Reading List

Trying to hit ~60 books a year, with at least a solid 45 of them substantial.

1 August 2019

  • The Wandering Falcon, by Jamil Ahmad (2011)

2 July 2019

  • First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, by Slavoj Žižek (2009)

3 June 2019

  • House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox, by William H. Foege (2011)
  • Asymmetry, by Lisa Halliday (2018)

4 May 2019

  • Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists, by Ahsan Butt (2017)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul, by Åsne Siererstad (2004)
  • The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, by Frederic Wehrey (2018)

5 April 2019

  • The Little Book of Fixers, by Jan Chipchase (2019)
  • Sacred Cesium Group and Isa's Deluge: Two Novellas of Japan's 3/11 Disaster, by Yusuke Kimura (2019)
  • The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy, by Daniel Kalder (2018)
  • Extremism, by J.M. Berger (2018)
  • The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by Gary A. Haugen (2014)

6 March 2019

  • Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, by Robin Yassin-Kassab (2016)
  • War Reporting for Cowards, by Chris Ayres (2006)
  • We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom, by Joel Simon (2019)
  • Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages, by Gaston Dorren (2018)

7 February 2019

  • Literature from the "Axis of Evil": Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations, edited by Alane Mason (2006)
  • To the Mountains: My Life in Jihad, from Algeria to Afghanistan, by Abdullah Anas (2019)

8 January 2019

  • Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography, by Robert Irwin (2018)
  • Why Don't We Learn from History?, by B.H. Liddel Hart (1944)

9 December 2018

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami (1994)
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami (2013)
  • The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, by Tim Wu (2018)
  • A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza, by Dervla Murphy (2013)
  • Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami (2003)

10 November 2018

  • Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, by Matthew Levitt (2013)
  • Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners, by Michael Erard (2012)
  • The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
  • Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami (2017)

11 September 2018

  • The Baghdad Eucharist: A Novel, by Sinan Antoon (2012)
  • The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel, by Jeffery Lewis (2018)
  • Judas, by Amos Oz (2015)
  • Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It's Changing the World, by Bethany McLean (2018)
  • Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East, by David Kirkpatrick (2018)

12 August 2018

  • Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict, by William Harris (2017)
  • An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helman Conflict, by Mike Martin (2017)

13 July 2018

  • Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War, by Eva Dillion (2017)
  • Ballots, Bullets, and Bargains: American Foreign Policy and Presidential Elections, by Michael H Armacost (2015)
  • Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants, by John Drury Clark (1972)
  • The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy, by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh (2017)
  • Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century, by Seva Gunitsky (2017)
  • The Taliban Reader: War, Islam, Politics, edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn (2018)
  • Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World, by Stephen Orth (2016)
  • Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings, edited by Mohamed Zayani and Suzi Mirgani (2016)
  • The Caliphate at War: The Ideological, Organisational and Military Innovations of Islamic State, by Ahmed S. Hashim (2017)

14 June 2018

  • Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony, by Kori Schake (2017)
  • Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups, by Naunihal Singh (2014)
  • Afghanistan from the Cold War through the War on Terror, by Barnett Rubin (2013)
  • A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (2005)

15 May 2018

  • Trees, maps, and theorems, by Jean-luc Doumont (2009)
  • Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, by Marwan Hisham (2018)
  • History of the Silk Road, by Jonathan Clements (2017)
  • Losing the Nobel Prize, by Brian Keating (2018)

16 April 2018

  • The Koran in English: A Biography, by Bruce B. Lawrence (2017)
  • The Red Star and the Crescent: China and the Middle East, by James Reardon-Anderson (2018)
  • High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia, by Will Doig (2018)
  • On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject, by A. Zee (2018)
  • Foreign Devils on the Silk Road, by Peter Hopkirk (2006)
  • Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict, by Marieke Brandt (2017)
  • Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State, by Justin M. Jacbos (2016)

17 March 2018

  • The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic, by Steven Johnson (2007)
  • Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, by Thomas Barfield (2010)
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoğlu (2012)
  • Alone in the Ocean, by Slava Kurilov (2016)
  • Memories of a Theoretical Physicist, by Joseph Polchinski (2017)
  • Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher, (2014)
  • A History of the Middle East, by Peter Mansfield (2013)

18 February 2018

  • Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, by Stephen E. Ambrose (2010)
  • A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962, by Alistar Horne (2006)

19 January 2018

  • Pipe Dreams: The Plunder of Iraq's Oil Wealth, by Erin Banco (2018)
  • The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda, by Ali H Soufan (2011)
  • Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror, by Helen C. Epstein (2017)
  • Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service, Harry W. Knopp (2017)
  • Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language, by Richard M. Roberts (2015)
  • The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff (2003)

20 2017

When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
Law's Abnegation Adrian Vermeule
High Performance Browser Networking Ilya Grigorik
Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami
Paper Tigers: China's Nuclear Posture Jeffery Lewis
Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World Trevor Paglen
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right Angela Nagel
The Field Study Handbook Jan Chipchase
The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century Adam Kirsch
The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
Why Wall Street Matters William D. Cohan
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Joushua Foer
Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish: Essays Tom McCarthy
Outpatients Sasha Issenberg
A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen Basharat Peer
Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters Harold Evans
Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia Anne Garrels
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change Elizabeth Kolbert
Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade Haley Sweetland Edwards
Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism Nato Thompson
Blind Spot Teju Cole
Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia Alexander Cooley
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino
Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and The Chinese Dream Clay Shirky
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software Charles Petzold
Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and the Aftermath Annel Garrels
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest Zenyenp Tufekci
The Song of the Dodo David Quammen
Coup d'État Edward Luttwak
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes Anad Gopal
Listening in: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age Susan Landau
Letters from Burma Aung San Suu Kyi
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read Pierre Bayard
Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran Laura Secor
Above the Timberline Gregory Manchess

21 2016

The Nature of Code Daniel Shiffman
Introduction to Modern Cryptography Jonathan Katz & Yehuda Lindell
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Apporach F. Kurose James
Playing Dead: A Journel Through the World of Death Fraud Elizabeth Greenwood
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan
The Stormlight Archive Brandon Sanderson
Posted: 2018-01-01
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