Every December for the past few years I’ve done a thread on twitter of my favourite books, in case anyone is looking for Christmas present suggestions. They’re not necessarily books released this year, just ones I’ve read and enjoyed. Here are links to the recommendations for
I know you would have a conflict of interest but it should be mentioned that your father's book 'Command' is excellent and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in military history and the politics of military command. I enjoyed it immensely cover to cover.
1, 5, 6, 13 and 15 look really good.
You make all the titles sound so inviting, Sam. Thank you.
I have read three-or-four of these, at least two in response to your earlier recommendations (Putin’s People was definitely one of those), but I’ve never read a Winslow and now I’m champing at the bit to get started.
I read Hannah White after seeing her at a lit festival- I think she will be a very interesting Director of Inst of Govt.
Great stuff, have read a few and will pick up some others. #1 is my first Christmas purchase! Interested in the fiction / non-fiction alternation: I do the same. Am sure you don’t need and are not looking for recs, but posting this nevertheless... For those who liked Putin’s People and the Perlroth cyber book, I can wholeheartedly recommend Thomas Rid’s ‘Active Measures’ as my Russian ‘Bible’ and (in my opinion) a significantly more authoritative book than the others combined. Focussed on Russian disinformation. Some insane stories in there, esp Soviet operation to ‘maintain anti-semitism’ in West, particularly W Germany (to limit military ambition). Equally insane is the NotPetya / Wannacry Shadow Brokers story in which the bonkers context is explained in much clearer terms than the Perlroth book imo.