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

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

1. FSOT Study Guide: FSOT Prep Secrets, Full-Length Practice Exam, Step-by-Step Review Video Tutorials for the Foreign Service Officer Test: [4th Edition]

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

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  • Author: Matthew Bowling
  • Publisher: Mometrix Media LLC (January 3, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1516714834
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.85 x 11 inches


2. Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods

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

Even students capable of writing excellent essays still find their first major political science research paper an intimidating experience. Crafting the right research question, finding good sources, properly summarizing them, operationalizing concepts and designing good tests for their hypotheses, presenting and analyzing quantitative as well as qualitative data are all tough-going without a great deal of guidance and encouragement. Writing a Research Paper in Political Science breaks down the research paper into its constituent parts and shows students what they need to do at each stage to successfully complete each component until the paper is finished. Practical summaries, recipes for success, worksheets, exercises, and a series of handy checklists make this a must-have supplement for any writing-intensive political science course.

  • Author: Lisa A. Baglione
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 4th edition (January 28, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1506367422
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches


3. Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service

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

Career Diplomacy is an insider's guide to the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career.  In this thoroughly revised third edition, Kopp and Naland provide an up-to-date, authoritative, and candid account of the life and work of professional US diplomats, who advance and protect this country's national security interests around the globe. The authors explore the five career tracks ― consular, political, economic, management, and public diplomacy ― through their own experience and through interviews with more than a hundred current and former members of the Foreign Service. They lay out what to expect in a Foreign Service career, from the entrance exam through midcareer and into the senior service ― how to get in, get around, and get ahead. New in the third edition:  • A discussion of the relationship of the Foreign Service and the Department of State to other agencies, and to the combatant commands  • An expanded analysis of hiring procedures • Commentary on challenging management issues in the Department of State, including the proliferation of political appointments in high-level positions and the difficulties of running an agency with employees in two personnel systems (Civil Service and Foreign Service)  • A fresh examination of the changing nature and demographics of the Foreign Service

  • Author: Harry W. Kopp
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press; Third edition (September 1, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1626164697
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches


4. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001

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

A New York Times Notable Book At a time when the Middle East has come closer to achieving peace than ever before, eminent Israeli historian Benny Morris explodes the myths cherished by both sides to present an epic history of Zionist-Arab relations over the past 120 years. Tracing the roots of political Zionism back to the pogroms of Russia and the Dreyfus Affair, Morris describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers into Palestine and the impact they had on the Arab population. Following the Holocaust, the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 resulted in the establishment of the State of Israel, but it also shattered Palestinian Arab society and gave rise to a massive refugee problem. Morris offers distinctive accounts of each of the subsequent Israeli-Arab wars and details the sporadic peace efforts in between, culminating in the peace process initiated by the Rabin Government. In a new afterword to the Vintage edition, he examines Ehud Barak’s leadership, the death of President Assad of Syria, and Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, and the recent renewed conflict with the Palestinians. Studded with illuminating portraits of the major protagonists, Righteous Victims provides an authoritative record of the middle east and its continuing struggle toward peace.

  • Author: Benny Morris
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0679744757
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.66 x 8 inches


5. Essentials of International Relations

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

New coauthor Heather Elko McKibben enlivens a classic text A fresh perspective renews Karen Mingst’s classic, concise text. A new chapter on international cooperation and international law presents alternatives to war. A streamlined approach to theories and levels of analysis makes concepts easier to understand and apply. Expanded coverage of cybersecurity, refugees, health, and the environment asks students to grapple with the big issues of our time. And InQuizitive―an all-new digital learning tool―helps students learn, retain, and apply key concepts.

  • Author: Karen A. Mingst
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Eighth edition (December 1, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0393675191
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches


6. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

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

The Globalization of World Politics, Seventh Edition, is the best-selling introduction to international relations, offering the most comprehensive coverage of key theories and global issues in world politics. The seventh edition features several brand new chapters that reflect the very latest developments in the field, including those on gender and race, to ensure the book continues to cover topics that define key IR issues. New pedagogical features help readers evaluate key IR debates and apply theory to real world events. Leading scholars in the field introduce readers to the history, theory, structures, and key issues in IR, providing students with an ideal introduction and a constant guide throughout their studies.

