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Who said summer reads shouldn't be challenging? This holiday, banish the hot takes and spend your time with some experts instead. In this list of mind-expanding non-fiction you'll find deep dives on everything from the nature of Western democracy to the history of European racial politics to a fresh look at parenting. 

Penguin pick: Upheaval by Jared Diamond

At this chaotic moment in history, with rising inequality and enviromental disaster threatening global stability, Jared Diamond ⁠— author of the groundbreaking Guns, Germs and Steel ⁠— offers a realistic but invigorating vision for our future.

In Upheaval he takes us around the world, from Finland to Chile to Japan, examining how each country responded to tumultuous periods in their history - and what lesson that has for the challenges facing us now. 

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