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The following is a list of books and resources relevant to ARC's mission to serve refugees and displaced people. This list was compiled based on recommendations from ARC supporters, members of the ARC Board of Directors, and staff. Learn more about refugees and the work of ARC and share what you learn with friends. Shop for these books online or at your local bookseller.

General Refugee Issues

  • UNHCR's State of the World's Refugees - 2012
  • We Shared the Peeled Orange: The Letters of “Papa Louis” from the Thai-Cambodian Border, 1981-1993.  
    -by Louis Braile                                   Read More We Shared the Peeled Orange
  • The Turbulent Decade: Confronting the Refugee Crises of the 1990s.
    -by Sadako Ogata
  • my heart it is delicious: the story of the Center for International Health
    -by Biloine W. Young
  • Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century.
    -by Carolyn Nordstrom
  • The Key to My Neighbor’s House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda.
    -by Elizabeth Neuffer
  • The Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business.
    -by Graham Hancock
  • Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees.
    -by Barbara Harrell-Bond
  • Disposable People?: The Plight of Refugees.
    -by Judy Mayotte
  • Winning the Peace: An American Strategy for Post-Conflict Reconstruction. 
    -ed. Robert Orr
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Making a Difference in Our World.
    -by Leslie Burger and Debra Rahm 
  • Lost on Earth: Nomads of the New World.
    -by Mark Fritz
  • Fire.
    -by Sebastian Junger
  • What Women Do in Wartime.
    -by Meredith Turshen and Clotilde Twagiramariya
  • War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.
    -by Chris Hedges
  • What Every Person Should Know About War.
    -by Chris Hedges
  • Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health
    -ed. Jennifer Leaning, et. al.
  • The Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook.
    -by Gil Loescher and Ann Dull Loescher
  • Beyond Charity: International Cooperation and the Global Refugee Crisis.
    -by Gil Loescher
  • Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict.
    -ed. Chester Crocker, et. al.
  • “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide.
    -by Samantha Power
  • The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero.                          -by Scott Anderson
  • Forced Migration: Policy Issues in the Post-Cold War World.          -by Rosemarie Rogers and Emily Copeland
  • Masses in Flight: The Global Crisis of Internal Displacement.         -by Roberta Cohen and Francis Deng
  • Patronage or Partnership: Local Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crisis.
    -by Ian Smillie
  • Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism.
    -by Jennifer Hyndman
  • How Aid Can Support Peace Or War.
    -by Mary Anderson
  • World Refugee Survey 2005.
    -by the U.S. Committee for Refugees
  • Global Appeal 2005.
    -by UNHCR


Micro-Enterprise Development

  • Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty.
    -by Muhammad Yunus


The Balkans

  • Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo.
    -by Roger Cohen
  • The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999.
    -by Misha Glenny
  • Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History.
    -by Robert D. Kaplan
  • Balkan Babel: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia from the Death of Tito to the War for Kosovo.
    -by Sabrina Petra Ramet
  • The Sound of Blue.
    -by Holly Payne



  • We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda.
    -by Philip Gourevitch
  • The Shallow Graves of Rwanda.
    -by Shaharyar M. Khan
  • Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey.
    -by Fergal Keane



  • What is the What?
    -by Dave Eggers
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
    -by Ishmael Beah
  • Africa in Chaos.
    -by George B.N. Ayittey
  • In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa.
    -by Daniel Bergner
  • Internally Displaced: Refugees and Returnees from and in the Sudan.
    -by Desiree Nilson
  • Who is Ruling in South Sudan?: The Role of NGOs in Rebuilding the Socio-Political Order.
    -by Volker Riehl
  • The Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Quest.
    -by Aminatta Forna
  • Africa’s Armies: From Honor to Infamy, a History from 1791 to the Present.
    -by Robert Edgerton
  • Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience.
    -by Mark Bixler
  • Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today.                               -by Alan Huffman

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