  • Author: John Baylis
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7th edition (February 15, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0198739852
  • Dimensions: 1 x 7.7 x 10.5 inches


7. International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues (13th Edition)

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

For courses in International Relations.   Understanding International Politics with Scholarly Articles International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues has been helping readers effectively understand politics under governments and beyond for over 40 years. Scholarly articles on essential topics illustrate fundamental debates and differing points of view for a comprehensive and engaging overview of the discipline, while introducing readers to the major forces shaping the world today.     The Thirteenth Edition still employs the book’s cornerstone approach of teaching international politics through relevant scholarship that illustrates its theoretical concepts. This edition, however, contains 27% new material spread across each of the book’s four parts. Organizational changes and new information have been added throughout to expand the reader’s introduction to this broad and ever changing field.   Also available with MyPoliSciLab ® MyPoliSciLab for the International Relations course extends learning online to engage readers and improve results. Media resources with assignments bring concepts to life, and offer readers opportunities to practice applying what they’ve learned. Please note: this version of MyPoliSciLab does not include an eText.   Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLab ™ & Mastering ™ does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLab & Mastering, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.   If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyLab & Mastering, search for:   0134517938 / 9780134517933   International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues Plus MyPoliSciLab for International Relations  — Access Card Package, 13/e   Package consists of: 0134482018 / 9780134482019     International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues, 13/e 0134408233 / 9780134408231  MyPoliSciLab for International Relations Access Card International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues , Thirteenth Edition is also available via REVEL ™ , an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.

  • Author: Robert J. Art
  • Publisher: Pearson; 13th edition (April 8, 2016)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0134482019
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 7.25 x 9 inches


8. Strategiya: The Foundations of Russian Strategic Thought

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

In recent years, Western experts have generally portrayed the Kremlin's actions as either strategic or tactical. Yet this proposition raises a very important question: how closely does the West's interpretation of Russian strategy reflect the country's own definitions? While many military historians have sought to interpret Russian strategy, Strategiya takes a different approach. It brings together, in English, the classic works of the Russian art of strategy, which were rediscovered after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Instead of explaining his analysis of Russia's contemporary strategy, Ofer Fridman offers his translation of and commentary upon the founding texts of Russia's own Clausewitzes, Baron Jominis and Liddell Harts, who have been inspiring Russian strategic thinking--both its conceptualisation and its implementation--from the moment Moscow rejected the exclusive role of Marxism-Leninism in strategic affairs. Russian contemporary strategists draw their inspiration from three main schools of thought. While works by Soviet military thinkers have already been translated into English, those by both Imperial strategists and military thinkers in exile have remained almost inaccessible to the Western reader. Filling this lacuna, Strategiya offers a fascinating glimpse inside the foundations of Russian strategic thought and practice.

  • Author: Ofer Fridman
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 15, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0197606162


9. Orders of Exclusion: Great Powers and the Strategic Sources of Foundational Rules in International Relations: Great Powers and the Strategic Sources of Foundational Rules in International Relations

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

When and why do powerful countries seek to enact major changes to international order, the broad set of rules that guide behavior in world politics? This question is particularly important today given the Trump administration's clear disregard for the reigning liberal international order in the United States. Across the globe, there is also uncertainty over what China might seek to replace that order with as it continues to amass power and influence. Together, these developments mean that what motivates great powers to shape and change order will remain at the forefront of debates over the future of world politics. Prior studies have focused on how the origins of international orders have been consensus-driven and inclusive. By contrast, Kyle M. Lascurettes argues in Orders of Exclusion that the propelling motivation for great power order building has typically been exclusionary. Dominant powers pursue fundamental changes to order when they perceive a major new threat on the horizon. Moreover, they do so for the purpose of targeting this perceived threat, be it another powerful state or a foreboding ideological movement. The goal of foundational rule writing in international relations, then, is blocking that threatening entity from amassing further influence, a motive Lascurettes illustrates at work across more than three hundred years of history. Far from falling outside of the bounds of traditional statecraft, order building is the continuation of power politics by other means.

  • Author: Kyle M. Lascurettes
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 3, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0190068554
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 0.78 x 9.25 inches


10. Discourse on Colonialism

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

"Césaire's essay stands as an important document in the development of third world consciousness--a process in which he played a prominent role." --Library Journal This classic work, first published in France in 1955, profoundly influenced the generation of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75,000 copies to date. Aimé Césaire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism and colonialism on both the colonizer and colonized, exposing the contradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of "progress" and "civilization" upon encountering the "savage," "uncultured," or "primitive." Here, Césaire reaffirms African values, identity, and culture, and their relevance, reminding us that "the relationship between consciousness and reality are extremely complex. . . . It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society." An interview with Césaire by the poet René Depestre is also included.

  • Author: Aimé Césaire
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (January 1, 2001)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1583670255