More Nonfiction Reads

I read more than just about countries and international relations. Check out some of my favorite non-fiction reads by topic below!  (My rating system is based on 5 stars: ★ = not worth reading; ★★ = poor, but with a few redemptive qualities; ★★★ = average read; ★★★★ = a valuable addition to one's knowledge; and ★★★★★ = read this book!)


  1. Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee (★★★★★)
  2. Voice of Southern Labor: Radio, Music, and Textile Strikes, 1929-1934 by Vincent Roscigno and William Danaher (★★★★)
  3. Cotton:The Biography of  Revolutionary Fiber by Stephen Yafa (★★★★★)
  4. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline (★★★★)
  5. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli (★★★★★)
  6. The Lowell Offering: Writings by New England Mill Women (1840-1845) by Benita Eisler (★★★★)
  7. Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert (★★★★★)
  8. Textile Town: Spartanburg, South Carolina by Hub City Writers Project (★★★★) 

US Democracy, Politics, and Foreign Policy

  1. Challengers to Duopoly: Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics by David Gillespie (★★★★★)
  2. The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement by James Katz, Michael Barris, and Anshul Jain (★★★★)
  3. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Michael Mandelbaum and Thomas Friedman (★★★)
  4. The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance by Michael Hunt (★★★★) 
  5. The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks (★★★★★)
  6. Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World by Ian Bremmer (★★★★) 
  7. Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen (★★★★)

Communism and Socialism

  1. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (★★★★★)
  2. Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong by Mao Zedong (★★★★★)
  3. Communism: A History by Richard Pipes (★★★★★)

United States South: Politics, Economy, and Culture

  1. Globalization and the American South by James Cobb and William Stueck (★★★★★)



  1. Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales (★★★★★)
  2. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara (★★★★★)


  1.  How to Prevent Genocide: A Guide for Policymakers, Scholars, and the Concerned Citizen by John Heidenrich (★★★★★)
  2. A Problem from Hell by Samantha Power (★★★★★)
  3. Native America and the Question of Genocide by Alex Alvarez (★★★★)
  4. Night by Elie Wiesel (★★★★★)
  5. A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide by Alon Confino (★★★★) 

Human, Civil, and Women Rights

  1. Last Utopia: Human Rights in History by Samuel Moyn (★★★★)  
  2. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn (★★★) 

National Identity, War, and Conflict

  1. Imagined Communities: Origins on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson (★★★★★)
  2. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John Mearscheimer (★★★★)  
  3. Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World by Bevin Alexander  (★★★★★)

Economics, Development, Finance, and Business

  1. The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Dies by Niall Ferguson (★★★★★)
  2. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier (★★★★) 
  3. The Price of Inequality by Joseph Stiglitz (★★★★) 
  4. Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth by Peter Blair Henry (★★★★) 
  5. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson (★★★★★)
  6. The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Refine Democracy by Raj Patel  (★★★★) 
  7. The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works - and How It's Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman (★★★★★)
  8. Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir  (★★★★) 


  1. The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael Ross (★★★★)  

Political Philosophy, Leadership, and Justice

  1. A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi (★★★★★)


Child Soldiers

  1. They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers by Romeo Dallaire (★★★★)  

Media and Modern Technology

  1. Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security by Daniel Solove (★★★★)  
  2. Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - The Lessons from a New Science by Alex Pentland (★★★★★)
  3. Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage (★★★★★)
  4. The CNN Effect: The Myth of News, Foreign Policy, and Intervention by Piers Robinson (★★★★)  
  5. Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy by James O'Keefe  (★★★★)  

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