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What the smart people are reading

November 29, 2011

The other day Foreign Policy released their list of the top 100 global thinkers. In addition to this list, they also put out a list of the top book recommendations from the global thinkers. I have included the top 10 books below:

The Global Thinkers’ Book Club

  1. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (2009) by Liaquat Ahamed
  2. Why the West Rules — for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future (2010) by Ian Morris
  3. Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011) by Niall Ferguson
  4. Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World Even More (2011) by Charles Kenny
  5. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (2011) by Steven Pinker
  6. Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (2011) by Sylvia Nasar
  7. Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World (2010) by Doug Saunders
  8. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency (2011) by Micah Sifry
  9. Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future (2010) by Robert Bryce
  10. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (2011) by Daniel Yergin

I have not read any of the books on this list. Have you?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 29, 2011 7:53 pm

    Haven’t read. And have only heard of one (Ferguson’s). And must confess none of them looks like I’ll be buying. Would rather have Kristof’s “Half the Sky.”

    • December 5, 2011 6:20 pm

      I don’t understand this line of thinking. “Half the Sky” is just one book and it focuses on just one aspect of helping people in developing countries. How can you say that you will only read that one book and no other books that might help you to better understand how the world works, the issues involved in helping others, and the best practices in helping?

  2. November 29, 2011 9:15 pm

    I’ve been meaning to tell you about these books. Read them, all.


    • November 30, 2011 9:24 am

      Uh huh. Why do I not believe you?

  3. Jenny permalink
    November 30, 2011 9:10 am

    I have only read four of them. It’s been a busy semester. But “The Lords of Finance” was for sure worth it.

    • November 30, 2011 9:27 am

      There is about as much chance that you read four of those books as I read the twilight series

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