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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 A History of the World in Six Glasses Tom Standage An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks--beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola--describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind's adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization.
Book Cover Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones Greg Campbell An expose of international diamond smuggling operations considers the rebel campaigns linked to the Sierra Leone diamond mines and how the area and its people have been destroyed by the industry's policies.
Book Cover Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.
Book Cover Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History David Christian An introduction to a new way of looking at history, from a perspective that stretches from the beginning of time to the present day, Maps of Time is world history on an unprecedented scale. Beginning with the Big Bang, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora and fauna, including human beings.
Book Cover Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History Penny Le Couteur Considers that Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign may have failed because cold temperatures caused his army's tin buttons to disintegrate, identifying other important moments and traditions in history that were influenced by molecular properties.
Book Cover Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond Don Cheadle Presents a call to action on behalf of the genocide victims of Sudan's Darfur, describing the brutalities taking place there and outlining six strategies for making key differences.
Book Cover Prisoners of Geography: 10 Maps that Explain Everything About the World Tim Marshall Presents ten crucial regions where geopolitical considerations are an important part of the strategies of rival world powers.
Book Cover When the Rivers Run Dry: Water -- the Defining Crisis of the 21st Century Fred Pierce Traveling to more than thirty countries to define the scientific, economic, and historical dimensions of the water crisis, offers a solution based on managing the water cycle for the maximum social good, rather than pure self-interest.
Book Cover Where Underpants Come From Joe Bennett The author traces the origin of inexpensive underwear back to its source, China, and explores the web of contacts and exchanges that make the global economy possible, examining the country's changing society and movement towards becoming an economic superpower.
Book Cover Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea Mark Kurlansky 'Nonviolence' is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present - day conflicts raging in the Middle East and elsewhere. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a “dangerous” idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a “just war”? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?
Book Cover Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places Andrew Blackwell Visit Sunny Chernobyl fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as-is―not as we wish it to be. Equal parts travelogue, expose environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer―and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.
Last updated June 2018