Kit Gillet is a freelance journalist currently based in Bucharest. His work appears regularly in the international press, for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Monocle, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN.
Book Reviews

Book review: A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

Joshua Kurlantzick’s engaging new history says the secret war in Southeast Asia was the beginning of the modern CIA – no longer merely an intelligence-gathering agency

Book review: China, US bound by suspicion and hope

John Pomfret’s history of the friends-to-allies-to-enemies-and-back-again relationship between China and America is a masterful account of the ties that have shaped the foremost powers in the world today

In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

Kaplan revisits Romania, the “master key” for Balkans

The Butcher’s Trail, by Julian Borger

The Butcher’s Trail - a defining account of the manhunt for Balkan war criminals

Europe’s Orphan, by Martin Sandbu

How the euro became a scapegoat for Europe's policy ills

Elephant Complex, by John Gimlette

Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka delves into the rich history of the island nation, describing Sri Lanka's varied past of kingdoms, colonialism and conflict

Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs, by Palani Mohan

In the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, small groups of ethnic Kazakh nomadic herders exist in a world far removed from the modern one we know today

Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland

Europe in the late 19th and early twentieth century was a melting pot of territorial conflicts waiting to explode, and few regions were more divisive than the area of Alsace-Lorraine, sandwiched between Germany and France.

Darjeeling, by Jeff Koehler

The Colourful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel delves into divided loyalties and fears for a double agent at the end of the Vietnam War

Book of Gold Leaves, by Mirza Waheed

Mirza Waheed's second Kashmir novel looks at land torn apart by war

The Edge of the World, by Michael Pye

How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are