SSP Summer Reading List

Featured Faculty: 

"How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture" by Liz Grimm Arsenault

"Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory" by James M. Dubik

"Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War" by C. Christine Fair

"Inside Terrorism" by Bruce Hoffman (newest edition to be released in August, 2017)

"The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order" by Sean McFate

"The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and US security" by Edward Ifft

Top Picks: 

"The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force" by Eliot Cohen; recommended by Tom McNaugher, Bob Murray, Joseph Collins and Raphael Cohen

"War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory" by Nadia Schadlow; recommended by Tom McNaugher and Joseph Collins

"Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam" by Fredrik Logevall; recommended by David Edelstein and Albert Willner

"The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't" by Nate Silver; recommended by Toni Gidwani and Sean McFate

"Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam" by H.R. McMaster; recommended by Raphael Cohen and Ben Connable

"The Origins of Totalitarianism" by Hannah Arendt; recommended by Gregg Jones and Peter Belk

Books by Concentration:

Please note that, in order to avoid redundancy, titles are only listed under one concentration, but could certainly apply to more than one, so please peruse them all!

International Security

"The Masters" by C.P. Snow; recommended by Bruce Hoffman

"Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" by Giles Milton; recommended by Bruce Hoffman

"A Coffin for Dimitrios" by Eric Ambler; recommended by Bruce Hoffman

"1984" by George Orwell; recommended by Liz Grimm Arsenault

"Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States" by Albert Hirschman; recommended by James M. Dubik

"The Beautiful Country and The Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present" by John Pomfret; recommended by Oriana Mastro

"The Sellout" by Paul Beatty; recommended by Oriana Mastro

"A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan; recommended by Oriana Mastro

"The Three- Body Problem" by Liu Cixin; recommended by Oriana Mastro

"The Tragedy of Great Power Politics" by John J. Mearsheimer; recommended by Keir Lieber

"The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy" by Adam Tooze; recommended by David Edelstein

"Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought" by Michael Handel; recommended by David Maxwell

"Strategy: A History" by Sir Lawrence Freedman; recommended by David Maxwell

"War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier" by Carter Malkasian; recommended by Bob Murray

"The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Study of the Psychological Effects of War" by Lord Moran; recommended by Gina Bennett

"Managing Conflict in a World Adrift" by Chester A Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aall; recommended by Syed Mohammed Ali

"The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries" by Andrei Soldatove, Irina Borogan; recommended by Toni Gidwani

"The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB" by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin; recommended by Raphael Cohen

"The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the the Third World - Newly Revealed Secrets from the Mitrokhin Archive" by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin; recommended by Raphael Cohen

"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary; recommended by Sean McFate

"Antifragile" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb; recommended by Sean McFate

"Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman; recommended by Sean McFate

"China’s Military Power: Assessing Current and Future Capabilities" by Roger Cliff; recommended by Scott Harold

"China’s Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weakness of the People’s Liberation Army" by Michael Chase, Jeffrey Engstrom, et al.; recommended by Scott Harold

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling; recommended by Gary Shiffman

"The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir; recommended by Ellen Haring 

"A Feminist Voyage through International Relations" by J. Ann Tickner; recommended by Ellen Haring 

""A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide" by Samantha Power; recommended by Ellen Haring 

"Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway" by Walter Lord; recommended by Gregg Jones

"The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu" by Joshua Hammer; recommended by Gregg Jones 

"The Lost Art of Finding Our Way" by John Huth; recommended by Gregg Jones

"Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill" by Candice Millard; recommended by Gregg Jones

"Viet Cong: The Organization and Technique of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam" by Douglas Pike; recommended by Ben Connable

"Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" by Evan Osnos; recommended by Albert Willner

"Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing; recommended by Albert Willner

"A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order" by Richard Haass; recommended by Peter Belk

"Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb" by Feroz Hassan Khan; recommended by Charles Lloyd

    Terrorism and Substate Violence

    "The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda In Flight" by Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; recommended by Bruce Hoffman

    "Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia" by Moeed Yusuf; recommended by Syed Mohammed Ali

      Technology and Security

      "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien; recommended by Liz Grimm Arsenault

      "Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction" by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner; recommended by Sean McFate

      "Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet" by Andrew Blum; recommended by Toni Gidwani

      "Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905 - 1953" by Simon Ings; recommended by Charles Lloyd

      "Capital in the Twenty- First Century" by Thomas Piketty; recommended by Peter Belk

      U.S. National Security Policy

      "By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783" by Michael Green; recommended by Tom McNaugher

      "About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior" by David Hackworth and Julia Sherman; recommended by Oriana Mastro

      "Presidents and Their Generals: An American History of Command in War" by Matthew Moten; recommended by James M. Dubik

      "The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World" by Juliana Geron Pilon; recommended by David Maxwell

      "The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay; recommended by Bob Murray

      "Foreign Policy begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order" by Richard Haass; recommended by Bob Murray

      "Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century" by Jonathan House; recommended by John Gordon

      "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman, Tantum Collins, Chris Fussel; recommended by Peter Belk

      "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" by Robert Gates; recommended by Charles Paquale

      "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" by Barton Gellman; recommended by Charles Paquale


      "The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames" by Kai Bird; recommended by Daniel Byman

      "SuperIntelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom; recommended by Sean McFate

      Unconventional Weapons and Non-Proliferation