Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslim Really Think? by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed

The post-9/11 era has been characterized by an extremist Islamic movement shaping the contemporary American belief about Muslims and their association with terrorism, anti-Americanism and dictatorship and Muslims really perceive the world, democracy and America has yet to be explored. Who Speaks for Islam strives to shed light on the Muslim perspective on contemporary issues and examines their point of view on a variety of subject matters via tens of thousands of hour-long, face-to-face interviews with residents of more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations from diverse backgrounds. Who Speaks for Islam is a collection of the voices of a billion Muslims on Islam, democracy, terrorism and many other controversial issues.




The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

Followed by his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes the characteristics of a new era the world is entering in which the United States no longer has its ultimate influence over global economy, politics and culture. The Post-American World demonstrates how the growth of other countries, e.g. China, India, Brazil and Russia, will restructure the world order and how this might lead to potential global problems. The Post-American World is a must read with its invaluable insight into the elements of the new international climate and imagination into future world politics. 



The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman

The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State is a short, yet incisive book by a specialist in Islamic political thought, which dwells upon the history, ideals and the evolution of the Islamic legal system, sharia, and seeks to provide answers to some of the mostly debated questions; What is sharia? Why is it so popular? Can it succeed? Employing wide-ranging discussions and nuanced reasoning, Feldman argues that only the restoration of the authority of sharia can move the modern Muslim-majority nations beyond their illiberal democratic systems. Feldman demonstrates that it is indeed the marginalization of legal scholars, not sharia, that is accountable for the autocracies in many Muslim countries and this have caused serious consequences for the development of despotisms with an Islamic face. The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State is a must read who wants to understand the intricacies between democracy and Islam.



The Venturesome Economy by Amar Bhide

 In The Venturesome Economy, Bhide makes a elusive argument contradicting the common expert opinion that America's capacity for innovation and its prosperity are threatened by the technological rise of China and India. Bhide, quite the contrary, through the utilization of extensive field studies on venture-capital-backed businesses, maintains that technological innovation does not necessarily yield economic growth. Instead, he states, it is not the innovations that matter, rather how these technologies are used will determine the extent of economic payoff in the long run. Bhide inserts that a venturesome economy benefits from the technological advances produced abroad as they can lead to advanced products and technologies home. The Venturesome Economy provides an eloquent description between science and technology and venturesome entrepreneurship.




A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East by Lawrence Freedman

Freedom, a historian and a security analyst, strives to demonstrate the predicament between the American foreign policy and the Middle East. In A Choice of Enemies, he analyzes three key events in 1978-1979 and its contribution to the establishment of the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East in the next thirty years. Freedom asserts that The Camp David summit, the Iranian Islamic revolution and the socialist revolution in Afghanistan and the America’s strategic choices in these events has shaped the current American attitudes towards the Middle East and led us to where we are today.




The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (The American Empire Project) by Andrew J. Bacevich

The Limits of Power, authored by a retired army colonel, is a critique of the contemporary American exceptionalism and its proclivity for empire and sense of entitlement, rather stressing the importance of the role of the citizenry and its role in the current economic, political and military crisis. While offering insightful feedback on the Bush administration and its ill-advised strategies, Bacevich does the put the sole blame on the military or the Bush administration, but rather demonstrates how the civilian population is ultimately accountable via historical analysis and searing observations. The Limits of Power is a compelling book that makes the reader understand the intricacies of responsible citizenship.