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Fareed Rafiq Zakaria is a journalist, political scientist, and author. He is the host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS and writes a weekly paid column for The Washington Post.
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The Great Reversal
How America Gave Up on Free Markets
by Thomas Philippon (Oct 29, 2019)
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In this much-anticipated book, a leading economist argues that many key problems of the American economy are due not to the flaws of capitalism or the inevitabilities of globalization but to the concentration of corporate power. By lobbying against competition, the biggest firms drive profits higher while depressing wages and limiting opportunities...
Fareed Zakaria
Mar 08, 2020
This is the most important book on economics I've read in a while. It will explains how the United States went from being a vibrant free market with low prices for consumers to one in which oligopolies and monopolies abound and consumers get shafted with higher price.     source
Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word
How Six Everyday Products Make the Case for Trade
by Fred P. Hochberg (Jan 14, 2020)
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From former Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred P. Hochberg comes an illuminating and engaging tutorial on the basics of modern trade. Tradethe exchange that powers the worldallows us to sell what we produce at home and purchase what we dont. In the age of globalization, trade has joined together more people t...
Fareed Zakaria
Feb 23, 2020
Hochberg has managed to do the seemingly impossible, write a breezy, smart, funny book about trade, he weaves in stories with the data, has a refreshingly informal voice and takes the reader on an entertaining ride. The bonus is he's right about the subject as well.     source
The Decadent Society
How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
by Ross Douthat (Feb 25, 2020)
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From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our age in human history, so superficially turbulent, is actually defined by stagnation, repetition, deadlocks, and decayToday the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality-television politics, the deeper r...
Fareed Zakaria
Feb 16, 2020
I benefitted from reading this strikingly well-written book that ranges widely and intelligently over politics, economics, and culture, and captures something very essential about America today.     source
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Erdogan's Empire
Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East
by Soner Cagaptay (Sep 19, 2019)
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Gradually since 2003, Turkey's autocratic leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to make Turkey a great power -- in the tradition of past Turkish leaders from the late Ottoman sultans to Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Here the leading authority Soner Cagaptay, author of The New Sultan -- the first biography of President Erdogan -- provides ...
Fareed Zakaria
Feb 12, 2020
This is the best book on Turkey today. Well-written, with good, short sections on the country's past, that then shed light on its present.      source
Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
by Tim Marshall (Oct 11, 2016)
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In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments o...
Fareed Zakaria
Dec 08, 2019
Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics, by Time Marshall. This is a good idea superbly executed. The book explains the world starting with geography, which in many ways is an idea of a starting point. It explains Russia, Ukraine, Kashmir, Tibet, Iraq, all through the rich lands of the map.     source
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The American Story
Conversations with Master Historians
by David M. Rubenstein (Oct 29, 2019)
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Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians.In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects theyve come to so intimately know and under...
Fareed Zakaria
Dec 01, 2019
It is superbly done, making for a rich wide-ranging discussion of American history. But because of the format, a very engaging one that is very easy to read and reread.     source
Don't Be Evil
How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us
by Rana Foroohar (Nov 05, 2019)
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A penetrating indictment of how todays largest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, our social fabric, and our mindsfrom an acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst  Dont be evil was enshrined as Googles corporate mantra back in its early days, when the companys cheerful logo still conveyed the utopian vision for a fut...
Fareed Zakaria
Nov 10, 2019
This is a fascinating highly engaging account of the rise of big technology companies and how they have betrayed their ideals and endangered American democracy. It will make you think hard about something we tend to simply accept as normal. The way technology now dominates our lives and societies.     source
Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
by Rachel Maddow (Oct 01, 2019)
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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on EarthBig Oil and Gas Versus DemocracyWinner Take All Rachel Maddows Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey a...
Fareed Zakaria
Oct 30, 2019
“Blowout” is a brilliant description of many of the problems caused by our reliance on fossil fuels. But it does not provide a path out of the darkness. My take on @maddow's latest book:     source
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The Meritocracy Trap
How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite
by Daniel Markovits (Sep 10, 2019)
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A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracy It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal - that social and economic rewards should follow achievement ra...
Fareed Zakaria
Oct 06, 2019
This is the most interesting and provocative book I have read in a while. The author sits atop America's meritocracy. He is a Yale Law School Professor. But he argues that it has become a deeply dysfunctional and pernicious system causing crazed competition and anxiety for those on the inside succeeding and the sense of exclusion and isolation for those on the outside.     source
Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
by Malcolm Gladwell (Sep 10, 2019)
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Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers -- and why they often go wrong.How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual as...
