Hot, Flat, And Crowded (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.95), by Thomas Friedman, considers the situation as our Earth heats up, becomes more crowded, and poorer nations fall behind in the global economy. With his customary élan, Friedman explains how we are all connected. U.S. policies that promote consumption of vast quantities of oil are not only bad for the Earth, but are politically unsound. The United States must lead efforts to develop energy alternatives that would 1) free us from our dependence on petro-dictatorships and 2) help preserve the Earth, oceans, and biodiversity.

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ISBN: 9780312428921
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Published: Picador - November 24th, 2009

The Post-American World (W.W. Norton, $25.95), by Fareed Zakaria, is a wise and succinct overview of the political changes in the world: the rise of China and India, especially, but of many other nations as well. Zakaria well understands that the United States is vitally important to world stability, but he says that we must play a different role, one involving consultation, cooperation, and compromise. Above all, we must stop “cowering in fear from the other.” 

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2012