Covering government is often like watching molasses, it's not very interesting at times. There are however some interesting individuals in government who often have a tale or two to tell. Rarely does a politician change careers to software developer or run a large high tech company (if you do know of one, please post in a talk back). Sometimes the reverse is true, but I have yet to see a successful career politician suddenly change stripes and create Cold Warrior XYZ or some version of HERO ___ fill in the blank.
The following list is a set of books that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. If you're running of ideas for a gift to give someone, here's an emergency list that might fit the bill. They are not necessarily the latest releases or on the New York Times best sellers list. They are not listed in any sort of rank. The theme is government leaders or analysts and their points of view.
The Washington Diaries - Alan Gotlieb - Canadian Ambassador to the United States
My American Journey - General Colin Powell - Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff - Secretary of State
It doesn't take Hero - The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World - Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart
The Downing Street Years - Margaret Thatcher
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - President Barrack Obama *
- This last book I have not read (*hint hint to some of my closest friends...*)