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Power Reading

On the CBS EVENING NEWS, Katie Couric asks candidates from both parties which book, other than the Bible, they would bring with them to the White House and posits:

"It's true you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can tell a lot about a person by what he or she reads."

Find out what the candidates said on the CBS NEWS Web site.

What do you think?

  • Do you agree that you can tell a lot about a person from what he or she reads?
  • Were you surprised by what the candidates picked?
  • What one book do you want your next president to read?

    Greetings to all. This is Bill Moyers, and I want you to know I read every offering this evening. I wish that I could answer all of them because each one of you has made an interesting suggestion for a book. We'll give air time to a few next Friday night and put out a press release with a list of all the books recommended. I appreciate very much your taking the invitation seriously.

    Bill Moyers

    (Please note that due to your overwhelming response our "complete list" keeps growing and growing. We invite you to view our books feature, complete with slideshow of popular suggestions and video of authors, as well as, peruse all the suggestions on the blog.)

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    (Please note that due to your overwhelming response our "complete list" keeps growing and growing. We invite you to view our books feature, complete with slideshow of popular suggestions and video of authors, as well as, peruse all the suggestions on the blog.)

    Here are the current top titles.

    • Naomi Klein, THE SHOCK DOCTRINE


    • Kim Michaels, THE ART OF NON-WAR

    • Jared Diamond, COLLAPSE

    • Chalmers Johnson, BLOWBACK triology



    • David Cay Johnston, FREE LUNCH

    • George Orwell, 1984/ANIMAL FARM


    • Greg Mortenson, THREE CUPS OF TEA

    • Barbara Ehrenreich, NICKLE AND DIMED

    • Barbara Tuchman, MARCH OF FOLLY

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin, TEAM OF RIVALS

    • David Korten, THE GREAT TURNING

    • John Steinbeck, THE GRAPES OF WRATH

    • Ayn Rand, ATLAS SHRUGGED



    • James Carroll, HOUSE OF WAR

    • Thomas Friedman, THE WORLD IS FLAT

    • Lao Tzu, TE TAO CHING

    • Tim Weiner, LEGACY OF ASHES


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    “Self and World, An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism” by Eli Siegel as well as many other writings of this author would help any president see reality more accurately, understand the dangers of “contempt” and be better equipped to be against it in him/herself an others. In addition Eli Siegel’s writings can provide the reader an understanding of the very practical use of art as well as an explanation of what makes something beautiful.

    There is not a book that I have read and could suggest that upon learning factually that the President of the United States has not read that would not stir in me a profound and nervous trembling. With that, my desire is that the next Title Holder takes into office with themselves the ability to read the will of the people authored by the people of course.

    Christa Wolf. Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays.

    Day of empire: how hyerpowers rise to global dominance -- and why they fall by Amy Chua (Yale law prof) Doubleday, 2007
    A very readable history of those who achieved being a single super power and how they failed. Great read! see UCLA Berkley on the web 'Conversations with History' for an interview with this author.

    I highly recommend Kim Michael's The Art of Non-War. Humanity has tried war for thousands of years and can we truly say that it has worked? Hasn't there been enough suffering? Has there ever been a war that was the end of all wars? This book is the roadmap out of the state of consciousness that leads to the war into the consciousness of peace. My hope is that the next president raises his or her consciousness and reads this book and puts it into action.

    Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart - so that America can be led back to some basics: honesty, humility, the dangers inherent in patriarchy and how to recognize human dignity in places not our own.

    "The Art of Non-War" by Kim Michaels truly illumines those high and noble ideals that will guide humanity to reach its full potential. At the same time, the message is applicable to today's challenges. I highly recommend the book for any leader who wants to influence the global society toward peaceful living.

    Dr. David Gruder’s latest book, The New IQ, shows how anyone can achieve lasting success, fulfillment and happiness through learning how to live in what he calls “3D integrity.” Dr. Gruder’s captivating writing style, revealing stories and step-by-step clarity reveal how, by embodying 3D integrity we not only can live our best possible life but how in doing this we become an inspiration to our families our co-workers and our communities.

    This book is definitely a must read for our next president and anyone working with him/her in any capacity. Most of the books recommended have supported specific issues (e.g., economy, foreign policy, health care system) needing upgrades in our country. In contrast, The New IQ shows how creating “the change” we all want to embrace in the USA can only happen when our leaders clearly understand and embrace integrity; when they truly grasp how integrity is the foundation that effects every person and every issue, everywhere and every day.

    Integrity is the core intention that guides wisdom in moving society forward and changing the world to a more peaceful place for us all. When our president begins to grasp that change comes from living in “3D integrity,” he/she will know integrity is the foundation that will affect everything he/she will do in office. The one book that will best help him/her see is Dr. Gruder’s book on integrity intelligence, The New IQ. In fact, if the president is truly wise, s/he will have gone through an Integrity Makeover him/herself.

    All other books recommended on this page pale in comparison to what The New IQ can do to enhance our president’s confidence, effectiveness and popularity. We need our president to be the long awaited leader, with integrity, to better serve our citizens, our communities, our country and our world.
    Jamie Johnson, Wellness, 3D Integrity and Personal Effectiveness Coach, Boston, MA

    I'm a little late to the party, I know. That's the downside of DVRing the show, Mr. Moyers.

    But I'd like our next president to enter the White House with a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (The Riverside Shakespeare is my favorite all-in-one edition, by the way.)

    No, I'm not an English teacher or, I hope, pretentious. But I think our next president will find in Shakespeare the reflections on power that would serve any leader well to heed.

    Above all,leaders must never forget their humanity.

    King Henry IV (from Part II), speaking of sleep, for example -

    Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose
    To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,
    And in the calmest and most stillest night,
    With all appliances and means to boot,
    Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!
    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

    Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States" is must reading.

    I would also recommend:

    Paul Krugman's "The Great Unraveling" and "The Conscience of a Liberal", his new book. Reading The Great Unraveling, a collection of his op-ed columns for the New York Times, one cannot fail to be impressed at how accurately Mr. Krugman has predicted the results of current policies. The Conscience of a Liberal provides a compelling argument that our current challenge is to regain the "New Deal" policies that both created and supported the American middle class, and therefore the society of opportunity, decency, and prosperity that is currently in a state of decline. Mr. Krugmans premise that capitalism does not support the middle class and the general welfare without the political will and institutions that mitigate the power of the wealthy is powerfully supported in this work.

    Finally, "Our Endangered Values" by former President Jimmy Carter speaks powerfully to those who see America's moral crisis as far more that the divisive issues forwarded by "the religious right".

    I am really dismayed that of all books recommended here - we are wanting change - one must have dialogs - everyone out there even for their own lives should read
    Speaking Peace: Connecting With Others Through Non-Violent Communication
    by Marshall B. Rosenberg
    or any of his other books get the DVD even showing live how to do it. This will change your life and that is where change begins for the whole world. And whomever is elected Get Rosenberg on your Cabinet to teach everyone this method.
    Enjoy and thanks for reading
    peace be with you always

    Book recommendations for the next President:
    Robert Reich's Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life.
    Robert Reich is doing important work on how capitalism has changed (and changed America) since the digital revolution, how "supercapitalism" is affecting public policy and the judicial system (squeezing out the public) and the lives of workers, and what to do about it.
    His book, offers clear discription and analysis of what has happened, and a recommendation for fundamental change in how corporations are legally viewed and treated (as bundles of contracts, not as people) in order to make government more democratic and responsive to the public. I may not agree with all of his conclusions, but I agree with his main points that we need to restore our democracy and that policy changes are necessary to make a better world. Changes in personal behavior alone are not enough.

    Mark E. Eberhart's Feeding the Fire, The Lost History & Uncertain Future of Mankind's Energy Addiction.
    Everhart gives a history of energy and imagination in human society and offers a way to tackle global warming and energy policy.
    -- In short, wishing will not make it happen, and just a carbon emissions tax by itself will not make it happen. We have to imagine the outcome we want and take planning steps to get we did with weapons for defense durning the Cold War. With the same kind of imagination, planning, and commitment by the government as we had during the Cold War with our weapons program, and with public commitment and a sense of national purpose, we can achieve our global warming and energy goals.

    I think the next President should read Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. The Goverment should be like us and not spend more that it makes.That results would make us a very powerful nation!

    "The travelers of Dark Night" by "Naseem Hijazi" is a good book especially for the persons who r intrested in the history of spain or one can say how the muslim empire fall after fernidad victoriously enters into Gharnata.

    Quite astonished to find two hustlers ("Where does the Money Go?") say Social Security is bust. Very cleverly, they did not actually SAY it but only implied it.

    Hey everyone, remember the President's "Personal retirement accounts" proposal a few years back? But it turned out SS had a huge surplus in fact and would still have 40 years out, even indefinitely if we allow modest adjustments along the way. However, the money has been borrowed for current accounts and repaying the SS trust fund proves awkward. But SS is the lender, not the villain! One more scary statement regarding deficit spending "31 out of 35 years" needs to be tempered. Deficit spending for capital improvement or other expectation of growth is a good purpose. It is not deficit spending itself but bad deficit spending over the last 7 years that is bad and is the true ill.

    So let's be accurate as to the problem first. After that, if you still want SS or Medicare to take the hit for it, be honest and say this why the benefits will not be there.

    Bill, Please don't tell me that you are a left-gatekeeper just like Amy Goodman and all the other goose-stepping corporate media sheeple-goons.

    1. OUTSOURSE(Fiction) Privitized military
    3.BALANCE of POWER by Richard Patterson (Gun Control) Have someone brief you...too wordy
    4. Genesis (BOOK on Tape VERSION) By Bill Moyers; authors' dicourse
    5.MAROON within US by Asa Hiliard; Education of our youth
    6.Throught the Storm, Beverly Jenkins Good love story

    Easy: I'd like our next president to read "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan.

    The only way people unable to march on Washington is writing letters en masse to networks.

    So, how I ask, is this any different from people organizing busloads of peaceful protestors for a march on Washington DC?

    The only difference occurs when broadcasters such as Bill Moyers uses the fact of the organized campaign to exclude discourse on the issue being highlighted by said campaign.

    If one hasn't the money, the time, the health and stamina to endure rough, even brutal, arrests and harsh detainment, as has happened since Bush took office, this is the only non-violent way to get the attention of our elected officials, who rely to a surprising extent on main stream media, to the exclusion of all else, for their take on public opinion.

    Bill Moyers isn't the first to use stonewalling to keep politically incorrect discourse out of the public eye by denigrating those of use who see internet campaigns as a letitimate means for peaceful protest. The Star Tribune editorials manager wrote recently that he won't print letters sent en masse via internet campaigns, as it isn't like an individual letter. No it isn't. It is the only thing the public can really do when the individual letters on these controversial and vital subjects are completely ignored and even ridiculed by main stream media for an unconscionably long time.

    Well PBS and Moyers are out, go to alternative media for the Truth, Bill Moyers is fresh out of it.
    Alfons v911t

    'The Art of Non-War' by Kim Michaels.

    A must read is A Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnson and " The Future of Freedom" by Fareed Zakaria

    And the Poor Get Children: Sex, Contraception, and Family Planning in the Working Class," by Lee Rainwater is the book I recommend. The next president needs to have read this already and needs to understand how many social problems are caused by overpopulation

    "And the Poor Get Children: Sex, Contraception, and Family Planning in the Working Class," by Lee Rainwater is the book I recommend. The next president needs to have read this already and needs to understand how many social problems are caused by overpopulation.

    I think the next president needs to have read many books on overpopulation and how it affects so many different social problems. If I can name only one book it is: "And the Poor Get Children: Sex, Contraception, and Family Planning in the Working Class," by Lee Rainwater.

    Presidential Reading

    A late comment, but it just occurred because someone suggested
    "Grapes of Wrath".

    "America and Americans" is an amazing critique, written over 40
    years ago with lots great insight.

    Read Margaret Atwood's the Handmaid's Tale about a fundamentalist takeover of the USA. Gets more valid everyday. Brave New World and 1984 make a great trilogy.

    The book Thirteen Days or another on the interaction of JFK's advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which sharply different views were discussed. The next President must surround himself with smart people who will differ with him and each other and discuss frankly differing ways to resolve issues.

    Chalmers Johnson, by all means, should be read by our next president, especially The Sorrows of Empire : Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. All US Americans, and especially our leaders, need to be keenly aware of what an imperialistic nation we have become and of the unintended consequences. Empires are unlikely to endure when their military presence is so intensely resented by the nations they occupy, especially if those nations have been invaded or are being dominated by a plutocratic or oligarchic elite.

    Chalmers Johnson, by all means, should be read by our next president, especially The sorrows of Empire : Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. All US Americans, and especially our leaders, need to be keenly aware of what an imperialistic nation we have become and of the unintended consequences. Empires are unlikely to endure when their military presence is so intensely resented by the nations they occupy, especially if those nations have been invaded or are being dominated by a plutocratic or oligarchic elite.

    Chalmers Johnson, by all means, should be read by our next president, especially The sorrows of Empire : Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. All US Americans, and especially our leaders, need to be keenly aware of what an imperialistic nation we have become and of the unintended consequences. Empires are unlikely to endure when their military presence is so intensely resented by the nations they occupy, especially if those nations have been invaded or are being dominated by a plutocratic or oligarchic elite.

    "shock doctrine" by Naomi Klein

    "conscience of a liberal" Paul Krugman

    "twilight in the Desert" Matthew Simmons

    "The Long Emergency" James Kunstler

    The next president faces some absolutely impossible problems. Most created by our current administration. If our next President doesn't get it right, we'll end up with another GW Bush, and that would spell the end of the American experiment, if it hasn't already.

    "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution" - Bernard Bailyn. No one in Washington seems to remember that we were and are the beneficiaries of a longer struggle, knowledge of which would help determine answers to many current problems.

    The ‘Free Lunch’ by David Cay Johnston is shocking, informative and deeply disturbing. The chapter Home Robbery reveals monopolistic price fixing by four Title companies. One could conclude they along with the banks and Wall Street have headed the US towards a recession. Mr. Johnston reveals fraud at all levels of government and the free enterprise part of our system. Superb reporting. A must read.

    Bill, I'd recommend the next president read and keep available John Nichols' "The Genius of Impeachment" in addition to a copy of the US Constitution.

    Free Lunch
    The Grapes of Wrath
    The Two Income Trap

    Atlas Shrugged!? Are you &%$@#(*! kidding me?!

    I recommend highly any of David Ray Griffin's 9/11 books, in particular "Debunking 9/11 Debunking", plus Michael Ruppert's well-researched volume "Crossing the Rubicon: The American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil". Also, "By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Agent" .

    Hey Bill,
    I believe in Hillary. My concern is she is being abused by the media.
    This is a VERY important concern...Why does the media ask Barack strategy questions while they ask Hillary details about her policies/plans? This is in no way the same. Does the media believe Barack has no plan?... or is incapable of answering specific detail questions? I am not certain.
    How might you facilitate this equality?
    I am hopeful you will find a way as I believe you to be an incredibly honest reporter.
    Barack's media questions catch momentum (they are general and almost always about strategy), while the ones asked of Hillary are focused on the details of her plan implementations and not at all about strategy. The questions are not only VERY dissimilar, they are misleading. They also give credence ambiguity.
    My question to you is...How might you encourage the media to ask (each candidate) similar questions and/or how might you find a way for these questions to be more equitable?
    I hope you choose to be mindful of this and I'd appreciate a response.

    I'm late to the party, but I do agree most heartily with the person who suggested Andrew Bacevich's "The New American Militarism." It's the one and only book I bought and gave to my new Congressman.

    Greetings Mr. Moyers,

    I have not read all the books in the list, but I’m not running for president. I’ll recommend Animal Farm and 1984, both by George Orwell. Wouldn’t he be saying: “I told you so”.

    I had the chance to communicate with a journalist friend of mine who used to work for the New York Times. He has been writing books and making public appearances all over the country. I sent him a copy of the note I wrote in your blog, and as friends, I asked him to help me ease my concern about this country. Mr. Moyers, I was so depressed when I read his reply, this is what he wrote me: “first of all it is great to hear form you. Secondly, you are right. The country is dying. I certainly try to fight back, but I can't, like most who warn about what is happening, get much hearing above the noise pollution of television and the ridiculous slogans and clichés that infect all public discourse, including education, but I keep trying and will keep trying. This is the best we can do”.

    First of all I didn’t write that the country is dying. I said it was bleeding, and yes, bleeding can cause dead, but not if you do something about it. Why am I the only one, who is so sure that this country can make it? Could it be maybe because I have witnessed change? I lived in Bogotá when Antanas Mockus changed that city; it was like experiencing something out of this world. I have the feeling that most people link change to communism. This is, in my opinion, the biggest fear people have when it comes to change. Actually, when positive change occurs, everybody benefit from it.

    Why can we come to some conclusions fast? These are my own personal conclusions:

    1. Those who govern us should have the highest level of education, and in addition, to be endowed with integrity and poise
    2. To only think in the benefit of “few” is the wrong formula
    3. Positive change has nothing to do with communism, and it is possible
    4. The average human brain is structured for fascism (as Mr. E. L. Dortorow states in his interview with Mr. Moyers back in 1988)
    5. A president should never have carte blanche
    6. We have our brain to preserve not to destroy
    7. You shall not kill in the name of GOD
    8. In regimes like the current one, crime escalates in geometrical proportion
    9. The time has come to be conscious
    10. United States of America will rock as a true leader

    I’m sorry if I keep bothering you Mr. Moyers. I write with my heart, and I can only see the good in this country. Of course, I also see the huge elephant in the room, how could I not? Mr. Moyer, I hope you know I have an enormous admiration and respect for you.


    Since I could not have a said it better myself, I will just ditto this comment: "The next President should not only read and bring to the White House "Citizen Power" by Mike Gravel, but should encourage the American people to sign into law the "National Initiative" which when enacted into law will make "We the People" lawmakers."

    In accordance with all the Moyersly fairness, I expected a list of books with actual number of recommendations for each, top down, instead of an editoialized rundown on the actual TV report and on this site.

    This sour note is not entirely because the book I recommended, The Israel Lobby, is nowhere to be seen.

    I hope the final accurate accounting is yet to come.

    Thank you for your due attention.
    Best regards to you all.

    E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web"
    To remember the simplistic interconnectedness of our living world.

    Dear Mr. Moyers,
    Thank you for your excellent programs.

    My first choice is The Battle for God, A History of Fundamentalism, by Karen Armstrong.

    As a country, we are experiencing the consequences of over a hundred years of misjudgment, ignorance, and arrogance in our dealings with foreign countries, especially those with natural resources coveted by our corporations and our government. Currently, we are in a time again when corporations and the Administration seem operating more as a unit than as separate parts in our economy.

    Unless our new President has in-depth understanding of this terrible history, foreign policy decisions will continue to be deeply flawed, jeopardizing our national security. Karen Armstrong identifies linkage of foreign policies with consequences in the evolution of religious perspectives into those with which we are now confronted. She also traces the evolution of fundamentalism in the U.S. The focus on Jesus did not arrive on these shores with the Puritans. It evolved here in response to fear. Fear is at the root of fundamentalism everywhere, but how it is expressed depends on the culture being stressed.

    Religious perspective can strengthen hope and provide energy to do great good in the world. It can also destroy, distort, mislead, and contaminate. The next President must have knowledge of the role U.S. foreign policy has contributed to the terrible challenges we as a nation face in the world and within our boundaries.
    D. Stauber

    The Art of Non-war by Kim Michaels

    I've skimmed through most of the suggestions here, and seen some excellent suggestions as well as some rather foolish ones.

    The major underlying cause of most of our world's problems stems from extremely sophisticated systematic economic exploitation. Show me any problem, from environmental pollution, climate change, genocide, poverty, war, and man's brutality to his fellow man, and I can relate it's root causes to economic exploitation that begins with our central banking system and a ruthless cabal of international bankers and financiers whose goal is to monopolize the world's wealth and thereby control the world's people.

    Therefore, the single most important book would be one that points to road to workable economic and currency reforms. Milton Friedman was on the right track, but the only comprehensive study I've ever seen on a solution to our economic crisis is in the book, "The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money - The Story of Power" by Steven Zarlenga, head of the American Monetary Institute at

    Nothing will change our steady course to disaster until we correct the fundamental flaw of creating money out of public debt. Our next president should also see the videos "Money as Debt" and "The Money Masters".

    Until these fundamentally unsound and unsustainable banking and currency creation practices are corrected, all other measures, books, treatises, and ethical tomes will amount to no more than a hill of beans. And Ron Paul may recognize the problem, but he doesn't understand that his Rx is worse than the disease.

    People, especially our leaders, simply must learn the truth about how our money is created, and by whom, and how that power must be returned to the people's legitimate governments.

    Zinn's books, as well as Korten's "When Corporations Rule the World" along with anything by Thom Hartman would also be helpful. Oh yes, and John Perkins, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" and "The Creature from Jekyll Island" by Griffin would be helpful. "The case against the Fed, by Murray Rothbard sums up the problem, but the Austrian School is way off base about the solution. The Solution is in Zarlenga's book on Money.

    An Avid Reader

    The Trial by Franz Kafka.

    The first line goes likes this:

    "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning."

    A couple pages later, K. is talking to two strange men who have inexplicably showed up at his home while he slept. K. tries to go out.

