FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

There is no FAO book list but THIS FAO book list and FUUO is the messenger of FAO book lists.

NOTE: I have made a new page tab for this evolving list of books on my home page.  I will add to this there so be sure to check there periodically.

"There is no FAO book list but THIS FAO book list and FUUO is the messenger of FAO book lists."

        I created this list because there isn't anyone else doing it at an easy to access space and because I LOVE BOOKS!  They are one of my favorite things in the entire world! While I this page is entitled THE FAO Book List, my intent is for it to be useful to any officer working with a certain region.              

       In creating THE list I have borrowed heavily from other lists that I have come across and also relied heavily on my own research.  I have not read all of these books (the ones I have read are noted with a *) but will link them to my reviews once I do read them.  All fiction titles are printed in orange.

If you have suggestions please comment and I will add them.  As I have time I will hyperlink the book titles to their listings on Amazon.  Also, if you have a review/thoughts that you've written that you'd like me to link to I will do so happily.


Middle East

A Political Economy of the Middle East: Third Edition by Alan Richards and John Waterbury

*The Multiple Identities of the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman

Sheba Revealed: A Posting to Bayhan in the Yemen by N. St. J. Groom

What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey by Fouad Ajami

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Arab Historians of the Crusades (Islamic World) by Francesco Gabrieli

A History of the Crusades Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (Volume 1-3) by Steven Runciman

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf

Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin

Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923 by Efraim Karsh and Inari Karsh

A History of the Modern Middle East by William L. Cleveland and Martin Bunton

A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence by John E. Mack

Lawrence Of Arabia by Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

*The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley

*The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Africa: A biography of the Continent by John Reader

The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith

First footsteps in East Africa: or, An exploration of Harar by Richard Francis Burton

The Lunatic Express: An Entertainment in Imperialism by Charles Miller

African Friends and Money Matters: Observations from Africa (Publications in Ethnography, Vol. 37) by David E. Maranz

A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 by Alistair Horne

Things Fall Apart: A Novel by Chinua Achebe

Survey of Subsaharan Africa: A Regional Geography by Harm J. De Blij

Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument (African Issues) by Patrick Chabal

Experimental Nations: Or, the Invention of the Maghreb by Réda Bensmaïa


Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power and Politics by Robert Ross

The Great Wall Sea, China’s Navy in the 21st Century (2nd Edition) by Bernard Cole.

China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective by Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein and Carnes Lord

China's Energy Strategy: The Impact on Bejing's Maritime Policies by Gabriel B. Collins, Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and William S. Murray

Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy by Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard Mcgregor

Asia Looks Seaward: Power and Maritime Strategy (Praeger Security International) - Hardcover (Nov. 30, 2007) by Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes

Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History, Updated Edition - Paperback (Sept. 19, 2005) by Bruce Cumings

Dragon By The Tail by John Paton Davies

The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa - Hardcover (Jan. 25, 2010) by Deborah Brautigam


Anti Americanism by Jean Francois Revel

The French Betrayal of America by Kenneth R. Timmerman

South/Latin America

Latin America's Wars Volume I: The Age of the Caudillo, 1791-1899 by Robert L. Scheina

Latin America's Wars Volume II: The Age of the Professional Soldier, 1900-2001 by Robert L. Scheina

Latin America: A Naval History, 1810-1987 by Robert L. Scheina


*Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

*The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace by Shannon D. Beebe and Mark Kaldor

Guide for Participants in Peace, Stability nad Relief Operations edited by Robert M. Perito

Exporting security: International Engagmenet, Security Cooperation and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military by Derek S. Reveron

How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle by Gideon Rose

*The Diplomat’s Dictionary by Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

*The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette by Mary French

Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (Cross-Cultural Negotiation Books) by Charles W. Freeman

Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto by Adam Werbach

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen R. Covey

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T. E. Lawrence

The Ugly American by William J. Lederer

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher

A Force More Powerful by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall

Force and Statecraft by Gordon A. Craig and Alexander L. George

The Admiral: The Memoirs of Albert Gleaves, Admiral by Albert Gleaves

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