Interesting Books (30+ Reviews)


In addition to the "essential" development studies books, some other interesting books include (organized chronologically):


1980s

Tanzania: A Political Economy (1982) - Coulson

Rural Vulnerability fo Famine in Ethiopia (1986) - Wolde Mariam


1990s

Domination and The Arts of Resistance (1990) - Scott

From Dictatorship to Democracy (1993) - Sharp

People of the Plow (1995) - McCann

Envisioning Power (1999) – Wolf


2000s

World-systems Analysis (2004) – Wallerstein

The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization (2005) – Goldman

Polio: An American Story (2005) – Oshinsky

The Siege of Mecca (2007) - Trofimov

Decent into Chaos (2008) – Rashid

Indigenous Methodologies (2009) - Kovach

Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (2009) – Uvin


2010s

The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions (2010) - Fassin & Pandolfi

Citizen Action and National Policy Reform (2010) - Gaventa & McGee

Adventures in Aidland (2011) - Mosse (Ed)

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (2011) - Stearns

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis (2011) – Phillips

Pox: An American History (2011) – Willrich

How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future (2011) - Goldin, Cameron and Balarajan

Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development (2012) - Devereux, Sabates-Wheeler and Longhurst

Re-defining Food Security for the 21st Century (2012) – Gibson

Q-Squared (2013) - Shaffer

Toxic Aid (2014) - Edwards

The Quest for Socialist Utopia (2014) - Bahru

American Slavery & Capitalism (2014) - Baptist

Capitalism vs the Climate (2014) - Klein (and How Change Happens)

Anatomy of Giving (2015) – Dwyer

Team of Teams (2015) - McChrystal

There is No Such Thing as a Free Gift (2015) – McGoey

Blinded by Humanity (2015) - Barber

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015) – Reich

Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World (2016) – Grant

Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic (2016) - Richards

Lessons Learned from Canada's War in Afghanistan (2016) - Saideman

Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (2016) - Cimadamore, Koehler and Pogge

How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (2016) – Kohl-Arenas

Innovation and its Enemies (2016) - Juma

The Politics of Development in Morocco (2017) - Bergh

Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? (2017) - Truscello and Nangwaya

Drawdown (2017) - Hawken


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Essential Development Studies Books

1950s:

The Colonizer and the Colonized (1957) – Memmi


1960s:

The Wretched of the Earth (1961) - Fanon

False Start in Africa (1962) - Dumont


1970s:

Rules for Radicals (1971) – Alinsky

A Theory of Justice (1971) – Rawls

The Social Consequences of Resettlement (1971) – Colson

Unequal Development (1976) – Amin

Peasants into Frenchmen (1976) – Weber

Orientalism (1978) - Said

The Rational Peasant (1979) – Popkin


1980s:

Markets and States in Tropical Africa (1981) - Bates

Imagined Communities (1983) - Anderson

Rural Development (1983) - Chambers

Silent Violence: Food, Famine & Peasantry in Northern Nigeria (1983) - Watts

Surplus People (1985) – Platzky & Walker

Sweetness and Power (1985) - Mintz

Weapons of the Weak (1985) – Scott

Decolonizing the Mind (1986) - Ngugi


1990s:

Anti-Politics Machine (1990) (Practicing & Framing) – Ferguson

The Scramble for Africa (1992) – Pakenham

Encountering Development (1994) – Escobar

The Two Faces of Civil Society: NGOs and Politics in Africa (1996) - Ndegwa

Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last (1997) – Chambers

Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda (1998) - Uvin

Seeing like a State (1998) – Scott

Infections and Inequalities (1999) – Farmer

Moral History of the 20th Century (1999) – Glover

King Leopold's Ghost (1999) – Hochschild

Decolonizing Methodologies (1999) - Smith

Development as Freedom (1999) – Sen


2000s:

The Mystery of Capital (2000) – de Soto

Civil Society and Development (2001) - Howell & Pearce

The Road to Hell (2002) – Maren

Kicking Away the Ladder (2002) - Chang

Letting them Die (2003) - Campbell

War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004) – Hardt & Negri

Reclaiming Development (2004) – Chang

Cultivating Development (2004) – Mosse

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (2005) - Farmer

Bury the Chains (2006) – Hochschild

Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (2006) – Acemoglu & Robinson

The Will to Improve (2007) – Li

The Origin of Wealth (2007) – Beinhocker

The White Man's Burden (2007) – Easterly

Does Foreign Aid Really Work? (2008) – Riddell

World Poverty and Human Rights (2008) – Pogge

Famine Crimes (2009) – De Waal


2010s:

