for a 10 percent discount at checkout from the Washington, DC-based bookstore, Politics and Prose. The free virtual Festival is June 27-July 1. Scroll down to register.

  • June 10th 2021

The Day I Started Dreaming, Elizabeth Alexander

The Artisanal Kitchen: Perfect Homemade Ice Cream: The Best Make-It-Yourself Ice Creams, Sorbets, Sundaes, and Other Desserts, Jeni Britton Bauer

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, Arthur Brooks

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump, Lonnie Bunch

Trust: America's Best Chance, Pete Buttigieg

Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, Caty Borum Chattoo

It Moves Nonetheless, Ken Chenault

Innovative State, Aneesh Chopra

Debugging Teams: Better Productivity Through Collaboration, Brian Fitzpatrick

The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family, and Work, Pat Gelsinger

The Windmill of Time: A Time Travel Memoir, Jeffrey Goldberg

Power in Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House, Josh Gottheimer

Watergate: A New History, Garrett Graff

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, Garrett Graff

Mindfulness Cards: Simple Practices for Everyday Life, Rohan Gunatillake

Militants, Criminals, and Warlords: The Challenge of Local Governance in an Age of Disorder, Shadi Hamid

MAKE THE FIRST MOVE: Take Charge of Your Work and Life, Whitney Wolfe Herd

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, Maria Hinojosa

The Code Breaker, Walter Isaacson

Leonardo Da Vinci, Walter Isaacson

A Chef in Every Home: The Complete Family Cookbook, Kunal Kapoor

Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump, Neal Katyal

The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture in the 21st Century, Parag Khanna

A Most Dangerous Book, Chris Krebs

Streampunks: How YouTube and the New Creators are Transforming Our Lives, Robert Kyncl

Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century, Hélène Landemore

Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon

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

Risk: A User's Guide, Stanley McChrystal

Leaders: Myth and Reality, Stanley McChrystal

Superbetter: The Power of Living Gamefully, Jane McGonigal

Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, H.R. McMaster

How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers, David Rubenstein

For Small Creatures Such as We, Sasha Sagan

We Have Root: Even More Advice from Schneirer on Security, Bruce Schneier

The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening, Tim Shriver

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, Clint Smith

I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World's Children, Caryl Stern

Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity, Joseph Stiglitz

Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Jill Tarter

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

The Hawk and the Dove, Nicholas Thompson

The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits, Zeynep Ton

The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, Sherry Turkle

Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health, Leana Wen

The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age, Nathan Wolfe

The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths, Rachel Yehuda

Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive, Carl Zimmer

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