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Staff Picks

What NATO Staff reads?

To help you find your next favourite bookebook or audiobook, we asked our NATO colleagues from around HQ to help you out. Our 'NATO Staff Picks' highlights books from our collection that they have enjoyed, so you don’t have to think too hard about what to read next. Whether it’s for work, or for your career development, we’ve got you covered! All books are available at NATO HQ Library. Visit us to discover more.

If you are external researcher, you can borrow books from our collection through interlibrary loan service.

Have a look at the following 'staff picks':

The Future Is History : How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Head of Information Support recommends: In this brave and eloquent book, Russian-American Journalist Masha Gessen charts the lives of four Russians born as the Soviet Union crumbled and whose life experiences were shaped almost entirely under Putin’s presidency. Filled with modern ideologies and ambitions, they struggle against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them.
 

Leadership : Theory and Practice

NATO Analyst, Strategic Communications recommends: “NATO works with people for people” is my principle for my daily work at NATO.  A leader’s role is not to control people or stay on top of things, but rather to guide, energize and excite. This type of leadership is easy to talk about, but is hard to execute. “Leadership: Theory and Practice” is a classic, highly readable book assigned in leadership courses around the world.
 

Not One Inch: American, Russia and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

US MilRep recommends: This fascinating new book by award-winning author M.E Sharotte has delivered a just-in-time, heavily-researched book, laying out the missteps, could-have-been’s, and mutual misunderstandings which have led to Russia’s current gigantic gamble in Ukraine. “Not one Inch” needs to be required reading for those seized by the current war. Utterly timely and relevant!
 

Thinking, Fast and Slow

NATO Chief Information Officer recommends: In this work, Daniel Kahneman brings together his many years of research and thinking in one book. He explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. He reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking.

 

Putin's World : Russia against the West and with the Rest

Head, Security Policy and Partnership Directorate recommends: If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of Russia or add context to the Russian war against Ukraine, then this is the reading I recommend.  Angela Stent’s “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest” is a very readable yet comprehensive overview of how Russia’s foreign policy evolved (and why) in the past several decades.
 

Negotiating the New START Treaty

Program Officer, Multinational Capability Cooperation Unit recommends: Rose Gottemoeller delivers in this book an invaluable insider's account of the negotiations between the US and Russian delegations in Geneva in 2009 and 2010. It examines the crucially important discussions about the treaty between President Obama and President Medvedev, and it describes the tough negotiations Gottemoeller and her team went through to gain the support of the Senate for the treaty.

The Culture Map : Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures

NATO Library staff recommends: Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences. The author is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.
 

Exponential: How the Next Digital Revolution Will Rewire Life on Earth

Executive Officer, Emerging Security Challenges recommends: I started reading it after Azeem was here at the HQ and gave a book talk. He made very good points about the need for change, and the connections between technological development and what governments and international organisations can do to keep pace. He also has a wonderful insightful weekly blog that I now follow. His suggestions for further reading are rather inspiring.

Invisible Women : Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Coordinator, Security and Policy Oversight recommends:  This book reveals how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population, often with disastrous consequences. The author brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the profound impact this has on us all.

Aftershocks : Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order

Intern, Engagements Section recommends: This book represents the perfect portrait of our contemporary history. It criticizes policy choices taken by different leaders yet helps the reader understand what future awaits the world by analyzing recent global crises, as the Covid-19 pandemic, and their inevitable aftermath.