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AP World 10

Longwood High School Summer Reading List for

AP World History Grade 10

Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover 1968: the Year that Rocked the World Kurlansky, Mark

With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. People think of it as the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap, avant-garde theater, the birth of the women's movement, and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. From New York, Miami, Berkeley, and Chicago to Paris, Prague, Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, Tokyo, and Mexico City, spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the globe. Everything was disrupted. In the Middle East, Yasir Arafat's guerilla organization rose to prominence . . . both the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Biennale were forced to shut down by protesters . . . the Kentucky Derby winner was stripped of the crown for drug use . . . the Olympics were a disaster, with the Mexican government having massacred hundreds of students protesting police brutality there . . . and the Miss America pageant was stormed by feminists carrying banners that introduced to the television-watching public the phrase "women's liberation." Kurlansky shows how the coming of live television made 1968 the first global year. It was the year that an amazed world watched the first live telecast from outer space, and that TV news expanded to half an hour. For the first time, Americans watched that day's battle--the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive--on the evening news. Television also shocked the world with seventeen minutes of police clubbing demonstrators at the Chicago convention, live film of unarmed students facing Soviet tanks in Czechoslovakia, and a war of starvation in Biafra. The impact was huge, not only on the antiwar movement, but also on the medium itself. The fact that one now needed television to make things happen was a cultural revelation with enormous consequences.

Book Cover Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones Campbell, Greg

First discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These "blood diamonds" are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York. This book is the gripping tale of how the diamond smuggling works, how the rebel war has effectively destroyed Sierra Leone and its people, and how the policies of the diamond industry -- institutionalized in the 1880s by the De Beers cartel -- have allowed it to happen. The author traces the deadly trail of these diamonds and shows how the repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt far beyond the borders of the poor and war-ridden country of Africa.

Book Cover The Bookseller of Kabul Seierstad, Asne

The Norwegian journalist provides a portrait of a committed Muslim man and his family living in post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan.

Book Cover Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Diamond, Jared

Explores how humankind's use and abuse of the environment reveal the truth behind the world's greatest collapses, from the Anasazi of North America to the Vikings of Greenland to modern Montana

Book Cover Girl of Kosovo Mead, Alice

Although Zana, an eleven-year-old Albanian girl, experiences the turmoil and violence of the 1999 conflict in her native Kosovo, she remembers her father's admonition to not let her heart become filled with hate.

Book Cover Iqbal D'Adamo, Francesco When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and is brave enough to show them how to get there. 
Book Cover The Power of One Courtenay, Bryce Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.
Book Cover Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall Funder, Anna In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, and East Germany ceased to exist. Funder brings us tales of real lives in the former East Germany, providing a powerful account of that brutal world.
Book Cover They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: the True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan Deng, Alephonsion

Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew. All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages. Amid the chaos, screams, conflagration, and gunfire, five-year-old Benson and seven-year-old Benjamin fled into the dark night. Two years later, Alepho, age seven, was forced to do the same. Across the Southern Sudan, over the next five years, thousands of other boys did likewise, joining this stream of child refugees that became known as the Lost Boys. Their journey would take them over one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease. The refugee camps they eventually filtered through offered little respite from the brutality they were fleeing.

Book Cover Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua This is a story of a man whose life is dominated by fear and anger and is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. The contemporary African writer's classic novel depicting the destruction of traditional tribal life by the white man.
Book Cover A Thousand Splendid Suns Hosseini, Khaled Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul. Tells of the losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
Book Cover Train to Pakistan Singh, Khushwant A novel about the suffering of millions during the partition of India.
 Book Cover The Weight of All Things Benitez, Sandra A young boy makes his way through war-ravaged El Salvador in search of his mother, who was dragged off with other victims following gunfire that erupted in a crowded plaza during a funeral for a martyred archbishop.
Book Cover Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Chang, Jung Through the story of three generations of women in her own family–the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself–Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century.
Book Cover The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam Wilson, G. Willow Documents the author's conversion from all-American atheist to Islam, a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.
Book Cover We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families Gourevitch, Philip An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity. This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority.
Book Cover Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back Nimura, Janice In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors-- Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda-- grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they became celebrities, their travels feted by newspapers across the nation. The passionate friendships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan-- a land grown foreign to them-- determined to revolutionize women's education.
Book Cover Never Fall Down McCormick, Patricia Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.
Book Cover When the Rivers Run Dry: Water - The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century Pierce, Fred Veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce travels to more than thirty countries to examine the current state of crucial water sources.
Book Cover All the Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
Last updated January 2016