We began compiling our annual reading list in 2000, and it is a continuing work. On the 2014 Highlands Reading List we are featuring twenty-five books, six by first-time authors. Of the twenty-five books, there are nineteen works of non-fiction and six novels. Many of our titles are current and address timely themes; some are timeless classics worth discovering for the first time; others are works of fiction to stretch the imagination. They have been selected for their themes; for their capacity to broaden our understanding of emerging issues; and for their ability to inform the way we think about things.
Each year we are joined by a small group of guest reviewers who share with us one or two books that they read during the year and found compelling. This year’s panel of distinguished guest reviewers provided eight of the twenty-five books on our list. The panel includes Wade Davis, an ethnographer and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society; John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University; Lynn Hirshfield, author and Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Participant Media; Elan Lee, Chief Design Officer at Xbox Entertainment Studios; James L. Olds, neuroscientistandDirectoroftheKrasnowInstituteforAdvancedStudy; Keith Tan, Deputy Secretary of Defence in the Republic of Singapore; and Amy Zalman, Chief Executive Officer of the World Future Society.