I dare you to find someone currently reading a better crop of books right now than I am. OK, slight hyperbole, but this is a fun mix of pleasure and dissertation material:
Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind
Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars
James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom (this one has been a slow burn for a while now)
Michel Foucault’s “Society Must be Defended”, Lectures 1975-1976
Thucydides, Kthema es Aei
W. Robert Connor’s Thucydides
Leo Strauss’s Defense of the Philosophic Life: Reading ‘What is Political Philosophy?’ edited by Rafael Major.
Oh, and Dirk Hayhurst’s Out of My League. (baseball is the most esoteric of sports–being played between the lines, as it is–so this title is allowed).
Also just finished Philip Gourevitch’s We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, which is a book deserving of its own post.