CIJ Summer Reading List

    Off on holidays and want something better to read than a mindless page turner? Then look no further - for the first time this year we are presenting the CIJ Summer Reading List.

    This is not a list of new releases, but recommendations from CIJ staff and books written by our speakers and trainers.

    Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
    Abdel Bari Atwan
    Saqi Books, 2015
    Islamic State stunned the world when it overran an area the size of Britain on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border in a matter of weeks and proclaimed the birth of a new Caliphate. In this timely and important book, Abdel Bari Atwan draws on his unrivalled knowledge of the global jihadi movement and Middle Eastern geopolitics to reveal the origins and modus operandi of Islamic State. Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with IS insiders, Atwan outlines the group’s leadership structure, as well as its strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment.
    (Recommended by Juliet Ferguson)

    The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup
    Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
    Simon & Schuster UK, 2015
    When the tiny desert state of Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the news was greeted with shock and disbelief. How had a country with almost no football infrastructure or tradition, a high terror risk and searing summer temperatures of 50C beaten more established countries with stronger bids? Allegations of corruption were flying, when the Sunday Times Insight team received a cache of hundreds of millions of documents from a whistleblower. The contents of these FIFA Files became a global sensation, unearthing the corruption that lay at the heart of the bidding process.
    (Heidi Blake was a #CIJSummer Conference 2015 speaker)

    The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth
    Tom Burgis
    William Collings, 2015
    Tom Burgis takes you on a gripping and shocking journey through anonymous boardrooms and glittering headquarters to expose a new form of financial colonialism. Africa’s booming growth is driven by the voracious hunger for natural resources from rapidly emerging economies such as China. But in the shadows a network of traders, bankers and corporate raiders has sprung up to grease the palms of venal local political elites. What is happening in Africa’s resource states is systematic looting.
    (Tom Burgis was a #CIJSummer Conference 2015 speaker. Watch Tom Burgis's talk.)


    Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland
    Anne Cadwallader
    Mercier Press, 2013
    Farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and businessmen were slaughtered in a bloody decade of bombings and shootings in the counties of Tyrone and Armagh in the 1970s. Four families each lost three relatives; in other cases, children were left orphaned after both parents were murdered. For years there were claims that loyalists were helped and guided by members of the RUC and Ulster Defence Regiment. But, until now, there was no proof.
    (Recommended by Gavin MacFadyen)


    Beyond the Facade
    Eileen Chubb
    Chipmunka Publishing, 2009
    Eileen Chubb is an immensely courageous woman and this book is the story of her fight to gain recognition for the rights of the elderly community to be treated with respect and compassion. She tells the story of her brave and ferocious battle in such a way that the reader will be swept along and able to share her triumphs and the lows of what has become her life’s mission. Her sense of humour never deserts her nor her archaic take on the pomposity of most of her enemies.
    (Eileen Chubb was a #CIJSummer Conference 2015 speaker)


    Syria Burning: ISIS and the death of the Arab Spring
    Charles Glass
    OR Books, 2015
    Since its commencement in the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives and more than a third of the country’s population forced to flee their homes. The nuances of this conflict have never been well-understood in the West, least of all, it seems, by governments in the US and Europe, who, anticipating Assad’s sudden departure, made it a condition of any negotiated settlement. The consequences of that miscalculation, Charles Glass contends in this illuminating and concise survey, have contributed greatly to the unfolding disaster that we witness today.
    (Charles Glass was a #CIJSummer Conference 2015 speaker)


    Bad Pharma: How Medicine is Broken and How We Can Fix It
    Ben Goldacre
    Fourth Estate, 2013
    Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope revealing a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. The result: patients are harmed in huge numbers.
    (Ben Goldacre was a #CIJSummer School 2010 speaker)


    Staying Alive
    Dr Phil Hammond
    Quercus Publishing
    The NHS is our most treasured institution, but even caring doctors have too many patients and too little time, while patients often feel too overwhelmed, embarrassed, intimidated or ill to ask the right questions. In Staying Alive, Dr Phil Hammond, a GP and campaigner with unrivalled sympathy for patients' needs, helps give you the confidence and the tools to take control of your health care, and shows you in a friendly but authoritative way how to navigate the system. This book will show you how to get your GP to listen to you and take your symptoms seriously, how to get hold of your patient records so you can ensure they're correct, how to get a second opinion and, most importantly, how to get better (and in turn help make the NHS better too).
    (Phil Hammond was a #CIJSummer School 2012 speaker. Watch Dr Phil Hammond's talk.)

