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The Robot Series:
The Caves of Steel
Mirror Image
The Naked Sun
The Robots of Dawn
Robots and Empire
Isaac Asimov

The Foundation Series:
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge
Foundation and Earth
Isaac Asimov

Prisoners of Geography:
Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics
Tim Marshall

The Power of Geography:
Ten maps that reveal the future of our world
Tim Marshall

The Future of Geography:
How power and politics in space will change our world
Tim Marshall

Why we're living in an age of walls
Tim Marshall

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy
Yanis Varoufakis

Adults in the Room:
My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment
Yanis Varoufakis

And the Weak Suffer What They Must?
Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
Yanis Varoufakis

The Code Book:
The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Simon Singh

Animal Farm
George Orwell

The Freedom of the Press
(Orwell's Proposed Preface to Animal Farm)
George Orwell

George Orwell

Behind the Lines and Under Fire:
The Inside Story of Europe's Last War
Tim Marshall

A Line in the Sand:
Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped the Middle East
James Barr

Lords of the Desert:
Britain's Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East
James Barr

To Hell and Back:
Europe, 1914—1949
Ian Kershaw

A Hard Country
Anatol Lieven

War in Ukraine:
Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies

How The West Brought War To Ukraine:
Understanding How U.S. and NATO Policies Led to Crisis, War, and the Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe
Benjamin Abelow

Lords of Finance:
1929, The Great Depression, and the Bankers who Broke the World
Liaquat Ahamed

Climate Change and the Nation State:
The Realist Case
Anatol Lieven

Dangerous Dinosaur
Ted Galen Carpenter

The Withdrawal:
Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power
Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad

The Snowden Files:
The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
Luke Harding

The State of Resistance:
Politics, Identity and Culture in Modern Iran
Assal Rad

The Destiny of Civilization:
Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism
Michael Hudson

Blood on Our Hands:
The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq
Nicolas J.S. Davies

A Different Kind of War:
The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq
H. C. von Sponeck

Pacific Power Paradox:
American Statecraft and the Fate of the Asian Peace
Van Jackson

Base Nation:
How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
David Vine

Republics of Myth:
National Narratives and the U.S.—Iran Conflict
Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne, John Tirman

Hinge Points:
An Inside Look at North Korea's Nuclear Program
Siegfried Hecker

Ukraine and Russia:
A Fraternal Rivalry
Anatol Lieven

Inheriting the Bomb:
The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine
Mariana Budjeryn

The Baltic Revolutions:
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence
Anatol Lieven

His Life and Times
Philip Short

Putin's People:
How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West
Catherine Belton

The Man Who Made China
Philip Short

How China Escaped Shock Therapy:
The Market Reform Debate
Isabella M. Weber

Prophets of War:
Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military—Industrial Complex
William D. Hartung

The United States of War:
A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State
David Vine

The Economic Consequences of the Peace
John Maynard Keynes

Paris 1919:
Six Months that Changed the World
Margaret Macmillan

Say Nothing:
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe

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

The New Silk Roads:
The Present and Future of the World
Peter Frankopan

War and Peace and War:
The Rise and Fall of Empires
Peter Turchin

Rainy Street Stories:
Reflections on Secret Wars, Espionage and Terrorism
John William Davis

Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky

Unreliable Watchdog:
The News Media and U.S. Foreign Policy
Ted Galen Carpenter

The Trial of Julian Assange:
A Story of Persecution
Nils Melzer

Guilty of Journalism:
The Political Case Against Julian Assange
Kevin Gosztola

And How to Use It
Alan Rusbridger

Freedom and the Future of the Internet
Julian Assange

Hate, Inc.:
Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another
Matt Taibbi

Another Now:
Dispatches from an Alternative Present
Yanis Varoufakis

A Very Expensive Poison:
The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
Luke Harding

Deep Thinking:
Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
Garry Kasparov

The Hardware Hacker:
Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware
Andrew "bunnie" Huang

Permanent Record
Edward Snowden

This Perfect Day
Ira Levin

Метро 2033
Дмитрий Глуховский

Where Wizards Stay Up Late:
The Origins of the Internet
Katie Kafner, Matthew Lyon

The Cuckoo's Egg:
Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
Cliff Stoll

Ghost In The Wires:
My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
Kevin Mitnick

Countdown to Zero Day:
Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
Kim Zetter

Raven Rock:
The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die
Garrett M. Graff

The Devil's Chessboard:
Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
David Talbot

Paths of Dissent:
Soldiers Speak Out Against America's Misguided Wars
edited by Andrew Bacevich, Daniel A. Sjursen

The Long War:
A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II
edited by Andrew J. Bacevich

The New American Militarism:
How Americans Are Seduced by War
Andrew J. Bacevich

After the Apocalypse:
America's Role in a World Transformed
Andrew J. Bacevich

The Jakarta Method:
Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Vincent Bevins

