FPI Executive Director Jamie M. Fly offers his recommendations for foreign policy beach reading

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Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising use of American Power, by David Sanger

The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power, by James Mann

In the middle of a presidential election in which national security has played only a minor role, it is important to remember that regardless of whether or not national security issues receive the attention they deserve from voters, the next commander in chief will immediately have to confront a wide range of threats and challenges to America's security. Sanger and Mann's accounts of the early years of the Obama administration portray the evolution of this President's thinking on foreign policy and highlight his team's successes as well as areas in which they have fallen short.

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, by Blaine Harden. North Korea is often viewed primarily through the prism of its provocative actions against South Korea and its illicit weapons programs and proliferation. Harden's book highlights the amazing story of Shin Dong-Hyuk, who was born in one of the despotic regime's many prison labor camps before he escaped and made it to freedom.

Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics, by Robert Kaufman. This year is the centennial of the birth of the legendary Democratic senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson. Unfortunately, this year, the Senate will lose some of its leading lights on national security issues, such as Senator John Kyl and Senator Joe Lieberman, to retirement. As they depart, we could use more senators in the mold of Jackson, whose tireless work on behalf of America's national security and the promotion of democracy and human rights, left a legacy that lasts to this day.

 - Originally posted as part of a Shadow Government roundtable feature

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