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Summer Books 2021: critics’ picks


Roula Khalaf

FT editor

There are several superb books to recommend to readers this summer, including John Preston’s Fall, the fascinating tale of the rise and fall of Robert Maxwell, and The World for Sale, in which Javier Blas and Jack Farchy tell the captivating stories of the powerful commodity traders and mystery actors of markets and geopolitics. My top pick is a story that everyone should read as we emerge from the devastation of the Coronavirus. Michael Lewis’ Premonition is the story of a group of devoted American scientists and medical professionals who spent years preparing for a Covid-like pandemic, only to be frustrated at every turn by politicians and bureaucrats. It is vintage Lewis, terrifically engaging and chillingly damning of the failure of institutions. Right now I’m reading Leila Slimani’s Le pays des autres, the vivid, multifaceted start of a trilogy of the…

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