    "No," said the man at the window.... "You can't go out, you are arrested." "So it seems," said K. "But what for?" he added. "We are not authorized to tell you that. Go to your room and wait there. Proceedings have been instituted against you, and you will be informed of everything in due course."

    K. is never informed. But in trying to discover why he has been arrested, he weaves his way through a justice system filled with secrecy, paranoia and cronyism.

    In the past I would have laughed at the absurdity of the characters and story. But now, in the shadow of Guantanamo, waterboarding, wiretapping and extraordinary rendition, this book has become frightening.

    Eighty years after publication, it is, sadly, a timely cautionary tale.

    "Eat the Rich" by P.J. O'Rourke.

    to keep economics, politics, and central control in iconoclastic perspective.

    Mr. Moyers,

    You owe it to your loyal viewers to disclose the book that has an "organized campaign" behind it. Please name the book and provide us with information on how you detected foul play.

    Many have suggested that the suspect book is "Debunking 9/11 Debunking." I have not read this book , but I plan to, having read two other books by author David Ray Griffin on the topic of 9/11.

    For those of your viewers who are uninitiated with Griffin, he is no Johnny-come-lately. His book "The New Pearl Harbor" should be on everyone's bookshelf, and that is why I had chosen that one for the next president's must-read. The other book that I own by Griffin is "The 9/11 Commission Report, Omissions and Distortions."

    Without having read "Debunking 9/11 Debunking,” I'm sure that it also lives up to the high standards of David Ray Griffin.

    Do us all a favor and tell us the truth. We can handle it. Griffin's followers already know the truth behind 9/11. We're just waiting for someone in the mainstream media to acknowledge what we already know.

    I just wanted to add "Antigone" by Sophocles. What better warning for the abuse of power by a ruler could there be other than the character of Creon?

    Too late? Oh, well I did enjoy reading the posted list. Many are my favorites, including Zinn's History, Grapes of Wrath, A brief History of the Universe, Tom Paines great books, Jonathan Kozol.

    Let me add one that was not mentioned: War Against the Weak: The Story of Eugenics... Author: Edwin Black. Until a nation knows where it has been, it can never know where it's going. The next president should keep a copy of this book by his/her side. The story of the "races" is essential to understanding America.

    Plan B 3.0, Lester Brown. no supporting argument required, a must read. In fact, any candidate should appoint Brown as part of his cabinet.

    More than anything, the next president needs to reconnect with the formative basics. Two books will help. "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine and "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill. I gave a copy of each to my three children. It also would not hurt for the next president to spend some time seriously studying both Washington's and Eisenhower's Farewell Addresses.

    An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Gandhi

    The next president could benefit for learning how make change peacefully and without violence.

    An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Gandhi

    The next president could benefit for learning how make change peacefully and without violence.

    When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. -- Sherlock Holmes

    To let your emotions and gut feelings, disguised as science, be arguments for a conspiracy is very dangerous and ill-advised. Not only does it erode your credibility and integrity, it also inhibits your ability to make quality decisions.

    Fancy talk about physics and chemistry from someone who has provided no scientific evidence to help clear up the many mysteries surrounding 9/11 such as, for example, why the collapse of Building 7 looks exactly like a classic controlled demolition. (Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth)

    As your own eyes witness — WTC Building #7 (a 47 story high-rise not hit by an airplane) exhibits all the characteristics of a classic controlled demolition with explosives:

    1. Rapid onset of “collapse”

    2. Sounds of explosions at ground floor - a full second prior to collapse (heard by hundreds of firemen and media reporters)

    3. Symmetrical “collapse” – through the path of greatest resistance – at nearly free-fall speed — the columns gave no resistance

    4. Squibs, or “mistimed” explosions, at the upper 7 floors seen in the network videos

    5. “Collapses” into its own footprint – with the steel skeleton broken up for shipment

    6. Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic dust clouds

    7. Tons of molten Metal found by CDI (Demolition Contractor) in basement (no other possible source than an incendiary cutting charge such as Thermate)

    8. Chemical signature of Thermate (high tech incendiary) found in slag, solidified molten metal, and dust samples by Physics professor Steven Jones, PhD.

    9. FEMA finds rapid oxidation and intergranular melting on structural steel samples

    10. Expert corroboration from the top European Controlled Demolition professional

    11. Fore-knowledge of “collapse” by media, NYPD, FDNY

    And exhibited none of the characteristics of destruction by fire, i.e.

    1. Slow onset with large visible deformations

    2. Asymmetrical collapse which follows the path of least resistance (laws of conservation of momentum would cause a falling, to the side most damaged by the fires)

    3. Evidence of fire temperatures capable of softening steel

    4. High-rise buildings with much larger, hotter, and longer lasting fires have never “collapsed”.

    I would like the next President to read LOSING JONATHAN by Robert and Linda Waxler

    I wish I could just not say anything, but my conscious won't let me. I've read quite a bit on both sides of the 9/11 Conspiracy and I am thoroughly exhausted. But I want to address the unnerving and confusing comments left by Frank. Sure some don’t want to look at 9/11 because of fear but I think most of us have learned a lesson about speaking out from Bush’s Iraq War. I am unashamed to look at the facts and reality of 9/11 and not believe in a conspiracy. The ‘book that screams that we are ignorant about basic physics’ is littered with inconsistencies about physical facts and grossly underestimates the real forces involved in the collapse of the towers and destruction of the planes and the loss of life. The plain fact is that the vast majority of people is ignorant of basic physics and cannot begin to grasp the enormity of the events on 9/11. I know this because 80% of College Students in my class did not pass the first year physics course, 75% did not pass first year Chemistry, and 30-40% did not even pass college algebra. If that’s the case, how can you expect even a well read and intelligent person to understand all the forces at work that brought down the towers and disintegrated the planes. Being a young student majoring in Physics I am dismayed that someone ignorant of physics tries to use it as a tool to call into question the integrity of our government and fellow citizens.

    Surely there are legitimate questions to ask about the attacks and clearly our government has not been as forthcoming and transparent as one would hope but to believe that the White House, the Bush Administration, and/or Congress had a role in planning or executing the attacks on 9/11 is ridiculous.

    To let your emotions and gut feelings, disguised as science, be arguments for a conspiracy is very dangerous and ill-advised. Not only does it erode your credibility and integrity, it also inhibits your ability to make quality decisions.

    Book suggestion:

    The Party's Over
    by Richard Heinberg

    So far, the concept of Peak Oil is still below the national radar, at least as far as the mainstream media is concerned. It was certainly not mentioned by any of the presidential candidates. Yet the peaking of world oil production which, if it has not already happened, is imminent in the next five to 8 years, is a watershed event that will require a sea change in our collective thinking and action. There are many good books out there on this subject, but Heinberg's is one of the most lucid and comprehensive. Absent an understanding of the ramifications of the end of cheap petroleum, all of the fine rhetoric of the candidates is meaningless. The presidential honeymoon with the American public is going to be very short lived, as the implications and consequences of the disappearance of cheap, available energy begin to manifest. Whoever occupies the Oval Office needs to be aware of what is coming down the pike to make some informed and tough decisions in order to prepare us for and navigate through some very difficult times.

    I thoroughly agree with the vast mojority of these suggestions; especially, The Shock Doctrine; the Chalmers "Blowback" trilogy; David C. Korten's When Corporations Rule the World; and Lao Tze's great Tao Te Ching; but I want to add a work of "fiction" that will give the president and the rest of us a glimpse of our likely future scenario: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This list is a very valuable resource and a very worthwhile accomplishment for which I'd like to thank Mr. Moyers and all the sincere contributors who have created it. Oh, yes, Taleb's The Black Swan should be on here, too. Thank you!

    I really do not care what he or she reads, as long as the president has the intelligence to tell the difference between fiction and non fiction.
    As long as he tells the truth and does not lie and mislead.
    If he or she wants to read a true work of fiction then I would suggest the book your being spammed with by the truth movement, Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin.
    I would follow that up with the white paper by Ray Mackay,Paper debunking Dr. Griffin, anyone at JERF can point you to it.
    If he or she wants some good non fiction historical works then those are easy to find.
    If the president does not have the knowledge already to lead this country then why are we electing them to office.
    A book read now will not make much difference, however if they just want a short read just for fun, here is something to consider.

    Please read "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston

    What was the title and author of the book Bill Moyer recommended as his possible must read for a president last Friday on his Journal?

    Why does it seem that we have all lost track of the essential foundations of our country and culture. As so often happens, the farther removed on is from the source the easier it becomes to discount that sources meaning and impact. For that reason the President, and indeed all of us, should read and think about a return to Common Sense by Thomas Paine. And if we truly take to heart the ideas and words that make our nation great it is about time for a new revolution. Let the voting begin.

    "Man without a Country" by Kurt Vonnegut. Summarizes it in a nanosecond.

    I sure would like to read the book suggestions you recieved. However, I simply do not have the time to scroll through the blog. Whats the chance of producing a compiled list without the comentary or duplicates. Perhaps a number after the title could give an indication of popularity.

    The book I recommend for the new president is "The Conscience of a Liberal" by Paul Krugman and see the movie "Nickeled and Dimed" (or read this book also)

    To those that are frustrated by Bill Moyer's (PBS) refusal to mention David Ray Griffin's book Debunking 9/11 Debunking,

    I share the same frustration.

    You have a well-respected man like Bill Moyers leave PBS for a while after creating a show called NOW, only to return to create the best show on television (in my opinion). His valuable show posted for all to see at 10:00 pm. A well-respected man refuses to mention a book that screams that we are ignorant about basic physics as we refuse to relook at the collapse of WTC Buildings 1, 2, and 7 on 9/11/01.

    It shows how strong deception really is. Just by what people write in this blog, and how they write it, shows that the people are well-read. But, I ask myself what sort of action, or what event will it take before I act to expose this conspiracy theory (a term and only a term) as I sit comfortable with plenty of food.

    There’s the analogy where a kid at a party set the music at a certain volume, when the parents aren’t looking, he turns it up a little, no one notices, then he turns it up a little more, and no one notices, and so on . . . .

    Seems like we don’t want to turn the volume down, for fear of being unpopular. And we don’t want to look at 9/11 for same fear.


    Concerning ecology and farmland as well as the exploitation of farmland by agribusiness, I recommend "The Citizenship Papers" by Wendell Berry. He writes like a Tom Paine and I agree as a black woman with most of what this white male Kentucky poet laureate, farmer has to say about we the people.

    Thanks for doing this,
    Phyllis Griffin

    The next president will be answering not only the call of his or her own soul to lead a great nation people, but as the leader of the United States he or she will be answering a higher call from the global community to lead the way to restore the balance of life on the planet.

    There are three books that are essential reading:
    #1. Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
    #2. Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas
    #3. Awakening the World by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.

    With gratitude,

    Well, the results are in and it looks like David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" did not make the grade -- even though it was recommended numerous times by several people posting under this blog. I guess the lesson here is simple: If you're lazy and silent about your views of the world, that's a good thing. Because having been passionate about promoting my book of choice through fair, organized and rigorous activism has only served place it in some kind of Bill Moyers rogue’s gallery of blackballed books on truth.

    What a remarkably incomprehensive and undemocratic book selection process this has been.

    Oh and BTW the so called "cable show" Wieck is spewing about is his own show of which is a full blown far Reich wing disinfo ministry that would have made Joseph Goebbels blush.
    Anybody with any sense would never appear on such a show when they know all it would be is a bunch of mouth breathers without a clue yelling at you from all sides simultaneously.

    You are either brain dead or a paid disinfo agent.
    Just Google Ron Wieck also known as "Pomeroo" and that will tell you all you need to know about this creep.

    Sorry Wieck but I just read that so called "white paper" and it was absolute drivel, it debunked nothing whatsoever in fact after reading it anyone with any sense would come away totally convinced that David Ray Griffin and the many others mentioned in his books are 100% correct.

    Thanks for the laugh.


    Chomsky's entire body of political work is really one long book, so that would be it. If I had to pick one, his most recent Failed States is an excellent pulling together of all of his previous work, and with exceptionally insightful commentary on how the past fits into the present, and what kind of future we're headed towards if we don't start successfully changing our country for the better.

    Web of Debt by Ellen Brown

    Web of Debt by Ellen Brown

    Web of Debt by Ellen Brown

    A myrmidon of the mindless 9/11 fantasy movement suggested reading David Ray Griffin's 'Debunking 9/11 Debunking,' a farrago of bogus science, crude errors, and outright falsehoods. Instead of wasting time on nonsense, try reading the devastating whitepaper by NASA engineer Ryan Mackey that caused Griffin to renege on an agreement to discuss his book on cable TV:

    Supercapitalism by Robert Reich. This book discusses why our democracy is not working so well. It's really a history lesson which we all need to hear.

    For a book for a new president to take to the White House, I recommend, "A Theory of Justice" by John Rawls.

    I would like to see a president take a book of poetry into the office. A good example would be The New Anthology of American Poetry Volume I: Traditions and Revolutions. Poetry has always sensed, interpreted, and reflected morality in the United States, and it would be refreshing to see a politician acknowledge that the office they hold is little more than a human creation, run by humans, and therefore shouldn't be treated with the reverence of perfection. Successful politicians, much like successful poets, operate outside the forms and constructs left by their predecessors. So many of these candidates hope to get elected on "change," but the canned responses of "The Federalist Papers" or "Wealth of Nations" reek of the stuff that brings with it well deserved all-time-low approval ratings.

    Dear Mr. Moyers,

    Thanks for the opportunity to contribute suggestions for books that ought to be on the next president's desk. I have read all the previous posts (and I am exhausted) and I agree with those who mention Naomi Klein, David Korten, Paul Krugman, Chalmers Johnson, Thom Hartman & Barbara Ehrenreich; I am a fan of the several books each have written. I'm also happy to see that people are recommending the basics like Harper Lee, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Paine.

    However, I have three authors who've gone unmentioned (or nearly so) thus far.

    1) Noam Chomsky
    I'm appalled that not more people have proffered his work as essential reading. Media Control is a basic and most accessible work for the chief executive on-the-go. More timely would be his latest observations on America's hegemonic obsessions in What We Say Goes, also very accessible in a lively interview format. There are a wealth of offerings available from America's #1 public intellectual, but these two will do as primers to Chomsky's incisive views on US foreign policy and the awesome propaganda force of US media, and how each work to subvert democracy globally and domestically.

    2) Ralph Nader
    He has been mentioned on this blog, and rightly so. I'd recommend the new president get a copy of The Ralph Nader Reader for an introduction to (among other points) corporate welfare and excellent explanations of governmental & corporate collusion. Don't put Ralph down as a "spoiler" or "egomaniac;" pick him up for the insightful observer that he is and the sensible solutions he offers.

    3) Greg Palast.
    This independent investigative journalist par excellence has written two brilliant books: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse. They are meticulously researched, boldly written in an earthy, ascerbic style, and nothing short of absolutely revelatory. Joe Stiglitz in a nutshell. Voter Caging for dummies. The power of Petro-dollars. Read these two books for an eye-opening view of how the world really works and the part America plays in pulling the strings.

    I do not make these reading suggestions lightly; I have respect for the office of the president and pray fervently that the next person who occupies it has a love for books and knowledge that rivals Jefferson's. Much depends on it.

    Tom Kenny

    Mr. Moyers,

    I didn't read this until after your show aired. But, I'll say the next President should read CHILDHOOD'S END by Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

    Thank you.

    Both "The Scapegoat Generation" by Mike Males, and "When God was a Woman" by Merlin Stone

    Mr. Moyers,
    The book I'd recommend the next president take to the White House is The Four Agreements by M. Ruiz.

    This thin but very powerful Toltec wisdom book helps clear the fog of the mind and of the soul.
    Mitakuye Oyasin(we are all related)

    "The New IQ : How Integrity Intelligence serves You, Your Relationships and Our World"

    by Dr. David Gruder

    As a web developer, I am always interested in finding the most elegant solution to any problem. Often, an elegant solution achieves multiple goals by addressing the root of any issue.

    Most of the major problems and issues facing the world today seem to have their root in the lack of integrity or honor of our people and our leaders.

    By focusing more on whats perceived to be popular (thank you pollsters) and less on what is right, our leaders sacrifice the future for their political present.

    Dr. Gruder's book "The New IQ addresses this concept and provides immense justification for focusing on personal integrity as THE means to most any goal.

    I would love to see a president who was as committed to their own personal development as their example would inspire and lead millions!

    Another vote for Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. No book has done more to reframe my thinking and examine my behavior as a consumer in, and ultimately a citizen of, an interconnected world.

    Right On, Grady Lee Howard
    (see Moyers' Reading)
    Debunking 9/11
    Debunking- DRG
    Plan B 3.0- Brown
    Debunking 9/11 Debunking-DRG
    Plan B 3.0-Brown
    Debunking 9/11 Debunking-DRG
    Plan B 3.0- Brown
    Debunking 9/11 Debunking-DRG
    Plan B 3.0-Brown
    Debunking 9/11 Debunking-DRG
    Plan B 3.0- Brown
    Debunking 9/11
    Plan B 3.0- Brown

    Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic by Hans Kung. This is an introduction to his trilogy on the prophetic religions Judism, Christanity and Islam and his thesis "No world peace without religious peace".

    Barbara Jordon's Testimony before congress

    For those who see no threat in dividing finite natural resources over an ever increasing population, I recommend: "The Coming Economic Collapse" by Leeb and Strathy.

    As a predictor of America's future, I suggest "Mexifornia -- A State of Becoming" by Victor Davis Hanson.

    Hanson carefully relates from his own experiences in California and his perspective as a professor of classics what we can expect as the U.S. becomes Mexico Norte. He importantly decries the lack of civics education and understanding of Western civilization.

    I would like to suggest "How Many People Can the Earth Support? by eminent demographer Joel Cohen. His statement: " personally am very concerned by the vast inequitable and largely avoidable burdens of hunger, disease, violence, ignorance and poverty borne by too many billions of people. But I will not try to persuade you that the world will end in the next ten years unless everybody changes to a diet of soybeans and contraceptive pills, or that a universal diet of soybeans and contraceptive pills would eliminate hunger, disease, violence, ignorance and poverty…. But I will try to persuade you that the world cannot easily and comfortably accommodate an unlimited number of people at any desirable level of material, mental and civic well-being."

    The last part of this can easily be extrapolated to the U.S. with the same conclusion. The question then becomes how far down that road do we want to go in the interests of population-driven economic growth? Is anyone taking the long view on this or are we all myopic like our politicians who care only about the next election and the power to go with it?

    "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Jared Diamond.

    It engenders the goal of planetary sustainability for now and for generations to come.

    Well I was going to give you a piece of my mind Mr. Moyers for fabricating such a blatant lie in order to CYA for not mentioning a book that was easily in the top 3 if not #1 on what real people, patriotic citizens wanted you to mention. But the eloquent response by "Cathie Bell" in your "Reading Recommendation" section is absolutely dead on and was exactly what I wanted to write so I will just say "Ditto" to her well spoken post.

    We are allegedly an "organized campaign" Bill?

    Now why exactly would you have the unmitigated gall to come out and call everyone that mentioned that book an organized campaign?
    Did all the people that mentioned "The Shock Doctrine" get accused of such a thing? NO! Now that I think about it what about all the people that listed "The Art of Non-War" that had to clearly be in the top 5 at least.
    I know nothing about that book never read it...(OK wait a minute here, I just now googled this book and guess what I found? Kim Michaels herself on a website called "Ask the real Jesus" is actually coming out an asking readers to promote her book on your show and that she even sent you a book.)
    her post says this:
    ""I didn't expect such a large response, but I am grateful for your comments and will use them to promote the book. I have sent a review copy to Bill Moyers in case he wants to see why so many people recommended the book.

    Thank you,


    Well that changes things a little bit, apparently THIS must have been the book that you mentioned as being the "Organized campaign" which clearly this was without any doubt with the author herself in charge of it.

    So what this means is that even though "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" was without any doubt in the top 2 you decided to not even mention this FACT at all? You, just like all of the mainstream media are scared to death aren't you Bill?

    You must realize by now that at least 40+% of the population have either read or at least know about and fully agree with this author (Debunking 9/11 Debunking) and many other books by David Ray Griffin, "The New Pearl Harbor" etc.
    You must realize also that even though the brain dead chattel & Sheeple here in the USA are fast becoming aware of this deception, the rest of the planet are way ahead of us because most of their Media are not LYING to them, or like you just did here completely ignore them in hopes that we will all go away because 9/11 Truth is growing every single year and you can not stop it by ignoring us Bill.

    We represent at least an absolute minimum of 40+% of the US population and no doubt a good 60+% of the rest of the world.

    So what are you going to do when we reach critical mass here Bill? When those of us that KNOW that 9/11 was an inside job are the vast majority of at least 60+% whatcha going to do then Bill? How will you explain yourself?

    The truth is coming Bill so get used to it, this is NOT going away and we will NOT stop until these Treasonous war criminals are in prison and I might add that includes the "Propaganda Ministers" that spread the lies and cover up the facts!

    So "The Art of Non-War" was the organized campaign obviously. But Debunking 9/11 Debunking you just completely ignore as if all of us do not exist? That is very telling Mr. Moyers, very telling indeed so is the fact that you are a member of both "CFR & Bilderberg" I guess we all see where your allegiance lies don't we?

