Some of my students have asked for a list of books that a well-read, internationally-focused political science major should have covered by the end of undergrad. (I know. It's almost like they want to learn or something.) I'm compiling a list of books in all areas, but especially with a focus on international relations, comparative politics, humanitarian aid, development, genocide, state failure, African politics, and the Cold War, because these are the things I know a little about.
But what about the rest of the wide world? This, dear readers, is where you come in. What books would you recommend on any of the above topics, as well as Afghanistan, Iraq, civil-military relations, China, political theory, or anything else that is:
- 1) accessible to smart, capable undergraduates, and
- 2) something they need to have read before they head out to graduate school or careers in diplomacy, aid work, consulting, or any other of a myriad of international careers?