Book List by Country

Read the Books

I will keep a working list of the books I have read throughout this challenge on this page, in alphabetical order. Feel free to join in the discussion and read the books about the areas which interest you! 


Books on Specific Regions:

(1) The New Scramble for Africa by Padraig Carmody
(2) Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden
(3) Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo
(4) Africa's World War by Gerard Prunier
(1) The Caucasus: An Introduction by Thomas de Waal
(2) Arab Spring Dreams edited by Nasser Weddady and Sohrab Ahmari

Books on Africa

Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara: An African Revolutionary by Ernest Harsch
Burundi: Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Congo (Democratic Republic): Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns
Djibouti: Djibouti: Pawn of the Horn of Africa by Robert Tholomier
Ethiopia: Famine and Foreigners by Peter Gill
Eritrea: I Didn't Do It for You by Michela Wrong 
Ghana: My First Coup D'etat by John Dramani Mahama
(1) Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
(2) Histories of the Hanged by David Anderson
Malawi: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Nigeria: There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe
(1) A Thousand Hills by Stephen Kinzer
(2) Rwanda, Inc. by Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond
(3) Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire
(4) An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Ruesabagina
(5) Conspiracy to Murder by Linda Melvern
(6) The Boy Who Met Jesus by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin
(7) Inside the Hotel Rwanda by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus
Sierra Leone:
(1) A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
(2) Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell
(1) The Pirates of Somalia by Jay Bahadur
(2) Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
South Africa:
(1) After Mandela by Douglas Foster
(2) Diamonds, Gold, and War by Martin Meredith 
South Sudan:
(1) Emma's War by Deborah Scroggins
(2) They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky by Deng, Deng, Ajak, and Bernstein
Sudan: Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide by Gerard Prunier
Tanzania: Street Dreams and Hip Hop Barbershops by Brad Weiss
Uganda: The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget by Andrew Rice
(1) Mukiwa by Peter Godwin
(2) The Fear by Peter Godwin


Books on Asia

(1) Coming Back to Afghanistan by Said Hyder Akbar
(2) The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
Armenia: Children of Armenia by Michael Bobelian
Azerbaijan: Culture Smart! Azerbaijan by Nikki Kazimova
Bahrain: Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society by Emile Nakhleh
Bangladesh: Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
Bhutan: Treasures of the Thunder Dragon by Ashi Dorgi Wangmo Wangchuck
Brunei: Language, Power, and Ideology in Brunei Darussalam by Geoffrey C. Gunn
(1) Cambodia's Curse by Joel Brinkley
(2) The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam 
(1) A Contest for Supremacy by Aaron L. Friedberg
(2) Understanding China by John Bryan Starr
(3) The Snow Lion and the Dragon by Melvyn C. Goldstein
(4) Factory Girls by Leslie Chang
Georgia: A Little War that Shook the World by Ronald Asmus
Hong Kong: Ghetto at the Center of the World by Gordon Mathews
(1) In Spite of the Gods by Edward Luce
(2) Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Indonesia: In the Time of Madness by Richard Lloyd Parry
Iran: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ by Hooman Majd
Iraq: Inventing Iraq by Tony Dodge
Israel: Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
(1) Embracing Defeat by John W. Dower
(2) Underground by Haruki Murakami
Jordan: Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen
Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan: Surprises and Stereotypes by Jonathan Aitken
Korea (North): Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Korea (South): Korea: The Impossible Country by Daniel Tudor
Kuwait: Women in Kuwait by Haya al-Mughni
Kyrgyzstan: 100 Letters Home by Emily Ross
Laos: Tragic Mountains by Jane Hamilton-Merritt
(1) Spirit of the Phoenix by Tim Llewellyn
(2) From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
Macau: Macau: The Imaginary City by Jonathan Porter
Malaysia: Student Activism in Malaysia by Meredith L. Weiss
Maldives: Maldives, Kingdom of a Thousand Isles by Andrew Forbes
Mongolia: Wild East by Jill Lawless
Myanmar: The River of Lost Footsteps by Thant Myint-U
Nepal: Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Oman: In the Time of Oil by Mandana Limbert
Pakistan: Playing with Fire by Pamela Constable
Palestine: A Wall in Palestine by Rene Backmann
Papua New Guinea: Four Corners by Kira Salak
Philippines: History of the Philippines by Luis Francia
Qatar: Al-Jazeera by Mohammad Al-nawawy and Adel Iskandar
(1) Natasha's Dance by Orlando Figes
(2) Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in a Post-Soviet Landscape by Susan Richards
Saudi Arabia: Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey
Singapore: Governing Singapore by Raj Vasil
Sri Lanka: Tea Time with Terrorists by Mark Stephen Meadows
Syria: In the Lion's Den by Andrew Tabler
Taiwan: Taiwan: A Political History by Denny Roy
Tajikistan: Muslim Youth by Colette Harris
Thailand: Thailand Unhinged by Federico Ferrara
Timor-Leste: "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die" by Geoffrey Robinson
Turkey: Crescent and Star by Stephen Kinzer
Turkmenistan: Unknown Sands by John W. Kropf
United Arab Emirates: City of Gold by Jim Krane
Uzbekistan: Tamerlane's Children by Robert Rand
Vietnam: Vietnam Rising Dragon by Bill Hayton
(1) Yemen: the Unknown Arabia by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
(2) I Am Nujood Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

Books on Europe

(1) Stasiland by Anna Funder
(2) The German Genius by Peter Watson
(3) 1989 by Mary Elise Sarotte
(4) The Politics of the New Germany by Simon Green, Dan Hough, and Alister Miskimmon
(5) The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting by Mark Roseman
(1) Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
(2) Historia de España by Pierre Vilar

Books on South America

Brazil: Brazil on the Rise by Larry Rohter
(1) The History of Venezuela by H. Micheal Tarver and Julia C. Frederick
(2) The Silence and the Scorpion by Brian A. Nelson 
(3) Venezuela Speaks by Carlos Martinez, Michael Fox, and Jojo Farrell
(4) The Enduring Legacy by Miguel Tinker Salas 
(5) Venezuela and the United States by Judith Ewell
(6) Cafe con Leche by Winthrop Wright 
(7) The Unraveling of Representative Democracy in Venezuela, by Jennifer McCoy and David Myers
(8) Changing Lives by Tricia Tunstall

1 comment:

  1. I was just looking at your list, and didn't find Argentina. If you don't mind my intruding, I would suggest reading
    It just came out in english and it is an excelent but hard book that touches a very important point of our history.
    Love your idea by the way! I am a lit major in College here.