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If you’re looking for something new to read, CNN has some recommendations. These books span genres and topics, so there’s sure to be something that interests you.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
In his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, historian Yuval Noah Harari focuses on the challenges that our rapidly changing world presents.
From climate change to artificial intelligence, Harari offers a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the issues that we must grapple with in the years to come.
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle
In his book, “A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves,” Jason DeParle tells the story of what it’s like to be a migrant worker in today’s economy.
Through the eyes of one Mexican family, DeParle shows how migration has changed over the past few decades. In the past, most workers saw migration as a temporary solution to economic hardship.
But now, more and more workers are making the decision to leave their families behind permanently in search of better opportunities.
DeParle brings to light the personal sacrifices that these workers make in order to provide for their families. He also sheds light on the difficult working and living conditions that they endure.
Despite all of this, they continue to come to the United States in search of a better life for themselves and their families.
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
In her book, “Blowout,” Rachel Maddow sounds the alarm on the oil and gas industry. She argues that the industry is not only a major contributor to climate change but also a threat to global security.
Maddow draws on her background as a national security correspondent to make a compelling case that we can no longer afford to ignore the dangers of the oil and gas industry.
Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman
In her book, Democracy, and Dictatorship in Europe, Sheri Berman argues that democracy and dictatorship are not mutually exclusive. She contends that while democracy is the best form of government, it is not perfect and there are times when a dictatorship can be more effective.
Berman provides a detailed analysis of the rise of fascism in Europe in the early 20th century and how it was able to take advantage of democratic weaknesses. She also looks at the role of the Soviet Union in spreading communism across the continent.
While democracy may have its flaws, Berman ultimately believes that it is the best system for governing Europe. However, she warns that its continued success is not guaranteed and that Europeans must remain vigilant in defending it against those who would seek to destroy it.
Destined for War by Graham Allison
In “Destined for War,” Graham Allison marshals a wealth of evidence to show that the United States and China are on a collision course. He explains why the two countries are in competition and how this rivalry could lead to war.
Allison begins by tracing the history of U.S.-China relations, starting with Nixon’s visit to China in 1972.
He argues that while there have been periods of cooperation between the two countries, they have always been overshadowed by competition and conflict.
This is because the two countries have different political systems and economic models, which inevitably lead to tension and rivalry.
Allison then goes on to discuss the current state of U.S.-China relations, focusing on the trade war between the two countries.
Don’t Be Evil by Rana Foroohar
In her book, Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its founding Principles – And All of Us, Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar takes a close look at how Google and other major tech companies have lost their way.
She argues that the culture of Silicon Valley is diametrically opposed to everything that made America great in the first place.
Erdogan’s Empire by Soner Cagaptay
Erdogan’s Empire is a book about the rise of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party. The book chronicles Erdogan’s political career, from his early days as mayor of Istanbul to his current position as president.
Erdogan has been a controversial figure during his time in office, and his critics say that he has used his power to consolidate control over the country. Erdogan’s supporters argue that he has brought stability to Turkey after years of political turmoil.
The book provides readers with an insight into the mind of one of the most influential leaders in the Middle East and sheds light on the challenges that Turkey faces in the 21st century.
Hit Makers by Derek Thompson
In his book, “Hit Makers” Derek Thompson explores the science behind what makes something popular.
Thompson argues that there are four main ingredients to making a hit: timing, luck, social transmission, and stickiness. He breaks down each ingredient with examples from music, television, and literature.
Lee Kuan Yew by Graham Allison
In his book, “Lee Kuan Yew,” Graham Allison paints a portrait of the man who was Singapore’s Prime Minister for over three decades.
Born in 1923, Lee Kuan Yew was a British-educated lawyer who became involved in politics while still in school. He co-founded the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 1954 and led the party to victory in Singapore’s first general election in 1959.
As Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore from a sleepy backwater into one of the world’s most prosperous nations. Under his leadership, Singapore achieved rapid economic growth and became known for its strict laws and efficient government.
Lee Kuan Yew retired from politics in 1990 but remained an influential figure in Singaporean society until his death in 2015.
Losing the Long Game by Philip H. Gordon
Gordon argues that, despite some successes, the Obama administration ultimately failed to achieve its central goal of extricating the United States from these costly conflicts. He attributes this failure to a number of factors, including resistance from within the administration, Congress, and the American people.
