Adult Recommendations

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

With tongue firmly in cheek, Drezner, a professor of international studies at Tufts University, uses the popular interest in zombies to illuminate four major theories in international political science. Referencing writers from Max Brooks to Jared Diamond and Francis Fukuyama, and films from Dead Snow to Dead Alive, this brief, entertaining book will interest zombie enthusiasts and political newbies alike. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a neocon and a constructivist, or tried to figure out what “realpolitik” actually means, you owe it to yourself to give this light-hearted introduction a try.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

The Manderley Resort, a new facility with a twenty-story hotel and enormous hedge maze on the California coast, is about to open its doors. It offers opulence and unparalleled security to those who can afford it. Staff move from floor to floor occupied with ensuring the hotel is spotless while electricians concentrate on finishing their work in time for the grand opening. Their every move is monitored from the twentieth floor, where the security team is housed. Little do they suspect that somebody is determined Manderley will never open and they will be killed one by one during the next twelve hours. Intense and shocking, this thriller by a debut author is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

Winston Churchill led an extraordinary life. In her newest book, award-winning author Candice Millard writes about Churchill’s time in South Africa and in prison, as well as his subsequent escape. As a young man, Churchill decided he wanted to “be where the action is” so he'd be recognized for his courage and patriotism. Using every opportunity to become well-known, he worked to advance his career when England fought the Dutch in Africa, in what became known as the Boer War, by “pulling some strings” to be assigned as a reporter on the Boer War. While aboard a train surrounded by the Boers, he was recognized and deemed an enemy soldier. From the moment of his capture and imprisonment, Churchill vowed to escape. This harrowing story is excellent and one of those rare non-fiction books that reads like an adventure novel. 

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