6 books to catch up with during summer
July 5th, 2012
07:45 AM ET

6 books to catch up with during summer

Looking for a good read this summer? On each episode, the "Fareed Zakaria GPS" show highlights a Book of the Week. Have you missed any? Then catch up on these past five recommendations and tell us what you would recommend in the comments below.

"Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States." Author Michael Lind, one of the founders of the New America Foundation, gives a revealing history of the American economy, emphasizing the crucial role that the state has played in making America an economic superpower. It will unsettle many of your cherished beliefs.

"Fate of the Species." In elegant, compelling prose, Fred Guterl, who is one of the great science journalists of today, lays out the megachallenges we confront - super viruses, climate change, disappearing species.

"The Dictator's Learning Curve." Author William Dobson clocked up more than 90,000 miles of travel to research the book and he's interviewed activists and government officials to understand modern dictators. It's a smart book and a fun read. Check out more about it in a recent GPS blog post

"Adapt." If you like "Freakonomics" or Malcolm Gladwell, you will like this book from Tim Harford, the British economist and columnist for The Financial Times. The book explains why success often leads to failure. Harford says we all need to learn how to adapt to new business opportunities, to financial downturns, even to climate change. And he uses compelling case studies to prove his point.

"The Wise Men." Walter Isaacson chronicles the six close friends who advised new President Harry Truman in April 1945 and helped shape the United States' future following World War II.

"China Airborne." Journalist James Fallows moved to China for most of the past five years to write this inside look at China's airline industry, but it's much more than that. It's part travel log and part detailed description of China's economic liftoff, and as always with Fallows, it's a good read.

Hungry for more? Here's the archive of all the picks from the course of the show and check out future picks every Sunday on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," airing on 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

What are you reading? Share your picks in the comments below.

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  1. moneywhys

    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins.

    A startling story of corruption and manipulation by corporations mingled with the revolving door from the boardroom to senior government positions and the things done to gather empire. It is more startling that Mr. Perkins would stick his neck out with the information he reveals.

    February 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  2. Dave

    Just read The Blood of the Moon, The Roots of the Middle East Crisis by George Grant, 1991. A wakeup call.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
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