This past week Walter Russell Mead was in D.C. for a dinner with the Alexander Hamilton Society. At the end of the meal, one attendee asked for a list of good resources for thinking well about the interplay of history and contemporary politics. In case any readers are interested, here are the suggestions WRM gave just off the top of his head (listed here in no particular order):1. Kissinger, Henry, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-22 2. Ibid, Diplomacy3. Churchill, Winston, A History of the English Speaking Peoples 4. Ibid, Marlborough: His Life and Times (and Vol. 2 here)5. Carlyle, Thomas, The French Revolution: A History 6. Macaulay, Thomas Babington, The History of England: From the Accession of King James
7. Chernow, Ron, Washington: A Life8. Ibid, Alexander Hamilton 9. Hackett Fischer, David, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America
10. Ibid, Washington’s Crossing And of course, we at AI think no list of this kind would be complete without WRM’s own books Special Providence and Of God and Gold. The entire group is collected on an Amazon wishlist here for your purchasing or browsing convenience.