Fareed Zakaria
Sep 22, 2019
I would say to you, it's a very good formula, and he executes it so well, making this book compulsively readable and insightful. Like all of his work, agree or not, it will make you think.     source
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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves
One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
by Jason DeParle (Aug 20, 2019)
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"No matter your politics or home country this will change how you think about the movement of people between poor and rich of the best books on immigration written in a generation." --Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted The definitive chronicle of our new age of global migration, told through the multi-generational saga of a Filipino...
Fareed Zakaria
Aug 20, 2019
This is the best book on immigration I've read. Three decades ago, Jason DeParle moved into the Manila slums with the family. He chronicles their immigration story but through it tells the larger tale of what it all means. His empathy, intelligence and good writing shine through every page     source
The Professor and the Madman
A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester (Jan 01, 2005)
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The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertak...
Fareed Zakaria
Aug 11, 2019
As always, Winchester is a great story-teller. I just got around to reading this book. It's been around for a while. But it is an unbelievable tale, one that reminds us of the extraordinary range, depth and beauty of the English language. It will be a perfect book for the beach.     source
Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe
From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day
by Sheri Berman (Feb 01, 2019)
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At the end of the twentieth century, many believed the story of European political development had come to an end. Modern democracy began in Europe, but for hundreds of years it competed with various forms of dictatorship. Now, though, the entire continent was in the democratic camp for the first time in history. But within a decade, this story had...
Fareed Zakaria
Jul 28, 2019
This is a superb historical study of the forces that produce democracy and threaten its survival.     source
The Death of Truth
Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
by Michiko Kakutani (Jul 17, 2018)
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A stirring and incisive manifesto on America's slide away from truth and reason. Over the last three decades, Michiko Kakutani has been thinking and writing about the demise of objective truth in popular culture, academia, and contemporary politics. In The Death of Truth, she connects the dots to reveal the slow march of untruth up to our present ...
Fareed Zakaria
Jan 27, 2019
We all see that truth and facts have become endangered species, but we're not really aware of why and when it happened. It didn't start with Trump, argues Kakutani in this rich, erudite book. She brilliantly explains the cultural and political forces that brought us to our current sorry condition -- a must read.      source
Hundred-Year Marathon
by Michael Pillsbury (Mar 15, 2016)
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One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop...
Fareed Zakaria
Jan 06, 2019
I very much advocate people read it because it's a very thoughtful book about what China might -- you know, what Chinese intentions are in this longer term.      source
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari (Aug 20, 2019)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today's most pressing issues."Fascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century."--Bill Gates...
Fareed Zakaria
Dec 09, 2018
If you liked “Sapiens” or “Homo Deus,” you will enjoy this wide-ranging, speculative look at the world today and where it is going — fascinating big think.     source
The Guarded Gate
Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
by Daniel Okrent (May 19, 2020)
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Categories: HistoryNonfiction
NAMED ONE OF THE “100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR” BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW From the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—this “rigorously historical” (The Washington Post) and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America keep out “inferiors” in the 1920s is “a sobering, valuable contribution to discu...
Fareed Zakaria
A gripping account of a dark wave in American history.     source
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Destined for War
Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
by Graham Allison (Aug 07, 2018)
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR | SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 LIONEL GELBER PRIZE | NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES (LONDON) * AMAZON  “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.”— JOE BIDEN, former vice president of the United States   China and the United States are heading towar...
Fareed Zakaria
A very smart and important book.     source
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Hit Makers
How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction
by Derek Thompson (Feb 06, 2018)
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Nothing "goes viral." If you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. Each blockbuster has a secret history--of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. Even the ...
Fareed Zakaria
Superb.     source
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Lee Kuan Yew
The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Belfer Center Studies in International Security)
by Graham Allison (Feb 01, 2013)
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Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization, geopolitics, economic growth, and democracy.When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom d...
Fareed Zakaria
Packed with intelligence and insight. If you are interested in the future of Asia, which means the future of the world, you've got to read this book.     source
The World Is Flat 3.0
A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
by Thomas L. Friedman (Aug 07, 2007)
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A New Edition of the Phenomenal #1 Bestseller"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times reviewing The World Is Flat in 2005. In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to ...
Fareed Zakaria
This book's insight is true and deeply important. The metaphor of a flat world, used by the author to describe the next phase of globalization, is ingenious.     source