    I will never watch your show again and I might add since you just PO'd about 60-70% of your viewership I suspect ratings are going to drop big time.

    Married to another man by Ghada Khami.
    I think it is vital that our leaders realise that it is our policies that have led to the alienation of Arab peoples. The totally uncritical bias in this country in favor of Israel and its policies with regard to the Palestinians needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, many of the senior advisers in the current administration have stronger loyalties to a foreign country than they do to the USA. As a result, they perform a disservice to both the USA and to all the inhabitants of Israel and Palestine.

    Autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi

    The new President of USA would do well to read "THE GREAT TURNING - from empire to earth community " by David Korten. The President should also take out a subscription for "YES - a journal for positive futures". It shares with us inspiring stories that change is possible , and enables us to tell those who say it cannot be done to get out of the way of those who are already doing it!!!!

    The Urantia Book is a lenghty yet fascinating book about diety, the history of our planet (Urantia) and the amazing bestowal of Jesus 2000 years ago. The book is a real faith builder. Most would dismiss this book because it claims to be an epochal revelation of truth from God as presented and comissioned by a group of spiritual beings. If that claim is true, every living soul on the planet should read it, not just the next president.

    LORDS OF THE LAND by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar--the tragic history of building Israeli settlements in the occupied territories

    LORDS OF THE LAND BY Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar--a history of the building of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories

    Especialy after hearing the Huckabee quote about changing the Constitution, I recommend that the next President read "Revolt in 2100" by Robert A. Heinlein. RAH graduated from Annapolis and retired an admiral, and this is an excellent study of what the United States is like after several generations as a theocratic state, much like modern day Iran. Personal freedoms are curtailed and it is forbidden to even own a copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is a terrifying book, because it shows how easily this country could become a theocracy. But it is also hopeful because it shows that Americans will (eventually) fight to bring back the basic freedoms that this nation was founded on. It taught me to always speak truth to power and gave me the strength to teach others to speak truth to power.

    The world global economy is based on a false premise called the comparative advantage of nations that is causing the world economically to resemble a game of musical chairs. The resulting failed states are incapable of providing jobs and other needs of their citizens. This is the root cause of the massive immigration and terrorism threatening the security of the success states. The solution to this problem needs a new economic paradign fair to all nations. The president should read "Parity Democracy, how to level the world economic playing field" by Ed Wode. This book offers a solution.

    'A Language Older than Words' by Derrick Jensen is about Mankind's denial of the condition we are in. It is powerful, terrifying and based on personal experience. Reading it can be a tool for the transformation in thinking that must occur for our future leaders.
    Mikal Baker

    I'm a long time fan of the Journal but want to comment on Bill's slightly condescending demeanor toward Samuel Rodriguez, Kathleen Hall Jamiesson's (patently and unopposed) pro Hillary stance and finally, the mysteriously missing book. Watch out, Bill. Another week like this will diminish your ratings.

    Conflict of Visions
    by Thomas Sowell

    Essential for understaning the source of "conservatism" and "liberalism". Crucial for understanding the opposite side of the political isle.

    "Nickeled and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrehreich

    While I enjoy Ms Jamiesons political commentary she should do her homework regarding James Dobson. She repeatedly refers to him as a reverend which he is not. I know for I served in the same school district where he was a school psychologist.

    I will never watch your show again.
    You had hundreds of people recommend David ray Griffin Debunking 9/11 Debunking in an honest effort to get some mainstream media to finally tell the truth and how you get out of listing it is to call it an "Organized Campaign"?

    You just proved to MILLIONS of Americans that you are just as complicit as all the rest.
    You just lost a long time listener.

    If a copy of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" is the President's choice, Whitman's poem "Reconciliation" addresses a weakness in Paine's "Common Sense" argument--refusal to consider reconciliation as an option.

    Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

    137. Reconciliation

    WORD over all, beautiful as the sky!

    Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost;

    That the hands of the sisters Death and Night, incessantly softly wash again, and ever again, this soil’d world:

    ... For my enemy is dead—a man divine as myself is dead; I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin—I draw near;

    I bend down, and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.

    Organized campaign?

    Well you just proved that you are no different than any of the rest, a LYING BASTARD! that is complicit in Treason and war crimes.

    Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston. - Because this stadium finance thing that people like GW Bush and Bruce Ratner are taking advantage of (often in conjunction with eminent domain abuse) and these Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements- "R-TIFC-PILOT Agreemnts- promounced "Artifice-PILOT agreements are shams and shell games that need to be halted.

    Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston. - Because this stadium finance thing that people like GW Bush and Bruce Ratner are taking advantage of (often in conjunction with eminent domain abuse) and these Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements- "R-TIFC-PILOT Agreemnts- promounced "Artifice-PILOT agreements are shams and shell games that need to be halted.

    Give love, you get a miracle. Highly recommend Jessica's First Prayer by Hesba Stretton; it would soften anyone's heart, including a president's!

    Here are a few science fiction novels for a future president to stuff in his pocket; Starship Troopers By Robert Heinlein, Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad, and Arslan by M. J. Engh.

    Easily found online, if not in bookstores, a sweet and sentimental read like Hesba Stretton's ALONE IN LONDON might be all the new president needs as a GREAT teaching tool of humility and compassion for the burdened and less fortunate of our world, both in opportunity and economics, that touches all of us in time via wars, crime, religion, education, and industry:

    Geocide by Adam Cherson. This book is a Cliff notes length policy Bible for reuniting America with the great struggle for global democracy and well being that seems to have gotten away from us lately. Many of today's priority issues, immigration, the economy, perpetual war, the environment, and many others are viewed from the perspective of political ecology. Except for voting reform (an essential area not covered in this book), political ecology weaves together, into one coherent world view, an outlook capable of healing the ills that ail America and the Western tradition as a whole.

    I'd recommend Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. An emotionally powerful way to "get" empathy and human understanding.

    William Strauss and Neil Howe's books "The Fourth Turning" and "Generations" posit an important understanding of generational theory. They posit that there are four generational types that repeat themselves over and over throughout history. As a result, it is possible to learn about the future from a look at history. They predicted the culture wars and a cataclysm that caused the US to be isolationist in its foreign policy (9/11). These are hugely important works that I hope you will consider featuring.

    Feb 8th B. M. Journal mentioned that one recommended book was excluded because it was part of a campaign.
    What was the book? Who was campaigning to promote it?

    Geography of Bliss -- an alternative view of what matters and the role of power in achieving happiness.

    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra--a must read for everyone, especially for aspiring presidential candidates who might find a couple lessons on life in it.

    The next President should take with/read and refer to often, "Had Enough? Fighting Back" by James Carville. This book actually offers valid solutions to many of the maladies rampant in our government.

    "The God Delusion?"

    by Richard Dawkins.

    Quite honestly i'd recommend that to anyone, but especially those going into public office

    THE FOLDING CLIFFS by W.S. Merwin for its elegant combination of beauty and tragedy.

    I recommend that the next US President and all members of Congress read, "A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Wright. It's a relatively short book, but paints a convincing and disturbing picture of where our world civilization is heading.

    Debunking 911 by David Griffin (Lewis Lapham likes this book)

    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

    Rise and Fall of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

    I would like the next President, and every President thereafter, to read carefully and have with them always "Anasazi America," David E. Stuart, UNM Press, 2000. It is an anthropological overveiw of the rise, fall and successful (sustainable) readaptation of complex native farming societies is the Southwestern US and the lessons we can learn from them. One imporant quote: "Prosperity, social integration, altruism, and generosity go hand-in-hand. Poverty, social conflict, judgmental cynicism, and savagery do, too" (p.145).

    I know this is coming late, but I did want to add to the list: FREE LUNCH by David Kay Johnston, and The Corporation by Joel Bakan.

    John Edwards was trying to get out to the public the info in these books. I hope Obama gets around to it!!

    "Second Chance", 2007, by Zbig Brezinski.

    The person who made the following comment below is clueless, unaware and highly uninformed:

    I would like to add that I find it disgraceful that so many people would recommed the crank that David Ray Griffin publishes about 9/11. They desperately need to read this.

    My guess is that he considers himself to be a "skeptic", but he is most probably a skepter, the antithesis of what a true skeptic is: objective, open minded, unbiased and truth-based.

    I recommend Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs and Security by Amory Lovins.

    We're going to get off of oil in the next 50 years (whether we like it or not). Lovins explains how this can be done profitably.

    EQUALITY written in 1897 by visionary Edward Bellamy as a sequel to LOOKING

    Hopefully the next president will have read The peter Principle at least once.

    Morris Berman's DARK AGES AMERICA (2007)

    is the first book that comes to mind. it's time to get our head out of the sand.

    In the spirit of "The Lorax" suggestion -- how about the classic "Horton Hears a Who!" with "people are people no matter how small" or "Yertle the Turtle"; "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, But down on the Bottom we, too, should have rights."
    Perhaps these stories, written to imprint the immortal ideals of equality and justice in the blueprints of our children, should be requred reading for all those who would seek a career in "service".

    Either of these two, because (a)they can be enjoyed in bits over the term of office, and (b)the candidate who can enjoy them will be a superior President:

    Positive Attitude: A Dilbert Collection (Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel)) (Paperback)
    by Scott Adams (Author)

    The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin & Hobbes) by Bill Watterson (Hardcover - Oct 4, 2005) - Box set

    Citizen Power by the Former Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel.

    Nothing so revolutionary, so innovative, yet so powerful has been carefully detailed and outlined to this point, that would fundamentally effect our Democracy for the better, and for the first time in this nations history- bring about a government truly By the People.

    Its ideas beyond the National Initiative are relevant, and expose many overlooked problems in our country, and the solutions to these problems are presented. Either the original, written in the 70s, or the newly released rewrite would suffice- as both (obviously the later, but the former to a suprising degree) are both relevant and important.

    Hi Bill, The next prez should definitely read God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. It's an eyeopener. Tom Buckelew

    My book suggestion for the next president is Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax." It's a concise argument against corporate greed, destroying the environment and making everything about this country "plain vanilla" by making people wear "Thneeds." Fortunately, it also gives us the hope that one person can make a difference.

    I would recommend "Gideon's Trumpet" by Anthony Lewis. It show the relevance of The constitution to indivuals, how The Constitution is a living document, and the role of the Supreme Court at its best.

    Because I live in New Mexico 55 miles downwind of Los Alamos, and because I learned from the Los Alamos Study Group that the Los Alamos National Labs manufactured eleven new nuclear warheads or "pits" last year, I recommend the next president read John Hersey's HIROSHIMA.

    Because I live in New Mexico 55 miles downwind of Los Alamos, and because I learned from the Los Alamos Study Group that the Los Alamos National Labs manufactured eleven nuclear warheads or "pits" last year, I recommend the new president read John Hersey's HIROSHIMA.

    Most serious students of the text, though, who rely on the book itself for their guidance rather than their own inner fears or ignorant ambitions, know they have a responsibility to what they have been given, a responsibility to create a worthy foundation for the book's revelations to the world. This foundation is not so much a social and organizational matter, though that can be part of it, but a spiritual one, a challenge to live as the book shows in its final section that all of us can live, aware of a destiny much greater than ever imagined in recorded history. It is in essence the challenge to realize - to make literally real - the kind of human family all our evolution has been designed to achieve. It is a responsibility to create relationships that acknowledge and devote themselves to the kinship all of us share, not only with our human brothers and sisters on this world, but with all the personalities throughout the inhabited cosmos who care for us despite our childish barbarism and the distortions of our culture that have resulted from our isolation and ignorance. We have a responsibility to this greater family as well, those who gave us the gift of the book and now watch us to see what we will do with it.

    The history of our world is in a way like Lord of the Flies. We have been left to our own resources on our little island long enough, and though the book is not the first appearance to us of adult authority, it is the latest and most important for our time, as is obvious to all who open it with openness. It doesn't seek to supplant all other systems of human thought or to disparage the evolutionary beliefs and truths we have struggled so hard to attain and maintain. It states very clearly that, though it is a revelation, it is not inspired. Its purpose is to awaken us to what we can't know except with help from beyond the reach of our understanding and imagination, and to help us integrate that new information with the uniquely human perspective we have evolved in such relative isolation.

    It points us to our own inner depths as individuals at least as much as to outer, cosmic vistas. In the end, such inner and outer depths are connected, and work together to help us toward an indescribable destiny in this world and beyond, the awareness of which will transform our planet as surely as it transforms the individual minds that share such awareness.

    In its depiction of our history and destiny, The Urantia Book focuses mostly on the ancient past and far-distant future, but it also says of our present time that we are "quivering on the brink" of one of our "most amazing and enthralling epochs."

    Perhaps if people from all the nations of the world would unite enough to organize into a democratic world government that represented all humanity, we could authorize such a government to broadcast to the universe watching us a few small, sincere words, such as "Thank you. Forgive us. Please help us." - or some other first prayer of collective humanity. Perhaps because this request came as the duly-elected voice of all mankind, we would receive an answer that was not only invisible but also visible. Perhaps we would be freed from the quarantine that has isolated us for so long, and find ourselves connected, in ways our science has so far not dreamed of, with neighbors in space who may not be as distant as many believe.

    Until we unite as one world under God, perhaps this will not happen. Is it so strange, though, or naive, to believe it can? In the light of The Urantia Book, it most certainly will happen, one day. If enough people sincerely desire it, what can prevent us from making that day our own?

    "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. And he/she should read it twice!

    I agree with Cate Campbell that a most impt book for the future President to have read is Unequal Protection by Thom Hartmann. It indeed explains how corporations have been allowed to gain control over our country on all levels and what must be done to take power back and return it to the people of this land.

    There are two books I'd recommnend: "Democracy in America" By Alexis D'Tocqueville-a classic for good reason-it still is relevant and "Thirteen Days" by Robert F. Kennedy and Arthur J. Schlesinger, Jr. another classic about the Cuban missile crisis and the fog/folly of going to war (especially good for a candidate who never experienced war like our present "Decider"). I love your show-keep up the good work!

    THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY - A must read for any President, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State and CIA Director who need to know what we're up against and how to change it.

    I feel the President and all political elected persons should read and be required to especially understand our Bill of Rights and our Constitution!!! The president should know group dynamics and have knowledge of the skills of how to ctitically listen.
    The Golden Rules might be another suggeston!!!

    One of the best is a free download: Bob Altemeyer's "The Authoritarians."
    John Dean's book "Conservatives Without Conscience" is based on his research. He's a psychologist at the University of Manitoba who has spent his life studying right wing authoritarian and social dominator personalities. The book is very enlightening, readable, and quite funny!

    The book I would recommemnd that the White House incumbent read is John Dunn's DEMOCRACY: A History (Atlantic Monthly Press 2005) ISBN-13: 978-0-87113-931-3

    Because the term is so loosely used by all and sundry that a history of the term would be illuminating.

    “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” by Namoi Wolf is a must.

    I recommend John Dean's fairly recent trilogy on our dysfunctional government. Dean paid his dues for Watergate long ago and has spent recent years trying to alert citizens to the even worse abuses of the current administration.

    I also believe that everyone should read Rep. Conyers's report on the stolen Ohio election of 2004, which led to the (unfortunately unsuccessful) challenge to Ohio's Republican electors in January 2005. Only by knowing what has been done to us in the past can we even hope to prevent such crimes in the future.

    I would recommend "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time" by Atonia Juhasz.

    I am concerned about the lack of division between church and state in our government. I would recommend that our next president read Sam Harris' "The End of Faith" and remember that many americans are not religious.

    If they're not interested in human evolution, then I would recommend two books dealing with middle east history .. one is "Charlie Wilson's War" by George Crile, and the other is "All the Shah's Men" by Stephen Kinzer. This way we can approach the area as if we had some clue about what's going on there.

    "Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution" by Leonard Shlain .. essential reading for anyone, seems to me. It explains much of how we are who we are .. all of us, not just women. Also with some ideas for how the human race needs to grow and progress further.

    I join six participants from your Blog in suggesting Paul
    Kennedy's 'The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers'. The response you have received is encouraging since informed and thoughtful people can make a difference.

    Thank you and Judith for your efforts to keep us informed on many subjects of great importance. Gene

    What an amazing list these entries make. I'm taking notes and making a new reading list for myself. As a novelist, I would add more fiction to the list. It has an amazing way to capture the essence of being human, to reveal our greatest longings, fears, and desires. To inspire us to continue to hope and against all odds, to continue to believe. Or just to give us a well deserved laugh at the end of long day. And, through the power of story, to connect us to all the stories roaming the earth. Whether I'm reading Earnest Gains or Andre Dubus, or the thousands of names before and between them, I discover I'm not so different at all from my brother - regardless. I'm a southerner by birth so I'd throw a large list of southern works on that pile to read. Ultimately, fiction is so subjective that a President would have to read the books that call to him or her. Hopefully, ones that enlighted and inspire and tell what it was to have lived in this life, on this great earth. Books that make all of it worth keeping and making better for ourselves and the stories that come after us. Of course, a little bit of 'Horton Hears a Who' might be a good one to embrace right now. No matter how small we may appear from Washington D.C., the American People are longing to be heard.

    When I heard the question posed on Bill Moyer's Journal, my first thought was that I would take The Federalist Papers since it is the most accurate explaination of the Constituion. Later, I was elated to hear Hillary Clinton give that answer as well since I recently decided to vote for her. Great minds think alike, I guess.

    I think it would be helpful for a president to have read The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggeman and The Image by Daniel Boorstin. And I heartily agree that everyone, especially a president, should read The Shock Doctrine.

    Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States" because it fills in the gaps
    of our history that were left out of most
    of the texts we were given in our schools
    and let's us hear from the people of all
    classes and ethnic groups. A must for everyone.

    Another vote for the Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.

    (Looking forward to reading DC Johnston's latest noted in many other comments.)

    Two worth considering:

    Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War," and Barbara Tuchman's "The March of Folly." Both examine our (personal and governmental) tendency to pursue policy contrary to our interests.

    I would also recommend Dr. Philip A. Crowl's "The Strategist's Short Catechism: Six Questions Without Answers." While originally intended as questions "strategists must ask before they commence a war, or before they take actions which might lead to war, or before they undertake a wartime campaign, or before they end a war in which they are already engaged," these questions can be expanded to almost any policy decision--if only we could answer them honestly and thoughtfully . . . .

    "Less Safe, Less Free: Why We are Losing the War on Terror" by David Cole and Jules Lobel

    A lot of good suggestions, but I'm dismayed with the frequency of David Ray Griffin's book. I'm not familiar with this particular work, but I know of his thesis and think it's a mistake and a diversion to buy into the conspiracy theory of 9/11.

    Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II by William Blum

    Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine".

    We suggest the book By Jimmy Carter "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis.

    The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
    By Fareed Zakaria

    The book that came to mind is Collapse, by Jarod Diamond. It will be pleasing to have a president who reads. Saving this country is going to be an awfully tall order for anyone.

    I'd go with The Seventh Decade by Jonathan Schell. It is a book that clearly explains the nuclear dangers confronting humanity and calls for abolishing nuclear weapons. This will require US leadership from the next president. For more information on this issue, the president and citizens across the country can visit the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's website at, and order a free DVD on Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future.

    We all could use another dose of "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.

    The next president should have a copy of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut sitting next to whatever phone it is that he or she picks up to call in the troops.

    "Confessions of an Ecnomic Hitman" by John Perkins
    (a guy who's 'been there')

    the one book and only one that the president must read is 'rogue state' by william blum, common courage presss, monroe, maine

    otherwise, u s citizens, in and out of uniform, will continue to get killed

    Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips

    Chalmers Johnson

    Common Sense
    Thomas Payne

    Someone mentioned all three of my top picks (I would put them in this order):

    "What Terrorists Want" by Louise Richardson

    "Plan B 3.0" by Lester Brown

    "The Zero Sum Society" by Scott Thurow

    (If required to choose a book not already on the list, I'd choose "The Affluent Society" by John Kenneth Galbraith).

    The one book that I would like the next president to read is The Seventh Decade by Jonathan Schell. The book provides thoughtful insight as to why US leadership for a nuclear weapons-free world is necessary for our security and that of the rest of the world. For more information on this critical issue, the next president and the rest of the country could visit the website of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation at, and order the free DVD on Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future. The dangers of nuclear weapons in any hands continue to threaten the future of our cities, countries and civilization.

    I have a better thought, my last: Gore Vidal's seven-novel Narratives of Empire (Burr, Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, Washington, DC, and The Golden Age -- perhaps to be augmented by a novel on the Mexican War, if time permits).

    Riane Eisler's


    which, along with a female U.S. President, helps move us a little further away from what Eisler terms "the Dominator model" of social organization and closer to "a Partnership model," which would include, of course, working in partnership with the rest of the plants and animals on the planet, instead of "dominating" and destroying "them" in our unholy arrogance and patriarchical madness.

    I would be glad to have a well-read president again. If only--a variety of current and historical works, fiction, non-fiction, science.

    To me, the last 7 years of impulsive and misguided policies have been a reflection of what it means to have a leader who is both shallow and incurious. It is easy to tell our current president does not like to read and reflect.

    Shouldn't the next pres. have already read most of these wonderful suggestions? I'd rec "State of the World", for the last 25 years. Technical, thorough, up-to-date and timely. We need someone who knows something, not just believes something.

