Year End Reading List

As 2018 comes to a close, YPFP NY’s staff shares some of their favorite reads of the year:

1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink

By Taylor Downing

A gripping account of how close the world came to nuclear catastrophe through misunderstandings and a climate of heightened suspicions.

Code Girls

By Liza Mundy

A detailed and riveting account of the women code-breakers of World War II.


By Gideon Rachman

The book tackles both the decline of the United States and the rise of China. It book distinguishes itself from other similar novels by going into painstaking detail how China’s regional neighbors have reacted to this shifting geopolitical environment.

Finding Orwell

By Emma Larkin

She traces George Orwell’s time in Myanmar, reflecting on the impact of colonialism on Burma and the realities of military presence in the lives of its citizens.

Not for the Faint of Heart

By Wendy Sherman

Details her life in diplomacy and all the triumphs she faced as President Clinton’s envoy to North Korea and President Obama’s lead negotiator on the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The Lost City of the Monkey God

By Douglas Preston

An account of an archeological visit to the densest forest in Honduras, known in legend to contain “The White City” or “The Lost City of the Monkey God.” The region was previously unexplored because of the dense forestry and dangerous wildlife. They make a dangerous and adventure filled visit to unearth its contents.

The Empty Throne

By Ivo Daadler and James Lindsay

Follows the abdication of the U.S global leadership under Trump and how that is negatively impacting the U.S. and the world.


By Scott Harrison

Chronicles his experiences going from a New York nightclub promoter to establishing the nonprofit charity: water, which provides clean water to communities to help solve the water crisis.

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