We love to get book recommendations, particularly from people whose opinion we unwaveringly respect … .
When my idol of the moment Fareed Zakaria speaks, I listen (he’s columnist for Newsweek; host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” 1:00 EST Sundays; author of “The Post-American World,” a book we suggested for reading earlier this year).
In his show on Sunday, he ended with the book recommendation that “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” by Jonathan Alter was a worthwhile read, particularly as Obama prepares to enter his first 100 days. Zakaria also posts his ongoing book list recommendations online:
â€¢ “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
â€¢ “The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World” by Niall Ferguson.
â€¢ “The Bottom Billion” by Paul Collier
â€¢ “A Piece of the Action” by Joe Nocera
â€¢ “The Wise Men” by Walter Isaacson.
â€¢ “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham
â€¢ “Exploring American History” by Michael McHugh
â€¢ “One Minute to Midnight” by Michael Dobbs
â€¢ “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001”, by Steve Coll.
â€¢ “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius
Thought I’d also mention that my book club just finished reading “The Nine” by Jeffrey Toobin. While all members weren’t universally enthusiastic (some said “a bit of a slug”), I thought it provided new insights and some real surprises; for example, my respect for Sandra Day O’Connor grew exponentially (read it and find out why)!