    _No Time To Lose_
    by Pema Chodron

    I recommend David Sirota's book "Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government--and How We Take It Back". Every Democratic and progressive politician should read this book and use it as a guide on how to fight the corporatist takeover of our democracy.

    If our next president understood what brings happiness perhaps s/he could get us off this insane materialistic quest that's destroying our planet and communities. Happiness lies in creating a fair society with strong communities and relationships. The best of the recent books on happiness I've read is Jonathan Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis.

    Nickel & Dimed (a bit old but still true) & Disaster Capitalism. If you believe in hell some of these capitalists should be headed there!

    The book every presidential candidate should read, but certainly will not, is "The End of America; Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" by Naomi Wolf.

    People always dismiss such analyses until it is too late.

    "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn, a book every American should read.

    Joke answer: I'd be happy with a president that reads something other than the New Testament and My Pet Goat, period.

    Serious answer: Anything by Noam Chomsky on foreign policy, _The Shock Doctrine_ by Naomi Klein, and anything by Ha-Joon Chang on "free trade" and economic development models.

    Also, the Constitution of the United States would be a good idea. As well as _Macbeth_, for obvious reasons.

    Films, for the busy campaigner: _Manufacturing Consent_, _The Corporation_, and anything by John Pilger.

    Saving Face by Stuart Schneiderman (1995) is a clear description of who we are and where we're headed,in terms of an American culture that has recently moved from a shame-base to guilt-base. "A shame culture educates by persuading people to do things the right way and to be motivated by duty to preserve their honor and reputation.... [A} guilt culture educates by instilling a fear of the consequences of doing the wrong thing." ...could be a description of the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Drawing out bad and good points from each type of culture (e.g., the need for institutions of punishment in a guilt culture), this book offers a a moral and ethical framework for meta-debates on morality and ethics in public policy.

    For a more specific read, When Corporations Rule the World, by David Korten. This is where the real threat to America lies.

    For serious fun, any recent book by John LeCarre. Mission Song and the Constant Gardener contain much truth about the far-reaching deviltry of corporations.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein.

    “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins

    “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” by Namoi Wolf

    I came to this session so late you've already received a Library of Congress full of suggestions.

    Nevertheless, I'd like to nominate David Halberstam's finest and, alas, final book
    - The Coldest Winter. Yes, it's a history of our forgotten war in Korea, and a magnificent one too. But at least for this 73-year-old bloody but unbowed liberal, it's an analytic demonstration of how Truman's surprise defeat of Dewey (the fifth consecutive Presidential triumph by Democrats) demented the right wing of the GOP, defeating the moderates and terrifying the Democrats for more than sixty years.

    Because we liberals had "lost" China, we must not "lose" North Korea, Viet Nam, El Salvador, Iraq, and certainly not Iran. For history is merely the exercise of military Will. Which should we choose -- Triumph or Surrender?

    Until we abandon this formulation, we will only follow the path of all Superpowers -- Rome, Britannia, Der Dritte Reich, Soyuze Sovyetsky.

    The Myth of the Machine, volume 2: The Pentagon of Power by Lewis Mumford would have to be the one. Because one could hardly come away from it unchanged (in a good way,} or without a better understanding of how we got to where we are now. And I would have to add: The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry.

    The book I would like to see read in the White House is the Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. This book may give reflection to the reader the generational differences and expectations and goes beyond the tags of Baby Boomers and Generation Jones so that empathy could be revealed as to each in relation to their life experiences.

    Dag Hammarskjold's "Markings" is my pick! Thanks! Carolyn Peterson

    For the most nuanced and illuminating look at the US/Mexico border - including immigration, trade, environmental effects, national economies, and much more, there is a relatively new book called "HYPERBORDER" by Fernando Romero. I have never understood the complexities of that region better. Truly eye-opening.

    The Creature from Jekyll Island : A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin. Put him on your show sometime and let's learn how to overpower the pirates who have wrested control of the United States of America from the Constitution.
    Also, Addicted To War: Why The U.S. Can't Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas.

    The Life & Message of Prem Rawat
    He has spent the last 40 years inspiring millions of people from all walks of life; offering a gift of a practical means to discover a world of peace within.
    While his message is translated into more than 70 languages, it remains a little-known secret, spread mostly by word of mouth. This book lifts the veil on Prem Rawat - the man. his life, his message.
    Imagine individuals feeling peace within, taking actions called countries!!

    "Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist" by Mike Farrell is the most inspiring book I've read...ever. Anyone, and this should include our next president (I hope), who wants a glimpse into how much better of a world we could live in if more people cared about humanity in the way Farrell and his wife Ms. Fabares do, must read this book. Farrell gives hope by example.

    'Alice in Wonderland' to tone the mind. All else is secondary.

    It seems my post from last night did not publish.

    This time i'll just cut right to the chase.

    The Complete Works of Mark Twain.

    I'm so impressed by the range and quality of suggestions...I'm going to have a lot of reading to do myself!

    Let me "second" McDonough & Braungart's "Cradle to Cradle."

    It's essential reading because it points the way to how humankind could fundamentally reorder how it makes, uses and disposes of things (from buildings to cars to roads to books to electronics...all made things) to be in harmony with nature.

    Crucially, the book is not an exhortation for all of us to do with less..."less" doesn't solve the problem.

    Rather, the book suggests a future of new ways of energy production, manufacture, materials re-use that create vast new markets, new jobs and new wealth and a significantly heightened quality of life, for humans and all life.

    The next president will have the opportunity to provide the leadership to establish a context--through incentives, tax laws, investments, regulations, policies and presidential persuasion--by which this transformation will be fostered.

    Our grandchildren would look back on such a president as one of the handful of great ones.

    This Noble Land - My Vision for America by James Michener. Michener draws upon his career as a writer, researcher, historian, and professor to draw interesting observations leading to his vision for America. He has thought provoking suggestions to solve many of the problems the country faces today. This man is a great American.

    'A People's History of the United States', by Howard Zinn.
    As a continual reminder of how this country looks from it's owners' points of view, as opposed to it's 'leader's' point of view. To remind the 'Commander in Chief' that he/she is an agent of the people, hired to represent them, and best serve their interests.

    My book recommendation is Adam Smith's "The Theory of Moral Sentiments." This book states Smith's assumptions about how each human being thinks and feels. Empathy is a theme. It is the foundation upon which he built "The Wealth of Nations."

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin. And no, this is not spam. This is THE most important book of our time and to suggest reading it is hardly "spam" or "trolling".

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin. And no, this is not spam. This is THE most important book of our time and to suggest reading it is hardly "spam" or "trolling".

    Plan B 3.0
    Cradle to Cradle

    I'd recommend Lester Brown's Plan B 3.0 to hit the ground running with both facts and solutions to the myriad global and local problems interwoven with climate change, and Cradle to Cradle, by Bill McDonough and Michael Baumgartner, for an antidote to despair and an ethos for a future we can all live with.

    May I suggest: 1984 by Eric Blair


    We recognize, follow, achieve greatness because there is also greatness in each and everyone of us. Please see the short piece on GREATNESS, and do share with more:

    DailyOM, August 21, 2007
    Recognizing Our Own Greatness
    The Greatness In Others

    A person who is said to possess greatness stands apart from others in some way, usually by the size or originality of their vision and their ability to manifest that vision. And yet those who recognize that greatness, whether they display it themselves or not, also have greatness within them; otherwise, they could not see it in another. In many ways, the achievements of one person always belong to many people for we accomplish nothing alone in this world. People who display greatness rely upon others who are able to see as they do, to listen, encourage, and support. Without those people who recognize greatness and move in to support it, even the greatest ideas, works of art, and political movements would remain unborn.

    We are all moved by greatness when we see it, and although the experience is to some degree subjective, we know the feeling of it. When we encounter it, it is as if something in us stirs, awakens, and comes forth to meet what was inside us all along. When we respond to someone else’s greatness, we feed our own. We may feel called to dedicate ourselves to their vision, or we may be inspired to follow a path we forge ourselves. Either way, we cannot lose when we recognize that the greatness we see in others belongs also to us. Our recognition of this is a call to action that, if heeded, will inspire others to see in us the greatness they also possess. This creates a chain reaction of greatness unfolding itself endlessly into the future.

    Ultimately, greatness is simply the best of what humanity has to offer. Greatness does what has not been done before and inspires the same courage that it requires. When we see it in others, we know it, and when we trust its presence in ourselves, we embody it.

    Two offerings:

    WAR IS A RACKET by Maj Gnrl Smeldey Butler

    BLESSED UNREST by Paul Hawken

    I wish the next President, and every American voter, would read The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War, by Andrew J. Bacevich

    If only ONE book could be taken, it would have to be Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".

    But surely we would expect the next POTUS to have read Al Gore's "The Assault On Reason" AND Gore Vidal's "Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace" AND John Dean's "Worse Than Watergate".

    At the very least, let us hope that the next President does indeed read something other than Condoleezza's reports to 'her husband'!

    I recommend Deep Economy; The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben

    Mr. Mckibben provides a framework with which we can start to think about restructuring our economy and culture away from the current unsustainable model of globalized corporate oligarchy, toward a more sustainable way of life that is both nourishing for the individual's soul and body, and essential for our communities' survival.

    If only ONE book could be taken, it would have to be Howard Zinn's >A People's History of the United States

    But surely we would expect the next POTUS to have read Al Gore's >The Assault On ReasonPerpetual War For Perpetual PeaceWorse Than Watergate

    At the very least, let us hope that the next President does indeed read something other than Condoleezza's reports to 'her husband'!

    "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Eisenreich would inform the new president of the plight of the working poor and the need to treat these hard working people in a more humane manner.

    I would suggest that the new president read and keep handy, Jack London's "The Iron Heel" just so they can imagine the consequences of the rising oligarchy. The people have power and will use it if pushed to the brink......and the brink is closer than they might think.
    Although in the end, the oligarchy and the mercenaries (Blackwater?) seem to win, the revolution does not end.

    I would recommend The Urantia Book. The most mind expanding and philosophically challening book out there. Pay close attention to Paper 71, on "The Development of the State". Amazing and life changing read.

    I'd like to see the next president read MY AWAKENING by David Duke. In fact, I'd like to see this book become required reading for every White high school student in America.

    I would recommend The Urantia Book. The most mind expanding and philosophically challening book out there. Pay close attention to Paper 71, on "The Development of the State". Amazing and life changing read.

    A Course in Miracles
    NO more WAR

    Three Cups of Tea

    Take Collapse by Jared Diamond to the White House.

    I was surprised and pleased to see this excellent book in the pictured stack of books on the splash page for Bill's show.

    The question is - considering the demographic, economic and geographical pressures with which we must content - which of our values are conducive to survival? I would appreciate most in our next president not the ability to follow received wisdom, but to question which values, in the decline of our hegemony, will best serve us.

    My mother nurtured in me a love of words and the puzzle of language from the very start. She would have championed the perspective of Terry Jones that we've lost our way; we stopped challenging what's wrong with the world and instead went to war with an abstract noun. I've not looked at words, war, or the war with words the same way since.

    In the book, "Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror" (Nation Books), Jones criticizes the use of language to describe the conflict in Iraq, the coverage by the news media and the influence neoconservatives such as Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz have exercised in U.S. policy.
    "First the [initial] bombing was called a war, but I thought a war had to have two sides," he says. "Then it became a war because people fought back, but now it's an ‘insurgency.’"
    For that matter, in the book he takes on the phrase "war on terrorism" with a Python's sense of the absurd: "But how is 'terrorism' going to surrender?" he writes. "It's well known, in philological circles, that it's very hard for abstract nouns to do anything at all of their own volition."
    He blames the major news organizations for not questioning the use of these terms and phrases.
    "The problem with the media is [news organizations] are primarily owned by corporations, and corporations are pro-establishment," he says. "Newspapers and television start using the vocabulary of politicians, and that's the way bias creeps in."

    A book not yet published, entitled: "Dick Cheney's Private Diary". Of course, it may take a subpoena to dislodge this document. On a happier note, I believe that the next president will have such difficult burdens to bear that he or she would benefit from reading "The Power of Positive Thinking", by Norman Vincent Peale.

    Hi all.

    Looking for Power of Myth transcript or subtitles. Does anyone have it?

    Thanks very much.

    Every American should read David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking." Regardless of what you think of his conclusions (I am unsure), he raises a big question: if the evidence for a 9/11 inside job is so flimsy, then why doesn't the government just come out and definitively explain to the public everything that happened that day?

    At the very least, the new President should read it so he/she understands what all the fuss is about and that tens of millions of Americans have so little faith in our government that they believe they would kill our own people. Even if the book's allegations are untrue, the fact that it exists says a lot about our society.

    To all who posted here, this is a political junkie's and a bookworm's (I fit in both categories!)
    dream come true!

    This is my first post, although I am a longtime admirer of Bill Moyers' choices of subjects and his commentary. I sent my first book recommendation to you last Saturday, but it didn't go through, possibly because I didn't include the URL. Hopefully my ISP's web address is what you mean by URL.

    Nevertheless, my first recommendation is Super-Imperialism: the Strategy of American Empire, by Michael Hudson, Ph.D. Reverend Strickler gave information about the book and the author earlier, so I'll only say that this book explains the origins and histories of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and their profound destructiveness in (1.)displacing rural people in third world countries and (2.)maintaining a U.S. economic stranglehold on the rest of the world.

    My second recommendation is A Biodynamic Farm by Hugh Lovel. Besides being a fascinating explanation of the fundamentals of how to grow food biodynamically, two main themes in the book are (1.)the world economy cannot be stabilized as long as producers and consumers do not have an equal political say with bankers and traders, and (2.)people consuming inferior food literally lack the substance to effectively stand up for themselves.

    I like many other people who responded didn't really take the time to answer the questions and just offer either a title of a book or a list of books we expect our next president to read and take with them to the White House.

    So I would like to take a little time to respond to the questions you are asking:

    "It's true you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can tell a lot about a person by what he or she reads."

    What do you think?

    I definitely agree. If I were to use the expression, "you are what you eat," and if you agree with that statement than we can also apply it to what you read. Does it mean that you are exactly what you eat/read, of course not. But let me put it this way: Books similar to food/drink are things we take in and then process so that we can change them so that our body and mind can use what ever we take in to fuel us to live.

    So, even if we read a book which is presents an opposing view to our own we can stil process it and use part of it to fuel us, and maybe even change us.

    Therefore, what we do read can tell others something about us. In the same way if people see other eating a vegetarian meal or at a Taco Bell and Burger King.

    Were you surprised by what the candidates picked?

    Not at all.

    What one book do you want your next president to read?

    I would like to add to my list of books Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark"

    Highlight chapter 12 with regards to the Baloney Detection Kit titled, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detecting." Of course if they read this book they will all realize that they are all full of baloney and that more and more people can deconstruct what they say and see through their deceptive use of language, their PR people, and the marketing behind them.

    For the viewers and listeners of this program I will provide a link so you can quickly read over a short version of the contents of chapter 12 of the book I mentioned.
    I urge anyone while they listen to the pundits, media people, candidates and anyone you question to apply this list and see how many 'red' flags are raised.

    I guess this will not be on any of the candidates' lists of books to bring.

    I would like to recommend Thomas Paine's pamphlets, "Common Sense", and "The Crisis", perhaps bound together. His books, "Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason" would make great additions to the White House bookcase, or even the president's nightstand.

    When Paine arrived in the colonies, he saw their great potential, not only for independence from the crown, but the resources for building a new republic. Among his accomplishments are his inspiration for writing The Declaration of Independence, and naming the colonies The United States of America during/after the Revolutionary War.

    Here are some of Paine's quotes that I feel are appropriate for a president in this day and age.

    From "Common Sense":

    'Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.'

    From "The Crisis" come these quotes:

    'Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.'

    And from the "Age of Reason" comes:

    'If there is a sin superior to every other, it is that of willful and offensive war... He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.'

    Thank you.

    "The Lecturer's Tale" by James Hynes. No sermons, no earnest advice. Just a pleasureable read, which may come at a high premium under the pressures of the job.

    This is the only book any one need read ...Urantia! and its free to read at
    the truth really is free!! and this world would be blessed if this was the only book we had to read..because the truth really can set you free!!

    Lester Brown's Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

    Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

    "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them." -- Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893

    "Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness."

    "There are two tragedies in life: one is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."

    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place"

    "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

    "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul."

    "Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool. Any man who is still a communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool."

    "Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."

    "He's a man of great common sense and good taste meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage."

    "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. "

    "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."

    "Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability."

    "Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it."

    "Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous."

    "Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad."

    "She had lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech."

    "You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" "

    "Virtue is insufficient temptation."

    Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

    This book should provide proper perspective and a sense of humility to any president occupying the oval office. I only wish that it were required reading (and, hopefully, understanding) for all national office-holders.

    As several others suggested, I'd nominate The Coldest Winter and The Best and the Brightest, both by David Halberstam. These are two books that show how putting politics over what is right may pay off in the short-run, but leads to long-term disaster. If you become President of the United States, don't waste your chance to leave a proud legacy. Be a leader. Don't fritter away your opportunity by following the political winds.

    Thomas Paine's The American Crisis and Common Sense

    In this time of diminishing returns there are other ways.

    "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine
    We do need a return to common sense in both domestic and foreign policy.

    "Three Cups of Tea"
    This can only help clarify what is good about the United States and how we have lost that goodness. You win friends by good deeds, not weapons.

    The book that I would like to see in a permanent collection in the White House for all future presidents and their staff is A Course in Miracles. This incredible book is not just a preview of the coming of a new era in awareness of our collective consciousness. It is because it will ultimately guide everyone who understands its purpose and message for humanity to help us all unlearn fear and become peace "full" leaders within ourselves.

    The book is extraordinary not just with its content, it is extraordinary because it comes with an inner teacher that helps you understand what peace is from the inside out. There is a reason why this book was written for our times. Oprah understands why as do many in diverse fields and walks of life.

    "Only those who can see the invisible, can do the impossible" – Thomas Jefferson

    There have been leaders who understood how to see the invisible in order to do what seemed impossible. When we have a President who is ready to ratify the Inner Peace Treaty™ as their own, then their will Will be done.

    The time has come for our leaders as well as each of us to understand that an inner vision of peace is the Will that will bring us together as all seems to be coming apart.

    "There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible." A Course in Miracles, W-pl.47.7.4-5

    Progress and Poverty by Henry George. The author came in 2nd, ahead of Theodore Roosevelt, in the 3-way 1886 election for mayor of New York City. The book in clear logic demonstrates how wages paid out aren't a deduction from capital but rather a creator of new wealth- in opposition to "supply side" theory.

    Since it is too late for my suggestion to be considered for your program tomorrow I will break the rules and make a 3 part recommendation.

    The first is a video by Professor Albert Bartlett of the University of Colorado titled Arithmetic, Population and Energy. It is available from the University of Colorado Media Center (Boulder). In one hour you get what you need to cut through all of the B.S. on energy and the fact that continual growth ensures environmental collapse and the collapse of our Civilization. One of the many nuggets in the video “Modern agriculture is the use of soil to convert petroleum into food and the end of the petroleum is in sight” or as one perceptive viewer remarked “turn petroleum into people”.

    The second is Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion”. Unfortunately, Professor Dawkins missed the forest for the trees. The real issue is how important delusion is in allowing people to function psychologically; believing in “God” is just an element of it. Understanding these delusions and how to capitalize on them is why the Corporate Republicans were able to channel the Christian right and elect people like Ronald Reagan and the Bushes and “flat earth” Senators such as Inhofe of Oklahoma.

    The third book is Collapse; How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. I remember many years ago discussing the issues of population and environment with a graduate student in Sociology. He terminated the conversation by saying “What you say is true, but if I believed it, I would be unhappy; therefore I am not going to believe it.” Unfortunately whether spoken or unspoken, this seems to be the attitude of the majority of Americans. All of the presidential candidates have assured us they have the formula for generating more growth. To the extent that they are successful, they ensure our collapse. As a person who has been active in the environmental movement for may years it is notable how few people who call themselves environmentalists have read this book and how many of the few who that have tried have found it difficult to follow. Understanding the implications of “The God Delusion” helps us comprehend why.

    I made my three suggestions in this order because each sets the viewer/reader up to see the next item with new eyes.

    Shrapnel In The Heart, by Laura Palmer, is the most powerful book I've ever read. This would be my recommendation for the next President, in consideration of this tragically conceived Iraq War. I can't imagine how a President with genuine "moral values" could commit U.S. military personnel in the seemingly thoughtless way this one has, after reading such a profound and moving testament to the consequences of another tragically conceived war.

    There are many, many excellent selections here. Some of my favorites include:

    To Kill a Mockingbird; Gibbons; Shakespeare; Huston Smith (but i think that Joe Campbell is better); and Things Fall Apart.

    The next president will be inundated with information. So many of the books on this list reflect what the person suggesting feels must be addressed. These issues must, indeed, be addressed. But i would hope that our next president enjoys reading for the sake of reading...not only for learning new information.

    My suggestion: The Complete Works of Mark Twain.

    Long pieces for long flights. Short articles for a moment of sanity. Insight; criticism; Americana; and all with intelligence and wit.