Although “Losing the Long Game” is critical of the Obama administration, it also offers a hopeful message for the future. Gordon believes that America can still learn from its mistakes and emerge victorious in the global struggle for hearts and minds.
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
In his book Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall argues that a country’s geography has a profound and sometimes deterministic effect on its destiny. He contends that mountains, rivers, climate, and other physical features have shaped the course of history, and explains how they continue to do so today.
Marshall begins by examining the impact of geography on the rise and fall of empires. He argues that the Mongols were able to conquer much of Asia and Europe because of their advantageous location between two mountain ranges.
In contrast, he asserts that Russia’s vastness has both helped and hindered its development, making it difficult for invaders to conquer but also leading to internal strife.
The author then turns to the role of geography in the current global balance of power.
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
In his book, Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell challenges our assumptions about the people we don’t know.
He argues that we are too quick to judge others based on first impressions and that we need to be more open-minded when talking to people we don’t know.
Gladwell offers several examples of times when talking to strangers has led to positive outcomes, including the story of how a young woman named Amanda Knox was wrongly convicted of murder.
Talking to Strangers is an important book that will change the way you think about the people you meet.
The American Story by David M. Rubenstein
In his book, The American Story, David M. Rubenstein offers a unique and personal look at our nation’s history.
From the Founding Fathers to the current day, Rubenstein tells the stories of the people and events that have shaped our country. He also shares his own insights on what it means to be an American.
The American Story is more than just a book about history; it’s a reminder of what makes our country great. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the United States and its place in the world today.
The Aristocracy of Talent by Adrian Wooldridge
The Aristocracy of Talent by Adrian Wooldridge is a book that explores the idea that meritocracy has replaced aristocracy as the primary source of power and privilege in Western societies.
Wooldridge argues that those who have the most talent and ability are the ones who reap the greatest rewards in these societies, regardless of their social backgrounds. This new meritocratic elite has emerged from a variety of fields, including business, politics, academia, and the media.
They are highly educated and often come from privileged backgrounds, but they have also worked hard to get where they are. The result is a class of people who are both wealthy and powerful, and who hold a great deal of sway over the direction of Western societies.
The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
As one of the world’s leading historians, Niall Ferguson has a unique perspective on the history of money. In his book, The Ascent of Money, Ferguson traces the origins of money and banking, and how they have evolved over time.
Ferguson explains how money has always been essential to human civilization, but its form has changed dramatically over time. From early bartering systems to modern fiat currencies, money has taken many different forms.
But as Ferguson shows, there is one constant in the history of money: it always comes with a cost. Whether it’s inflation or financial crises, money has always had the potential to cause problems for societies.
Despite its dangers, money remains an essential part of our lives. As Ferguson shows us in The Ascent of Money, understanding its history is crucial to understanding our own.
The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani
When Michiko Kakutani set out to write her book, The Death of Truth, she had one goal in mind: to explore how and why American society has become so polarized. After spending months researching and writing, Kakutani has come to some disturbing conclusions.
In her book, Kakutani argues that the current state of affairs can be traced back to the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump’s campaign was built on lies and misinformation, and his victory served as a wake-up call for many Americans.
Since then, there has been a steady erosion of trust in institutions and experts. The media is constantly under attack, and facts are being replaced by alternative facts. This is extremely dangerous for our democracy.
Kakutani’s book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of America.
The Decadent Society by Ross Gregory Douthat
Ross Gregory Douthat’s “The Decadent Society” is a searing indictment of contemporary Western civilization. Douthat argues that the West is in the throes of a cultural and spiritual decline that is unprecedented in human history.
Douthat marshals a wealth of evidence to support his case, including the rise of nihilism, hedonism, and materialism; the decline of religious faith; and the growing sense of anomie and despair that pervades Western societies.
He also argues that the West’s political and economic institutions are increasingly unable to meet the challenges of our time.
Douthat’s book is sure to provoke heated debate among readers. But whatever one’s opinion of his thesis, “The Decadent Society” is certain to be one of the most important books of our time.
The Great Reversal by Thomas Philippon
The Guarded Gate by Daniel Okrent
The Hundred-Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury
The Inevitability of Tragedy by Barry Gewen
The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits
The Narrow Corridor by Daron Acemoglu
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word by Fred P. Hochberg