July 23rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET

A list of Fareed's GPS book recommendations

Here is a list of the books Fareed has recommended over the course of the GPS show. Stock up your library.


01/18/15 @War by Shane Harris
12/14/14 The Terror Presidency by Jack Goldsmith
12/07/14 National Insecurity by David Rothkopf
11/23/14 The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan
11/16/14 America in Retreat by Bret Stephens
11/9/14 The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte
11/2/14 The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
10/26/14 Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
10/19/14 The System Worked by Daniel Drezner
10/12/14 Crazy Is a Compliment by Linda Rottenberg
10/5/14 China's Trapped Transition by Minxin Pei
9/28/14 Cosby by Mark Whitaker
9/21/14 Bill Clinton's recommendations: Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler; The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson
9/14/14 World Order by Henry Kissinger
9/7/14 The Intel Trinity by Michael Malone
8/31/14 The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
8/17/14 Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Shadi Hamid
8/10/14 Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz
8/3/14 The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh
7/27/14 First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President by Vladimir Putin and Nataliya Gevorkyan
7/20/14 Higher Education in the Digital Age by William Bowen
7/13/14 The Universe edited by John Brockman
7/6/14 Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn
6/29/14 The Director by David Ignatius
6/22/14 Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story by Jack Devine with Vernon Loeb
6/15/14 The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
6/8/14 Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
6/1/14 Maximalist by Stephen Sestanovich
5/25/14 The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
5/18/14 Stress Test by Timothy Geithner
5/11/14 The Fourth Revolution by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge
5/4/14 Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
4/27/14 The Rule of Nobody by Philip K. Howard
4/20/14 The Story of the Jews by Simon Schama
4/13/14 Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
4/6/14 The Confidence Trap by David Runciman
3/30/14 Particle Fever from Anthos Media
3/23/14 Stringer by Anjan Sundaram
The Leading Indicators by Zachary Karabell
3/9/14 The Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent
3/2/14 The Up Side of Down by Megan McArdle
2/23/14 The Steps Across the Water by Adam Gopnik
War Front to Store Front by Paul Brinkley
2/9/14 The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
Amsterdam by Russell Shorto
India Grows at Night by Gurcharan Das
If Mayors Ruled the World by Benjamin Barber
The Kennan Diaries by George Kennan,
edited by Frank Costigliola
The Great War by Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts
Reimagining India edited by McKinsey & Company
12/08/13 My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit
12/01/13 Islam without Extremes by Mustafa Akyol
11/17/13 The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidencyby James Tobin
11/10/13 The Atlantic's Technology IssueNovember 2013 edition
11/03/13 If Kennedy Lived by Jeff Greenfield
10/27/13 Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
10/20/13 The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson
10/13/13 It's Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein
10/6/13 David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
09/29/13 Unthinkable by Kenneth Pollack
09/22/13 Innocent Abroadby Martin Indyk
09/15/13 A Peace to End All Peaceby David Fromkin
09/08/13 The Age of Edison by Ernest Freeberg
09/01/13 Harvesting the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil
08/25/13 Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century by Orville Schell and John Delury; The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
08/18/13 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
08/11/13 Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedomby Conrad Black
08/04/13 This Town by Mark Leibovich
07/28/13 Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century by Orville Schell and John Delury
07/21/13 Museums Matter by James Cuno
07/14/13 The Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley
07/07/13 The Idea of America by Gordon Wood
06/30/13 Sleepless in Hollywood by Lynda Obst
06/23/13 Talibanistan by Peter Bergen
06/16/13 Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era by Joseph Nye
06/09/13 Strange Rebels by Christian Caryl
06/02/13 Strange Stones by Peter Hessler
05/26/13 The Annals of Unsolved Crime by Edward Jay Epstein
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 Knifeby 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 Insightsby Graham Allison & Robert Blackwill
02/24/13 Here's the Dealby David Leonhardt
02/17/13 Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy
02/10/13 Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerilla Warfareby 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 Budgetby 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 Eraby 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 Warby 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 Areby 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
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Topics: Book of the Week
July 18th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Joseph Kony: Always one step ahead

By Ashley Benner and Kasper Agger, Global Post

Editor’s note: The following text is from Global Post, which provides views – importantmoving or just odd – from around the world. The views expressed are solely those of the authors.

Since late 2010, the Central African Republic (CAR) army has deployed two soldiers in a remote area of the country’s southeast to pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA.

The destitute conditions of their mission illustrate one of the biggest challenges in the effort to end the 25-year conflict that has devastated parts of Central and East Africa.

The two soldiers were sent without any supplies. They spent most of their time collecting firewood and food, while surviving largely on humanitarian aid and provisions given by the Ugandan Army. The one radio they had could be turned on just once a day, due to limited power from a small solar panel.


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Topics: Africa
July 13th, 2012
06:20 PM ET

How the world took a step closer to ending impunity

Mark V. Vlasic is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and senior fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for Law, Science & Global Security. He served on the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica genocide prosecution trial teams in The Hague. The views expressed are solely those of the writer.

By Mark Vlasic, Special to CNN

This week, the eyes of the world returned – if only for a moment – to the world of international justice in The Hague. In the same week, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world’s first permanent war crimes court, sentenced its first war criminal, Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, to 14 years in prison. And across town at the first international tribunal since Nuremburg, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), U.N. prosecutors called their first witnesses in their case against General Ratko Mladic, charged, in part, with the Srebrenica genocide and the siege of Sarajevo. Thus, in two courtrooms in The Hague, the world was reminded that while international justice may be slow, it does come – and with it, so may come the end of impunity that often exists for mass atrocities.

