Exit West (Riverhead) by Mohsin Hamid ’93 is a timely allegory about the refugee crisis told through a migrant couple seeking asylum from a war-torn country. The book details the evolution of their relationship as they struggle to find food, shelter, and acceptance in the many communities where they seek refuge.

Marc Levinson *85’s An Extraordinary Time (Basic Books) examines the economic system policymakers built after World War II and how it faltered in the 1970s, triggering a global economic collapse. Levinson shows how that collapse has led to the political polarization and sluggish growth we see today.