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There is no set textbook for this course, but I have collected a set of readings with accompanying tasks or worksheets which I will photocopy and hand out for each of the 9 lectures and seminars.
However, you will of course do better if you read a bit more widely than this, so the following is a list of suggestions. You can find copies of each of these books, together with many others, in the fordypning library at the NSC.
Here are four books which you might like to look at if you have time before the course starts.
1. Empire, How Britain Made the Modern World, by Niall Ferguson.
This is an excellent introduction to the British Empire, which draws many links to the events of today, particularly in the final chapters.
2. Blair’s Wars, by John Kampfner.
A book which examines why Tony Blair involved Britain in more wars than any British Prime Minister since Winston Churchill - not just Iraq (twice), but Sierra Leone, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. There are several copies in the Annexe.
3. The Breaking of Nations, Order and Chaos in the Twenty-first Century, by Robert Cooper.
A short book, full of interesting theories about the modern world. Many of Tony Blair’s speeches were built on Robert Cooper’s ideas. Niall Ferguson writes about him too, in the conclusion of Empire.
4. Paradise and Power, America and Europe in the New World Order, by Robert Kagan.
Another short book full of challenging ideas about war and peace.
That’s quite enough for now, I think, because you are going to have plenty to read on the Literature course. But if you want a longer list, just come and ask me.
The Special Relationship: America’s Friend or America’s Poodle? Tim Vicary
Longer book list.
Forged in War - Roosevelt and Churchill and the Second World War, by Warren F. Kimball, pub Ivan R. Dee, Chicago 1997
An Ocean Apart* - the Relationship between Britain and America in the Twentieth Century, by Dimbleby and Reynolds, Vintage 1989
Colossus, The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, by Niall Ferguson, pub Allen Lane 2004.
A Special Relationship - Anglo-American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq, by John Dumbrell, Palgrave MacMillan 2006
Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century, by Alan, P; Dobson, Routledge 1995.
Suez and Kosovo.
Suez 1956* - the inside story of the first oil war, by Barry Turner, pub Hodder & Stoughton2006
Kosovo - Background to a War, by Stephen Schwartz, Anthem Press, 2000
Winning Ugly - NATO’s war to save Kosovo, by Daalder & O’Hanlon, Brookings Institute Press, 2000
Servants of the People,* by Andrew Rawnsley, Penguin 2000
Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan
The Looming Tower - Al-Qaeda’s road to 9/11, by Laurence Wright, Penguin 2006
Holy War Inc - Inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden*, by Peter L. Bergen, pub Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2001
Al-Qaeda - the True Story of Radical Islam*, by Jason Burker, Penguin 2004
The Crisis of Islam - Holy War and Holy Terror, by Bernard Lewis, Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2003
Saddam Defiant* - the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security, by Richard Butler, pub Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2000
Saddam Hussein - an American Obsession, by Andrew Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, Verso 2000
Muqtada al-Sadr and the fall of Iraq, by Patrick Cockburn, pub Faber & Faber 2008
Imperial Life in the Emerald City* - Inside Bagdad’s Green Zone, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, pub Bloomsbury 2007
In Defense of the Bush Doctrine, by Robert G. Kaufman, University Press of Kentucky, 2007
The Battle for Iraq, ed. Beck and Downing, BBC 2003
The War We Could Not Stop - the real story of the battle for Iraq, ed. Randeep & Ramesh, Guardian 2003
The Occupation*, by Patrick Cockburn, verso 2006
Saddam Hussein, - the Politic of Revenge, by Said K. Aburish, Bloomsbury 2000
The Clash of Civilisations and the Terror Threat
The Clash of Civilisations and the Remaking of World Order, by Samuel P. Huntington, Free Press 2002
Winning Modern Wars - Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire, , by General Wesley K. Clark, Public Affairs, New York 2003
The Islamist*, by Ed Husain, Penguin 2007
Infidel, by Ayann Hirsi Ali, Free Press 2007
Enemy combatant* - a British Muslim’s Journey to Guantanamo and Back, by Moazzam Begg, Free Press 2006.
Against All Enemies - Inside America’s War on Terror, by Richard A. Clarke, Pub Free Press 2004
America Alone - the End of the Free World as We Know It, by Mark Steyn, pub Regnery Publishing, 2006
Bush, Blair and other leaders.
Tony Blair, Prime Minister, by John Rentoul,
Blair, by Anthony Seldon, Free Press 2005
Blair Unbound*, by Anthony Seldon, Simon & Shuster 2007
Madam Secretary, a memoir, by Madeleine Albright, MacMillan 2003
Tony Blair, the Making of a World Leader, by Philip Stephens, Viking 2004
DC Confidential* - the Controversial Memoirs of Britain’s Ambassador to the US at the time of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq War, by Christopher Meyer, pub Phoenix 2005
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