Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank and chairman of Goldman Sachs International Advisers
• “Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750” by Odd Arne Westad
• “Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War” by Stephen R. Platt: Both offer fresh looks at China’s multi-dimensional links to the West in an era the Chinese consider to be a century of humiliation.
• “The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved” by Jonathon Fenby: Offers English speakers their best book on the incomparable Charles de Gaulle: amazing, demanding, and maddening, de Gaulle’s unique sense of France — and self — defined the France that arose after World War II.
• “The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World” by Daniel Yergin. Offers fascinating stories about subjects that are, in the hands of others, oft-times technical and dense: energy, security, technology, and the environment.