Joseph Harbaugh, incoming chairman of the board of the Florida Humanities Council and dean emeritus of the Nova Southeastern University College of Law, reads nearly all his books on a Kindle, allowing him “to move among several collections as my interests shift.”
Here’s a look back at his peripatetic 2019 summer reading:
The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (2013), by Arthur Herman.
How the two greatest thinkers of the ancient world laid the foundations of Western culture.
Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age, by Christian Meier
Essential reference for The Cave and the Light.
The Mueller Report (2019)
Preparation for the special counsel’s testimony.
Pete Buttigieg: An Unofficial Guide to the 2020 Presidential Candidate (2019), by Tyler J. Morrison
The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (2018), by John McCain and Mark Salter
Two books on mavericks whose political differences enrich our democracy.
Seveneves (2015) by Neal Stephenson
The Solar War (2019) by A.G. Riddle
Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick
Three books that reflect my enduring interest in sci-fi.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2016), by J.D. Vance
Helped foster a better understanding of Central Appalachian culture while I was consulting at the Appalachian School of Law.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2006) by Muriel Barbery
A moving, funny, triumphant novel exalting the quiet victories of the inconspicuous.
Coming Into Eighty: Poems (1992) by Mary Sarton
Rediscovering poetry through the work of an ultimate individualist.
Puppy Training: Ultimate Guide to Housebreaking, Obedience Training, and Crate Training Your Young Puppy Dog, by Luna Milan
Preparatory reading before adopting the newest family addition, Charlie the Goldendoodle.