September 23rd, 2014
01:13 AM ET

Bill Clinton: Two books you should read

Fareed asks former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his 'Book of the Week.'

Mr. President, we usually have an end segment where I recommend a book of the week. We are blowing it out all for you, so I'm giving you the last word, which is what book would you recommend? You're a voracious reader. If you were to tell our readers, what should they read?

If you'll give me two.


First, I'd like readers to read Abundance, the Peter Diamandis book with his coauthor, because if they did that, they would see that while the headlines are really bad in the world today, the trend lines are pretty good. Extreme poverty is down. The health care is improving dramatically around the world. There are developments now which make me believe we might be able to do what we did in the 1990s, which is to use technological developments to create more jobs than we lose. For the last few months, for the first time in literally more than a decade, 40 percent of the new jobs have been in higher wage categories. I think people should read this and get some good ideas. The other book is The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson.


He's a Nobel Prize winning microbiologist, but he writes as best he can from all the known evidence about the history of life on Earth from single-cell organisms to the present day. The reason I would like them to read that is that he said if you look at all the species that have ever lived on planet Earth, the most successful were ants, termites, bees and people. Why? Because they're the greatest cooperators. And I saw the other day a story about how there are 25,000 species of spiders on Earth and for reasons nobody understands, a couple of dozen of them have started cooperating and they build stronger, better webs.

Cooperation will save the future. And America should lead it. Every time humanity has been in danger of extinguishing itself, our consciousness and our conscience have led us to come together. That's the big issue of the 21st century. That's the great fight of the next 25 years.

So Congress should learn from spiders, that's…

They will. I spent a lot of time with spiders in my early life. I just think, you know, the Constitution could be subtitled "Let's Make A Deal." The founders understood it. We need to remember it.

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