It's that time of the year again, when the steady stream of "year's best" lists start to trickle into your favorite papers and magazines. In case you missed it over the weekend, though, the New York Times released one of my favorites, their "100 Notable Books of 2007."
FP's book review section, In Other Words, looks only at works that have not yet been published in the United States, allowing us to discuss important political and literary conversations outside America's borders. But it's also important to look back at the new U.S. books on foreign policy that have been stirred debate, inspired new ideas, influenced policy, and made people think.
The Times list highlights a few of these from 2007: FP contributor Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes, Ishmael Beah's Long Way Gone, Helen Epstein’s The Invisible Cure, and FP contributor Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City, to name just a few.
But, with so much material this year, it's little wonder the Times couldn't fit all the best books on international affairs in its list. In my humble opinion, there are quite a few excellent foreign-policy books that also shined in 2007:
- Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present, by Michael B. Oren
- Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, by Bob Drogin
- The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, by David Halberstam
- Monstering: Inside America's Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War, by Tara McKelvey
What were your favorite foreign-policy books this year? How about the most overrated? Best from outside the States? Send us some suggestions, and we'll put a list together of Passport readers' books of the year. It should make for easy holiday shopping for your favorite student, wonk, or politician.