The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem

Creation by Gore Vidal


The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk

(This is one of those books on a topic that you wonder why no one has written about, until you check the sleeve and find out its first publishing was over a decade ago.)

The City by Joel Kotkin

Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus by Robert D. Kaplan