What's a Fed president read?
Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
• “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century” by Christian Caryl. May be the year’s best. It brilliantly documents 1979, when “the twin forces of markets and religion came back with a vengeance” — through Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping, the Iranian Revolution, the start of the Afghan jihad and the pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Poland — and is a must-read for any serious student seeking to understand what has ensued in the 21st century.
• “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham: Provides remarkable insight about one of history’s great transformational leaders.