Recommended Books

This book list was organized by the University of Guelph International Development Society with book suggestions from affiliated faculty.

Evie Adomait (Economics)
Jeffrey Sachs- The End of Poverty: Economic Burdens of Our Time (2005)
Jeffrey Sachs- The Age of Sustainable Development (2015)
William Easterly- The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006)
William Easterly- The Tyranny of Experts: Economist, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (2014)

Kurt Annen (Economics)
Douglass North- Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance (1990)
Thomas Schelling- Strategy of Conflict (1950)

Louise Grogan (Economics)
Daron Acemoğlu and James A. Robinson- Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (2012)
Angus Deaton- The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality (2015)
William Easterly- The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001)
Paul Collier- The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2008)
Adam Hochschild- King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1998)

Helen Hambly-Odame (Environmental Design and Rural Development)
Alison Green and Jerry Hauser- Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results (2009)
Marie Weil, Michael S. Reisch, Mary L. Ohmer- The Handbook of Community Practice (2005)
Linda Bruce- Reflective Practice for Social Workers: A Handbook (2013)

Renée Worringer (History)
Zachary Lockman- Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (2009)

Renee Sylvain (Sociology/Anthropology)
Amartya Sen- Development as Freedom (1999)
Martha Nussbaum- Sex and Social Justice (1999)
Barbara Heron- Desire for Development: Whiteness, Gender, and the Helping Imperative (2007)
Tania Murray Li- The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (2007)
Paul Farmer- Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (2004)

Catherine Badham (International Development)
Donovan Russell- Choosing a Career in International Development: A Practical Guide to Working the Professions of International Development (2013)

Anita Beaudette (International Development)
Alisha Apale and Valerie Stam- Generation NGO (2011)
Sarah Parkinson- Finding a Way in International Development: Options for Ethical and Effective Work (2013)

Sally Humphries (International Development and Sociology/Anthropology)
Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie- Americanah (2013)

Carol Dauda (Political Science)
Ayi Kwei Armah- The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968)
Mo Yan- The Garlic Ballads (1994)
Gioconda Belli- The Inhabited Woman (1994)
Chenjerai Hove- Bones (1988)
Fatima Mernissi- The Harem Within (1994)
Nawal El Saadawi- Woman at Point Zero (2007)

Andrea Paras (Political Science)
Mario Vargas Llosa- The World of the End of the World (2008)
James C. Scott- Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (1998)
Helena Norberg-Hodge- Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh for a Globalizing World (2009)
Karl Polanyi- The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of our Time (2001)

Adam Sneyd (Political Science)
Chinua Achebe- Things Fall Apart (1958)
John le Carré- The Constant Gardener (2001)
Rian Malan- My Traitor’s Heart (1990)
John Saul- Revolutionary Traveller (2009)
M.G. Vassanji- The In-Between World of Vikram Lall (2003)
Ngugi Wa Thiong’o- Petals of Blood (1977)

Ian Spears (Political Science)
Marshall Berman- All That is Solid Melts Into Air (1988)
Samuel P. Huntington- Political Order in Changing Societies (1973)
Robert A. Packenham- Liberal America and the Third World: Political Development Ideas in Foreign Aid and Social Science (1973)
James C. Scott- Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (1998)
Jeffrey Herbst- States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control (2000)