Sunday, 30 August 2020

Government related resource list

In almost all of 80k hour's problem profiles, government and policy are presented as possible career paths to make an impact on a top problem.
During my (still ongoing) research I came upon tens of books, articles, videos, and courses. I made a list of most of these resources.


Mao's Last Revolution by Roderick MacFarquhar

People's Trilogy by Frank Dikötter
China in World History by Paul S. Ropp*
Destined for War by Graham Allison*
Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos
The Early Chinese Empires by Mark Edward Lewis
When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques
China: A New History by John King Fairbank

War and history

  • Simulating War by Philip Sabin
  • Man, the State, and War by Kenneth N. Waltz
  • Technology and War by Martin van Creveld
  • A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes
  • The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy by Matthew Kroenig
  • The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer
  • Strategy: A History by Lawrence Freedman
  • Hiroshima by John Hersey
  • Arms and Influence by Thomas Schelling
  • The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas Schelling
  • Strategy by B.H. Liddell Hart
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
  • History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides 
  • Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by 

  • A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
  • The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  • Women's Work by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
  • On War by Carl von Clausewitz
  • Debt by David Graeber
  • Churchill, Hitler and "The Unnecessary War"P. J. Buchanan
  • The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Strategy by B.H. Liddell Hart 
  • Just and Unjust Wars by Michael Walzer

  • The Pursuit of Power by William H. McNeill

Economics and Development

Global Politics

  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia by Ayesha Jalal
  • Taliban by Ahmed Rashid
  • The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
  • How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky
  • A Small Corner of Hell by Anna Politkovskaya
  • Collapse of the Empire by Egor Gaidar
  • How Asia Works by Joe Studwell
  • Russia in Revolution by SA Smith
  • The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  • On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Policy and general issues




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