September 22, 2019   12:26am
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Books to enjoy that enlighten

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:

THE ECONOMY
“The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World” by Niall Ferguson.
“The Bottom Billion” by Paul Collier
“A Piece of the Action” by Joe Nocera

U.S. HISTORY
“The Wise Men” by Walter Isaacson.
“American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham
“Exploring American History” by Michael McHugh
“One Minute to Midnight” by Michael Dobbs

TERRORISM
“Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001”, by Steve Coll.

INDIA/PAKISTAN
“Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found” by Suketu Mehta.
“Slumdog Millionaire” is a fascinating movie about life and love in Mumbai.
“The Idea of Pakistan” by Stephen Cohen

OTHER
“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)!

Happy reading.

Harriett

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