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.
In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes
The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Huzur by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar
Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal
Fourth Assassin: An Omar Yussef Mystery by Matt Rees
A Grave in Gaza (An Omar Yussef Mystery) by Matt Rees
Nadia's Song by Soheir Khashoggi
The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg
أولاد حارتنا by نجيب
A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations by حافظ
I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters by Rabih Alameddine
A Stolen Tongue by Sheri Holman
Between the Assasinations by Aravind Adiga
The Qu'ran by allah through Muhammad
A gift for muslim couple by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi
In the book’s opening pages, it is written that “it might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her.”
Later, its author advises that “the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.”
Page 45 contains the rights of the husband, which include his wife’s inability to leave “his house without his permission,” and that his wife must “fulfil his desires” and “not allow herself to be untidy ... but should beautify herself for him ... ”
In terms of physical punishment, the book advises that a husband may scold her, “beat by hand or stick,” withhold money from her or “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.”
How much is enough – Money and the Good Life by Robert & Edward Skidelsky is a very thought provoking read....
A guide to Passive Solar Energy, NEXT michael Crichton, Earth: The Sequal.
And the PADI diving manual.
If you liked the "Twilight" series, or are a fan of Sci-Fi, you'll really like "Hexcommunicated" by Rafael Chandler! Great summer reading, and will make a great movie!
How to raise an idiot by JAL's mother
Retribution by the British historian Max Hastings, if one is going to read only one book about WWII. Understanding WWII helps one understand why we are where we are today.
Why do I feel like the majority of these comments were written by the same intolerant person....?
Abundance – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Radical Evolution – Joel Garreau
Where the Sidewalk Ends- Shel SIlverstein
Never disappoints – always uplifts
My personal favorite... Hug o' War
I'm currenly reading "An innocent man by john grisham
The Michael Lind book is so illuminating that you should have him on your show
What is the name of the book about neuroscience that was recommended on July, 15th?
'What's Next for the Startup Nation? A blueprint for sustainable innovation' is a good read on public policy. Although the book focuses on Israel, the overall framework could be applied everywhere. Here is the book's site http://www.startup-nation.com
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.
Just read The Blood of the Moon, The Roots of the Middle East Crisis by George Grant, 1991. A wakeup call.
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