Well I’ve gone and done it, the first FSOT Resource Page is up!
So what is all the fuss and why am I excited for this page?
The State Department does a great job listing a plethora of material we can read in order to prep for the FSOT. Unfortunately, besides the title and author, there isn’t
a lot of any information provided about the books. In fact, unless you’ve read the books before, you won’t have a clue what the book is about outside of reading its title.
With the goal of this website to be a primary location of finding and utilizing resources to pass the FSOT, I knew I had to take the challenge of making the suggested reading list more user friendly. That, I believe, is exactly what this first FSOT Resource Page does.
Along with the title and author, I have collected all the cover photos of the book (we all like to look at pictures), the description of the book found on Amazon, and linked the photos and titles to Amazon for your further review. This was a long and tedious process. Resizing all the pictures to be the same height and width takes time (note, no copyright infringement is intended and if there is please let me know. Full acknowledgement goes to Amazon and authors- not sure if this is needed but I want to make sure I am covered, even if minimally).
Even though it took two weeks to put this together, I could tell after two minutes that this information would be incredibly valuable to the community. I’ve also gone ahead and improved navigation so you can skip right to the section you want to focus on.
Think your economics jargon is a little rusty?
- How do supply and demand interact?
- What is diminishing marginal returns?
- What is the difference between fiscal and monetary policy?
If you’re unsure of any one of those three questions, or economics in general, then go straight to the Economics Section to check out the suggested reading material and improve your knowledge on the intricacies of micro and macro economics.
In its entirety, the sections are:
- English Usage
- United States (culture, foreign policy, history, politics)
- World History and Geography
- Area Studies
- Consular and Immigration
- Economics and Public Policy
- Management and Human Behavior
- Public Affairs and the Media
- Computer Applications
Finally, the last time the list was updated was August 2013, which means I won’t be surprised if an updated suggested reading list comes out in the near future. If, and when, a new list appears, I will make sure to update the resource page to account for any differences.
Go ahead and take a look at the FSOT Resource Page. I hope you enjoy the material and if you have any suggestions just let me know in the comment section.
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