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. Cheryl

    In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes

    July 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  2. Feroz - Pakistan

    The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

    July 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  3. rediranch

    Huzur by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar

    July 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  4. Sher Dil Afghani

    Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal

    July 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  5. Ganesh Khan

    Fourth Assassin: An Omar Yussef Mystery by Matt Rees

    July 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  6. yuri pelham

    A Grave in Gaza (An Omar Yussef Mystery) by Matt Rees

    July 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  7. Medieval India ©

    Nadia's Song by Soheir Khashoggi

    July 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  8. Miguel Guittierez

    The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg

    July 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  9. krm1007 ©™

    أولاد حارتنا by نجيب

    July 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  10. 100 % ETHIO

    A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations by حافظ

    July 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters by Rabih Alameddine

    July 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  12. Patrick-2

    A Stolen Tongue by Sheri Holman

    July 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  13. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Between the Assasinations by Aravind Adiga

    July 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  14. T-Bone Thakur

    The Qu'ran by allah through Muhammad

    July 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  15. db13

    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.”

    July 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  16. Fedman

    How much is enough – Money and the Good Life by Robert & Edward Skidelsky is a very thought provoking read....

    July 8, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  17. Kitty

    A guide to Passive Solar Energy, NEXT michael Crichton, Earth: The Sequal.
    And the PADI diving manual.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
  18. Faye

    The Bible

    July 9, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  19. Jim

    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!

    July 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  20. Bal

    How to raise an idiot by JAL's mother

    July 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  21. Mike

    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.

    July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  22. umWHAT

    Why do I feel like the majority of these comments were written by the same intolerant person....?

    July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  23. Konoth

    Abundance – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
    Radical Evolution – Joel Garreau

    July 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  24. Navy Angel13

    Where the Sidewalk Ends- Shel SIlverstein
    Never disappoints – always uplifts
    My personal favorite... Hug o' War

    July 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  25. Elena Candelaria

    I'm currenly reading "An innocent man by john grisham

    July 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  26. Craig Taylor

    The Michael Lind book is so illuminating that you should have him on your show

    July 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  27. LV

    What is the name of the book about neuroscience that was recommended on July, 15th?

    July 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  28. urigol2

    '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

    August 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  29. 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
  30. 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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