Books on Globalization and Geopolitics


Hundreds of books have been written on globalization, and the Great Recession generated many new books dealing specifically with macroeconomics. The books listed below have provided me with various perspectives on how we got to where we are and where we might be going. My touchstone has always been the sustainability of whatever trend was the topic of the book.


$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better, Christopher Steiner, 2009


2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years, Jorgen Randers, 2012


Abundance, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, 2012


The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith, 1958, 1998


After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, Jedediah Purdy, 2015


After the Empire, Emmanuel Todd, 2003


Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, Richard A. Clarke, 2004


Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, by Matthieu Ricard, 2013


America Alone, Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke, 2004


America and the World, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, 2008


America at the Crossroads, Francis Fukuyama, 2006


American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips, 2006


America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected World, by Rework America, 2015


America’s Promise Restored, Harlan Ullman, 2006


The Arrogance of Power, J. William Fulbright, 1966


Average Is Over, Tyler Cowen, 2013


The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Jonathan Schneer, 2010


The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Greg Palast, 2002


The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future, Paul Sabin, 2013


Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline, Daniel Gross, 2012


Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix It, Robert B. Reich, 2012


Beyond the Age of Innocence, Kishore Mahbubani, 2005


Beyond the Crash, Gordon Brown, 2010


Bin Laden, Islam and America’s New “War on Terrorism” , As’ad AbuKhalil, 2002


Breaking the Real Axis of Evil, Mark Palmer, 2003


Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Future, Newt Gingrich, 2013


The Bubble of American Supremacy, George Soros, 2004


The Business Solution to Poverty, Paul Polak, 2013


The Butterfly Defect: How Civilization Creates Systemic Risks and What to Do About It, Ian Goldin and Mike Mariathasan, 2014


Can Asians Think?, Kishore Mahbubani, 1998


Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph A. Schumpeter, 1942


The Case for Democracy, Natan Sharansky, 2004


The Case for Goliath, Michael Mandelbaum, 2005


The Case for Peace, Alan Dershowitz, 2005


Civilization: The West and the Rest, Niall Ferguson, 2011


The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel P. Huntington, 1996


Clash of Civilizations?: Asian Responses, Salim Rashid, 1997


Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet, Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman, 2015


Common Wealth: Economics for a Small Planet, Jeffrey Sachs, 2008


The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present, David Runciman, 20123


The Conservative Soul, Andrew Sullivan, 2006


Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, Noah Feldman, 2013


The Crash Course, Chris Martenson, 2011


The Crisis of Islam, Bernard Lewis, 2003


Dark Ages America, Morris Berman, 2006


Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Jane Mayer, 2016


The Democracy Advantage, Morton Halperin, Joseph T. Siegle, and Michael M. Weinstein, 2005


Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen, 1999


The Dignity of Difference, Jonathan Sacks, 2002


Disarming Iraq, Hans Blix, 2004


Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, David Cay Johnston, 2014


Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, Kate Raworth, 2017


Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century, Gideon Rachman, 2016


Economic Justice in an Unfair World, Ethan B. Kapstein, 2006


The Economics of Enough, Diane Coyle, 2011


The Economics of Inequality, Thomas Piketty, 1997, 2015


The End of Growth, Martin Ford, 2009


The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama, 1992


The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth, James K. Galbraith, 2014


The End of the American Era, Charles A. Kupchan, 2002


The End of the Suburbs, Leigh Gallagher, 2013


Ethical Realism, Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman, 2006


Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming, William I. Antholis and Strobe Talbot, 2010


Fault Lines, Raghuram G. Rajan, 2010


Finishing Business, Harlan K. Ullman, 2004


The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State, John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge, 2014


Free Lunch, David Cay Johnston, 2007


Free World, Timothy Garton Ash, 2004


Freefall, Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2010


From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman, 1989


From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy, Jean-Pierre Filiu, 2015


The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, Fareed Zakaria, 2003


The Future of Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., 2011


glob-ali-za’-tion, Bruce Greenwald and Judd Kahn, 2009


Globalization and Its Discontents, Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2002


The Globalization of Inequality, Francis Bourguignon, 2015


The Globalization Paradox, Dani Rodrik, 2011


The Good Fight, Peter Beinart, 2006


Governing the World: The History of an Idea, Mark Mazower, 2012


A Grand Strategy for America, Robert J. Art, 2003


Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History, Stephen D. King, 2017


The Great Convergence, Kishore Mahbubani, 2013


The Great Disruption, Paul Gilding, 2012


The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them, Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2015


The Great Experiment, Strobe Talbott, 2008


The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century, Walter Scheidel, 2017


The Great Rebalancing, Michael Pettis, 2013


The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi, 1944, 1957


Has Globalization Gone Too Far?, Dani Rodrik, 1997


Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance, 2016


A History of the Arab Peoples, Albert Hourani, 1991


Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Thomas L. Friedman, 2008


How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too), David P. Goldman, 2011


