I just added The World: A Brief Introduction by Richard Haass to the Recommended Reading List. Dr. Haass is the President of The Council on Foreign Relations. He is a conservative Republican so you might think it odd that he makes the Recommended Reading list on this site. Well, it is for the second time and that is because he bases everything on the truth along with his vast foreign relations and governmental experience.
The book is a surprisingly brief and yet comprehensive overview of relevant factors effecting the global community.