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The Reading Lists Keep Coming: Vietnam, Military, Aspen, ‘Foreign Affairs,’ ‘Foreign Policy,’ Bill Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Here's a list of 2015's best books for foreign affairs wonks, and some advice from the master of funk, George Clinton, on how to stay cool.



–Here is a lovely roundup of Vietnam War stuff

–Here is what Joe Byerly liked reading in 2015. Good list. Smart guy.

–Here are the choices of the Aspen Institute. Byerly’s list is better. That said, Frederick Douglass’s autobiography is indeed one of the essential books to read to understand America.

–Here at the books that reviewers for Foreign Affairs magazine liked.

–Here are the books that Foreign Policy staffers liked. To my surprise, they are really into fiction.

–Here are Bill Gates’ favorites among what he read last year. I hadn’t heard of most of them. Is this why I am not a billionaire?

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s list is more interesting than Gates’.

–And here is just some advice from George Clinton, one of the world’s leading bootologists.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at Twitter: @tomricks1
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