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Best World Affairs Books of 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:51 PM | Anonymous

Best of the Best: The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh's Top Books of the Year

Each week, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh brings you the best analysis and opinion on current global issues. This week - as a special supplement to our Weekly World News Update - the Council has drawn on many of its regular sources to bring you a selection of the top books of 2014.

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Global Hotspots

Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Daniel P. Bolger

China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, Howard W. French

No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, Anand Gopal

Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite, Suki Kim

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, Jenny Nordberg

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia,Peter Pomerantsev



The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, Archie Brown

The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China - and How America Can Win, Geoff Dyer

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, Francis Fukuyama

World Order, Henry Kissinger

National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, David Rothkopf


Secrets and Betrayal

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, Kai Bird

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, Glenn Greenwald

Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North Korea, Jang Jin-Sung

A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, Ben Macintyre


Historical Analysis

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, Karen Armstrong

Gaza: A History, Jean-Pierre Filiu

Congo: The Epic History of a People, David Van Reybrouck

The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, David Reynolds

The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, Mary Elise Sarotte

The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931, Adam Tooze

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright


Also Notable

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert M. Gates

The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, Russell Gold

Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, James Risen

The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, Kim Zetter

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