    Bill I recommend:"Man's Search For Meaning", by Viktor E. Frankl. He with millions of others suffered in the Germany concentration camps and found meaning in his suffering. So When the next president reads this book he or she will know that "life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones."

    Bill I recommend:"Man's Search For Meaning", by Viktor E. Frankl. He with millions of others suffered in the Germany concentration camps and found meaning in his suffering. So When the next president reads this book he or she will know that "life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones."

    Please please read:
    Duck for President

    or watch on YOUTUBE:

    I recommend a short but powerful and very practical book: Preventing Violence (2001)by James Gilligan, MD. This book explains and offers a sound remedy to violence at all levels--in the 'hood and in international conflicts. A must read.

    Thank you Bill Moyers for all your vision and hard work.

    No administration in history has done more damage to democracy than the current one. The next president should read "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore and "Blackwater" by Jeremy Scahill. We have to find our way back to public control of our government.

    My suggestion for the new president is:

    The Paranoia Switch: How Terror Rewires Our Brains and Reshapes Our Behavior--and How We Can Reclaim Our Courage by Martha Stout

    This eye is an opening book.

    Joseph Conrad's meditation on the effects of colonialism on the colonizer seems specially relevant, though published in 1902.

    A current book, Linda Greenhouse's "Becoming Justice Blackmun" chronicles the intellectual evolution of a conservative into a great justice of the Supreme Court.

    Democracy's Edge - Frances Moore Lappe

    Lappé's most recent book Democracy's Edge exposes the threat of thin democracy, reframes the meaning of democracy, and gives us just what we need to get on with creating a real one.

    Part I: Living on Democracy's Edge
    Our journey to the edge and the forces making possible an invisible revolution of hope.

    Chapter One: The Frame
    discovering democracy’s power

    Chapter Two: The Long Arc
    tracing democracy’s journey

    Chapter Three: Power is Not a Four-Letter Word
    reframing the big ideas that stop us

    Part II: Democracy Growing Up
    Outgrowing four beliefs that stymie us and discovering that power, even corporate power, isn't so stuck after all.

    Chapter Four: Our Coat
    new times, new measures

    Chapter Five: The Elephant
    corporate power and the shape we give it
    New featured story: Land Stewardship
    New featured story: Food Power
    Important related news: Democracy Unlimited - Daniel McLeod Interviews Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (Z Magazine Online)

    Part III: Democracy as a Verb
    It's not what we have, it's what we do! Americans seize the rewards of self-direction.

    Chapter Six: Attention
    economics & everyday life
    New featured story

    Chapter Seven: Action
    politics and the inauguration of the citizen
    New featured story
    Related Lappé writings

    Chapter Eight: Choice
    the myth of choice and the taste of democracy
    New featured story: Food Power
    New featured story: Coke & University of Michigan
    New featured story: Land Stewardship

    Chapter Nine: Voice
    the debasement of the media and the sound of democracy
    New featured story
    Related Lappé writings

    Part IV: Democracy in Our Bones
    Americans create a culture of empowered, connected people.

    Chapter Ten: Learning
    sharing power and apprenticing democracy
    New featured story

    Chapter Eleven: Security
    the exclusion illusion and the power of connection
    Related Lappé writings

    Chapter Twelve: The Invitation
    finding ourselves in democracy’s walk

    Animal Farm by George Orwell should be required reading for every president, especially those since Bush. The ugliness of the powerful and the sweetness of the powerless are a telling and instructional contrast every president needs to keep close to her/his heart and foremost in the mind. The manipulative ways of the pigs are lessons in what NOT to do--however, presidents like Bush take the pigs' actions to be a pattern to follow.
    Much more important, the AMERICAN PEOPLE need to read or re-read Animal Farm. The American people have allowed the travesties of Bush and his cronies and have done almost nothing about them. As some have said, "Where is the outrage?" The very essence of America is the adherence to principles of freedom and fairness and most importantly the exercise of free speech. Yet many Americans have been intimidated by Bush and cronies' sarcasm into going along with everything the government does. Mainstream media has become nothing more than governmental mouthpieces and so many American people just smile along with them.
    Animal Farm shows just how the American people have accepted governmental lies, failed to have faith in their own memories, and failed to get together and take action against the anti-Americans they made the mistake of voting into office. The instant it was known that Bush had lied about WMDs in Iraq, impeachment proceedings should have been instituted. But what did Americans do? -- They voted him in again!
    I only hope that people today can appreciate the lessons of Animal Farm.

    The next president should have two books on the desk in the Oval Office:

    Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD, just for the title to be showing;

    The Next Prez should read: "Reclaiming Our Future: An Agenda for American Labor" By William 'Wimpy' Winpisinger.

    Since the American economic empire is well on its way to demise, I suggest Kevin Phillip's Wealth and Democracy. "You can have great wealth or a democracy, but you cannot have both"--Louis Brandeis

    A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    I would recommend Arthur Schleisinger, Jr.'s "War and the American Presidency", the last book he wrote before he died in '07. This relatively short book reads as his last wishes for our nation; and a primer to the next president.
    Schleisinger presents strong pleas to the next president to undo the errosion of our civil liberties and stop crossing the line of power in the executive office.
    In the book, Mr. Schleisinger points out that it was Eisenhower's administaration that coined the phony and frightening title of "executive privlege", and that this made-up concept has been used like a bludgeon against the congress, the courts, and the people ever since. There is no mention of "executive privilege" in any previous federal documents, or in the Constitution, and it has been a cover for the high crimes and misdemeaners of presidents such as Nixon, and Bush 43, and Clinton's more benign coverups.
    In the hands of Bush and Cheney excutive grabs of power were an obsession--some of the motivation for their intense secrecy, and their tens of hundreds of signing statements against their having to enforce laws crafted and passed by Congress. The administration's neocon fantasy of total American dominance over the rest of the world was the faulty ideological underpinnings of the war. As their disasterous term finally ends we must undo the damage which they inflicted, Schleisinger states, by putting the power to declare war back into the House of Representatives as originally conceived.
    The book also discusses issues such as the archaic electoral college, and prior instances of when the college went againt the popular vote; often egregiously, but never more so than with the so-called elections of George W. Bush. The brazen act of five of the Supreme Court Justices installing George W. Bush in office under the duress of his family's powerful friends in 2000 should have been the final straw. But instead of recommending the logical antidote-- direct presidential elections-- Schleisinger, sounding like the former advisor to J.F.K., argues that it is necessary to keep our two party system just two parties. However, he writes, with such improvements as "bonus" votes to even out the overrepresentation of the sparsly populated states such as Wyoming, Nebraska and Alaska. He wants to prevent the country from having more than two, or at the most, three parties, and what he feels would be the "messiness" of many competing parties and the "inconvenience" of a election that might require people to vote more than once.
    I heartily disagree with Schleisinger on this point. I want other parties to have the chance to be heard, and if the Democrats and Republicans were forced into invigorating competition with other parties, without these other parties being marginalized, or having to worry if they might be, in effect, "spoilers", we might have a closer resemblence to a democracy. Let other parties and their candidates have a chance as true choices for our national offices. Put our people in the position other people in the more democratic governments of the world face, and that is to fully participate in their governance. Republicans and Democrats in their various incarnations have been running the show since our nation first split into two parties in the days of Adams, who was so distressed that the country was splitting into two parties, he passed the "Sedition Act", making it criminal to say anything negative about the president. I think that after more than two centurys the people should directly elect their president and vice president. (And may I add that as our current V.P. certainly put the vice in vice president, we are entitled to also directly elect the vice president, and keep a watchful and jaundiced eye on him as well.)
    Although there are many things in the book I disagree with, the question posed, 'What book should the next president take with him into office?' requires that s/he read it, and I fear that direct elections would threaten and put off the benifactor of the political machine that made his or her election possible. I suggest that we need to share the stage with more political parties.
    I do believe that this book, albeit safe, would serve as a nag to the next head of office to balance the power between the three branches, and undo the errosion of our individual civil liberties taken from us by the demagogues of the past.
    The book, "War and the American Presidency" could prick the conscience of the next president into not accepting the office of the presidency as it currently is: bloated and dangerously overpowering; that is if s/he can turn away from the inticement of hanging on to the power that Bush et. al. stole from us.

    The Portable Athiest by Christopher Hitchens. It's a compilation of excerpts from noted athiests and free thinkers.

    I second the suggestion of "A Theory of Everything" by philosopher Ken Wilber. It introduces a framework for understanding complex problems and creating solutions that address all essential elements: psychology, culture, behavior and systems.

    I recommend Ronald Wright's, A Short History of Progress, J. Carter's, Our Endangered Values, and W. Moyers, On America.

    (1) Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World by Thich Nhat Hanh

    I've never been a Christian (thank you for interviewing Jonathan Miller) so I suggest this book INSTEAD of the Bible. A group of us Unitarian Universalists are reading this in our Peace study/action group.
    Quotes from the cover of book: "Practicing peace is possible with every step, with every breath. It is possible for us to practice together and bring hope and compassion into our daily lives and into the lives of our families, our community, our nation, and the world." (TNH)
    "He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth." (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
    "[He] is a holy man... a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to world brotherhood, to humanity." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
    This is about always listening to others and being compassionate, bringing awareness into each moment of our lives (being mindfulness). By learning and practicing Thich Nhat Hanh's ideas of peace and compassion, one not only contributes to bringing peace in the world (and eliminating war) but also addresses issues such as poverty, lack of health care, too much consumption, inequality, and restoring the health of the earth. Just the issues we desperately need to proceed with.

    (2) And to go with this book, I suggest a full set of transcripts and/or videos of Bill Moyers interviews. There is SO MUCH to learn from them, SO MUCH insight! Every interview makes me wish that everyone, especially our political leaders, would watch and listen and apply what these people offer us. The world would be so different if they did.

    Thank You Bill Moyers! (and for being part of the grassroots efforts that Grace Lee Boggs talks about)

    "Aesop's Fables"

    I recommend Ronald Wright's, A Short History of Progress, J. Carter's, Our Endangered Values, and W. Moyers, On America.

    I reccommend 'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson....the environment is just NOT an isolated issue from any other. The environment affects our health, education, religon, economy, culture, and just about every other issue being discussed these days..

    Aesop's Fables

    A People's History of the Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn AND Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. One prose, one poetry - both steeped in the TRUE human history of our United States.

    I recommend Ronald Wright's, A Short History of Progress, J. Carter's, Our Endangered Values, and W. Moyers, On America.

    Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeir and Trance formation of America by Cathy O'Brien.

    Both of these books expose some of the key players-whether they are elite families, individuals, corporations, foundations, secret societies, "shadow governments"and especially traitors within the government
    The important message is that the basic battle really is one of good vs. evil, and NOT Republicans vs. Democrats.

    Aesop's Fables

    I would recommend "Natural Capitalism" Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken et al. The best introduction to sustainable business principles with many great ideas from green transportation to providing food and water for the world. Helps explain how conventional capitalism is ruining civilization and the viable alternative. Close second for a book was Howard Zinn's autobiography "You can't be Neutral of a Moving Train". His point to succeed as a country we have to truly understand our history and learn to jump over our nationalism. thanks for asking.

    I agree that they should read The Federalist Papers.

    I would recommend George Baldwin's "Political Reading of the Life of Jesus" which simply and starkly demonstrates how the Christian right have it all wrong when it comes to politics. Christianity in its current form was adopted principally by the politically powerful as a simple tool for manipulating the masses.

    The next President and every American over age 18 should read Legacy Of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. If you think you know about the crimes of the CIA, there is probably more, shockingly more here, than you realize. The next President needs to learn how the CIA and various prior Presidents have abused the constitution,  abused each others offices,violated the trust of the American people, spread havoc abroad, the consequences from which we and much of the rest of the world are still suffering. 

    Required reading for all Presidential candidates: "Measuring Up: 2006 - The National Report Card on Higher Education"

    because, despite trillions of FEDERAL dollars, educating the American public for the 21st century has been left undone by the three last administrations.

    The report also offers SOLUTIONS.

    Research links 48 of 52 states with a weakness that also impacts voter participation RIGHT NOW:

    "...underperformance in educating its young population could limit the state’s access to a competitive workforce and weaken its economy over time."

    The strong performers also have worrisome weaknesses ... e.g., "strong performance in higher education could be undermined by large disparities in opportunity. The state is falling behind in the percentage of 9th graders graduating from high school in four years. And as the well-educated baby boomer generation begins to retire, the young population that will replace it does not appear as prepared educationally to maintain or enhance the state’s position in a global economy. Since the early 1990s, colleges and universities in (state) have become less affordable for students and their families. If these trends are not addressed, they could limit the state’s access to a competitive workforce and weaken its economy over time."

    I recommend Ken Wilber's "The Integral Vision" (2007), an admirable and concise synopsis of his still emerging, 30+ year-old integral philosophy--relevant to politcs, art, business, education, spirituality, psychology, sustainablility, etc.

    Yet another recommendation for:

    Powerdown - Richard Heinberg
    The Long Emergency - James Howard Kunstler
    The Geography of Nowhere - Kunstler again
    Cradle to Cradle - William McDonough
    The Ecology of Commerce - Paul Hawken

    Skip the Bible. The next President needs to re-read D'Toquville's "Democracy in America". It is a reminder that citizens need to be participants in the invention of the government, not consumers. America needs to refind its spirit of voluntary association which was the grand secret of our success and the source of our early wealth.
    When did we stop being citizens and become consumers anyway?

    The one book I really want the next president to read is the Constitution. I'm quite serious about this. I want them to get one of those little books GPO puts out and keep it close by every minute. Punch a hole in it and put it on a string around their neck if necessary, but I want the next administration to follow that Constitution to the letter. No torture, no violations of national or international law, no spying on the American people.

    I would suggest The Federalist Papers so the next president is very clear about exactly what the Constitution says.

    Madeleine Albright's Memo to the President-Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership

    War & Punishment by Tolstoyevsky

    Only a profound understanding of the wisdom of classical literature can save the next President, and us all.

    Why Good People Do Bad Things by Dr. Gerard Vanderhaar presents a vision of peace coming about through caring people exercising social justice, a quality all leaders should have.

    As I read through this list, I was amazed at how many of the books recommended that I have read. Not all, of course. But, instead of recommending a book, I'd like to recommend that the next president of the United States take with him - Bill Moyers - as part of an important "advisory team" to help keep him informed and balanced. I've followed the career of Mr. Moyers for many many years, and there's not a person in America, in my opinion, with higher integrity. And he knows so many people who are highly qualified to talk on so many important subjects.

    Marilyn Ferguson's "Aquarian Conspiracy" written in 1980, and her follow-up twenty-five years later called "Aquarius Now."

    Many great recommendations here, but mine is The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James Howard Kunstler. We are grossly unprepared for the changes to come, and we continue living in denial. Energy prices, shortages, and climate change, if we fail to prepare for them, have the potential to destroy our economy, our government, our way of life, and even much of our population.

    I think that what is lacking in EVERY president that has sat in the office in my lifetime is the apparent lack of sensitivity to the empirical history of the United States. I, therefore, wish that the next president would read Howard Zinn's book: A People's History of the United States of America. I believe that the solution to all of the present crises in our country are in that book.

    The Forgotten Cause of the Civil War: A New Look at the Slavery Issue
    by Lawrence R. Tenzer

    Tenzer shows that the white Southern slaves produced by a combination of racial mixture and the maternal descent rule were viewed as white people by Northerners, who had good reason to fear that any white person ("mixed" or "pure") could be kidnapped by slave catchers and sold into slavery in the South.

    Tenzer also destroys the argument of those neo-Confederates who contend that the Southern states (called The Slave Power in the North) were merely resisting the tyranny of a federal government. The Slave Power effectively controlled Congress and the Presidency for most of the antebellum period. The "3/5 Rule" gave congressmen from the slave states the right to represent slaves (people who obviously couldn't vote), thereby giving them far more power than they would have received if they had been limited to repre! senting free persons.

    Free states exercised "states' rights" by passing personal liberty laws to nullify the effects of the federal Fugitive Slave Law. This law gave the accused slave no rights to bring witnesses, have a jury, or any other forms of due process. The judge was authorized by the law to receive a larger fee if he ruled against the slave than if he ruled in his favor. Tenzer also shows that, when you consider the low wages of the average Southern white male, coupled with sharp rises in slave prices, slave catching was a tempting business. The slave catcher would earn more with one kidnapping expedition than he could earn by a year or two of hard labor.

    Many liberals historians ask why Northern whites would fight a civil war to free "blacks" they didn't consider equal. The obvious answer is that they saw slavery as a threat to whites. There was not only the issue of the white slaves, but the constant denigration of a free society by the! intellectual defenders of slavery. Slavery apologists con! stantly stated that their slaves were better off than free white laborers in the North. More than that, the pro-slavery intellectuals defended slavery as a good in and of itself, regardless of "race" or "color." Tenzer shows that Republican party political literature of the antebellum period took the threat of white enslavement seriously.

    I join many others in suggesting Barbara Tuchman's _The March of Folly_.

    Hubris can level modern America as easily as it did ancient Greece.

    Debunking 911 Debunking by David Ray Griffin. The next president needs to understand that 911 was an inside job or synthetic terror event, so we could take away more of our liberties, go to war w/ Iraq, keep the opium flowing in Afganistan, and establish the legislative framework for our future military police state.

    Mike Gravel's "Citizen Power." The president of this nation must know and remember that WE are the people.

    The next president needs to read, and needs especially to read Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley
    Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston
    Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    Becasue the next president needs to undrstand the ugly underpinnings of society to succeed.

    Anything by Molly Ivins!

    Mke Gravel's "Citizen Power." We must remind the "leader" of this nation that WE are the people.

    "PERFECTLY LEGAL" by David Cay Johnston. The rich are allowed, even encouraged, to shirk their duty and ability to pay their fair share of taxes, while our struggling middle class is now footing more than their share of the bill. Our tax system with all its loopholes, mainly benefiting the already rich, needs to be revamped.

    My husband suggests "The Best and the Brightest" and I suggest "Winnie the Pooh."

    Complete works of William Shakespeare.

    That should provide four years worth of reading and provide examples to act in all situations.

    Since all of them are going to hear a lot of American religion talk, Greg Boyd's "Myth of a Christian Nation" is a must-read. It's an excellent analysis of the stark contrast between American history and real Christianity.

    The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam
    By Allama Muhammad Iqbal

    I don't know if anyone else suggested it, but my book choice for the next president would be the complete works of William Shakespeare. Obviously this would prepare him or her for just about any crisis or event.

    The Assault On Reason by Al Gore,
    This book is exactly what I have been feeling for the last eight years, I say eight, because of the fear I felt when I heard Bush campaign and use the language of born again Christians eight years ago. A lot of people didn't realize what he was doing, because you have to really be one to know the language, and I used to be one. I knew that he was speaking directly to them, and using them, and it scared me. I feel justified for that fear now, our country is alone and less safe, because of his unilateral imperial agenda. He told the world God told him what to do, and the country fell for it. He has used God as an excuse to get across the agenda of his far right extremist coalition, to the detriment of this country. It is criminal in my mind the things he has done and he should be impeached. Gore lays out, in an easy way for the average person to understand, all I have been feeling for eight years. Everyone needs to read it to understand how those people work on fear and emotion rather than reason. Less government to these extremists means big corporations getting away with polluting the air, our water, less safe food, less safety in the work place...turning back and stopping the clock on all the progress made for human rights in our generation. Less government means to them less accountability for the rich getting richer. But they do want government to interfere and invade for no reason other countries without having debate or dialogue with anyone else. They do want government to govern our so called moral values, and they hide it under God, to keep their base in line; it makes me fearful and angry. They want to control the press and anyone that doesn't fall into line are threatened with no access or no job. They hire their cronies who agree with them and threaten those who don't. They make laws to keep people down, building the servant class and destroying the middle class, in order to keep them powerful and well served, and to insure they will be left alone to do their will. They keep good educations from those who need it to better their lives. They allow the Drug corporations to write our health care policies. Why don't more people see what is happening, get outraged and do something about it? I am a registered voter non-party, but the republicans cannot win again until this extremist bigoted faction of the party are rendered irrelevant to politics again. They are as scary as the Klu Klux Clan, and about as hateful. I have never been interested in politics before, but Bush scared the be Jesus out of me and I have been educating myself for the last year or so to become a more informed citizen and to hopefully change what has happened to this country in the last 8 years. That is why I think voters are coming out in unprecedented numbers this year, because like me they are scared of the right wing Fascists, and deep down know something needs to change, but maybe not fully understanding what has happened to make them feel that way. This book of Al Gore speaks to the average person, is easy to understand and is a faster read, than most of the non-Fiction I have been reading for a year now. This was such a good idea, to have people come together and make a book list. I am going to read the ones posted here on this blog, thank you, and I love your show, I watch every week, I love your dedication to bringing the truth to us.
    Kathy Mae

    "The Moon is Down" by John Steinbeck.

    Steinbeck wrote the book as a propaganda piece against the Germans during WWII. Told through the viewpoint of villagers in an occupied Scandanavian country, the novel shows how the deposed citizenry always had the upper hand to the invading army. Resilient as the soldiers own fears and longing to be home got the better of them, the book made it clear that a military threat can never take away the spirit of an occupied people.

    It's a must read for anyone who believes we can change the hearts through military conquest.