The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
Jeremy Scahill

Dirty Wars:
The World is a Battlefield
Jeremy Scahill

The Doomsday Machine:
Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Daniel Ellsberg

Foreign Spies, Moles, Saboteurs, and the Collapse of America's Counterintelligence
James Bamford

Chain Of Command:
The Road From 9/11 To Abu Ghraib
Seymour M. Hersh

Don't Forget Us Here:
Lost and Found at Guantanamo
Mansoor Adayfi

Imperial Gateway:
Colonial Taiwan and Japan's Expansion in South China and Southeast Asia, 1895—1945
Seiji Shirane

America Right or Wrong:
An Anatomy of American Nationalism
Anatol Lieven

Poverty, by America
Matthew Desmond

Atomic Days:
The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America
Joshua Frank

Hostage to History:
Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger
Christopher Hitchens

Homage to Catalonia
George Orwell

Thomas Jefferson:
Author of America
Christopher Hitchens

The Peloponnesian War
(A new translation by Martin Hammond)

The Red Atlas:
How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World
John Davies, Alexander J. Kent

Worth Dying For:
The Power and Politics of Flags
Tim Marshall

Ian Kershaw

A Biography
Robert Service

Churchill and Stalin:
Comrades–in–Arms during the Second World War
Martin Folly, Geoffrey Roberts, Oleg Rzheshevsky

Stalin's Library:
A Dictator and His Books
Geoffrey Roberts

Political Suicide:
The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party
Ted Rall

Yesterday's Man:
The Case Against Joe Biden
Branko Marcetic

The Trial of Henry Kissinger
Christopher Hitchens

No One Left to Lie to:
The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton
Christopher Hitchens

Why The West Rules—For Now:
The Patterns of History and What They Reveal About the Future
Ian Morris

Rival Power:
Russia in Southeast Europe
Dimitar Bechev

Toward an Alternative Transatlantic Strategy:
Biden, the EU, and the "New" Multilateralism
Hall Gardner

The Worldly Philosophers:
The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers
Robert L Heilbroner

Guns, Germs and Steel
Jared Diamond

Love, Poverty and War:
Journeys and Essays
Christopher Hitchens

Why Orwell Matters
Christopher Hitchens

The Madness of Crowds:
Gender, Race and Identity
Douglas Murray

Joseph Heller

The Art of War:
The Ancient Classic
Sun Tzu

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert M. Pirsig

Nooit meer slapen
(Beyond Sleep)
Willem Frederik Hermans

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

William Gibson

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert Heinlein

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

Good Omens
Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

No Place to Hide:
Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Glenn Greenwald

Data and Goliath:
The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Bruce Schneier

Weapons of Math Destruction:
How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Cathy O'Neil

Why Vaccine Passports and Digital IDs Will Mean the End of Privacy and Personal Freedom
Nick Corbishley

Command and Control:
Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
Eric Schlosser

Legacy of Ashes:
The History of the CIA
Tim Weiner

The Wealth of Nations
Adam Smith

Energy and the Wealth of Nations:
An Introduction to Biophysical Economics
Charles A. S. Hall, Kent Klitgaard

Common Sense
Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine's Rights of Man:
A Biography
Christopher Hitchens

Who Rules the World?
Noam Chomsky

Because we say so
Noam Chomsky

The First 5000 Years
David Graeber

The Simple Science of Flight:
From Insects to Jumbo Jets
Henk Tennekes

Fermat's Last Theorem
Simon Singh

Six Easy Pieces
Richard P. Feynman

Six Not-So-Easy Pieces
Richard P. Feynman

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers:
The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth
Paul Hoffman

The Dragons of Eden:
Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Carl Sagan

The Science of Breaking Bad
Dave Trumbore, Donna J. Nelson

The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Dava Sobel

A Matter of Degrees:
What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe
Gino Segrè

God is Not Great:
How Religion Poisons Everything
Christopher Hitchens

The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins

Brilliant Blunders:
From Darwin to Einstein. Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
Mario Livio

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

Mary Shelley

Yevgeny Zamyatin

Thomas More

A Romance of Many Dimensions
Edwin A. Abbott

The Invisible Man
H. G. Wells

Franz Kafka

The Trial
Franz Kafka

The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli

A Memoir
Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Bullshit Jobs
David Graeber

Life and Reality
François Grosjean

The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Dan Koeppel

Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad

Darwins hofvijver:
Een drama in het Victoriameer
(Darwin's Dreampond:
Drama in Lake Victoria)
Tijs Goldschmidt

The myths of the Ancient Greek heroes retold
Stephen Fry

The Psychopath Test:
A journey through the madness industry
Jon Ronson
Last updated 23 May 2023