Building Peace Family Blog Arabic Blog

Books I've Been Reading

This list contains selected books that I've read, in reverse chronological order, which pertain to the subject material of my blog.
The intent of including this list is to show shaping influences on my thinking.


1948 by Benny Morris

The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway

Drood by Dan Simmons

The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier

The Gamble by Tom Ricks

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Faith Beyond Despair by Elias Chacour

Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Fiasco by Tom Ricks

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace by Daniel Kurtzer and Scott Lasensky

The Much Too Promised Land by Aaron David Miller

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen

We Belong to the Land by Elias Chacour

Dereliction of Duty by H.R. Mcmaster

This Man's Army by Andrew Exum

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich


Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by John Nagl

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour

1776 by David McCullough

The Yacobian Building by Alaa Al Aswany

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Milestones by Seyyid Qutb

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Bush at War by Bob Woodward

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Dan Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Scheherazade Goes West by Fatima Mernissi <p class="style19">

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

Lonely Planet Jordan by Bardley Mayhew

The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz

Peace Not Apatheid by Jimmy Carter

Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R. Barber

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey Sachs

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali Allawi

A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey by Leila Ahmed

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Once an Eagle by Anton Myer


Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman

Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishamel Beah

Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the 21st Century by Thomas Barnett

America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy by Francis Fukayama

Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong

Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

Glocalization by Patrick Mendis

Political Analysis by Louise White

The Scramble for Africa by M.E. Chamberlain


Iraq Study Group Report

The Shia Revival by Vali Nasr

Al-Jazeera by Hugh Miles

Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky

Contemporary Political Ideologies by Lyman Tower Sargent

International Relations Theory by Cynthia Weber

The Mighty and the Almighty by Madeline Albright

Logics of American Foreign Policy by Patrick Callahan

Journey of the Jihadist by Fawaz A. Gerges

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs

Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza

The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Night by Elie Wiesel


God Has a Dream

Religion and Statey L. Carl Brown

International Economics by Robert J. Carbaugh

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Introduction to the Study of the Holy Qur'an by Maulana Muhammad 'Ali

Approaching the Qur'an by Michael Sells

The Odyssey by Homer (Fagles translation)

Pretty Birds by Scott Simon

In Defense of Globalization by Jagdish Bhagwati

World on Fire by Amy Chua

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire


History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity by Philip Jenkins

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington

Arguing About War by Michael Walzer

Surrender or Starve by Robert Kaplan

Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World by Akbar S. Ahmed

The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis

A Bed for the Night by David Rieff

The Great Philosophers by Bryan Magee

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Soldiers of God by Robert Kaplan


The Iliad by Homer (Fagles translation)

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges

Leadership by Rudolph W. Giullani

The Threatening Storm by Kenneth Pollack

Warrior Politics by Robert Kaplan