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PS Commentators’ Best Reads in 2017

For the first time, Project Syndicate has asked its contributors what they’ve been reading, and why. Their choices may surprise, but surely will not disappoint, readers seeking the most important books on history, politics, economics, as well as more than one novel.

If you’re looking for a good book – or more than one – for the holidays, look no further. From technical analyses and wide-ranging histories to literary fiction and book-length journalism, Project Syndicate commentators name the books that impressed them the most in 2017.

Shlomo Avineri

Amos Oz, Judas, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

An exquisite blend of historical myth and contemporary politics, Oz’s first full-length book in a decade explores the nature of fidelity to an idea and loyalty to a people. It is even more powerful in the original Hebrew.

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