    Foul! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals
    Andrew Jennings
    Harper Sport, 2007
    Andrew Jennings, an award-winning investigative sports reporter, spent many years delving into the dark side of 'the beautiful game'. The result is this explosive and damning exposé of the officials that run football's world governing body, FIFA. No individual has managed to penetrate the sanctified domain of FIFA and probed successfully into its often criticised yet unproven corruption of the world game. Until now.
    (Andrew Jennings was a #CIJSummer Conference 2015 speaker)


    The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs the Masters of the Universe
    Matt Kennard
    Zed Books, 2015
    While working at the Financial Times, investigative journalist Matt Kennard uncovered a scam - a deception and rip-off of immense proportions. From slanging matches with Henry Kissinger to coffee with the man who captured Che Guevara, Kennard's unbridled access over four years to the creme de la creme of the global elite left him with only one conclusion: the world is run by a squad of cigar-smoking men with big guns, big cash and a reach much too close to home. But, through encounters with high-profile opponents of the racket, such as Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Gael Garcia Bernal and others, Kennard shows that human decency remains. Now it's time for the world's citizens to also uncover the racket. Join the new War of Independence!
    (Matt Kennard was a #CIJSummer Conference 2015 speaker)


    A History of Bombing
    Sven Lindqvist
    Granta Books, 2012
    On 1 November 1911, Lieutenant Cavarotti leaned out of the cockpit of his delicate aircraft and, holding a Haasen hand grenade, began one of the most devastating military tactics of the twentieth century: aerial bombing. This is but one of many points of entry Lindqvist presents in this innovative history. Structuring the book in a way that re-enacts the disruptions of history caused by the advent of the bomb, Lindqvist offers his readers a series of ways into and paths through this re-examination of a century of war. He turns his fresh, inquisitive eye and tireless moral sense on the fascinating histories behind the development of air power, bombs and the laws of war and international justice, demonstrating how the practices of two world wars were born of colonial warfare.
    (Recommended by Gavin MacFadyen)

    The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
    Betty Medsger
    Vintage, 2014
    In late 1970, a mild-mannered Haverford College physics professor privately asked a few people this question: “What do you think of burglarizing an FBI office?” In remarkable detail and with astonishing depth of research, Betty Medsger reveals the never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania, FBI offices. Through their exploits, a group of unlikely activists exposed the shocking truth that J. Edgar Hoover was operating a shadow Bureau engaged in illegal surveillance and harassment of the American people.
    (Recommended by Gavin MacFadyen)


    Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
    Peter Pomerantsev
    Faber & Faber; Main edition, 2015
    A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries. This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched and all values are changeable. It is home to a new form of authoritarianism, far subtler than 20th century strains, and which is rapidly expanding to challenge the global order.
    (BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Recommended by Marina Calland)

    Illegality Inc: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe
    Ruben Andersson
    University of California Press, 2014
    In this groundbreaking ethnography, Ruben Andersson, travels along the clandestine migration trail from Senegal and Mali to the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Through the voices of his informants, Andersson explores, viscerally and emphatically, how Europe’s increasingly powerful border regime meets and interacts with its target, the clandestine migrant. This vivid, rich work examines the subterranean migration flow from Africa to Europe, and shifts the focus from the illegal immigrants themselves to the vast industry built around their movements. This fascinating and accessible book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics of international migration and the changing texture of global culture.
    (Recommended by Tom Sanderson)

    Inside Immigration Detention
    Mary Bosworth
    Oxford University Press, 2014
    On any given day nearly 3000 foreign national citizens are detained under immigration powers in UK detention centres alone. The institutions charged with immigrant detention are volatile and contested sites. They are also places about which we know very little. What is their goal? How do they operate? How are they justified? Inside Immigration Detention lifts the lid on the hidden world of migrant detention, presenting the first national study of life in British immigration removal centres. Offering more than just a description of life behind bars of those men and women awaiting deportation, it uses staff and detainee testimonies to revisit key assumptions about state power and the legacies of colonialism under conditions of globalisation.
    (Recommended by Tom Sanderson)