What We Are Reading Today: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria

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Updated 04 October 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria

CNN host and  author Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: The political, social, technological, and economic impacts that may take years to unfold.

In the form of 10 straightforward “lessons,” covering topics from globalization and threat-preparedness to inequality and technological advancement, Zakaria creates a structure for readers to begin thinking beyond the immediate impacts of COVID-19. 

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World speaks to past, present, and future, and, while urgent and timely, is sure to become an enduring staple, said a recent review.

In the book’s strongest sections, Zakaria argues that America needs a less fragmented and gridlocked government bureaucracy to cope with health threats, and he calls for more honesty and empathy from scientists, and foresees accelerated migration of work and life onto the internet. 

He anthropomorphizes COVID-19 as “nature’s revenge” for overpopulation and human environmental encroachments, and suggests that “promoting healthier diets” will help to prevent the next pandemic. 

He is the author of several books, including The Future of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. 

His new book, The Post American World, was published in May 2008 and became an instant best-seller.


What We Are Reading Today: Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough

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What We Are Reading Today: Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough

In Saving Freedom, Joe Scarborough focuses on former US President Harry Truman’s foreign policy achievements. 

Scarborough brings a deft touch to his storytelling and analysis of Harry Truman’s foreign policy successes. 

“He translates this well to the challenges that remain now for a new American administration,” said a review in goodreads.com.

“The story of the passage of the Truman doctrine is an inspiring tale of American leadership, bipartisan unity, and courage in the face of an antidemocratic threat,” i added. 

Saving Freedom highlights a pivotal moment of the 20th Century, a turning point where patriotic Americans worked together to defeat tyranny.

Truman had been vice president for less than three months when then-President Franklin Roosevelt died. Suddenly inaugurated the leader of the free world, the plainspoken Truman candidly told reporters he, “felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.”

Scarborough is an American cable news and talk radio host, lawyer, author, and former politician.