    Hostile Takeover by David Sirota - draws direct lines between the money and the votes and it's the best argument I've seen yet for clean money campaigns.

    I hope I am not too late. This book may have been mentioned already. I ran out of time reading the excellent suggestions. "The Long Emergency" by James Kuntsler. I can' remember the subtitle but it is about the inevitable collapse of our country. Written in 2005 but it is playing out exactly as he wrote. If you haven't done a program with him on it you should interview him. A scary book but hopeful too with some good suggestions of ways to survive.

    I think every American -- but especially our next President -- should read Glenn Greenwald's 2006 bestseller, How Would A Patriot Act? In it, he describes how "a creeping extremism has taken hold of our federal government, and it is threatening to radically alter our system of government and who we are as a nation."

    Anthony Arnove's IRAQ: The Logic of Withdrawal is the book I wish the next president would take to the White House.

    Another vote for Ted Nace's "Gangs of America" readable online.

    "The Future of Money" by Bernard Lietaer. Sane, non-fiat money as a "complementary currency" leading to an enormous increase in both economic activity and employment.

    People's History of the United States-- Howard Zinn. A real-life history of the downtrodden and the ordinary--something all in power should have knowledge of

    The Art of War by L. Tsu. Any Democrat will have to read it to understand the strategies of the Republican ruling class.

    The Prince by Machiavelli. Same reason.

    A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States by John Q. Adams. Every American should read this work to regain an insight into separation of powers of state.

    I recommend the allegorical treatment, The Beatitudes, part of The New Orleans Trilogy, which is based on Dante's Divine Comedy: To wit so that we do not have to travel downward toward on the circles to hell again: "Bells rang out and echoed in a rush of rolling tintinnabulation and so we hurried along, passing a tall building with a round flat dome on the top. A black halo surrounded the building circling round and round at a fantastic speed. The buzzing sound was deafening. I kept looking back as we headed into the sun and I realized that this was the World Trade Center at New Orleans and the black whirl was millions of flies. Where greedy pigs run free.
    There was a dark slash across the horizon. We climbed steps that led onto a ledge and stood looking into a valley that was lush with swaying green and yellow grasses. There was no evidence of creatures there. It was all pure nature.
    “Why are we here?” I asked.
    Delcambre pointed to the valley. “I want you to remember that this is where you must leave all human ways of thought behind you. No calculations, no cause and effect. Accept what is given to you. When you return, that is when the lists are made. Come.”
    “I hear wolves,” whispered Pinch.
    “They are near the river,” said Delcambre. “Remember, those who envy eat each other and thus avarice and then gluttony are created.”
    “And so on,” I said.
    We turned west in unison. We knew our path. Down in the valley a large modern building jutted up into the clear blue sky. The sky was reflected in its windows. A crowd stood in front of great steel doors and we heard crying, pleading by a young voice. The crowd parted as we approached. A young man knelt before an old lady dressed in black. She was hitting him with a stick and shouting kill, kill, kill. She turned to us and smiled, then the crowd surged onto the man, lifted him up and carried him into the building."
    The Beatitudes, Rebuilding the public libraries of New Orleans

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin. Also, DESCENT INTO TYRANNY by Alex Jones.

    I recommend "Web of Debt" by Ellen Brown 2007. "The Shocking truth about our money system - the sleight of hand that has trapped us in debt and how we can break free". It seems to undergird our global reality, i.e., what drives wars, wealth and poverty worldwide. This is scholarly researched and clearly written and more than just an inconvenient truth I feel it's an essential truth for anyone wishing to understand the human tectonic plates of our civilization.

    A must read for our next president is a forthcoming book this year by Winslow Myers titled "Building a World Beyond War: A Roadmap for Citizens." As other small books like Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" have played a significant role in our history, this work articulates a critical path for our future. The means are the ends in the making. For more information contact

    Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston seems to me essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of our country and the growing disparities that may be our most important threat to democracy.

    "On Man and The Universe", Aristotle. Would be a good companion for the president. People and times change but the need for fairness and civility are always there.

    I saw the show you did a few weeks back on makeing the case for impeachment. I agreed with you and your guests compleetly. Given the fact that this white house has gotten so much power in the last 7 years, I would love to see the next president read Animal farm. what a perfect book to demonstrate the absoult courption of power.
    christian lopez

    "Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future" by Peter Ward. The various global warming scenarios presented at the end of this book make all other problems seem small by comparison.

    I hope this is the place for book suggestions for Bill Moyers show on Fri. 2-8.
    The book, 3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin. Story of Greg M and his quest to build schools in Afghanstan and Pakiston in the villages where the poorest people live and they want education more than anything. Greg shows that education is the only way to bring peace and a way to end Islamic terrorism. If we really want peace, we will have it, not with military might, but with book, not bombs.

    In light of the recent revelations that all of the 9/11 "confessions" were obtained under torture, and in an effort to prevent America's further slide into a dictatorial police state, I reccomend that the next president read David Griffin's, "The 9/11 Commision Report: Omissions and Distortions."

    I agree with Harold K. below. Constitutional expert Joel Bakan's book, "The Corporation", and the documentary based on the book, are too important not to read and see. This book truly shook me to the core.

    2 books:

    "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf." A new President has to account for policy changes that offer so much advantage to corporations at the expense of relatively powerless individuals. What could be the consequences to constitutional order if this trend continues unchanged?

    "The Sorrows of Empire" or any other book by Chalmers Johnson. A national security imperative has led us to eke out over 700 military bases internationally. Is this over-extension and if so, what would be the consequences, both pro and con when we scale back?

    How about "The Spoon River Anthology" to remind a President living inside the beltway that the lives of those he or she governs are fleeting, yet filled with so much hope and fear.

    Bill --

    I would like the next President to read (not scan) _Utopia_ by Thomas More. It is both wonderful and somehow sad that the critique of law, politics, and society offered in _Utopia_ remains -- after nearly five hundred years in print -- still so very much on target.

    More wrote _Utopia_ not to describe a destination but to start a discussion, and a journey. Reading the book and understanding its history might remind the next President that, although it may be a long and difficult trek to improve human societies, it is always a journey worth undertaking.

    It might also remind the President that even lawyers do have imaginations and can use them, as lawyer More did in writing his book.

    Then again, More did lose his head. . . .


    Howard V. Hendrix

    Reading through, I noticed only one person recommended Joel Bakan's "The Corporation". This is both sad and frightening,for such an important book. We'll never grow as a society without paying heed to this work.

    Citizen Power by Mike Gravel. He's one of the most patriotic living Americans - a modern day Thomas Paine. He may not win the election (sadly), but his message is the best one to truly influence the future of our country for the better.

    I believe the one book the next president should read is "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. Only by understanding where our country truly has been can we make informed decisions regarding our future.

    BLESSED UNREST by Paul Hawken

    First, and foremost,the message of this book is positive. The book had its genesis in after-talk meetings with thousands of people who shared their work, their beliefs, and their business cards. It carries the subtitle"How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming." The movement is composed of organizations that fit within the very broad framework of environmental activism, peoples' rights, and social justice. The number of such entities world wide falls between one and two million (more than ten million individuals)—largely non-profits and NGOs. Now with the certainty of a new President, government can react and capitalize on the successful works in progress.

    Before arriving at the White House, the elected one should read the latest works of Oliver Sacks (about the brain), Sherwin B. Nuland (about aging-very accelerated as a President), and Nicholas Basbanes (about books-the power of the printed word to stir the world). A quiet time to read is a necessity.


    A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan and Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam by Robert Dreyfuss should be on the top of any new President's reading list for foreign policy.

    I would like to add that I find it disgraceful that so many people would recommed the crank that David Ray Griffin publishes about 9/11. They desperately need to read this.

    Any president that allows the Bible to be their first choice - should be required to read Leo Tolstoy's thoughtful non-fictional critique - The Kingdom of God Is Within You - the book credited with being a major influence on Mahatma Gandhi.

    CONSUMED How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R. Barber. This book should definitely be read by every candidate and citizen. It is the best book I have read in a DECADE and I read hundreds of books. Read it.

    This great list of books suggests that our government hasn't been using the best ideas that could put our country in a positive direction.

    The next president must listen to new ideas or we're doomed to hear the same distored noise, where, in Yeats' words, " The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity"

    "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, is the best book written about our failed occupation in Iraq.

    The aforementioned books, from "The Shock Doctrine" to The Constitution," are terrific, but I just want a president that will listen to the voices of a hopeful future, not a fearful past.

    Lester Brown's "Plan B 3.0"... if you care about your children and grandchildren.

    It all depends. If the next president is a Democrat, he or she should read "Before the Storm" by Rick Perlstein. That book is indispensable for understanding how the GOP was transformed from a political party into a pathology. And if our next president does not get that he or she is up against a pathology, there won't be a lot of headway to be made.

    If a Republican, "Eisenhower" by Stephen Ambrose. Our Republican friends need to be reminded that it is possible to be both a Republican and a responsible leader. (However, someone needs to redact the chapter on Guatamala first..)

    Lester Brown's Plan B 3.0... if you care about your children and grandchildren.

    "The Great War for Civilisation" by Bill Fisk. No, that's not a typo, just English spelling. This book was a real eye opener as to the abuse heaped on the population of that region.

    Plus, the book is long and fat-- this might keep our new president occupied finding out how we and other imperial regimes have operated.

    "Blowback" by Chalmers Johnson or any relevant history book which emphasizes how we as humans keep making the same mistakes over and over. And over and over due to our innate hubris.

    Like a lot of others have, I vote for "Collapse", by Jared Diamond.

    Nobody is going to "bring" a book with them to the White House. However, the next president may "TAKE" a book with them to the White House.
    Explanation: Bring it here, take it there. Bring it with you when you come, take it with you when you go. Hopefully, the next president will at least have better grammar than the current resident. It would be nice if supposedly educated reporters did as well, but not likely.

    A must read: Voltaire's Bastards by J.R. Saul (1992)
    Though written very densely,it fully explains our systemic, i.e. institutional (govt, business, military, etc)dysfunctions in the western developed nations. The Vietnam and Iraq debacles are prime examples, that have deep, intertwining roots that must be extricated and remedied. If not, we will repeat our disasters, like drug addicts, until system collape.

    There are a lot of expected recommendations posted here (Atlas Shrugged, The Art of War, etc.) Let me suggest one that most probably haven't read: "The Seventeen Traditions," by Ralph Nader.

    The book, as the title might suggest, details seventeen traditions instilled in Ralph Nader by his parents. The lessons found therein are desperately needed in an age devoid of civic virtue. Cultivating these principles among America's youth is the single most important challenge to our sputtering democracy.

    I would recommend two books: The Art of Non-War by Kim Michaels and Mary's Message of Love by Allan Arthur Schulte. These would be two balanced approaches to the problems we are facing in this country because obviously the approaches that have been done in the past are not working.

    War does not bring prosperity and this country has to move out of this dualistc thinking. Mary's Message of Love Mother Mary'presents her views on contempary issues that are facing this nation--everything from aboration to gay rights. Both are a must read. You don't have to be Catholic to read about Mary.

    "Deterring Democracy" by Noam Chomsky. "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine couldn't hurt either. I really enjoy your show Bill, keep up the great work.

    An Unbroken Agony: Haiti from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President by Randall Robinson, 2007, exposes the CIA covert removal of democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti in 2004.

    All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer, 2003, details the CIA overthrow of the elected government of Iran in 1953 in order to enrich the foreign oil companies. This sowed the seeds for the blowback the US is experiencing today.

    These two books show the US-backed CIA methods used for covertly overthrowing foreign governments, beginning with Iran in 1953. Any President needs to understand this formula, used repeatedly, if he or she is to stop the US's illegal attacks against other countries and regain world respect for the US. We can no longer afford to have a secret government operating within our elected government. The sad truth is that Presidents already know this formula. It's the non-reading US citizens who need to read and learn it.

    I would strongly suggest that the next president read and understand the Constitution of the United States of America. Future presidents must understand the importance of this document. This president has no understanding and no desire to understand let alone protect this foundation of Democracy. We must restore our Constitution. Impeachment is mandatory to stop further erosion of our Constitution.

    It may already have been suggested, but I'd like to recommend the next president (and all government leaders for that matter) read Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".

    Let's hope the next president reads.

    For the next president, I recommend Rhinehold Niebuhr's Irony of American History. Niebuhr will remind our new leader that American is one nation among many and doesnt' necessarily represent God's will. This books would set a context for any leader and also reminds a new president that, "nothing really worth doing can be accomplished in one life time."

    I would recommend strongly that they read David Cay Johnston’s, How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill). David Cay Johnston’s writing is riveting, and his expose on how government regulations are helping take from the many to help the few is essential knowledge or all who wish a good and prosperous future for America. Which I hope our presidential candidates do. As David points out while from 1970 to today the size of our GDP has more than tripled, yet the lower 90% of American have seen their incomes drop. Johnston has done provides a major service for America and it will only be useful if we and the presidential candidates read it and take action. In case you missed it Mr. Johnston was interviewed by Bill Moyer’s,
    and Terry Gross’s Fresh Air
    They are well worth listening to and passing on to our friends and politicians who love America and want to help it to have a great future.

    Best book: "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston


    Books for the next president to read:

    All books by Dr. Ron Paul

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin (already recommended several times)

    "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin (no relation to David Ray Griffin)

    "Cracking the Code: The Fascinating Truth About Taxation in America" by Peter Hendrickson

    "The Israel Lobby" by Meirsheimer and Walt

    That should be enough to get them started. Problem is those running know all this information already, yet they won't talk about it, except for Dr. Ron Paul.

    I recommend "The Art of Possibility" by Rosamund & Benjamin Zander. As the title implies, this book is about what is possible, about reaching for goals that were thought to be unreachable, about all of us taking care of each other so as to to nurture that impulse.It is subtitled "A Book Of Practices", and each section opens with a quote or an anecdote to set the stage for what is to follow. The first one goes like this---"A shoe factory sends two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to study the prospects for expanding business. One sends back a telegram saying, 'Situation hopeless, no one wears shoes!' The other write backs triumphantly, 'Glorious business opportunity, they have no shoes!'"

    The whole book is like that. it is an inspiring read, yet fun and playful. One of the sections begins with a story in which the punch line is, "Don't take yourself so God Damned Seriously!" This book follows that axiom.

    I recommend to the candidates the book "The Israeli Lobby" by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt to serve as a primer of the working of various Israeli lobbies. And how domestic politics dictates our foreign policy.

    I highly recommend Alan Greenspan's book, THE AGE OF TURBULENCE. It is time we get our heads out of the clouds and begin to understand the economics of the age in which we are living.

    Nothing can help a president maintain his/her direction better than Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth". If followed, the president can stay focused on what is important and we will all benifit.

    I echo the recommendations for The Shock Doctrine and Dark Ages America. A great book that has yet to be suggested is The Politics of Jesus by Obery Hendericks, Jr. I would also like to see him as a guest on your show from time to time during this campaign season.

    The next prez should read Faust.

    i have to agree...

    Author: David Ray Griffin


    so shocking i didn't want to believe it... but, the evidence speaks for itself. Why did we not hear any of these facts during and shortly after 9/11? Bill please interview this guy!

    "Voltaire's Bastards" by John Ralston Saul. This is an impossibly broad analysis of what ails us and why. It is astonishing that one person could write so knowledgeably about so many things, around a common thread.

    I can't follow all his arguments, so I can't tell if he is really on the right track or not - but there are some pretty good exolanations for things that have puzzled me for a long time.

    How did we get ourselves into this mess? A president could get some perspectivew here.

    The first requirement of good government is COMPASSION.

    No book I have ever used as a daily read compels compassion more than KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM by Rachel Naomi Remen.

    Without compassion all governments shall eventually corrupt.

    * “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, the rights and strengths of the individual vs. the mob,
    * “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, personal failure, discovery and salvation,
    * “1776″ by David McCullough, remembering what we were when we as a nation were just discovering for ourselves,
    * “Theodore Rex” by Edmund Morris, Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency and how TR as a person defines what personal strength and moral courage really are,
    * “Citizen Soldiers” by Stephen Ambrose, to me this book defines what is perhaps our single greatest trait as a nation, our individual citizen’s willingness to help set wrong to right. We did it for the right reasons then and are so lost now, and lastly,
    * “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, perhaps the best of the bunch as it describes the times of hatred, strife and war that at its core is so similar to our times now.

    "The Creature from Jekyll Island" - G. Edward Griffin

    The creature is the Federal Reserve which is creating fiat money and depleting our economic wealth by transferring it to the third world.

    Add my own formula, $ = NAME RECOGNITION = ELECTION, and the next president will see that at least one of the sheep out here understands his or her socialist (probably Council on Foreign Relations) motivation to ignore our Constitution in favor of world government.

    Follow the money and you'll see what, not necessarily who, drives everything.

    Book: State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America by Pat Buchanan. We are losing our culture, language, sovereignty, heritage, history, country, and national security to non-citizens (illegal immigrants) who view our country as a welfare state and a paycheck. Americans built this country and we can not continue to be on a path of self-destruction by allowing an unfettered flow of non-citizens into our country because it will ultimately be to our own peril. For the last 30-40 years, all our Presidents have forgotten the importance of our immigration laws and why they need to be enforced.

    My suggestion is that the next president should read The Art of non War, by Kim Michaels.

    Though 35 years old, E. M. Schumacher's SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: Economics as if People Mattered is still and will always be relevant.

    It's been interesting reading thru so many thoughtful posts and nominations of wonderful books. But I have to say, at this point I am so tired of hearing about what's WRONG with the US, or the world, I think we have a pretty clear picture about that. I'm more interested in reading books about SOLUTIONS -- HOW do we make these very wrong things right, and get our country back on track? That's what I am desperately looking to hear more ideas about. That's why I'm not drawn to books like Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine," Naomi Wolf's book or some of the others listed here. While I recognize their clarity and even moments of brilliance, they don't really tell us something that you can't figure out by looking at the news headlines today, i.e. our country is screwed up, dreadfully so.

    No, instead I am drawn more to books like Steven Hill's "Ten Steps to Repair American Democracy." We need solutions, and I have read this book and it's brilliant and concise and chock full of solutions. I agree with what the other person who proposed this book said, that so much of what ails our country starts with the failure of our democratic system. If we don't fix that, all is else is lost, I'm afraid. So I would say that books like "Ten Steps" are where we need to focus now. Like Obama has said, it's time for hope, time for new beginnings, time for getting it right, and books like Ten Steps offer that hope in the form of real solutions. That's where I think we need to go. Anybody else with me on this? Or are you all still into ranting about the problems?

    Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II by William Blum


    Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror by Mahmood Mamdani

    "The Assault On Reason"
    by Al Gore
    This book will instruct the next President about how our government was intended to work, the constitution, and the seperation of powers. By examining the Bush administrations constant abuses of presidential power and the media's inattention to the concept of a "well informed citizenry" the next president will have a guide of what to be wary of, how to uphold the oath of his/her office to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and to the best of his or her Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," and a real understanding of being in service to the commen good. This book explains what it all means.

    "A Multitude of Counsel on Strengthening the Family by Dr William C. Small

    Many of the issues that we face in society pertaining to crime and the economy can be traced back to the break down of the family. A president of a company or president of a country can return their respective entity to relative peace and prosperity by concentrating on strengthening the families within their area of responsibility. Each fortune 500 corporation operates on family principles. This book contains the seven principles that fortune 500 corporations operate on which led them to become economic powerhouses. The next US President needs to read this book to return America to its status as an economic powerhouse in the world market.

    SUPERPATRIOTISM by Michael Parenti.

    This book challenges the "USA! USA!" as number one that is so well parodied on "The Colbert Report".


    With both parties trying to appear Christian, it is important to remember what the tragic results have been when Christianity has imposed its will in the past. It was not sweetness and light.

    "Good Poems for Hard Times" selected by Garrison Keillor.

    As a Canadian watching American affairs with great interest, I would recommend the following book go into the White House with the next president: All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindrgarten.

    William Carlos Williams' seminal collection of poems "Spring and All". The apparent simplicity belies a poet that worked hard and constantly refining his work. We should only be lucky enough for a President to strive for such.

    "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," (Proverbs 23:7)

    Public education has not been developing children's mental and spiritual capacities for the 21st century: thinking, reasoning, judging, perceiving, intuiting, etc. are necessary in order to understand the complex issues and, hence, to vote. Thus, I recommend an excellent website ...

    People need to hear more about what the candidates are reading and how they will use those ideas to move democracy -- and public educatio --- back on track after becoming president.

    As a nation, the people's conversation must also examine whether the current democratic system is really of, for, and by the people -- or just of, for and by a 1% minority.

    Without realizing it, Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" seems to have predicted America's current conundrum ... for, time is definitely the variable on the side of those in power--throughout their families' generations:

    "... it only remains to know which power in the constitution has the most weight, for that will govern; and though the others, or a part of them, may clog, or, as the phrase is, check the rapidity of its motion, yet so long as they cannot stop it, their endeavors will be ineffectual; the first moving power will at last have its way, and what it wants in speed is supplied by time."

    Source: Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, printed by W. and T. Bradford, Philadelphia, 1791.

    Online - accessed Feb 7, 2008

    Isn't it ironic? ... and scary for the rest of the world ...

