Below is my book list for 2019. I try to create my list sometime in December but it honestly gets changed a couple of times when I decide to give a new book priority. My goal is to read a book a month. For some, this is easy. For me, I have had to discipline myself to read but once I get started in a good book, it’s usually hard to stop me. Ready to let these stories into your life? All of the Global Diplomat’s book recommendations are available for purchase. A small portion of the sale helps to fund the costs associated with running this blog. Enjoy!
- Life is Good The Book – this is the story of how the famous Life is Good t-shirt company came to be. It’s packed with short stories from the two brothers who started the company and gives a lot of attention to the general culture of their company, which according to the book, is a reflection of their personal lives as well.
- Factfulness – This is an interesting book that challenges to process the information that we here everyday differently. It teaches you how to challenge the notion of the world getting worse every passing day. The author, a Swedish physician by trade, uses data and numbers to show how the world is actually improving and the quality of life in mois grossly
- A Pirate Looks at Fifty – If you follow Jimmy Buffett at all, this book is a fun read. It talks about his life and his trip to Central and South America to commemorate his 50th
- Diary of a Combatant – This is the actual diary of Che Guevara during the Cuban Revolution in the late 1950’s. I personally believe that Che is often misunderstood. This is a unique firsthand account of the grassroots guerrilla movement that led to the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista in Cuba and the installment of Fidel Castro.
- Fascism – This book is not a feel-good book. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns of the rise of fascism by drawing parallels to the past. She certainly has a good understanding of foreign policy and the book not only serves as a wake-up call but also provides a lot of European history as a basis for her opinion.
- An Arabian Journey – Levison Wood is one of my favorite new authors. An Arabian Journey documents his trip through Arabia, crossing deserts, avoiding pirates in the Persian Gulf, traveling through Syria in the midst of a civil war, and making it all the way to Bethlehem for Christmas. It’s an exciting book from a modern-day explorer.
- Gringo – This book highlights a young man’s coming of age adventure through Latin America. Chesa Boudin has a unique past (Google him) and was recently elected District Attorney in San Francisco. This story tells of his travels and discoveries while spending a few years in Central and South America as a young American.