The CIA World Factbook
I’ve been downloading the CIA World Factbook for almost a decade. It’s one of those unusual publications that’s full of all kinds of information about every country on earth.
The Factbook dates back to 1981 (at least publicly) and can give you some great background on the politics surrounding world events. The electronic version is free to download and the print publication can be purchased for $80.
Check it out and see what you think!