    America, symbolized in the person of George Washington, resisted the notion of a monarchy ... the title of King George I of America. It seems that it was only a question of time before democracy of, for, and by the people became a monarchy of sorts ... today, he reigns America!

    Examples abound that those in power do read and harness authors' thoughts in service to their agendas.

    Online - ... immigration laws --- a current topic of debate --- has a sordid history:

    "The worldwide Eugenics movement gained strength in the U.S. at the end of the 1890s, when theories of selective breeding espoused by British anthropologist Francis Galton and his protégé Karl Pearson, gained currency. Connecticut was the first of many states, beginning in 1896, to pass marriage laws with eugenic provisions, prohibiting anyone who was "epileptic, imbecile or feeble-minded" from marrying. The noted American biologist, Charles Davenport, became the director of biological research at a station in Cold Spring Harbor in New York in 1898. Six years later the Carnegie Institute provided the funding for Davenport to create the Station for Experimental Evolution. Then, in 1910, Davenport and Harry H. Laughlin took advantage of their positions at the Eugenics Record Office to promote eugenics."

    "...Madison Grant, a lawyer known more as a conservationist and eugenist created the "racialist movement" in America advocating the extermination of "undesirables" and certain "race types" from the human gene pool. He played a critical role in restrictive U.S. immigration policy and anti-miscegenation laws. His work provided the justification for Nazi policies of forced sterilization and euthanasia. He wrote two of the seminal works of American racialism: The Passing of the Great Race (1916) and The Conquest of a Continent (1933). The Passing of the Great Race gained immediate popular success and established Grant as an authority in anthropology, and laid the groundwork for his research in eugenics."


    May God bless America's ordinary people ...


    The bible is a mythical book. Any reasonable person will wonder what it would have to do in the oval office, especially if not complemented by the Torah, the Koran, and the sacred scriptures of all major world religions.

    And what a joke of having the president read only one other book! It makes George W. Bush appear literate.

    Anyway, I would definitely concur that Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" would be an excellent candidate. Even though it is widely available, clearly written and well-reasoned, politicians have tried hard to ignore its existence. Yet reading it would force a U.S. president to start doing his/her job at long last: recognize publicly that the U.S. government is overrun with corruption, purge the U.S. government of its criminal elements, and make the remaining employees understand that public service is first and foremost about serving the public.


    Might I be so bold to suggest that our next president read a book that turns integrity from a vague, abstract, philosophical concept into a set of concrete, specific actions? If the next president wants to live at the intersection of personal freedom and collective highest good, the book to read is "The New IQ: How Integrity Intelligence Serves You, Your Relationships and Our World by Dr. David Gruder." I don't at all mean to be self-serving with this recommendation. I am passionately sincere about it.

    My suggestion, besides the Bible and the Constitution, would be The Essential Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a most timely book when the New Deal is being unravelled, and we shall soon rediscover the value of what our parents and grandparents bequethed us. Their blood, toil, tears and sweat yielded years of relative peace and prosperity. May it not have been in vain.

    Our next president needs to read

    -Nuclear Power is not the Answer, by Helen Caldicott

    -Humanism and Democratic Criticism, by Edward Said

    -Conversations in Maine: Exploring Our Nation's Future by Grace Lee Boggs, James Boggs, Freddy Paine, and Lyman Paine

    And, although I would hope that the book that founded our country has a permanent home in the Whitehouse, I must include what should be required reading for all presidents, Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

    I've given this much thought since viewing an airing of the program a few days ago.

    First of all, let me say that I agree with the idea that you can gain insight into a person's thinking by reading the books they've read; as much as we might like to think the government is incompetent, I think they are not merely seeking to intimidate the citizenry by securing our library records.

    I've read many of the books recommended by others. "Heat" by George Monbiot. "Collapse" by Jared Diamond. "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein. I find that "Plan B 3.0", by Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, is the best. Why?

    "Plan B 3.0" succintly addresses every problem facing the planet today, giving concrete science-based solutions that can affordably and quickly be implimented on a global scale. No other book does this so well, nor so convincingly.

    "Plan B 3.0" directly references Jared Diamond's work from "Collapse", answering the questions "Collapse" poses for our current civilization. It's solutions necessitate a way of doing business which is different than that outlined in "The Shock Doctrine". Besides, I think most presidential candidates are well aware of the reality "The Shock Doctrine" unmasks for us average citizens.

    "Heat" is a magnificent work, and unique in daring to actually calculate and consider the realities of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It presents a picture of a just Britain, taking proper responsibility for historical emissions. Interestingly, this book had to be sourced from Canada for quite a while, as it was not available here! Equivalent versions of "Heat", written for every nation, need to be written. So whilst I think it's an important component and contribution, a reading of "Plan B 3.0" is the greater plan, and "Heat" is a subserviant work.

    I am a climate educator, presenting a slideshow authored by Al Gore, as featured in "An Inconvenient Truth". Yet I do not bring copies of his book to my presentations. I bring "Plan B 3.0", and recommend it to everyone not satisfied with merely changing their lightbulbs and buying a brand new hybrid car.

    "Plan B 3.0" MUST be the guidebook for the next president, or civilization is lost.

    "The Corporation", by constitutional lawyer Joel Bakan. I believe it to be the most important book thus far largely ignored.

    There are a number of erudite and important books that would contribute enormously toward a philosophical foundation for good governance. Overall, though, if someone had read, grasped and appreciated the entire John McPhee catalog, I would be content that they were at least capable of perceiving perspective, the lack of which, I believe, has lead to many of the catastrophic dilemmas in which we are currently embroiled...

    "Cerebrations of a Solitary Man" by Bradley Berman

    The Great Work by Thomas Berry. TR Crowe says, "Maybe once every 100 years does someone emerge from the shuddering mass of humanity who speaks to us with a kind of clarity that is universally profound. Thomas Berry is such a figure. "The Great Work" will, I believe, be remembered as the touchstone, the 'bible' whose wisdom laid the groundwork for our continued healthy existence here on Earth."

    ''THE SHOCK DOCTRINE" by Naomi Klein"

    I think Hillary Clinton's suggestion was the best. The Constitution. However, I think she needs to brush up on the Constitution as well as the rest of the 434 members of Congress. In addition all of the Executive appointees as well as Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney need to READ the Constitution. I have a copy myself close by and find myself watching the news, looking an item in question up and begin screaming at the TV screen. It is pretty plain to me. Why can't the Americans who take an oath to the Constitution defend and uphold it.

    End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation by Barry C. Lynn, 2005. From the jacket: "End of the Line is the first real anatomy of globalization. It is the story of how American corporations created a global production system by exploding the traditional factory and casting the pieces to dozens of points around the world. It is the story of how free trade has made American citizens come to depend on the goodwill of people in very different nations, in very different regions of the world. It is a story of how executives and entrepreneurs at such companies as General Electric, Cisco Systems, Dell, Microsoft, and Flextronics adapted their companies to a world in which America's international policies were driven ever more by ideology rather than a focus on the long-term security and well-being of society."

    I recommend: "The Post-Corporate World" by David C. Korten. Good historical background for how we've gotten into the political, economic, environmental mess we are in, and how to get out of it - gave me hope!

    The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, by David Korten. A must read for leaders who are serious about working for real change.

    ''THE SHOCK DOCTRINE" by Naomi Klein" might cause a White House reader to rethink the casually heartless history we have chosen for the people of Iraq.....and then again, perhaps not, profit being profit.

    "A Soldier of the Great War" by Mark Helprin.
    It would be too long for George Bush but any of the other candidates could handle it.

    I was happy to read a number of posts that validate my choices for companion novels: The Grapes of Wrath and Atlas Shrugged. These stories helped me formulate beliefs and foster some confusion about the correct relationship between the individual and society. The next President’s success will depend heavily on his or her ability to demonstrate and articulate an understanding of those that disagree. Reading these books will empower that understanding.

    I suggest the book "The Real Lincoln" By Thomas Dilorenzo the ideas put forth in that book put a lie to what we now call the ideas of our forefathers. Industrial strength central government is not in the founders tastes for they saw it in King George, an all powerful OZ is our problem now under this unitary executive showing all the lie that power vested in one omnipotent executive is a cource to a tyrants rule.

    Naomi Kleins 'The Shock Doctrine'.....or anything else she has written for that matter.

    I think the old text "A Theory of Justice" by John Rawls may be a good book to have as a primer to create a better society. I want to start over.

    Any book by any economist that has the word "fair" more times than "free" and whose last name does not start with Fr is worth taking a chance on.

    First - I'd want Bill Moyers for president. Lacking that, we need someone who doesn't wave the flag and the bible and has read books like Harris's Letter to a Christian Nation or Time Traveling with Science and the Saints.

    Citizen Power by Mike Gravel. Washington insiders have forgotten that this is a governmnet of, by and for the people; Gravel's book is a good reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together and are no longer "drugged by fear." Obama says "Yes we can" but Mike Gravel tells us how we can.

    Two books, the first is Thom Hartmann's What would Jefferson Do? This book reminds us of the history of the constitution, what Jefferson thought American should be/become. The second is Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, an Eater's Manifesto. We have a serious health problem caused in part by our diets. This book is straightforward in evaluation our current problems and suggests next steps in finding sane diets and recovering from years of low quality foods.

    David Cay Johnston Free lunch is a great book that should be read by everyone.

    "Citizen Power" by Mike Gravel.

    We build a battleship a day in WWII, we can build enough windmills and solar to power the country in a year. And enact the National Initiative to do the things government won't.

    I recommend the next president (and for that matter the current one) read "Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil" by Michael C. Ruppert (with Contributor Catherine
    Austin Fitts, former Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration)
    ISBN 0865715408
    512 pages

    If it's down to one book, I'd have to vote for Thom Hartmann's brilliant THE LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT. Regardless of who wins, the next president will need to understand how the upcoming energy crisis and environmental issues like global warming will shape western civilization for the foreseeable future.

    by Dean Baker

    For me, D'Toquville's "Democracy in America" should be on the President's desk. It is a powerful reminder of the voluntary power of the American spirit without the intercession of the central government. Government is a necessary part of the American future, but it needs to be an expression of the people, not the dictator to the people.

    by Dean Baker

    There have been some excellent suggestions by many contributors. I would add that the next president should read and reread "The Leaders We Need" by Michael Maccoby. The leader we want (the one elected!) needs to have the personality, emotional, analytic, and strategic intelligence to lead all the generations of this era.

    I would like them to read John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. Do you think they can follow his tightly reasoned arguments on individuality, etc.? Having read it, would they grasp its policy implications? Perhaps the best we can hope for is that the president's staff, knowing he/she is reading the book would themselves read it to be able to talk to the President about it and the staffs' thinking would be informed by Mill's points!

    I would recommend "A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Wright. He outlines the indicators in the fall of civilizations: class, economics, environment etc and goes back centuries and analyses the major ones. The indicators are telling, penetrating for our times, considering (and he makes that point) we have only one civilization now, and its global. About 200 pages.

    Utter Incompetents by Oliphant... it wasn't just the Iraq war, virtually EVERYTHING Bush Admin touched turned out to be huge mistakes....the War (occupation) just got the most press because it was the costliest and most obvious mistake...this is a primer on what NOT to do...had Bush been a "do nothing" president on cruise control from Clinton years, our country would be in far better shape than it is now. Can't believe no one else recommended it. The title makes it sound like satire, but it's a serious investigation and details nearlly all the Administration's hideous mistakes these past 8 years. Sigh. Knowledge is power.

    I highly recommend SHELL GAME, By: NY Times Best Selling Author Steve Alten! Fabulous read and jam packed with pieces of the truth of the Past, Present and Future of America and the world!

    I would like the next president to read "Savage Inequalities" by Jonathan Kozol. We need to provide for our children in public schools or we have no future.

    I would also recommend "Democracy in America" by Tocqueville, and add to the list the autobiographies of Frederick Douglass ("Narrative of the Life", "My Bondage and My Freedom", and "Life and Times"), "The Powers That Be" by David Halberstam, and "The Vanishing Voter" by Thomas E. Patterson. I would also recommend anything by Franz Kafka, just to remember that what appears to be absurd today can be true tomorrow.

    Freelunch is the only book the new prsident needs to read

    Thousand Year War and the only book that (after 20 years plus) still scares me----The Handmaiden's Tale.
    I am looking forward to Bill's program.

    I'd suggest "The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order" by Parag Khanna to be published in March 2008 by Random House. For a preview see Khanna's essay in The New York Times Magazine (January 27, 2008)which was adapted from the upcoming book.

    I also agree with all those people who nominate Zinn's wonderful history of the U.S.

    I agree that one can tell a lot about a person by what books they read, but probably not so much based on a single book mentioned in the context of a political campaign. I would prefer to snoop through each candidate's personal library. THAT would tell me something.

    If I could pick one book for the next president to read, it would be Stacey Mitchell's brilliant "Big Box Swindle." It is by far the best book on the cancerous big-box phenomenon that I have come across, with much greater breadth, honesty and clarity than any other treatment, including the highly touted "The Wal-Mart Effect" (by Charles Fishman). If we are to do anything about the sorry state of the U.S. (and global) economy, the menace of global warming, or myriad other threats to our environment and way of life, we must heed the message of this vital book. By the way, Stacey Mitchell would be an excellent choice for an interview on the program.

    "This I Believe" edited by J Allison and D Gediman

    So many fantastic books suggested! You have all vastly increased my reading list. I'd agree with many of those already suggested, but I'd also recommend Bill McKibben's Deep Economy. It gave me a sense of hope that if we recognize economic growth cannot continue without destroying the planet, we can create a more humane, creative, and rewarding life. I love his comment about the developed nations, that "For most of human history, the two birds of More and Better roosted on the same branch. You could toss one stone and hit them both....Now, if you've got the stone of your own life, or your own society, gripped in your hand, you have to choose between them." The question is not how we can make more money and have more stuff, but how we can enhance life.
    Bill, thanks for your wonderful show and for being a voice of reason and compassion.

    Read "WAR IS A RACKET" by General Smedley Butler. And don't imitate your predecessor.

    The book I would suggest for the next president to read is: "Blowback" by Chalmers Johnson. Perhaps by reading it he or she would give more thought to the possible consequences of our actions abroad.

    If I had one book to recommend it would be David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking". Paraphrasing Professor Emeritus Richard Falk of Princeton University, until we know the truth about the events of that day, we won't get anything right.

    Dr. Griffin seeks and finds a very disturbing truth.

    The Philosophy Of Freedom by Rudolf Steiner

    I think the President should read "Ethics for Policy Decisions" by W.A.R. Leys, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 1952. This volume demonstrates a decision making technique based on the ideas of the great philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Bentham, Kant, Spinoza, Hegel, Marx, Dewey and others. It provides a series of questions to be asked about priblem situations that enable a careful ananysis to be made to learn the possible consequences of varioous possible decisions. A great book even though it is not famous!!

    I can't choose just one. Any of Thomas Paine's writings and a comprehensive book on Ethics. Starting with Aristotle, Socrates and Plato

    Pfft.. hands down

    Free Lunch By David Cay Johnston
    if there is any book that upsets you more when you read it- you haven't paid enough attention to this one...

    Suggested book for next president: "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins which includes quotes by founding fathers about their thoughts on religion.

    Definitely "The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism" by David Friedman.

    Useful for clearing the room of the stench left by "Shock Doctrine"... ;)

    I would suggest that the next president read "10 Steps to Repair American Democracy," ( by Steven Hill from the New America Foundation. If we don't fix the political process and make it fairer, nothing else will be possible. That book lays it out clearly, the many ways our democracy is failing, and how we can make it work again.

    I would suggest "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". You'll find the reason below.
    Below is a talk that I delivered at a "TAKE A STAND" rally in Augusta on August 28 sponsored by the Iraq Summer Campaign.
    When I sent him a draft copy, Noam Chomsky responded with "Very eloquent, and very well done."
    There were good Germans, just like there are good Americans

    I grew up in a German-American family. My father, a Leisner, was drafted in early 1941 along with four of his brothers. My mother, a Rinehart, served as a WAVE nurse while her two brothers were drafted.
    I was always amazed that hardly anyone would talk about WWII and their experiences. Perhaps it was PTSD.

    As a result, I started reading about WWII when I was in my early teens.
    In 1961, at the tender age of 15, I read the paperback copy of "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L. Shirer. I was blown away. When asked what I thought of the book by both the Principal and Superintendent of my High School, I told them, "I never knew there was another nation like America".

    Since then, I have been fascinated by the relationship between Nazi Germany and Emperial America. Between the European Holocaust and the two American Holocausts. Between party/state control and corporate control. Between anti-semeticism and racism. Between Lebensraum and Manifest Destiny.

    Since I have always view myself as a good American, subscribing to liberty and justice for all, I have always thought that there were good Germans who resisted the Nazis and Hitler.

    By the way, always keep in mind the fact that Hitler didn't do it alone. There were individual Nazis all the way down to the local level and plenty of corporate supporters. Sounds just like Bush and the Republicans.

    The Nazis permanently suspended all civil liberties following the Reichstag fire in early 1933. It created the Gestapo (secret state police) as one of its major instruments of political terror, with all actions of this body immune to judicial review. It abolished the principle of "no punishment outside the law," as well as the judiciary's autonomy; the Fuehrer's edict could overrule the law as well as impose the degree of punishment. The Nazis created concentration camps, where, until the late 1930s, prior to the establishment of work and death camps outside Germany, no fewer than 200,000 non-Jewish Germans were incarcerated for alleged political, racial or anti-social offenses. The Nazis dissolved all political parties other than its own, rendering parliament an empty shell, notwithstanding the fact that more than half of the German electorate had voted for parties other than the Nazis in the March 1933 elections. As a result of the suppression of civil freedoms and of all opposition, the Nazis attained a monopoly of information so as to manufacture consent.

    Between 1933 and 1945, many thousands of people resisted the Nazis using both violent and non-violent means. Among the earliest opponents of the Nazis in Germany were Communists, Socialists and trade union leaders. Although mainstream church hierarchies supported the Nazis, individual German theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer opposed the regime. Bonhoeffer was executed in 1945.

    The German conservative elite within the Intelligence Services, Foreign Service and the military's General Staff composed small pockets of opposition to the Nazi regime. These groups consisted of those who had been opposed to the Nazis in 1933 and those who became disillusioned by Hitler during the course of the war. One of those who had lost his faith in Hitler was Colonel von Stauffenberg, the
    aristocratic Nazi army officer who tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb placed under a conference table on July 20, 1944. The plot failed and Stauffenberg was executed along with many others.

    In addition to resistance by Jews, members of other victimized groups resisted the Nazis. In May 1944, SS men ordered Roma (Gypsy) prisoners to leave their barracks at the Auschwitz Gypsy family camp. Sensing that they were being sent to death in the gas chambers, the Gypsies armed themselves with knives and axes and refused to leave. The SS guards retreated. In a show of spiritual resistance, many Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany and elsewhere resisted Nazism through defiance. Some of them refused to serve in the German army and, as concentration camp prisoners, organized illegal religious study groups.

    Other forms of non-violent resistance included sheltering Jews (sometimes at risk of death), listening to forbidden Allied radio broadcasts and producing clandestine anti-Nazi newspapers. In the face of Nazi repression and violence, acts of resistance at times significantly impeded German actions, saved lives or simply boosted morale of the persecuted.

    In Nazi Germany, all known political dissenters were imprisoned, and many German priests were sent to the concentration camps for their opposition, including the parson of the Berlin Cathedral Bernhard Lichtenberg and seminarian Karl Leisner. Hitler was never directly excommunicated by the Catholic Church and several Catholic bishops in Germany or Austria are recorded as encouraging prayers of support for "The Führer"; this despite the fact the original Reichskonkordat of Germany with the Holy See proscribed any active political participation by the priesthood.
    Blessed Karl Leisner
    Prisoner No. 22356
    ordained on 17th December 1944 in Dachau Concentration Camp
    On 23th June 1996 Karl Leisner was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
    The Nazis did not persecute Jews alone. Five million Christians lost their lives as well. Gypsies; homosexuals; Jehovah’s Witnesses; the physically and mentally handicapped; blacks, Slavic peoples such as Czechs, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles, Russians and Ukrainians; and anybody who resisted or spoke against Hitler’s administration were all persecuted.

    In 2004, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder honored Germany’s Nazi resistance on the 60th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Hitler. But the remembrance also underscored the fact that, unlike in countries like France and the Netherlands, the German resistance never gained popular support for an uprising against Nazi rule.

    Schroeder said Germans need to keep on asking themselves: ”How could the dictatorship rely for so long on a broad mass base?"

    But there were some protests against the Nazis that succeeded.

    On July 14, 1933, the Nazis instituted the "Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases." This law, one of the first steps taken by the Nazis toward their goal of creating an Aryan "master race," called for the sterilization of all persons who suffered from diseases considered hereditary, such as mental illness, learning disabilities, physical deformity, epilepsy, blindness, deafness and severe alcoholism. With the law's passage the Nazis also stepped up its propaganda against people with disabilities, regularly labeling them "life unworthy of life" or "useless eaters" and highlighting their burden upon society.

    Just a few years later, the persecution of people with disabilities escalated even further. In late 1939, Adolf Hitler secretly authorized a medically administered program of "mercy death" code-named "Operation T4." Between 1940 and 1941 approximately 70,000 Austrian and German disabled people were killed under the T4 program, most via large-scale killing operations using poison gas.