To be sure, for those in Syria, Sudan and elsewhere, justice and the end of impunity won’t come soon enough. But the fact that some sense of justice has come to those who perished in Congo and Bosnia is nothing to scoff at.

Lubanga, thought once by many to be untouchable, was convicted for his role in enlisting, conscripting, and using child soldiers in the Second Congolese War. And importantly for the march of international justice, Lubanga’s trial, conviction and sentencing marked a number of notable firsts: it was the ICC’s first successful prosecution since its 2002 founding; Lubanga is the first individual to be convicted by the ICC for crimes related to the use of child soldiers; and the trial was the first in which victims participating were able to present their views in court.


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Topics: Africa • Human Rights • Rwanda • United Nations
July 13th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

Time to update the Israel-Egypt peace agreement?

Editor's note: Ofer Zalzberg is a Jerusalem-based senior analyst for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group. The views expressed are solely those of the writer.

By Ofer Zalzberg, Special to CNN

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy’s call to “update” the Israel-Egypt peace agreement has stirred apprehension in Jerusalem. True, Morsy and other Brotherhood leaders have declared repeatedly that they will respect past agreements and that their focus is the treaty’s military annex.  It’s also true that this position was embraced by nearly all other presidential candidates; with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict such a visceral issue, the treaty isn’t likely to disappear from public debate. But long standing Israeli fears about the Brotherhood and its fraternal relationship with Hamas have provoked skepticism among Israelis about Morsy’s intentions in general and altering the annex in particular.

The 1979 treaty imposed limitations on the Egyptian military presence in the Sinai Peninsula in order to restore Egyptian sovereignty without sacrificing Israel’s strategic depth. Today, Cairo argues that formula has turned what was intended to be a buffer zone into a region of lawless mayhem; only the permanent stationing of additional Egyptian military forces, Egypt claims to Israeli interlocutors, will reverse the trend.


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Topics: Egypt • Israel
July 11th, 2012
04:46 PM ET

Syria's detached and deluded elite?

Extreme violence, explosions and death – all daily realities for many Syrians. But even as the United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed over the past 16 months in the ongoing unrest, Newsweek’s Janine Di Giovanni notes there’s another side to Syria – that of the country’s elite, largely unseen by the outside world.

CNN spoke earlier today with Giovanni, who takes a surprising look behind the backdrop of violent protests aimed at Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Following is an edited version of our conversation with her.

CNN: You spent a good amount of time in Syria and you were able to explore the lives of what turned out to be Syria’s elite. While you have that backdrop of violence, they were going about their business as usual. Describe what you saw and under what circumstances you saw this?

Janine Di Giovanni: Well, first I have to point out that this is a very small portion of the population, and I think in any regime, like Bashar al-Assad’s or Saddam Hussein’s before he fell, you will always find a certain sector that had money, that had the ability to party, in a sense, while the country is collapsing. And there’s also a sense of delusion that this isn’t going to happen to them.


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Topics: Arab Spring • Syria
July 11th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

Will higher taxes in France help or hurt its economy?

In his plans for helping France's economy turn around, new President Francois Hollande has pledged to increase the rate of income tax to 75% for those residents making more than 1 million euros a year.

The plan is back in the spotlight in Hollande's recent visit with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron has said the tax hike would drive businesses to Britian - which he joked he'd welcome with open arms - but the French leader denied such an effect.

How does a 75% top rate of tax compare with other leading economies? FULL POST

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Topics: Economy • Europe • France
July 8th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

Mexico's Peña Nieto calls for 'new debate' on the drug war

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS" Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET

Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto called for a "new debate" on the drug war and said the United States must play an important role in that discussion.

The presumptive president-elect spoke this week to Fareed Zakaria in an interviewing airing on this week's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

"Yes, I do believe we should open up a new debate regarding how to wage war on drug trafficking. Personally, I'm not in favor of legalizing drugs. I'm not persuaded by that as an argument. However, let's open up a new debate, a review, in which the U.S. plays a fundamental role in conducting this review," said Peña Nieto. FULL POST

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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.

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Topics: Book of the Week
July 3rd, 2012
05:11 PM ET

A project to fingerprint 1.2 billion people

Imagine creating a system to track 1.2 billion people, photographing them, fingerprinting them, cataloging them and giving them all IDs.

Nandan Nilekani is not just imagining that system. He is tasked with making it a reality in India. FULL POST

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Topics: Economy • India
June 30th, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Quiz: What does "Tiangong" mean?

What does "Tiangong" mean? Which global region is getting a $10 billion credit line from China?

How much do you know about the world? Test yourself on these questions and more in the quiz above.

And check out some of the past weeks' quizzes.

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June 29th, 2012
04:57 PM ET

Morsi's 'fighting personality' and Egypt's future

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS" Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

On "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this week: How to shift Moscow from being part of the problem to part of the solution in Syria; a smart discussion on Obamacare and the economy, with Katrina vanden Heuvel, Jeff Sachs and more; and India's huge project to fingerprint 1.2 billion people.

Also: What's next in Egypt? Tarek Masoud, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Steven Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, weigh in on how Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi will jostle for power with the military.

Watch more in the video above and from this excerpt from the show: FULL POST

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Topics: Egypt • GPS Show
How will history view the health care vote?
June 29th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

How will history view the health care vote?

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama's health care law is constitutional, but that won't end the debate over ObamaCare and what to do about the health care system.

For many, the debate has shifted from the courtroom to the campaign trail. Presidential historian and author Douglas Brinkley talked to CNN about how the Supreme Court decision will play into the 2012 U.S. election and how history will regard the vote. FULL POST

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Topics: Health • Politics
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