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:

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

$28.00 $25.76

Review by Jim Reed, President, YKK Corp. of America:

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

Dean Acheson


Review by Shelby Grubbs, then-managing member, Miller & Martin PLLC’s Atlanta office:

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:

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.:

Leaders: Myth and Reality

Jay Mangone, Jeff Eggers, et al.

$30.00 $27.60

Review by Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University:

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Mark Lynas


Michael Manely, CEO of The Manely Firm, P.C., International Family Law:

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:

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:

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

$18.99 $17.47

Review by: Jorge Fernandez, consultant at Pendleton Group:

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:

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:

Team Human

Douglas Rushkoff

$23.95 $22.03

Review by: Lee Foster, Executive Director, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University:

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

Kai-Fu Lee

$28.00 $25.76

Al Hodge, president of Hodge Consulting Services:

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:

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 -