Whether you’re looking to learn more about politics, the world, or socio-economic issues or you think you’ve learned it all, there are always ways we as humans can be better informed with our governments and governments around the world. Here is a list of the top 4 bestselling books about world politics.
- The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis
This book, published in 2016 by Patrick Kingsley, is a story about the global issues of immigration. The book specifically takes on the European angle of migration and focuses the struggles and triumphs immigrants face on their journey to a safer place. In preparation for this book, Kingsley traveled to over 17 different countries and interviewed immigrants about their journeys. This novel is a truly heartfelt book that everyone should read.
- India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
Very few people know much about the world’s largest democratic government; India. This novel, by Ramachandra Guha, was written in 2007 and focuses on power struggles in India. Guha sheds some light on the major struggles the government has faced and how India has pulled through their challenges. India After Gandhi is a heavily hearted book that sheds some light on what it’s like to live in India.
- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
North Korea is currently one of the most talked about countries in the world. Because of their leader’s radical views and tensions running high between the U.S. and North Korea, more and more people are finding themselves intrigued by the country and the citizens who reside there. This book by Barbara Demick took time and dedication. Demick is a journalist who followed the lives of North Korean citizens for 15 years. The novel depicts the struggles of what it means to live in this totalitarian dictatorship. Nothing to Envy is easy to read, understand, and connect on a deeper level with those who live in North Korea.
1. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
Nothing sounds more like the “American Dream” than the recreation of the beginning of the oil industry. That’s exactly what author Daniel Yergin created in his novel, The Prize. The book takes us through the journey of the very first documented account of oil fracking all the way to current worldwide issues. Oil has played an important role in many governments all over the world. It’s time we learned more about this special natural resource and why governments are greedy for it.