Bank of America's Joe Quinlan releases top reading recommendations for Fall 2023

Thought Leadership,

Each year, Joe Quinlan — keynote speaker for our Economic Forecast Summit and Chief Market Strategist for Bank of America — puts together his Top 10 Suggested Publications.

The picks for 2023 are ...

Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China by Hal Brands and Michael Beckley
It has become conventional wisdom that America and China are running a “superpower marathon” that may last a century. Yet Hal Brands and Michael Beckley pose a counter-intuitive question: What if the sharpest phase of that competition is more like a decade-long sprint?

How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going by Vaclav Smil
From energy and food production, through our material world and its globalization, to risks, our environment and its future, How the World Really Works offers a much-needed reality check—because before we can tackle problems effectively, we must understand the facts.

Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller
Today, as Chip War reveals, China, which spends more money each year importing chips than it spends importing oil, is pouring billions into a chip-building initiative to catch up to the US. At stake is America's military superiority and economic prosperity.

Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment by Maxine Bédat
In Unraveled, entrepreneur, researcher, and advocate Maxine Bédat follows the life of an American icon — a pair of jeans — to reveal what really happens to give us our clothes.

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
The history of the Sackler dynasty is rife with drama—baroque personal lives; bitter disputes over estates; fistfights in boardrooms; glittering art collections; Machiavellian courtroom maneuvers; and the calculated use of money to burnish reputations and crush the less powerful.

The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping's China by Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, is one of the very few people who can offer real insight into the mindsets of the leadership whose judgment will determine if a war will be fought.

Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest by Angela Stent 
From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a dissection of how Putin created a paranoid and polarized world — and increased Russia's status on the global stage.

Youthquake: Why African Demography Should Matter to the World by Edward Paice
A riveting study of Africa's demographics – its youth and growth – and what they mean for the continent, today and into the future. Paice rejects the fanciful over-optimism of some commentators and doom-laden prophecies of others, while scrutinizing received wisdom, and carefully considering the ramifications of the Youthquake.

MegaThreats: Ten Dangerous Trends That Imperil Our Future, And How to Survive Them by Nouriel Roubini
Renowned economist Nouriel Roubini was nicknamed “Dr. Doom,” until his prediction of the 2008 housing crisis and Great Recession came true--when it was too late. Now he is back with a much scarier prediction, one that we ignore at our peril.

Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels by Paul Pringle
A nonfiction thriller about corruption and betrayal radiating across Los Angeles from one of the region's most powerful institutions; a riveting tale from a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who investigated the shocking events and helped bring justice in the face of formidable odds.


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2023 Honorable Mentions: 

Up Close and All In: Life Lessons from a Wall Street Warrior by John Mack
From John Mack, former CEO of Morgan Stanley, an intimate personal memoir and riveting business story, recounting how he helped grow the company from 300 to 50,000 employees over four decades, transformed a notoriously competitive culture into a successful and collaborative one, and lead the company through the 2008 financial crisis.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management.

Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War by Phil Klay
American identity has always been bound up in war—from the revolutionary war of our founding, to the civil war that ended slavery, to the two world wars that launched America as a superpower. What did the current wars say about who we are as a country, and how should we respond as citizens?

How to Invest: Masters on the Craft by David M. Rubenstein
What do the most successful investors have in common? David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of one of the world’s largest investment firms, has spent years interviewing the greatest investors in the world to discover the time-tested principles, hard-earned wisdom, and indispensable tools that guide their practice.‚Äč

Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World by Gaia Vince
In this deeply-reported clarion call, Vince draws on a career of environmental reporting and over two years of travel to the front lines of climate migration across the globe, to tell us how the changes already in play will transform our food, our cities, our politics, and much more. 


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