Globalist Bookshelf 2013

2013 Selections

Inside Out, India and China: Local Politics Go Global
By William J. Antholis (Brookings Institution Press, 2013)

Excerpt: Forget Beijing and Delhi: When Diplomacy Goes Local
How to conduct global diplomacy with local power centers.

The Hopkins Touch, Harry Hopkins and The Forging of The Alliance to Defeat Hitler
By David L. Roll (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Excerpt: The Day That Lives in Infamy – December 7, 1941
How did oil catalyze the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?

Murder at the Dacha
By Alexei Bayer (Russian Information Services, 2013)

Excerpt: The Russia Putin Grew Up In
A work of fiction, Murder at the Dacha, portrays a Russia of the past — and the present.

Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility
By Robert Kuttner (Knopf, 2013)

Excerpt: Macroeconomic Mercy and German History
Why Germany should show more generosity toward eurozone countries in crisis.

Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century
By Patrick Smith (Yale, 2013)

Excerpt: Was America Ever Exceptional?
How it hurts a nation that cannot distinguish between strength and power.

The Locust and The Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future
By Geoff Mulgan (Princeton, 2013)

Excerpt: Time Rather Than Money
What is the ultimate goal for economic life?

Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835
By Jefferson Morley (Nan A. Talese, 2012)

Excerpt: "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave"
How does the history of the U.S. national anthem reflect the country’s long struggle with inequality?

The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy
By William J. Dobson (Random House, 2012)

Excerpt: Governing China: Accountability Vs. Responsibility
What flaws do conservative Chinese political theorists see in Western democracy compared to their own system?

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order
By Martin Jacques (Penguin, 2012)

Excerpt: The Changing Nature of Power in Asia
The highly distinctive characteristics of East Asian societies have shaped politics. But are they changing due to modernization?

The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire
By Neil Irwin (Penguin, 2013)

Excerpt: How Ben Bernanke Saved Europe’s Banks
The story of an unprecedented effort by the U.S. central bank to serve as the lender of last resort to the world.

Divided Nations: Why Global Governance Is Failing and What We Can Do about It
By Ian Goldin (Oxford, 2013)

Excerpt: Do We Need New Global Institutions?
What is the world to do when national governments retreat from global commitments?

Keystone XL: Down the Line
By Steven Mufson (TED Conferences/Washington Post, 2013)

Excerpt: Road Tripping Down the Keystone Pipeline
How do we reconcile the growth of oil sands with the fact that we’re entering a carbon-constrained future?

Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government
By Joshua Kurlantzick (Yale, 2013)

Excerpt: Democracy Goes into Reverse
Western leaders more or less unthinkingly assume that democracy will eventually triumph worldwide. Are they wrong?

Inequality in America: Facts, Trends, and International Perspectives
By Uri Dadush and Kemal Dervis (Brookings, 2012)

Excerpt: Can Income Inequality Destabilize the U.S. Economy?
What are the potential consequences of increasing income inequality in the world’s largest economy?

The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It
By Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig (Princeton, 2013)

Excerpt: The Emperors of Banking Have No Clothes
Why have bank lobbyists been so successful in stymieing efforts to rein in banking, despite the massive fallout from the global financial crisis?

The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam
By Akbar Ahmed (Brookings, 2013)

Excerpt: How U.S. Drones Miss Their Target
Just as the drone is an appropriate metaphor for the current age of globalization, the thistle captures the essence of tribal societies.

The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State
By Zhang Weiwei (World Century, 2012)

Excerpt: America’s Consumer Democracy Versus China’s Modern Mandarinate
Could the Western democratic system only a transitory phenomenon in the long history of humankind?

Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century
By Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels (Polity, 2012)

Excerpt: America’s Consumer Democracy Versus China’s Modern Mandarinate
Are the consumer democracies of the West becoming ungovernable, while authoritarian China moves into the future?

China’s Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History
By Tom Miller (Zed, 2012)

Excerpt: China’s Urban Billion: Civilizing the Cities
Can China’s cities 2030 really accommodate one billion residents — or one in every eight people on the planet?

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
By Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy (Brookings, 2013)

Excerpt: The End of Brand Putin?
Can Russia ever become a modern, economically competitive, democratic society as long as Putin is in charge?

The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
By Kishore Mahbubani (PublicAffairs, 2013)

Excerpt: Why the United Nations Is Kept Weak
Is the West underestimating the value of the trust that the UN enjoys in the hearts and minds of the rest of the world’s population?

Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750
By Odd Arne Westad (Basic Books, 2012)

Excerpt: Reforming China from Beyond Its Borders
Where in the world are Chinese leaders looking for inspiration to improve China’s future?

That Should Still Be Us: How Thomas Friedman’s Flat World Myths Are Keeping Us Flat on Our Backs
By Martin Sieff (Wiley, 2012)

Excerpt: How Lincoln Created Industrial America
Do Americans — who have a conflicted attitude toward government — realize the economic power that Abraham Lincoln wielded?

India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State
By Gurcharan Das (Penguin, 2012)

Excerpt: India Grows at Night
How could a nation become the world’s second-fastest growing economy despite a weak, flailing state?

The Social Conquest of Earth
By E.O. Wilson (Liveright, 2012)

Excerpt: Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism
Are human brains hardwired to recognize some groups of people as friends and others as enemies?