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The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

Title: The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Politics
Author: John Baylis, Steve Smith, Patricia Owens
ISBN: 978-0199569090

Thoughtfully broken down into readable chapters by Baylis & Smith's cohorts at the University in Aberystwyth, this book will provide an excellent introduction to traditional perspectives on International Relations as well as more contemporary issues. It will remain especially useful for Social Science students due to its combination of clear and simple structure including key points, discussion/writing questions at the end of each chapter as well as useful bibligraphic suggestions for further reading. The only shortcoming is that it needs to be revised to include a more thorough analysis of recent events such as the anti-WTO movement and issues surrounding nation-building and failed states; updates that, I presume, are coming in the next edition. Overall, an extremely useful book.


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The partner

Title: The partner
Author: John Grisham
ISBN: 978-0345531957

Patrick Lanigan was a young lawyer who had recently become a partner in a propsperous law firm. Feeling a sense of hopelessness in his life, he plotted for months on how he would disappear and start a new life in a foreign country. He learned about a scheme in which his law firm would earn $90 million dollars for their client. Patrick obtained a new identity and stole the money. He started a new life in Brazil with a beautiful young woman, but was always looking over his shoulder. Four years later, he was found and tortured. He was brought back to the US and treated at a hospital while under arrest. He took that time to create an impecable defense for himself and eventually all charges were dropped and he went back to Brazil with $30 million dollars to live happily ever after. But he didn't... I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing story that is a fast read. I loved the character of Patrick Lanigan, with his attention to detail and the remarkable tactics he used to win his case. I did not enjoy the ending, however, because it left you with a sense of disappointment and wonder. It was still an entertaining book that I couldn't wait to finish.


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International Relations

Title: International Relations
Author:Eric B. Shiraev, Vladislav M. Zubok

Shiraev and Zuboks' International Relations is a fantastic resource. I could envision it being used at both the undergraduate and graudate levels. It is well written and has a sound layout that makes it very easy to both teach from and to study. Moreover, I would argue that the book is "entertaining" to read in that it has plenty of illustrative examples which bring the text to life. Students would readily see the applications of what they are learning outside of the confines of the classroom. Another attribute that I liked about this textbook is the great combination between historic and contemporary examples. This makes comparing and contrasting situations, over the centuries, much more easy. In all, I would give this book my absolutely strongest recommendation.


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The Little Red Dot: Reflections by Singapore's Diplomats

Title: The Little Red Dot: Reflections by Singapore's Diplomats
Author: Tommy Koh (editor)

Review:The book is made up of various accounts by Singapore Diplomats throughout its short history. It will gives insights to how a tiny nation with virtually no natural resources can command respect and create impact in the real diplomatic world of super-powerful nations and their agenda.

I bought the book to learn more of Singapore, but got more in return. It is very good book to understand diplomacy and international business, what are the manners, thinking, culture of various nations - and how to get your agenda through, that can be used in daily life and especially office politics.

This is very easy to read book, with the diplomats sharing short (couple of pages at most each) with real-life accounts of their experience and critical knowledge learned during their term. I highly recommend this book.


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