15 Best Political Books for the Must-Read List
Whether you are interested with politics or want to learn more about current affairs, here are some of the best books you need to read.
1. A History of Modern Britain
By Andrew Marr
This book puts post-war Britain in perspective. It takes a look into various political and economic events, the leaders, and the culture of consumerism in the country among others.
2. All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class
By Tim Shipman
Political journalist Tim Shipman shares an impartial yet compelling look into the Brexit vote. The book offers insights into how leaders and their trusted aides come up with decisions, deal with outcomes which may or may not be as they expect it to be, and more.
3. All the President’s Men
By Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
All the President’s Men tells the tale of how two Washington Post reporters chased the Watergate scandal story, the steps they took throughout the investigative process, and the people that played a role in their search for the truth.
4. Blair Unbound
By Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon, and Daniel Collings
This book is an impressive account of the Blair premiership. It picks up from the events that unfolded during 9/11 until he handed the premiership to his successor. It takes a captivating look into what being Prime Minister entails and the myriad of challenges and complexities that come with it.
5. Boris V. Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London
By Giles Edwards and Jonathan Isaby
Boris V. Ken is a fun read that provides an entertaining account of what was widely considered as one of the liveliest and memorable election campaigns London has seen.
6. Collective Decisions and Voting: The Potential for Public Choice
By Nicolaus Tideman
This book delves into the intricacies of voting and the collective decision-making and that shapes its outcomes.
7. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
By Jane Mayer
Author Jane Mayer offers a glimpse into a network of oligarchs working behind the scenes that are reshaping the American political system.
8. Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition
By Tracy Campbell
Deliver the Vote takes a look into the corrupt practices that impact American politics. From vote-buying to ballot stuffing and many other underhanded tactics in between, this book examines what ails the election system and politics in the US.
9. Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939
By Volker Ulrich
This biography of Adolf Hitler is focused on the man himself and his rise to power during the pre-war years.
10. It Can’t Happen Here
By Sinclair Lewis
Published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is an insightful work that touches on fascism and how fragile democracy can be.
11. Nineteen Eighty-Four
By George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a timeless classic about totalitarianism and offers a glimpse into what life can be when people are subjected to mass surveillance.
12. The Road to Southend Pier: One Man’s Struggle Against the Surveillance Society
By Ross Clark
This book is an entertaining read about one man’s attempt to avoid being caught in any of the millions of CCTV cameras installed across Britain. This personal challenge led to a lot of interesting and some disturbing discoveries.
13. The Audacity of Hope
By Barack Obama
Barack Obama’s autobiography is a refreshing, thought-provoking, and insightful read that shares the former US President’s views about politics, family life, and his vision for America.
14. The Myth of the Rational Voter
By Bryan Caplan
Is there really such a thing as a rational voter? Economist Bryan Caplan examines the personal biases and other factors that influence voters’ choices.
15. V for Vendetta
By Alan Moore and David Lloyd
This graphic novel tells the story of how a democratic country became a fascist police state following an almost catastrophic event. It explores the potentially chilling effects of doing whatever it takes, at all costs, just to restore order.