Books That Don't Feel Like Homework

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To judge from the typical end-of-year book lists, we policy journalists are pretty weighty folks. Not for us are your bodice rippers, your light space opera or your "10 Steps to a Slimmer You in 2015." When we are not opining on the topics of the day, we are pondering race relations, inequality, ancient philosophy, the history of the Silk Road or the nature of space/time.

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