Dead Aid (2010) – Moyo

Partner to the Poor (2010) – Farmer

Poor Economics (2011) – Banerjee & Duflo

The Idea of Justice (2011) – Sen

One Illness Away (2011) – Krishna

Creating Capabilities (2011) – Nussbaum

Social Life of Disease (2011) – Willrich

U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia (2012) – McVety

Why Nations Fail (2012) – Acemoglu & Robinson

Getting Better (2012) – Kenny

From Poverty to Power (2012) – Green

The Quest for Prosperity (2012) – Lin

The Price of Inequality (2012) - Stiglitz

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (2013) – Abu-Lughod

The State of Africa (2013) – Meredith

The Almost Revolution (2013) – Carothers and Gramont

Poor Numbers (2013) – Jerven

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development (2013) – Andrews

Foreign Intervention in Africa (2013) – Schmidt

The Making of a Better World (2014) – Eyben

Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (2014) – Li

Capital (2014) - Piketty

Navigating Complexity in International Development (2015) – Burns & Worsley

Give a Man a Fish (2015) – Ferguson

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development (2015) - Eyben et al (Eds)

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa (2015) – de Waal

The Great Surge (2015) – Radelet

The World's Emergency Room (2016) – VanRooyen

The Self-help Myth (2016) – Kohl-Arenas

How Change Happens (2016) - Green

Global Inequality (2016) - Milanovic

Encountering Poverty (2016) – Roy, Negron-Gonzales, Opoku-Agyemang, Talwalker

Doughnut Economics (2017) - Raworth


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Reading Ethiopia (Books)

Suggested reading on Ethiopia. Feel free to send me your additions and I'll add them to the list.


In chronological order:

The Blue Nile (1962) Moorehead

Surrender or Starve (1988) Kaplan

People of the Plow (1990) McCann

A Social History of Ethiopia (1990) R. Pankhurst

Evil Days (1991) de Waal

The Ethiopian Borderlands (1996) R. Pankhurst

The Ethiopians (2001) R. Pankhurst

The Challenge of Democracy from Below (2002) Bahru & Pausewang

Sweetness in the Belly (2005) Gibb (fiction)

Development Interventions in Wollaita (2007) Rahmato

Famine and Foreigners (2010) Gill

Enlightened Aid – U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia (2012) McVety

Food Security, Safety Nets and Social Protection in Ethiopia (2013) Rahmato and A. Pankhurst

Reflections on Development in Ethiopia (2014) Rahmato and Ayenew

The Quest for Socialist Utopia (2014) - Bahru

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International Development - Essential Reading (Books)

Not all these books are freshly pressed. If you are interested in international development, the history of ideas and practices is just as important as the new ones. This list reflects my work and interests as much as it is an exhaustive list.


In chronological order:

Peasants into Frenchmen – Weber (1976)

Weapons of the Weak – Scott (1985)

Encountering Development – Escobar (1994)

Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last – Chambers (1997)

Development as Freedom – Sen (2000)

Infections and Inequalities – Farmer (2001)

Reclaiming Development – Chang (2004)

The End of Poverty – Sachs (2006)

Bury the Chains – Hochschild (2006)

The White Man's Burden – Easterly (2007)

Does Foreign Aid Really Work? – Riddell (2008)

Famine Crimes – De Waal (2009)

Dead Aid – Moyo (2010)

Poor Economics – Banerjee and Duflo (2011)

One Illness Away – Krishna (2011)

Getting Better – Kenny (2012)

Poor Numbers – Jerven (2013)

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development – Andrews (2013)

Capital - Piketty (2014)


A few other, useful reads:

The Grapes of Wrath – Steinbeck (1939)

A Bell for Adano – Hersey (1944)

A Theory of Justice – Rawls (1971)

The Scramble for Africa – Pakenham (1992)

All Things Fall Apart – Achebe (1994)

Seeing Like a State – Scott (1998)

King Leopold's Ghost – Hochschild (1999)

The Road to Hell – Maren (2002)

Letting Them Die – Campbell (2003)

Cultivating Development – Mosse (2004)

No One Can Stop the Rain – Moorhouse and Cheng (2005)

The Origin of Wealth – Beinhocker (2007)

An Imperfect Offering – Orbinsky (2008)

World Poverty and Human Rights – Pogge (2008)

Mountains beyond Mountains – Kidder (2009)

The Wisdom of Whores – Pisani (2009)

Partner to the Poor – Farmer (2010)

The Idea of Justice – Sen (2011)

Why Nations Fail –Acemoglu and Robinson (2012)

Humanity – Glover (2012)

From Poverty to Power – Green (2012)

The Quest for Prosperity – Lin (2012)

Adapt – Harford (2012)

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? – Abu-Lughod (2013)

The State of Africa – Meredith (2013)

The Almost Revolution – Carothers and Gramont (2013)

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