Reader Picks: Best Reads of 2019

By Global Atlanta

By Global Atlanta

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Adam Hochschild

$17.99 $16.55

Review by Kirk Bowman, associate professor, Georgia Tech; Founder and Director, Rise Up & Care: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-colonialism-or-philanthropy-blurred-lines-in-king-leopolds-congo/

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

$28.00 $25.76

Review by Jim Reed, President, YKK Corp. of America: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-a-reminder-from-moscow-on-appreciating-lifes-bounty/

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (Revised)

Dean Acheson

$37.95

Review by Shelby Grubbs, then-managing member, Miller & Martin PLLC’s Atlanta office: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-trumans-state-department-and-the-man-who-managed-a-volatile-period/

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

Colson Whitehead

$24.95 $22.95

Review by Cedric L. Suzman, retired cofounder and director of programming, World Affairs Council of Atlanta: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-nickel-boys-unearths-buried-evidence-of-slaverys-lasting-legacy/

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

$18.00 $16.56

Review by William De Baets, Consul General of Belgium to the Southeast U.S.: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-common-humanity-amid-the-tragedy-of-world-war-ii/

Leaders: Myth and Reality

Jay Mangone, Jeff Eggers, et al.

$30.00 $27.60

Review by Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-lessons-but-no-simple-answers-from-historys-great-leaders/

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Mark Lynas

$16.95

Michael Manely, CEO of The Manely Firm, P.C., International Family Law: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-a-decade-later-revisiting-the-ramifications-of-a-warmer-planet/

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

Malcolm Gladwell

$30.00 $27.60

Review by Soumaya Khalifa, president, Khalifa Consulting and founder of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-the-dangers-of-not-talking-to-strangers/

Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro

Thomas Maier

$25.99 $23.91

Review by Paul Varian, retired CNN executive producer: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-shedding-new-light-on-an-old-cia-and-mafia-plot-to-kill-castro/

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

$18.99 $17.47

Review by: Jorge Fernandez, consultant at Pendleton Group: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-understanding-latin-america-through-the-magic-of-historical-fiction/

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

Graham Allison

$16.99 $15.63

Review by: Bruce Allen, honorary consul of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Georgia: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-are-the-united-states-and-china-destined-for-war/

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

Daniel Immerwahr

$30.00 $27.60

Review by: Christopher N. Smith, Attorney at Law and Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Denmark in Georgia: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-how-my-fellow-americans-resounds-across-the-pacific/

Team Human

Douglas Rushkoff

$23.95 $22.03

Review by: Lee Foster, Executive Director, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-restoring-technologys-ability-to-serve-human-aims/

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Kai-Fu Lee

$28.00 $25.76

Al Hodge, president of Hodge Consulting Services: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-embracing-the-possibilities-of-the-ai-arms-race-with-china/

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America

Russell Shorto

$18.95 $17.43

Reviewed by Trevor Williams, Managing Editor, Global Atlanta: https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-rethinking-the-european-origins-of-american-tolerance/

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

David Reich

$18.00 $16.56

Reviewed by: Glenn P. Hendrix, Chair, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP - https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-what-ancient-dna-tells-us-about-humanity-before-history/