International Affairs Book Reviews, Recommendations, and Prizes
Updated June 4, 2015
International Affairs Book Reviews and Recommendations includes links to websites that regularly feature book reviews, recommended reading lists, book prizes, and directories of free books online and recently released books. See also International Affairs Competitions for Students.
Links are categorized by:
"Best of" booklists and what to read on specific topics.
- Foreign Affairs: Reading Lists
"What to Read on" for various regions and topics; see also Anthologies
- Department of Labor: Books that Shaped Work in America
- Five Books
Authors and experts recommend the best books in their subject and explain what the books are about and why they're important.
- Foreign Policy: Top 10 Books on U.S. Interrogation
- FP Interrupted: Books of 2013
Compilation of foreign policy books written by women in 2013.
- FP Interrupted: Books of 2014
Compilation of foreign policy books written by women in 2014.
- The Greatest Books
Compiles 43 "best of" book lists (news sources, book awards), calculates from these lists Greatest Books of All Time; filter by fiction and nonfiction, by time period
- National Defense University: Professional Reading Lists
From Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Combatant Command; books, Ted Talks, and videos.
- Norwegian Book Clubs in Oslo: 100 Most Meaningful Books of All Time
From 2002 survey of 100 well-known authors from 54 countries
- Publisher's Weekly: Best Books
- Salon: What to Read
- Spear's: Best Books of the Decade
Compiled top picks from critics, librarians, and book award judges
Reviews and Interviews
Websites and publications with free content on books, from reviews to author interviews to discussions about publishing, literature, and trends.
- Foreign Affairs: Book Review Essays
- Al Jazeera: Books
- Arts and Letters Daily
From the Chronicle of Higher Education: articles, books, opinions; links to popular newspapers, magazine, columnists, blogs, and book reviews.
- The Atlantic: Books
- BBC: Book of the Week podcast
- Boston Review: Books and Ideas
- CSPAN: BookTV
- The Guardian: Books
News, reviews, "1000 novels" on different topics, suggested links and tips. Search by author, title for discussions; create your own booklists.
- H-Net Reviews
Online scholarly review resource in Humanities and Social Sciences, including foreign language titles.
- The Nation
Subsections include: America as Empire; Autobiography and Memoir; Biography; Cultural Criticism and Analysis; History; Patriotism; Publishing Industry
- New Books Network: Political Science
Podcasts with authors
- New York Review of Books
Select reviews free
- New York Times: Book News and Reviews
- NPR: Books
- Real Clear Books
Reviews, interviews, podcasts, news; articles on book business, writing.
- Times Literary Supplement: Politics and Social Studies
- Wall Street Journal: Books and Ideas
- Washington Post: Books
Includes op-eds, reviews, and timeline of important literary events in 2013.
- The Wire: Media Diet (What I Read)
Media professionals, how they read, what they read
Prizes and Awards
See also International Affairs Competitions for Students.
- Arthur Ross Book Award
From the Council on Foreign Relations: outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations
- American Historical Association Book Awards
Including regional and international histories.
- Bancroft Prizes
From Columbia University: distinguished works in American History (including biography) and Diplomacy.
- Bernard Schwartz Award
From Asia Society: books with outstanding contributions to the understanding of Asia
- Douglas Dillon Award
From American Academy of Diplomacy: annual prize for a book of distinction on the practice of American diplomacy
- Duff Cooper Prize
Best in nonfiction writing since 1956
- Edgar J. Furniss Book Award
For author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security
- Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize
Best book published in the UK on globalization (awarded every two years; next prize in 2015)
- Gladys M. Kammerer Award
From American Political Science Association: best book published during the previous calendar year in the field of U.S. national policy.
- Harold & Margaret Sprout Award
Best book on international environmental problems
- Huntington Prize
Best book in national security studies, related to history, political science, or statecraft
- Lionel Gelber Prize
For the world's best nonfiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues
- Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
Includes biography, current interest, and history prizes
- Lukas Prizes
From Columbia Journalism School: excellence in nonfiction that exemplifies the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concerns (History, Work-in-Progress, and Book prizes)
- National Book Award
- National Book Critics Awards
- New-York Historical Society: American History Book Prize
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Award
From Phi Beta Kappa Society: scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.
- Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Prizes
Multiple, includes best book, lecture, documentary, article, dissertation
- Spear's Book Award
Announced in September every year; from finance to biography; recommended reads for high net worth individuals and financial service professionals.
- Washington Institute Book Prize
Best book on the Middle East