My 2014 in books

Development
Philosophy, impact and behavioural economics
The Forgotten Village 1) The Forgotten Village by John Steinbeck, 143pp, 1941
 The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty 2) The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk, 272pp, 2013
The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor 3) The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly, 416pp, 2014
Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More 4) Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding And How We Can Improve the World Even More by Charles Kenny, 256pp, 2011
More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty 5) More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan, Jacob Appel, 320pp, 2011
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much 6) Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, 304pp, 2013 *****
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty 7) Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo 320pp, 2011 *****
World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society and Behavior 8) World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society and Behavior by World Bank Group, 216pp, 2014 *****
Philosophy, impact and agriculture

Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed 9) Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James C. Scott, 445pp, 1998 *****

Making Peace with the Earth: Beyond Resource, Land and Food Wars 10) Making Peace with the Earth: Beyond Resource, Land and Food Wars by Vandana Shiva 288pp, 2012

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? 11) One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? by Gordon Conway, 439pp, 2012
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals 12) The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, 451pp, 2006
Education
The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain't Learning 13) The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning by Lant Pritchett, 287pp, 2014
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way 14) The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley, 238pp, 2013

Public finance

Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture 15) Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture by International Monetary Fund, 456pp, 2013
Energy

Blank-111x148 16) Understanding Power Purchase Agreements by Commercial Law Development Programme, US Department of Commerce, 205pp, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rwanda
Gorillas in the Mist 17) Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey, 326pp, 1983
When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda 18) When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda by Mahmood Mamdani, 364pp, 2002 ****
Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak 19) Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld, 272pp, 2003 – Interviews with genocidaires in prison
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda 20) Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Roméo Dallaire, 562pp, 2003
Blank-111x148 21) Telling Our Own Stories: Poems by Rwandan youth 20 years after the Genocide by Rwandan youth, 37pp, 2014

Blank-111x148 22) Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy by Government of Rwanda, 138pp, 2012

DR Congo
Presbyterian Pioneers in Congo 23) Presbyterian Pioneers in Congo by William Henry Sheppard, 76pp, 1917
Heart of Darkness 24) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1899, pp72
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo 25) In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu’s Congo by Michela Wrong 338pp, 2000
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa 26) King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild, 376pp, 1998 ****
Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo 27) Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram, 288pp, 2013
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
My African Journey 28) My African Journey by Winston Churchill, 340pp, 1908 (***** for entertainment value)
It's Our Turn to Eat 29) It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle Blower  by Michela Wrong, 354pp, 2009

Ghana

My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa 30) My First Coup d’Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa by John Dramani Mahama, 320pp, 2012
South Asia
C17th-20th

Masterpieces of Urdu Ghazal: From the 17th to the 20th Century 31) Masterpieces of Urdu Ghazal: From the 17th to the 20th Century by K.C. Kanda 334pp, 1991

Early C20th-1960s

Nehru: The Invention of India  32) Nehru: The Invention of India by Shashi Tharoor, 282pp, 2003
Angaaray 33) Angaaray translated by Snehal Shingavi 208pp, 2014 (initially published in Urdu in 1932) ****
1980s
The Satanic Verses 34) The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie 561pp, 1988

Contemporary

Poetry of the Taliban 35) Poetry of the Taliban, 224pp, 2012 – Pashto poetry taken from the Taliban’s website and translated into English

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia 36)  How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid, 230pp, 2013 *****
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders 37) In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin, 247pp, 2009 *****
Blank-111x148 38) Book of the Flood: An Anthology by Zabreen Hassan, Rabia Ahmed and others, 130pp, 2013

Blank-111x148  39) Azhar’s English Speaking Course by Raza ul Haq Badkhashani, Chaudhry Naik Mohammad, Mohammad Saqlain Bhatti, 432pp

Middle East and North Africa
C16th
My Name is Red 40) My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, 417pp, 1998
C17-18th
White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's One Million European Slaves 41)  White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa’s One Million European Slaves by Giles Milton, 316pp, 2004
Early to mid C20th
A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel 42) A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
by Walter Laqueur, 688pp, 1972
Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the United States Was Used to Create Israel 43) Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the United States Was Used to Create Israel by Alison Weir, 260pp, 2014 *****

1960s

Miramar 44) Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz, 183pp, first published 1967
Europe, North America
European mythology and philosophy
Greek Myths and Legends 45) Greek Myths and Legends by Cheryl Evans, Anne Millard, 64pp, (first published December 28th 1986)
Sophie's World 46) Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, 403pp, first published 1991 *****
C17th

Blank-111x148  47) The Tragical History of Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe 90pp, first published 1604

Early-mid C19th

The House of Rothschild, Volume 1: Money's Prophets, 1798-1848 48) The House of Rothschild, Volume 1: Money’s Prophets, 1798-1848 by Niall Ferguson, 672pp, 1998

Early to mid C20th

Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3) 49) Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, 224pp, first published 1925
Joy in the Morning (Jeeves, #8) 50)  Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse, 264pp, first published 1946
The Loved One 51) The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, 127pp, first published 1948
1960s

The Unbearable Lightness of Being  52) The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, 314pp, first published 1981

Contemporary

Diary Of A Psychopath 53) Diary Of A Psychopath by Steven Griffiths, 82pp, 2014

Science

How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog 54) How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel, 296pp, 2010
Lifestyle
Motivation and emotional intelligence management

Oh, The Places You'll Go! 55) Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, 44pp, 1990

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism 56) The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane, 264pp, 2012
The Art of Seduction 57) The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene, 466pp, 2001
Physical management
Daniels' Running Formula 58) Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels, 304pp, 2004
Navy SEAL Weight Training: The Complete Workout 59)  Navy SEAL Weight Training: The Complete Workout by Stewart Smith, 208pp, 2013
Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies 60) Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies by William R. Rassman, Robert M. Bernstein, Jae Pak, Eric S. Schweiger, 314pp, 2008
17,567pp, 293pp/book average.
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4 Responses to “My 2014 in books”
  1. Kate says:

    wow, great list – you are a voracious reader! I think you would like _Tent of Miracles_ by Jorge Amado – let me know what you think, if you do read it

    • imadahmed says:

      Thanks Kate! Will download it and get back to you on it. Any econ book recs? And perhaps you could share with me the following?

      Azam Chaudhry and Kate Vyborny. Patronage in Rural Punjab: Evidence from a New Household Survey Dataset. Lahore Journal of Economics papers and proceedings, September 2013.

      Nancy Birdsall and Williams Savedoff with Kate Vyborny and Ayah Mahgoub. Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid With and Application to Primary Schooling. Center for Global Development.

      Kate Vyborny and Nancy Birdsall. “Aid for Education: More Bang for the Buck.” in The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S President, ed. Nancy Birdsall. Center for Global Development, 2008.

      Nancy Birdsall and Kate Vyborny. “Does Free Trade Increase Inequality?” in Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations, ed. Peter Haas, John Hird, and Beth McBratney. Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009.

      Kate Vyborny. “What Would the Doha Round Mean for Africa?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, June 2007.

      Kate Vyborny. “Cash on Delivery Aid: Experiences of Incentive-Based Approaches.” Center for Global Development, May 2007.

  2. Kate says:

    haha, the CGD ones are available on their website (the patronage stuff is more preliminary – a description of the data that was then used in more analytical work) – I’ll add links to my site.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of Tent of Miracles!

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