Each year, the Chicago PBS station produces a program called "Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham" to explore how the Chicago region can thrive in a global era. They also distribute a reading list to go along with the program. I just got the list today and thought I'd share becasue they're mostly planning related books (or at least on topics that Planners typcally care about:

Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy by Daniel Altman

Global Chicago edited by Charles Madigan

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we Need a Green Revolution - And How It Can Renew America - by Thomas L. Friedman

Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment by Alan A. Altshuler and David E. Luberoff

Nudge: Improving Decisions and Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City by Carl Smith

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Thomas Vanderbilt