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21 July 2012

12:30 PM

21 July 2012

12:30 PM

I’m off for my annual digital detox: no ConservativeHome, no PoliticsHome, just my wife’s family home in Stockholm and swapping my Blackberry for a primitive mobile with a battery that lasts a week. But before I sign off completely, I’d like to abuse my position to ask CoffeeHousers for book recommendations. I’ve done this for three years now, and each year the results pretty much give me a reading list for the next 12 months. I’ve only now finished the last of summer 2010’s suggestions (Exodus, by Leon Uris.) I’m midway through Max Hastings brilliant All Hell Let Loose, which I’m interspersing with the restored World at War on DVD (a Pete Hoskin recommendation). They go brilliantly together. I have Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast & Slow in my suitcase, but would love some other suggestions.

The great thing about CoffeeHousers is that you guys are unusually well-read, with expansive hinterlands. As I admitted last year, the key to journalism is to seek advice from friends who are more intelligent than you. I do so now.

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