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Six books to read this summer

by Neil Dwane | 09/07/2019
Six books to read this summer


The tech cold war. Autonomous weapons. Cyber-security threats. My summer reading list includes studies of all these trends and technologies – as well as a bestselling spy thriller that uses them as inspiration. Prepare to be educated and entertained.

Neil’s recommendations

  • “AI Superpowers” by Kai Fu Lee
  • “Dawn of the Code War” by John Carlin
  • “The Globotics Upheaval” by Richard Baldwin
  • “The Strange Death of Europe” by Douglas Murray
  • “Army of None” by Paul Scharre
  • “The Quantum Spy” by David Ignatius
Cover AI Superpowers  By Kai Fu Lee AI Superpowers

By Kai Fu Lee

As we’ve covered extensively, a tech cold war is emerging between Washington and Beijing. This detailed study of the respective strengths of those two nations comes from a former staffer at Google’s AI division. His conclusion? That the US is more innovative but China is catching up – fast.

Cover Dawn of the Code War By John Carlin Dawn of the Code War

By John Carlin

From tech cold war – to “code war”. Technology offers us huge convenience, as smart appliances, AI and self-driving cars become a bigger part of our lives. But this digital interconnectedness can make us vulnerable. A revealing look at the rising cyber threat, by a former US assistant attorney general for national security.

Cover The Globotics Upheaval By Richard Baldwin The Globotics Upheaval

By Richard Baldwin

Baldwin, a leading globalisation expert, coins the word “globotics” to describe the mix of globalisation and robotics that threatens millions of white-collar jobs. He argues for more protection for workers, as the labour market shifts towards roles that use the unique human ability to think independently.

Cover The Strange Death of Europe By Douglas Murray The Strange Death of Europe

By Douglas Murray

A best-selling portrait of the continent, yet highly controversial because of its challenging views on mass migration and what the author calls Europe’s “suicide”. With populism rising and the centre ground of politics weakening, Europe faces significant challenges to re-establish its foundations amid the more assertive US and China.

Cover Army of None By Paul Scharre Army of None

By Paul Scharre

The world described by Scharre – where autonomous weapons have the final say over life or death – makes The Terminator movie seem worryingly prescient. Is a global ban on these weapons feasible – or does it drive the technology into the hands of rogue operators? And how do you define “autonomous” anyway?

Cover The Quantum Spy By David Ignatius The Quantum Spy

By David Ignatius

The US-China tech cold war sounds like the stuff of spy novels. So it’s no surprise that best-selling author and Washington Post columnist Ignatius uses it as the backdrop to this cyber thriller. The book’s topicality, breathless plot and international settings make it the perfect beach read.


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Neil  Dwane

Neil Dwane

Global Strategist

Neil is a portfolio manager and the Global Strategist with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2001. He coordinates and chairs the Global Policy Committee, which formulates the firm’s house view, leads the firm’s bi-annual Investment Forums and communicates the firm’s investment outlook through articles and press appearances.

Neil is a member of AllianzGI’s Equity Investment Management Group. He previously worked at JP Morgan Investment Management as a UK and European specialist portfolio manager; at Fleming Investment Management; and at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management as an analyst and a fund manager.

Neil has a B.A. in classics from Durham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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