Arms and Influence by Thomas C. SchellingThe author examines how military capabilities as bargaining power. He sees the steps taken by the U.S. during the Berlin and Cuban crises as not merely preparations for engagement, but as signals to and enemy, with reports from the adversary's own military intelligence as our most important diplomatic communications.
Halberstam's account of the origins of the Vietnam War.
The Great Transformation by Karl PolanyiIn this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the "great transformation" of the Industrial Revolution.
Man, the State and War by Kenneth N. WaltzWaltz explores works both by classic political philosophers, such as St. Augustine, Hobbes, Kant, and Rousseau, and by modern psychologists and anthropologists to discover ideas to explain war among states and related prescriptions for peace.