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Jon_B
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What books on current events are you reading?

In addition to our primary selection - Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World - and the books by our two presidential candidates, there are a lot of other interesting and provocative books on a variety of important subjects being widely read and talked about right now. Here's a brief selection:

The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life

 

Alice Shroeder's biography of Buffet not only examines his pioneering business practices but ties his business successes into his personality and life philosophy.  

 

The True Patriot

 

Eric Liu re-examines the concept of patriotism, seperating it from the context of modern political rhetoric and its uses (and abuses) of the term and puts forth a new manifesto dedicated to honest evaluation of one's relationship with his or her country.

 

The World is Curved

 

Experienced market strategist David Smick looks at the world's financcial markets in light of globalization and offers unique and timely insight into the future of the economy both at home and abroad.

  

Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside-Down

 

Alaskan writer Kaylene Johnson tells the story of governor - and now Vice Presidential candidate -  Sarah Palin's rise in state politics.

 

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

 

Thomas L. Friedman describes the economic and environmental dangers that the world is currently facing and proposes ideas for the future of sustainable development.

 

 

What books on current events are you reading, or have you read recently?  What books do you think offer essential insight into the changes the world is going through at this moment and in the future?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: What books on current events are you reading?

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Jon_B wrote: 

What books on current events are you reading, or have you read recently?  What books do you think offer essential insight into the changes the world is going through at this moment and in the future?

 

 

I have just finished reading Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine which is 'based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones. [It] vividly shows how disaster capitalism – the rapid-fire corporate reengineering of societies still reeling from shock – did not begin with September 11, 2001. The book traces its origins back fifty years, to the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman, which produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today. New, surprising connections are drawn between economic policy, “shock and awe” warfare and covert CIA-funded experiments in electroshock and sensory deprivation in the 1950s, research that helped write the torture manuals used today in Guantanamo Bay.'

 

An eye-opening read! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: What books on current events are you reading?

i just finished because they hate by brigitte gabriel and i just ordered the post-american world by zakaria and the snowball by Alice Shroeder. i have also read, among others, the  infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali,  the nine by Jeffrey Toobin, a long way gone, memoirs of a boy soldier by ishmael beah, mountains beyond mountains by tracy kidder, three cups of tea by greg mortenson.
after you read these, you can get overwhelmed with the the intolerance, immorality, injustice and the savagery that exists among different peoples. there is so much diversity of opinion, background and culture, that needs to be better understood and addressed. maybe this group will be able to come up with better ways to communicate with and help each other, through our reading and discussions, and who knows, we might help end some of the abuses that exist and move the world forward in a more positive way. it only takes one person, one step at a time, to make change take place. (i seem to go between idealism and realism, randomly sometimes, with my pipe dreams, because the need for all kinds of aid is enormous.)
twj

 
Jon_B wrote:

In addition to our primary selection - Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World - and the books by our two presidential candidates, there are a lot of other interesting and provocative books on a variety of important subjects being widely read and talked about right now. Here's a brief selection:

The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life

 

Alice Shroeder's biography of Buffet not only examines his pioneering business practices but ties his business successes into his personality and life philosophy.  

 

The True Patriot

 

Eric Liu re-examines the concept of patriotism, seperating it from the context of modern political rhetoric and its uses (and abuses) of the term and puts forth a new manifesto dedicated to honest evaluation of one's relationship with his or her country.

 

The World is Curved

 

Experienced market strategist David Smick looks at the world's financcial markets in light of globalization and offers unique and timely insight into the future of the economy both at home and abroad.

 

Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside-Down

 

Alaskan writer Kaylene Johnson tells the story of governor - and now Vice Presidential candidate -  Sarah Palin's rise in state politics.

 

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

 

Thomas L. Friedman describes the economic and environmental dangers that the world is currently facing and proposes ideas for the future of sustainable development.

 

 

What books on current events are you reading, or have you read recently?  What books do you think offer essential insight into the changes the world is going through at this moment and in the future?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Re: What books on current events are you reading?

I also recommend that everyone read this book:  Imperial Life in the Emerald City 

 

Disturbing, but great.