Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The five best Middle East political science books of 2014

Marc Lynch is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Project on Middle East Political Science. At the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog he tagged his five best Middle East political science books of 2014...and one novel:
[T]he novel of the year for political scientists has to be “The Golden Hour” by former State Department official Todd Moss. Moss’s hero is an academic political scientist brought in to the State Department on the basis of his path breaking quantitative modeling of the dynamics of military coups. Then he has to deal with a coup in Mali, and all sorts of political science hijinks ensue. Without giving any plot twists away (at least until the movie version comes out), let me just say that there’s an essay waiting to be written about the interaction between quantitative political science and area studies in “The Golden Hour!”
Read about the other books on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Golden Hour.

My Book, The Movie: The Golden Hour.

--Marshal Zeringue