Here is a list of the books Fareed has recommended over the course of the GPS show. Stock up your library.
|05/19/13||Return of a King by William Dalrymple|
|05/05/13||Foreign Policy Begins at Home by Richard Haass|
|04/28/13||The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen|
|04/21/13||The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti|
|04/14/13||The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark|
|04/07/13||This Explains Everything by John Brockman|
|03/31/13||The End of Power by Moises Naim|
|03/24/13||Catastrophic Care by David Goldhill|
|03/17/13||Double Entry by Jane Gleeson-White|
|03/10/13||China Goes Global: The Partial Power by David Shambaugh|
|03/03/13||Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights by Graham Allison & Robert Blackwill|
|02/24/13||Here's the Deal by David Leonhardt|
|02/17/13||Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy|
|02/10/13||Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerilla Warfare by Max Boot|
|02/03/13||After the Music Stopped by Alan Blinder|
|01/27/13||The Idea Factory: Bells Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner|
|01/13/13||Why Romney Lost by David Frum|
|01/06/13||Foreign Affairs January/February 2013 edition|
|12/23/12||The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria, The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria|
|12/09/12||Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget by David Wessel|
|12/02/12||Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb|
|11/25/12||Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham|
|11/18/12||A Nation of Takers by Nicholas Eberstadt|
|11/11/12||The Revenge of Geography by Robert Kaplan|
|11/04/12||Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe by Anne Applebaum|
|10/28/12||Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland|
|10/21/12||The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail, but Some Don't by Nate Silver|
|10/14/12||The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era by Michael Grunwald|
|10/07/12||The Parties Versus The People by Mickey Edwards|
|09/30/12||The Oath: the Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin|
|09/23/12||The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria|
|09/16/12||This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Faust|
|09/09/12||Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan|
|09/02/12||Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are by Sebastian Seung|
|08/26/12||Einstein: His Life And Universe by Walter Isaacson|
|08/05/12||The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper|
|07/29/12||The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt|
|07/22/12||The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes|
|07/15/12||The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran|
|07/08/12||Adapt by Tim Harford, Franklin and Winston, an Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by John Meacham, The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore White, The Increment, by David Ignatius, and The Post-American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria|
|07/01/12||Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States by Michael Lind|
|06/24/12||Fate of the Species by Fred Guterl|
|06/17/12||The Dictator's Learning Curve by William Dobson|
|06/10/12||Adapt by Tim Harford|
|06/03/12||The Wise Men by Walter Isaacson|
|05/27/12||China Airborne by James Fallows|
|05/20/12||The Post-American World, 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria|
|05/13/12||The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart|
|05/06/12||The Passage of Power by Robert Caro|
|04/29/12||End This Depression Now by Paul Krugman
|04/22/12||Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
|04/15/12||George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis|
|04/08/12||Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma|
|04/01/12||Franklin and Winston, An Intimate Portrait of An Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham|
|03/25/12||Paper Promises: Debt, Money, and the New World Order by Philip Coggan|
|03/18/12||Republic Lost, How Money Corrupts Congress and A Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig|
|03/11/12||The Benefit And The Burden, Tax Reform, Why We Need It And What It Will Take by Bruce Bartlett|
|03/04/12||The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore White|
|02/26/12||Behind The Beautiful Forevers byKatherine Boo|
|02/19/12||How to Win an Election by Quintus Tullius Cicero|
|02/12/12||Coming Apart by Charles Murray|
|02/05/12||The Unquiet American edited by Samantha Power and Derek Chollet|
|01/29/12||A Separation, Oscar nominated film FULL POST|
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.
Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. A Pakistani-American translator, whom I will call Ahmed, and a dog named Cairo—a Belgian Malinois—were also aboard. It was a moonless evening, and the helicopters’ pilots, wearing night-vision goggles, flew without lights over mountains that straddle the border with Pakistan. Radio communications were kept to a minimum, and an eerie calm settled inside the aircraft. FULL POST
This week's "Book of the Week" is Peter Godwin's The Fear.
It's a beautifully written, harrowing account of the ruin of a country.
The country is Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, where Godwin was born.
The year is 2008.
That's when the nation's long time tyrannical ruler Robert Mugabe lost an election and brutalized his nation as punishment.
Here's the blurb for the book:
Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift?
How about a book that can put today's rapidly changing world in lucid perspective?
Fareed's updated book, The Post-American World (Release 2.0), is the perfect gift for the intellectually curious father.
My book of the week was published three years ago, but - in a strikingly prescient way - foretold the January revolution here.
It's called "Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharoahs on the Brink of a Revolution" and it was written by John R. Bradley.
The book was banned by the Mubarak's regime - and understandably so! If you want to understand how Egypt got to this crossroads, read this book.
My book of the week is former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's latest, On China. This is a must read.
Part history, part memoir of Kissinger's extensive dealings with Chinese leaders over 40 years and part analysis, this is a major work.
That Henry Kissinger could write such an ambitious book at the age of 87 is just extraordinary.
My book suggestion this week is Katie Couric's The Best Advice I Ever Got, featuring life lessons from everyone from Mike Bloomberg to Donald Trump, from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton and from Melinda Gates to Martha Stewart.
There is a chapter by yours truly.
The best part is the proceeds from this book help send worthy kids to college.
This week's book of the week is Innovation Nation: How America is losing its innovation edge, why it matters, and what we can do to get it back by John Kao. From Publisher's Weekly:
"Alarmed by the lack of innovation in the United States today, former Harvard Business School professor and current consultant Kao diagnoses the situation, describes best practices, explains how innovation works and puts forth a strategy proposal, all in an attempt to squirt ice water in America's ear.
Kao - who has been an entrepreneur, a psychiatrist, an educator and a pianist for Frank Zappa - is clearly passionate about his premise. Aimed primarily at policy makers and legislators, his three-pronged agenda is designed to help the government create a culture committed to constantly reinventing the nature of its innovation capabilities."
I'll have a special on innovation on GPS in June.
No foreign policy terms in this "book of the week."
I read a novel over spring break and I wanted to share it with you. It's really great.
"The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman.
It's a debut novel by a young novelist - a series of interlinked short stories about a group of journalists at an English newspaper in Rome. Brilliantly told. A smart page turner.
But a warning: if you are an aspiring journalist, this book might change your mind.
This week's book of the week is Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India. It's by Joseph Lelyved, the former editor of the New York Times.
It's not a conventional biography. It tells the story of a how a young Indian lawyer went to South Africa politically inactive and was transformed into this great leader of a mass nonviolent resistance movement.
How did Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi become Mahatma Gandhi?
A fascinating story.
Before you take off on your next vacation, you might want to brush up on your sign language. You don't want to wind up insulting a cab driver you're trying to flag down in the pouring rain or anger the waiter bringing you your coffee.
So as you pack up your Lonely Planet guide, you might want to look at our book of the week: Don't Get Me Wrong: The Global Gestures Guide. It will show you how everyday gestures are interpreted in countries all over the world. Hopefully it will keep you out of trouble during your travels.