My holiday reading for late December 2011 and the first week of January 2012:
1. George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (New York: The Penguin Press, 2011). I’ll need a few weeks to get through this masterful biography of the foreign affairs maven who conceived of Cold War containment. It took Gaddis almost 30 years to research and write this authorised book, based on archives and extensive interviews.
2. A bunch of private equity books for a planned journal article on the EMI-Terra Firma Capital Partners deal.
3. Aum Shinrikyo chapter notes for the PhD — hope to have a draft for the PhD committee by mid January.
4. Nancy Duarte’s Slide:ology (Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Publishers, 2008) for a new project.