|WHAT'S TRUE: President Obama read (and was photographed carrying) the book The Post-American World.|
|WHAT'S FALSE: The Post-American World is a book offering "a Muslim's view of a defeated America."|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2008]
Hussein Obama with a book in his hands. He's reading "The Post-American World" — it's a Muslim's view of a defeated America!
Origins: The above-displayed photographs of Barack Obama carrying (and presumably reading) the best-selling book, The Post-American World, is a real one, snapped by Doug Mills of the
The The Post-American World was written by Fareed Zakaria, an Indian-born political journalist (commonly described as a "political moderate") who specializes in world affairs and has written for (and edited) U.S. national news publications, hosted U.S. television news programs, and authored several books on international issues. A Village Voice profile described Zakaria (a naturalized citizen of the United States) thusly:
His own upbringing was open-minded and secular; he sang Christian hymns at school and celebrated Hindu as well as his own Muslim holidays. "I do know a lot about the world of Islam in an instinctive way that you can't get through book learning," he says thoughtfully, but admits he finds the role of token Muslim explainer in the American media slightly uncomfortable. "I occasionally find myself reluctant to be pulled into a world that's not mine, in the sense that I'm not a religious guy."
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- Lush Life by Richard Price, a story of race and class set in
New York'sLower East Side.
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- John Adams by David McCullough, a biography of the Founding Father and
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- All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, the story of a blind French girl and a reluctant German soldier whose lives converge in the French coastal town of Saint Malo.
- The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, a work that explores the harmful impact of humans on the planet.
- The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri, which tells the story of two brothers in Calcutta India in the 1960s who share everything but begin to pull apart as they grow older.
- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a meditation of race in America in the form of a letter from the author to his adolescent son.
- Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow, the historian who penned the biography of Alexander Hamilton that the musical "Hamilton" is based on.
Last updated: 14 August 2015
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