Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in International Diplomacy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (Updated Edition)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

“One of the definitive works on the Israeli Palestinian conflict” from the celebrated New York Times –bestselling author of Hopes and Prospects (Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and author of Breaking the Sound Barrier ).   From its establishment to the present day, Israel has enjoyed a unique position in the American roster of international friends. In Fateful Triangle , Noam Chomsky explores the character and historical development of this special relationship. The resulting work “may be the most ambitious book ever attempted on the conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians viewed as centrally involving the United States. It is a dogged exposé of human corruption, greed, and intellectual dishonesty. It is also a great and important book, which must be read by anyone concerned with public affairs” (Edward W. Said, from the foreword).   “A devastating collection of charges aimed at Israeli and American policies that affect the Palestinian Arabs negatively.” ― Library Journal   “Brilliant and unscrupulous.” ― The Observer   “A major, timely and devastating analysis of one of the great tragedies.” ― The Tribune   “Formidable.” ― The Jewish Quarterly

  • Author: Noam Chomsky
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books; Second edition (January 26, 2015)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences

                 

2. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question. All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In this audiobook, now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic - their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders - to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders. Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China's power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical.

  • Author: Tim Marshall
  • Genre: Science & Math, Earth Sciences, Geography, Historic

                 

3. The Prince


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

A new, beautifully laid-out, easy-to-read pocket edition of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince , based on Luigi Ricci 's highly-readable 1921 translation.   The Prince  is one of the most influential and important early works of modern philosophy and political theory, essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the politics of power, with applicable lessons and cautionary tales for life, government, business, international and foreign affairs, and management.   This  Pocket Edition is designed to be convenient to carry -- the size of a typical mass market paperback, that can fit in a pocket, purse, briefcase, or backpack  -- but with typeface large enough to be easily read and with margins wide enough to be marked-up by students of all ages.

  • Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Publisher: Independently published (September 14, 2020)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 979-8686003644
  • Dimensions: 4.12 x 0.24 x 6.75 inches

                 

4. The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

One of the US government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise - and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower. For more than 40 years, the United States has played an indispensable role in helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot? Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the US government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders - as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise. Pillsbury also explains how the US government has helped - sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately - to make this "China dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the 21st century.

  • Author: Michael Pillsbury
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, International & World Politics, Diplomacy

                 

5. Stalin's War: A New History of World War II


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

A prize-winning historian reveals how Stalin—not Hitler—was the animating force of World War II in this major new history. World War II endures in the popular imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil, with villainous Hitler driving its events. But Hitler was not in power when the conflict erupted in Asia—and he was certainly dead before it ended. His armies did not fight in multiple theaters, his empire did not span the Eurasian continent, and he did not inherit any of the spoils of war. That central role belonged to Joseph Stalin. The Second World War was not Hitler’s war; it was Stalin’s war.   Drawing on ambitious new research in Soviet, European, and US archives,  Stalin’s War  revolutionizes our understanding of this global conflict by moving its epicenter to the east. Hitler’s genocidal ambition may have helped unleash Armageddon, but as McMeekin shows, the war which emerged in Europe in September 1939 was the one Stalin wanted, not Hitler. So, too, did the Pacific war of 1941–1945 fulfill Stalin’s goal of unleashing a devastating war of attrition between Japan and the “Anglo-Saxon” capitalist powers he viewed as his ultimate adversary.   McMeekin also reveals the extent to which Soviet Communism was rescued by the US and Britain’s self-defeating strategic moves, beginning with Lend-Lease aid, as American and British supply boards agreed almost blindly to every Soviet demand. Stalin’s war machine, McMeekin shows, was substantially reliant on American materiél from warplanes, tanks, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, fuel, ammunition, and explosives, to industrial inputs and technology transfer, to the foodstuffs which fed the Red Army.   This unreciprocated American generosity gave Stalin’s armies the mobile striking power to conquer most of Eurasia, from Berlin to Beijing, for Communism.   A groundbreaking reassessment of the Second World War, Stalin’s War is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the current world order.

  • Author: Sean McMeekin
  • Publisher: Basic Books (April 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical
  • ISBN: 978-1541672796
  • Dimensions: 6.38 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches

                 



6. Hundred-Year Marathon


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise – and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower. For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot? Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders – as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise. Pillsbury also explains how the U.S. government has helped – sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately – to make this "China Dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is, and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the twenty-first century.