How Much Is Enough?, Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, 2012


How to Change the World, David Bornstein, 2004


The Human Web, J. R. McNeill and William H. McNeill, 2003


The Ideas That Conquered the World, Michael Mandelbaum, 2002


Imperial Hubris, Michael Scheuer, 2004


In Defense of Globalization, Jagdish Bhagwati, 2004


The Industries of the Future, Alec Ross, 2016


Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovative Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It, by John Kao, 2007


Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century, Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels, 2012


The Last Economic Superpower, Joseph P. Quinlan, 2011


Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, The United States, and the World, Graham Allison and Robert D. Blackwell, 2013


The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas L. Friedman, 1999


The Lights in the Tunnel, Richard Heinberg, 2011


Making Globalization Work, Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2006


Merchant, Soldier, Sage, David Priestland, 2013


The Middle East, Bernard Lewis, 1995


Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, Susan Neiman, 2008


A More Secure World, UN Panel, 2004


The Mystery of Capital, Hernando DeSoto, 2000


Myths, Illusions and Peace, Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, 2009


Naked Economics, Charles A. Wheelan, 2003


The Necessary Revolution, Peter Senge, 2008


The New American Story, Bill Bradley, 2007


The New Digital Age, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, 2013


The Next 100 Years, George Friedman, 2009


The Next Convergence, Michael Spence, 2011


The Next Decade, George Friedman, 2011


Nonzero, Robert Wright, 2000


Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, 2015


Of Paradise and Power, Robert Kagan, 2003


On China, Henry Kissinger, 2011


On Globalization, George Soros, 2002


On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder, 2017


The One Percent Doctrine, Ron Suskind, 2006


One World: The Ethics of Globalization, Peter Singer, 2002


Open Society, George Soros, 2000


The Opportunity: America’s Moment to Alter History’s Course, Richard N. Haass, 2005


The Paradox of American Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., 2002


The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz, 2004


The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, Richard McGregor, 2010


The Past Is a Foreign Country, David Lowenthal, 1985


A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin, 1989


The Pentagon’s New Map, Thomas P. M. Barnett, 2004


People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, 2016


Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, Gore Vidal, 2002


Pinched, Don Peck, 2011


Plan B 3.0, Lester Brown, 2008


The Plan: How to Rescue Society When the Oil Stops – Or The Day Before, Edwin Black, 2008


The Plundered Planet, Paul Collier, 2010


Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, Francis Fukuyama, 2014


The Politicians & the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics, Sean Wilentz, 2016


Politics Lost, Joe Klein, 2006


The Post American World, Fareed Zakaria, 2008


Power Rules, Leslie H. Gelb, 2009


The Price of Civilization, Jeffrey Sachs, 2011


The Price of Inequality, Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2012


Prosperity Without Growth, Tim Jackson, 2009


Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution Is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, 2011


Reset, Kurt Anderson, 2009


The Return of History, Robert Kagan, 2008


The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan, 2012


The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, Robert J. Gordon, 2016



Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, Martin Ford, 2015


Rogue Nation, Clyde Prestowitz, 2003


Running on Empty, Peter G. Peterson, 2004


Saving Capitalism – For the Many, Not the Few, Robert B. Reich, 2015


Second Chance, Zbigniew Brzezinski, 2007


The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, 2014


The Secret History of the American Empire, John Perkins, 2007


Seeing the Elephant, Peter Warder, 2009


A Short History of the World, H.G. Wells, 1922


The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Peter Frankopan, 2016


The Silent Takeover, Noreena Hertz, 2001


Soft Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., 2004


The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, 2009


A Study of History, Arnold J. Toynbee, 1957


The Surprising Solution, Bruce Piasecki, 2009


That Used To Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, 2011


A Theory of Global Capitalism, William I. Robinson, 2004


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, Naomi Klein, 2014


The Threat of Globalization to Arab Islamic Culture, Mohamed El-Shibiny, 2005


Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth became the Enemy of Prosperity, Douglas Rushkoff, 2016


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, William Easterly, 2013


Uncharted Journey: Promoting Democracy in the Middle East, Thomas L. Carothers and Marina Ottaway, 2005


Unconquerable Nation, Brian Michael Jenkins, 2006


The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Tim Harford, 2014


Unfinished Business, Harlan Ullman, 2002


The Upside of Down, Thomas Homer-Dixon, 2006


The War for Wealth, Gabor Steingart, 2008


The Way We’ll Be, John Zogby, 2008


What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, David P. Goldman, 2011


What Went Wrong?, Bernard Lewis, 2002


What’s Right with Islam, Faisal Abdul Rauf, 2004


When the Money Runs Out, Stephen D. King, 2013


Why Capitalism?, Allan H. Meltzer, 2012


Why Geography Matters, Harm de Blij, 2005


Why the West Rules – For Now, Ian Morris, 2010


Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, Jeffrey Rubin, 2009


The World in 2050, Laurence C. Smith, 2010


The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman, 2005


World On Fire, Amy Chua, 2003


World Order, Henry Kissinger, 2014


The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, Jeremy Rifkin, 2014


Zero-Sum Future, Gideon Rachman, 2011


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