- Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy at Brown University, and author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea;
- David Kaiser, historian of the JFK assassination, and most recently author of No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War;
- Vanessa Williamson, sociologist at Harvard University, previous policy director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.
The hottest book everybody is talking about, that no one has read and no can get their hands on, is a giant, data-packed tome on income inequality covering three hundred years of history by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Is there a reason he’s getting the rock star treatment? Is it the symptoms that resonate (our drift into oligarchy), or is it the cure (a progressive tax on wealth)?