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Croft Institute Summer Reading Assignments

Every summer, the Croft Institute assigns two or three books to the incoming students who will be taking Inst 101, Introduction to International Studies, in the fall.  These are some of the books that have been assigned in recent years.

Ahmed, Leila. A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey. New York: Penguin, 1999.

Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Sarah Crighton Books, 2008.

Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. New York: Random House, 2012.

Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power. New York: Basic Books, 2013.

Friedman, Thomas. The Lexus and the Olive Tree. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.

Harris, Bob. The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time. New York: Walker & Company, 2013.

Kupchan, Charles A. No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Stephen J. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Mortensen, Greg. Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan. New York: Viking, 2009.

Nye, Joseph S., Jr.  Is the American Century Over?  Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press, 2015.

Rivoli, Pietra. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of the World Trade, 2d ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis.  New York: Pantheon, 2007.

Yizhar, S.  Khirbet Khizeh: A Novel.  New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2014.

Zakaria, Fareed. The Post-American World Release 2.0. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011 (2008).