The 2018 National Security College Christmas Reading List

The 2018 National Security College Christmas Reading List

In between the rush to clear our desks before the holidays and the last minute trips to the shops for cheesy Chris Cringle gifts, spare a thought for what you will read whilst relaxing on the beach this holiday season (or stuck indoors sheltering from the cold, for our northern friends).

At the National Security College, we’ve spent our year been reading, writing and ruminating on policy challenges. And as part of these efforts, we’ve all discovered (and in some cases, rediscovered) some absolute pearls of wisdom and entertainment, which we now pass on to you as our suggestions for passing the time on the beach, on the plane or maybe just hiding from relatives.

Books written by NSC staff:

Dr Sue Thompson, the United States and Southeast Asian Regionalism: Collective security and economic development, 1945-75, Routledge, 2018

Associate Professor Michael Clarke, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in China. Domestic and foreign policy dimensions, Oxford University Press, 2018

Dr Michael Cohen, When Proliferation Causes Peace: The psychology of nuclear crises, Georgetown University Press, 2017

Books recommended by NSC staff:

Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of College - “To understand a complex future, policy makers should read more history and fiction”

Julia Boyd, Travellers in the Third Reich: The rise of fascism 1919-45, Pegasus books, 2017

Carl Minzner, End of an Era: How China’s authoritarian revivial is undermining its rise, Oxford University Press, 2018

John Lewis Gaddis, On Grand Strategy, Penguin, 2018

Jonathan Clements, Mannerheim: President, soldier, spy, Haus, 2012

Ma Jian, China Dream (translated by Flora Drew), Chatto and Windus, 2018 (banned in China)

Ali Gillies, Manager, Course Development and Delivery - “Uncomfortable parallels from a woman who should know”

Madeleine Albright, Fascism: a warning, Harper, 2018

Professor roger Bradbury, Leader, Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace research program - “The best, most accessible book on cyber recently, and the best piece of strategic analysis”

Lucas Kello, The Virtual Weapon and International Order,Yale University Press, 2017

Paul Cornish, Kingsley Donaldson, 2020: World of war, Holder & Stoughton, London, 2017

Brad Fallen, Manager, Course Development and Delivery - “This was essential reading ahead of our recent course on naval ship acquisition, it’s brilliant.”

Ian Toll, Six Frigates: The epic history of the founding of the U.S. Navy, W.W. Norton & Company Inc, 2006

Associate Professor Michael Clarke, Lecturer - “International relations, China and history for Christmas”

Stephen Walt, The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s foreign policy elite and the decline of U.S. primacy, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2018

John Mearsheimer, The Great Delusion: Liberal dreams and international realities, Yale University Press, 2018

Sulmaan Wasif Khan, Haunted by Chaos: China’s greand strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping Harvard University Press, 2018

Elizabeth Economy, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the new Chinese state, Oxford University Press, 2018

Stephen Kotkin, Stalin Vol. II, Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, Penguin, 2018

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, The China Mission: George C. Marshall’s unfinished war, 1945-1947, W.H. Norton, 2018

Dr Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer - “Highly recommended, Clint’s organisation, Hamilton68 tracks Russian disinformation online in real time:

Clint Watts, Messing With the Enemy: Surviving in a social media world of hackers, terrorists, Russians and fake news, Harper, 2018

Katherine Mansted, Senior Researcher - “These books break down computer science, cyber & big data - all hot topics in #natsec - into digestable ideas, and practical advice.”

Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths, Algorithms to Live By: The computer science of human decisiions, Harper, 2016

Bruce Schneier, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and survival in a hyper-connected world, W.W. Norton & Company Inc, 2018

Tomas Ramge, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data, Hodder & Stoughten, 2018

James Mortensen, PhD Student - “the best historical account of the concept of security, thus far.”

John Hamilton, Security: Politics, humanity and the Philology of care, Princeton University Press, 2013

Chris Farnham, Senior Outreach and Policy Officer - “Lessons from the past and present for policy professionals”

Allan Gyngell, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942, Black Inc, 2017

James R. Clapper, Facts and Fears: Hard truths from a life in intelligence, Penguin, 2018

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