Light Summer Reads That Won't Leave You Hungry

The ideal vacation book, humorist Dave Barry once observed, is one the critics have hailed as "waterproof." Given the crimp this would put in your reading list, however, I say settle for paperbacks. Why wear a hole in your beachbag? But just because a book is lightweight doesn't mean that what's inside has to be. Here's a selection of good reads, now out in softcover, about business, politics, foreign affairs--and yes, escape.

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