  • Author: Michael Pillsbury
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (March 15, 2016)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1250081346
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches

                 

7. Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

China expert Robert Spalding reveals the shocking success China has had infiltrating American institutions and compromising our national security. The media often suggest that Russia poses the greatest threat to America's national security, but the real danger lies farther east. While those in power have been distracted and disorderly, China has waged a six-front war on America's economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure - and they're winning. It's almost too late to undo the shocking, though nearly invisible, victories of the Chinese. In Stealth War , retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding reveals China's motives and secret attacks on the West. Chronicling how our leaders have failed to protect us over recent decades, he provides shocking evidence of some of China's most brilliant ploys, including: Placing Confucius Institutes in universities across the United States that serve to monitor and control Chinese students on campus and spread communist narratives to unsuspecting American students. Offering enormous sums to American experts who create investment funds that funnel technology to China. Signing a 30-year agreement with the US that allows China to share peaceful nuclear technology, ensuring that they have access to American nuclear know-how. Spalding's concern isn't merely that America could lose its position on the world stage. More urgently, the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights. Despite all the damage done so far, Spalding shows how it's still possible for the US and the rest of the free world to combat - and win - China's stealth war.

  • Author: Robert Spalding
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, International & World Politics, Diplomacy

                 

8. Fourth Industrial Revolution


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

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  • Author: Klaus Schwab
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP (January 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0241300756
  • Dimensions: 6.02 x 0.55 x 9.21 inches

                 

9. The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

A New York Times , Wall Street Journal , and USA Today best seller One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2019 A New York Times Notable Book of 2019  An NPR Best Book of 2019  One of Time ’s Must-Read Books of 2019  An Economist Book of the Year  A Washington Post Notable Book of 2019  A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 “Her highly personal and reflective memoir...is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world." (President Barack Obama) An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights advocate, and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power. In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?" and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. After Obama was elected president, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role. Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy. Humorous and deeply honest, The Education of an Idealist lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity. Power’s memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.   "This is a wonderful book.... The interweaving of Power’s personal story, family story, diplomatic history and moral arguments is executed seamlessly and with unblinking honesty." (Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times Book Review )  "Honest, personal, revealing...about the development of a young woman’s inner strength and self-knowledge." (Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster )

  • Author: Samantha Power
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, International & World Politics, Diplomacy

                 

10. Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Diplomacy - August 2021

The last five years saw a significant return of epidemic infectious disease, culminating in COVID-19. In our new post–COVID-19 world, how do we prevent future illnesses by expanding scientific and vaccine diplomacy and cooperation, especially to combat the problems that humans have brought on ourselves? Modern diseases and viruses have been spurred anew by war and conflict as well as shifting poverty, urbanization, climate change, and a new troubling anti-science/anti-vaccination outlook. From such twenty-first-century forces, we have seen declines in previous global health gains, with sharp increases in vaccine-preventable and neglected diseases on the Arabian Peninsula, in Venezuela, in parts of Africa, and even on the Gulf Coast of the United States. In Preventing the Next Pandemic , international vaccine scientist and tropical disease and coronavirus expert Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, argues that we can―and must―rely on vaccine diplomacy to address this new world order in disease and global health. Detailing his years in the lab developing new vaccines, Hotez also recounts his travels around the world to shape vaccine partnerships with people in countries both rich and poor in an attempt to head off major health problems. Building on the legacy of Dr. Albert Sabin, who developed the oral polio vaccine with Soviet scientists at the height of the Cold War, he explains how he is still working to refresh and redirect vaccine diplomacy toward neglected and newly emerging diseases. Hotez reveals how―during his Obama-era tenure as the US Science Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa, which coincided with both the rise in these geopolitical forces and climate change―he witnessed tropical infectious diseases and established vaccine partnerships that may still combat them up close. He explores why, since 2015, we've seen the decline of global cooperation and cohesion, to the detriment of those programs that are meant to benefit the most vulnerable people in the world. Unfortunately, Hotez asserts, these negative global events kick off a never-ending loop. Problems in a country may lead to disease outbreaks, but those outbreaks can lead to further problems―such as the impact of coronavirus on China's society and economy, which has been felt around the globe. Zeroing in on the sociopolitical and environmental factors that drive our most controversial and pressing global health concerns, Hotez proposes historically proven methods to soothe fraught international relations while preparing us for a safer, healthier future. He hammers home the importance of public engagement to communicate the urgency of embracing science during troubled times. Touching on a range of disease, from leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to COVID-19, Preventing the Next Pandemic has always been a timely goal, but it will be even more important in a COVID and post-COVID world.

  • Author: Peter J. Hotez
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1421440385
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches