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What One Book Should Obama Read?

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2009 at 12:45 am

What a great question to ask twenty-five public intellectuals–and the Washington Monthly has published the responses for us!

The entries seem to fall into a few different lines of reasoning. There’s the My-Case-for-the-Most-Important-Thing-Going-on-in-the-World-Today-and-the-Thing-We-Most-Need-to-Know-About-It entries, which I like because the authors proceed to give you their recommendation for the best, most concise resource for getting caught up to speed!

There’s also a few entries from the Leadership-Lessons-from-Books-that-Avoid-Using-the-Word-“Leadership”-in-the-Title category, and the similar Historical-Moments-that-Might-be-Good-for-Someone-to-Recall-Right-Now category. Throw in Macro-Trends-in-American-Culture and Surviving-the-Great-Depression-v.20.09, and you’ve got a pretty interesting mix.

To justify sharing this on this blog, which I am trying to keep strictly on-topic, here’s the three books that caught my eye that speak to international issues and global citizenship.

The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS by Helen Epstein

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran by Hooman Majd

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha (“India will have to concern the president on occasion; China will undoubtedly concern him more often, but in view of its closed political system no equivalent book could be written on China.”  Darn, I want to read that China book!)


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