Morris Berman's vision of bleak days for the American empire is among Charles Johnson's contemporary reading.
Given the great suffering in our world, domestically and globally, my summer reading has been focused on the rise and fall of civilizations.
In my own current and recent writing, I've been rereading and drawing upon these books:
A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee.
The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler.
An Outline of History by H.G. Wells.
Among contemporary writers on culture, I've been reading and working with Morris Berman, specifically:
The Twilight of American Culture.
Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire.