Over at the New York Times Book Review today, Fareed Zakaria — whose ideas about illiberal democracy were very helpful in my thinking through some of the concepts in American Character — was asked what four books he recommended for this political moment in America.
Here’s his answer:
“Ezra Klein’s “Why We’re Polarized,” which gets at the state of our politics. Colin Woodard’s “American Nations,” which gets at the cultural divides. Samuel Huntington’s “American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony,” because it places the current moment in historical context. And Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” because it is still the best book ever written about this country.”
That’s some company to be in. Thanks much, Fareed!