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The 2004 Highlands Forum Reading List

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Just in time for your holiday shopping list, the Highlands Forum 2004 reading list features 24 books and two DVDs (we are adding DVDs for the first time to our list) for your pleasure. There are eleven books that were used in research for the 2004 Highlands Forum meetings; nine titles that we have run across and wanted to share with you; and four books recommended by guest editors. Our distinguished guest editors this year are Martin Van Creveld, Stewart Brand, Neal Stephenson, and Charlie Firestone.

The 2004 Highlands Forum reading list, as always, consists of several categories. Most titles are new; some are classics worth discovering for the first time. They have been selected both for their topics and for their capacity for broadening our understanding of emerging issues and the way we think about things. We began compiling an annual list in 2000 at the request of many Highlands participants who read our book reviews on the Web site. This is a continuing work - additional titles will be added during the year and compiled at the end of each year in a larger list. Review our lists for 2000-2003.

Recommendations from Highlands Forum Guest Editors

Books Recommended by the Highlands Forum

Books Used in Research for 2004 Highlands Forum Meetings

And on DVD (for the first time here on our list)

We are adding two DVDs this year to our list, because they tell their stories in a medium that must be appreciated as part of the story. This is not to denigrate original sources. On the contrary. In the case of The Commanding Heights, we had previously placed the book by Dan Yergin and Joe Stanislaw, on which the documentary is based, on our Recommended Reading list in 2000. The new DVD is six hours long and features interviews and footage that marvelously augment the original book. So here is the DVD annex to our Recommended Reading List for 2004.