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Books of Interest May 2023

May 2023

A Professional Foreigner: Life in Diplomacy By Edward Marks Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, April 2023 304 pages Young American Foreign Service officers are accustomed to being teased by friends and relatives as to what they do in the “Foreign … Continued

Books of Interest February 2023

February 2023

Leadership By Henry Kissinger
State of Disaster By Maria Cristina Garcia
Nomad Century By Gaia Vince
Republics of Myth By Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne, and John Tirman
The Story of Russia By Orlando Figes
Coalitions of the Weak By Victor C Shih
Backfire By Agathe Demarais
Spies, Lies and Algorithms: : The History and Future of American Intelligence By Amy Zegart

November 2022 Books of Interest

November 2022

America’s Great-Power Opportunity by Ali Wyne
Cold War Radio by Mark G. Pomar
The Age of AI by Henry A Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher
Danger Zone by Hal Brands and Michael Beckley
Beef, Bible and Bullets by Richard Lapper
The Great Experiment by Yascha Mounk
The Power of Crisis by Ian Bremmer

The Enduring Struggle

November 2021

Review by Desaix Myers
The Enduring Struggle: The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World by John Norris

From Sheikhs to Sultanism

November 2021

Review by Albadr SS Alshateri
From Sheikhs to Sultanism: Statecraft and Authority in Saudi Arabia and the UAE by Christopher M. Davidson

Books of Interest August 2021

August 2021

PAX Transatlantica: America and Europe in the Post-Col War Era By Jussi  M. Hanhimaki
The Party and The People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century By Bruce J. Dickson
History Shock: When History Collides with Foreign Relations By John Dickson
Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy By Stephen Wertheim
The Arab Winter:  A Tragedy By Noah Feldman
The Koreas: The Birth of Two Nations Divided By Theodore Jun Yoo
Statelessness: A Modern History By Mira L. Siegelberg
An Open World: How America Can Win The Contest For Twenty-First Century Order By Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper

Books of Interest

February 2021

The Hacker and the State; A World Safe for Democracy; China’s Good War; The War on the Uyghurs; Vision or Mirage; Cultural Heritage Under Siege; Nigeria and the Nation-State; Losing the Long Game

The Dissent Channel

November 2020

The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age
By Elizabeth Shackelford
Review By Robert Whitehead

Black Wave

November 2020

Back Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
By Kim Ghattas
Review by Albadr AbuBaker Alshateri, Phd.

Active Measures

November 2020

Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
By Thomas Rid
Review by Michael Schoenfeld

Books of Interest

November 2020

U.S. Strategy in the Asian Century: Empowering Allies and Partners By Abraham M DenmarkAmerica in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy By Robert B. Zoellick
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III BY Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
Away From Chaos: The Middle East and the Challenge to the West By Gilles Kepel and Translated by Henry Randolph
Last Letters: The Prison Correspondence, 1944-45 By Freya and Helmuth James von Moltke
Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda
Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives By Philip N. Howard
Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency By Mark Lynas

Books of Interest August 2020

August 2020

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017By Rashid Khalif;
Rethinking China’s Rise: A Liberal Critique By Xu Jilin Edited and Translated by David Ownsby;
Such Splendid Prisons: Diplomatic Detainment in America During World War II By Harvey Solomon;
The Kill Chain By Christian Brose;
Brazil Apart: 1964-2019 By Perry Anderson;
Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances By Mira Rapp-Hooper;
Why Nation-Building Matters: Political Consolidation, Building Security Forces, and Economic Development in Failed and Fragile States By Keith W. Mines;
A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World By Susan Sloan

Books of Interest for May 2020

May 2020

Modern Diplomacy in Practice; US Policy Toward Africa: Eight Decades of Realpolitik; The Ambassadors: American’s Diplomats on the Front Lines; Maoism: A Global History; The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate; Extreme Economies: What life at the World’s Margins Can Teach Us About Our Own Future; Reclaiming Patriotism; Not Even Past