    In July 1941, the Bishop of Münster in Westphalia, Clemens August Graf von Galen (who was an old aristocratic conservative, like many of the anti-Hitler Army officers), publicly denounced the “euthanasia” program in a sermon, and telegraphed his text to Hitler, calling on “the Führer to defend the people against the Gestapo.” On 3 August Galen was even more outspoken, broadening his attack to include the Nazi persecution of religious orders and the closing of Catholic institutions. Local Nazis asked for Galen to be arrested, but Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels told Hitler that if this happened there would be an open revolt in Westphalia.

    By August the protests against "Operation T4" had spread to Bavaria. Hitler himself was jeered by an angry crowd at Hof, near Nuremberg – the only time he was opposed to his face in public during his 12 years of rule. Despite his private fury at the Catholic Church, Hitler knew that he could not afford a confrontation with the Church at a time when Germany was engaged in a life and death two front war since, following the annexations of Austria and the Sudetenland, nearly half of all Germans were Catholic. On 24 August he ordered the cancellation of the T4 program, and also issued strict instructions to local Nazi officials that there were to be no further provocations of the churches for the duration of the war.

    Although Hitler formally ordered a halt to the program, the killings secretly continued until the war's end, resulting in the murder of an estimated 275,000 people with disabilities.

    Most extraordinary and telling is the Rosenstrasse incident. Some 30,000 Jews lived openly in Germany as the spouses of Christians. Nine in ten such marriages remained intact despite ceaseless harassment. Oriented toward family values as they were, the Nazis could not decide how to handle these Jews without violating the sanctity of marriage. Early in 1943, Goebbels, then in charge of Berlin, decided it was time to cleanse the capital by rounding up these last Jews. Hitler agreed. Some 2,000 Jewish men from mixed marriages were seized and taken to a large downtown building on the Rosenstrasse, from which they would be deported to the camps.

    For a week their Gentile wives stood in the winter cold, chanting “We want our husbands back!” Ordinary Germans sometimes joined them. All told, the protests involved about 6,000 people. They continued in the face of S.S. and Gestapo threats, even threats to use machine guns. They continued though British bombers pounded the city by night. But the Nazis dared not fire upon these defenseless, unorganized Aryan women. Berliners saw the protests directly. Foreign diplomats spread word of it to the world press. The BBC broadcast the story back into Germany.

    What was the outcome of Nazi Germany’s only mass demonstration to save Jews? The 2,000 Jewish husbands were released with Hitler’s approval. Two dozen who had already been sent to Auschwitz were returned. Jewish-Christian couples continued to live openly and survived the war. They would comprise the great majority of German Jewish survivors.

    Goebbels later commented to an associate that the regime relented “in order to eliminate the protest from the world, so that others didn’t begin to do the same.” Sadly, this strategy was successful: during the rest of the war, no similar action would ever be taken in defense of Jews in general.

    Nor does this exhaust the catalogue of successful opposition. When Goebbels called for mass employment of housewives in war industries, also early in 1943, refusal was widespread. Again, reprisals were rare, partly because of the regime’s established emphasis on traditional roles for women. On a broader scale, Germans who refused to participate in atrocities—even if they were soldiers, party members, or S.S. men—almost never suffered retaliation. This was so well known that, after the war, Nazis accused of war crimes were forbidden to claim fear of retaliation as a defense.

    Abd it was not only the adults who resisted, by the late 30s, thousands of young working class people were finding ways to avoid the clutches of Hitler Youth. They were gathering together in their own gangs and starting to enjoy themselves again. This terrified the Nazis, particularly when the teenagers started to defend their own social spaces physically. What particularly frightened the Nazis was that these young people were the products of their own education system. They had no contact with the old Democrats and Socialists, knew nothing of Marxism or the old labor movement. They had been educated by the Nazis in Nazi schools, their free time had been regimented by Hitler Youth listening to Nazi propaganda and taking part in officially approved activities and sports.

    These gangs went under different names. Their gang uniform varied from town to town, as did their badges. In Essen they were called the Travelling Dudes, in Oberhausen and Dusseldorf the Kittelbach Pirates and in Cologne they were the Navajos. But all saw themselves as Edelweiss Pirates, named after an edelweiss flower badge many wore.

    Gestapo files in Cologne contain the names of over 3,000 teenagers identified as Edelweiss Pirates. Clearly, there must have been many more and their numbers must have been even greater when taken over
    Germany as a whole. Initially, their activities were in themselves
    pretty harmless. They hung around in parks and on street corners, creating their own social space in the way teenagers do everywhere. On weekends, they would take themselves off into the countryside on hikes and camping trips in a perverse way mirroring the activities initially provided by Hitler Youth.

    The activities of the Edelweiss Pirates grew bolder as the war progressed. They engaged in pranks against the authorities, fights against their enemies and moved on to small acts of sabotage. They were accused of being slackers at work and social parasites.

    They began to help Jews, army deserters and prisoners of war. They painted anti-Nazi slogans on walls and some started to collect Allied propaganda leaflets and shove them through people’s letterboxes.

    A 1943 Dusseldorf-Grafenberg Nazi Party report to the Gestapo stated
    “There is a suspicion that it is these youths who have been inscribing the walls of the pedestrian subway on the Altebbergstrasse with the slogans "Down with Hitler", "The OKW (Military High Command) is lying", "Medals for Murder", "Down with Nazi Brutality" etc. However often these inscriptions are removed within a few days new ones
    appear on the walls again."

    As time went on, a few Edelweiss Pirates grew bolder and even more heroic. They raided army camps to obtain arms and explosives, made attacks on Nazi figures other than Hitler Youth and took part in partisan activities. The Head of the Cologne Gestapo was one victim of the Edelweiss Pirates.

    The authorities reacted with repressive measures. These ranged from individual warnings, round-ups and temporary detention (followed by a head shaving), to weekend imprisonment, reform school, labor camp, youth concentration camp or criminal trial. Thousands were caught up in this hunt. For many, the end was death. The so-called leaders of the Cologne Edelweiss Pirates were publicly hanged in November 1944.

    White Rose was a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of a number of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition to Hitler's regime. Six members of the group were arrested by the Gestapo, convicted and executed by beheading in 1943. Their sixth leaflet was smuggled out of Germany through Scandinavia to England, and in July 1943 copies of it were dropped over Germany by Allied planes, retitled "The Manifesto of the Students of Munich."

    So, what are the lessons of history?
    What can we Americans learn from German resistance?

    Roger Leisner is a historian, the founder/owner of Radio Free Maine and a long-time Maine peace and justice advocate.

    For more information, I suggest the following book and film:

    Confront! Resistance in Nazi Germany
    John J. Michalczyk
    Published in 2004

    The Restless Conscience:
    Resistance to Hitler within Germany 1933-45
    Released in 1992 and nominated for an Oscar

    Hopefully, all candidates have read the important historical documents of the US. To grasp the depth and breadth of the political disappointment we are suffering and not quite re-orientating ourselves out of, a more acute analysis is needed. I strongly recommend Simon Critchley's new book, Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. 150 pp. of theoretical analysis and grounded political possibility. It is a bit tougher than most of the other recommendations, but our problems are also a bit tougher... Read it with a couple of friends and plan on a reread. Actually, it's worth the price just for the last chapter: Crypto-Scmittianism - the Logic of the Political in Bush's America.

    "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years" by David Talbot. Every person running for president would do well to read this book and see what they'll be up against regarding the intelligence and military establishments. They run things as much as any elected official, probably more so.

    I recommend A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. It explains the change of consciousness required to initiate and sustain an effective response to global issues.

    I would suggest Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"

    Naomi Klien: The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    This book is essential to understanding the policies and procedures followed by both US parties in bed with multi-corporations.

    Why The Right Loves A Disaster
    By Naomi Klein - January 27th, 2008

    If this kind of crisis opportunism feels familiar, it's because it is. Over the last four years, I have been researching a little-explored area of economic history: the way that crises have paved the way for the march of the right-wing economic revolution across the globe. A crisis hits, panic spreads and the ideologues fill the breach, rapidly reengineering societies in the interests of large corporate players. It's a maneuver I call "disaster capitalism."

    Citizen Power by Mike Gravel

    I recommend Louise Richardson's book, "What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat" (2006, Random House, 312 pp.)
    This book knocks some common sense at the problem, that one cannot really defeat a tactic (targeting civilians violently...any one person can decide to act that way), but one can help contain the threat and lessen the number of attacks. The book dispels a number of myths about terrorists and their motives, and also offers many policy suggestions. Richardson is connected to a network of folks who have been studying world terrorism for decades, and our lawmakers would be wise to call upon them to share their wisdom.

    I recommend "Yes or No - The Guide to Better Decisions" by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

    Unlike his book "The One Minute Manager" which is only somewhat useful, "Yes or No" offers a process and road map for decision making that leads to better decisions based on available information and the persons intuition, intelligence, and insight.

    Assault on Reason by Al Gore

    I recommend he/she reads
    'Hunter's Wingmen' at It is an
    electronic book.

    Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market by Murray N. Rothbard

    Murray N. Rothbard's great treatise Man, Economy, and State and its complementary text Power and Market provides a sweeping presentation of Austrian economic theory, a reconstruction of many aspects of that theory, a rigorous criticism of alternative schools, and an inspiring look at a science of liberty that concerns nearly everything and should concern everyone.

    I would recommend our next president read BECOMING JEFFERSON'S PEOPLE - RE-INVENTING the AMERICAN REPUBLIC IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Clay S. Jenkinson -- A small, thin volume with a BIG message.

    I would recommend that the President read A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander et al. That is because it is an outstanding and unique book about how to design things -- from regions to highways to houses to bedrooms -- in a way that corresponds to human needs and a humane social life and draws on both accumulated cultural knowledge and scholarly research. In this way, it is a model for how to think about planning and designing things of any kind, whether architectural, urban, or social.

    I would suggest the Chalmers Johnson trilogy. If they can only read one it should be the last one: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Empire.

    The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism
    by David D. Friedman

    This book argues the case for a society organized by private property, individual rights, and voluntary co-operation, with little or no government.
    Among topics covered: how the U.S. would benefit from unrestricted immigration; why prohibition of drugs is inconsistent with a free society; why the welfare state mainly takes from the poor to help the not-so-poor; how police protection, law courts, and new laws could all be provided privately; what life was really like under the anarchist legal system of medieval Iceland; why non-intervention is the best foreign policy; why no simple moral rules can generate acceptable social policies -- and why these policies must be derived in part from the new discipline of economic analysis of law.

    Gold: The Once and Future Money
    by Nathan Lewis

    Though I doubt any politician would heed it's message.

    "The Shock Doctrine: Rise Of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein is the most profound book that I've read in my lifetime. It's about why we are now back in a feudal society taking the rest of the world with us. It is a new paradigm from which to view our world. From Chile to Poland to Baghdad to Katrina, economists turn out to be as evil as any tyrant. It devastates Milton Friedman and the lighter Rubin/ Greenspan version and shows it to be just a big flim flam that has wreaked misery and death. Truly a frightening and important book.
    It's companion piece is "Legacy of Ashes" which chronicles one failure after another of a bunch of elite alcoholic jerks known as C.I.A. top officials. Shocking and depressing.
    "Free Lunch" as mentioned and Robert Kuttner's "The Squandering of America" also put the screws to the so-called free market theory otherwise known as feudalism.
    "Ending Poverty in America" edited by John Edwards.

    Book everyone should read, Collapse by Jared Diamond. It reminds us that how we live today effects generations to come or if they do.

    Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government by P. J. O'Rourke and Andrew Ferguson.
    'Cause believe me, he's gonna need it.

    Book everyone should read, Collapse by Jared Diamond. It reminds us that how we live today effects generations to come or if they do.

    The next president cannot take office and base his administration on a deadly lie; He or she cannot, therefore, blindly adopt as fact the unbelievable and destructive deception that has been perpetrated on our country and its citizens by a handful of greedy, violent, power-mad people.

    In order for this country to heal, the lie must be exposed, the indicted must be brought to justice, and the guilty punished for all the pain, sorrow, suffering and death they have brought upon their own countrymen.

    That's why I suggest Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    I'm sorry I came to this thread late; I read about it on Here's a book for the next president's shelf that no one has mentioned yet. It has gotten hardly any attention from American reviewers, perhaps because it was written by the Canadian military historian and journalist, Gwynne Dyer. It is THE MESS THEY MADE: THE MIDDLE EAST AFTER IRAQ. Dyer melds hard-nosed common sense with a remarkably mastery of the facts to produce an explanation that not only the next president, but every Washington legislator and every concerned citizen should read.

    Book everyone should read, Collapse by Jared Diamond. It reminds us that how we live today effects generations to come or not.

    I hope the President would read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

    Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty

    Great show, by the way.

    Anyone else having problems with this blog? - my name shows up over a message I didn't write, and the message I did write has someone else's name on it.

    B.K.S. Iyengar's latest book, "Light on Life" is what I want my next president to read.

    A Drug War Carol by Susan Wells and Scott Bieser.

    The travesty of The War on (some) Drugs needs to end before it destroys more lives.

    "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat

    Thank You for your wonderful, thoughtful and educational show.
    My Recommendation of a book for the next President is:
    by Joseph E Stiglitz
    Published in 2006, it is a
    study on economics that is good for our country and the world.

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    I would hope that the President would have read THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes. It makes the horrors of modern warfare all too clear. It also dramatizes the intense desire of nations to come up with the next new weapon in order to stay ahead of the current enemy. That desire in this case creates a juggernaut which cannot be halted even when the balance of power shifts and the wise minds who started the process say "stop, the situation has changed."
    Yes, as another viewer of your show wrote, it did prove Americans can complete big projects. But especially in the case of defense projects, we must always remain reflective enough to decide if our ultimate goal will be truly defensive.

    The freeborn men and women of the forums would greatly appreciate it if the future POTUS would read the book, "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross.
    PS: Trust us, Mr. President, it beats the hell out of that David Ray Griffin tripe. ;)

    I'd recommend our incoming president read "The Bottom Billion" by Paul Collier, an economics professor at Oxford University and former director of research at the World Bank. Collier's thesis is insightful, clear and concise -- four types of "traps" (1.civil war; 2.dependence on natural resources for economic growth; 3. being landlocked with bad neighbors; and 4. bad governance in a small country) combine to condemn roughly one billion people in various parts of the world to intractable poverty. His analysis exposes why traditional methods to address global poverty (and poverty's handmaid, violence) -- economic aid on one hand, military intervention on the other -- may each be effective in certain circumstances but are nonetheless limited and costly treatments that may not reach root causes. Yet he notes that each of these "traps" can also be addressed by good -- and comparatively inexpensive -- policy decisions on the part of the developed world's leaders. Collier's book directly applies to the challenges that the United States faces in 1) Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror and 2) the economic ramifications -- both domestic and foreign -- of the globalization of trade. Each issue is high on the list of worries faced by voters across the political spectrum. Collier, mercifully, appears to have no specific axe to grind, making his book worthwhile reading, especially for those who worry about the impact, both physical and moral, of American power abroad.


    War Is The Force That Gives Us Meaning
    by Chris Hedges

    The Books that I would recommend to the new President would be the following:

    THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA by Anne-Marie Slaughter

    THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

    TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond

    The EPIC story of the “Everyman” against the massive corporate machine continues to play out in today’s politics. The next President will need to call each of us to the ideas and values that are the foundation of this country. They will need to know and understand the failures of past great empires and inspire in each of us a vision for our future that is GREATER than ever imagined. They will need to harness the talents and ideas from every sphere of our society.

    Mr. Moyers, thank you for seeking the truth and fighting for a free and open press. You are a true American Hero.

    Democracy Maters: By Cornel West....There has never been a much timely and opportuned season, for the repair of a battered, injured, fractured and mis-understood demo"critical" state....This book by the good Doctor, is the blueprint and written manual for "D"emocracy of the 21st Century.

    How about the very simple book from Dr. Seuss, "Horton hears a Who". This is about an elephant, Horton saving the Whos in Who-ville. Horton can not see the Who, but he can hear them. The Who ask Horton to protect them from harm. The core of the story is that a person is a person no matter how small. Horton could only do so much then the Who have to help themselves by doing their part to be heard. I always believed this to be a classic story of our own democratic society. Horton as a representative in congress and the Who as the people. Neither one can achieve much without the other. But Horton can do more if the Who can be heard by the other Jungle Animals.

    David Cay Johnston's New Book, "Free Lunch" would be the best book for our next President and cabinet to read.

    "My Pet Goat" It worked for the past 7 years why reinvent the voter now. The 1% are laughing all the way to their WAR CHEST right now.
    Best Movie "Dumb and Dumber" it so real its true.

    I would recommend that the person seeking to be our next president read The Third Millenium by Ken Carey. We are entering a new paradigm. Our future is secure but still unwritten. Ken's insight and profound poetic persuasions are worthy of a glimpse.
    Blessings/Peace, John Hosay
    (Goochland County, Virginia)

    Go back to this country's roots. There was one book that created the definition "American" - Thomas Paine's "Common Sense." Really, this book should be in every family next to their religious text.

    The next president should read Nickel and Dimed by Barbara E. - for a look at the real world.

    I suggest John Perkin - Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man. Thanks. Robert D. Williams

    Apollo's Fire - Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy - Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks.

    We need more intiative in alternative energy sources.

    I would suggest Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America -- the 2001 bestseller in which Barbara Ehrenreich articulately described her several months spent working undercover at the most low-level jobs (hotel maid, waitress at diner, discount store clerk, etc.) We need leaders who know and understand the challenges facing those who have the least power and privilege!

    Apollo's Fire - Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy - Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks

    We some more initiatives in alternative energy sources.

    The best book for the next president and for the rest of us who will vote for her or him is DAVID CAY JOHNSTON'S FREE LUNCH. It should be required reading for all of us, Democrat, Republican, or Independent.

    Since I reviewed it on my blog,, I'll just copy my post here for everyone to read:

    “The rich,” said F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Roaring Twenties’ chronicler of corruption, “are very different from us.” Now, 80 years later, David Cay Johnston’s brilliant new book, FREE LUNCH: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) (Portfolio, December 27th, 2007), demonstrates how much the richest of the rich are different from you and me.

    Yes, “They have more money,” as Hemingway, unimpressed, replied to Fitzgerald. But Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning tax expert of the NEW YORK TIMES and Rochester resident, makes clear how much money the super-rich steal from the rest of us--and what they cost us. Addicted to money, the rich buy themselves ever-bigger chunks of political power--and we must pay the bill.

    Who are these super-rich? How do they fill their already bulging pockets? In 2005, 300,000 individuals, constituting the top tenth of the top one percent of Americans, had incomes greater than the poorest 150 million Americans struggling to make ends meet at the bottom of the economic pyramid. The much-squeezed middle class--you and me?-- squirm between them. Our pockets are increasingly empty, picked by political and corporate grabbers to make the very rich even richer. The poor, middle classes, and even the moderately rich (the group that my mother called “comfortable”) have neither hors d’oeuvres nor a place at the super-rich’s free lunch buffet. Never sated, the super-rich think their billions aren’t enough.

    Feeding the ever-hungry super-rich at the campaign finance table takes a high-powered team. More than 35,000 lobbyists crowd Washington’s K Street. They act as free lunch’s waiters, sommeliers, and maitre-d’s. This horde of lobbyists doesn’t act alone. They require chefs--politicians all-too eager to serve access and influence to the highest bidder. Without their connivance—and contrivance, there would be no free lunch.

    Johnston reminds us how Ronald Reagan asked prospective voters “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Their resounding “no” elected Reagan. Three decades later, the bottom 90 percent of Americans, Johnston’s “vast majority,” living models for Edward Hopper’s paintings, must answer with another “NO.” “Getting by on about $75.00 less each week than it did a generation earlier,” their annual income continues to skid downhill.

    With the economy flourishing--at least ostensibly, what happened to everybody at the bottom of the pile? “Where,” asks Johnston, “did all the money go?” It went to the top, where super-rich money usually goes. Ready to be skimmed, it soared into corporate profits, options, CEO’s salaries. It went to the top tenth of the top tenth of Americans (got that?). Their portion of the economic pie was the greatest since 1929, just before the Twenties stopped roaring and fell flat.

    In its rampantly unequal distribution of unbridled wealth, Johnston finds the United States unlike its democratic colleagues, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Our wild concentration of money at the top follows in the footsteps of three major nations: Russia (yep, Russia), Mexico, and Brazil. Like us, these countries have an explosively burgeoning class of billionaires at the top mirrored by an even more explosively growing poor class and an increasingly stressed—and downwardly spiraling middle class. Even though “these four countries are societies in which adults have the right to vote,” says Johnston, “…real political power is wielded by a relatively narrow, and rich segment of the population.”

    Johnston, a Socratic gadfly, makes the case for restoring old-fashioned rules, which “define a civilization.” For “Without rules, there is no civilization…Wherever the world has civilizing rules based on some moral or practical principle, we see prosperity and freedom.” But the rule book has changed. At least, in this country: “In America, the long expansion of who plays a role in deciding the rules has ended. The base of influence has begun to contract. In part, because of the campaign finance system, which transfers power to those who donate and who steer donations.”

    Selling power to the highest bidder invites abuse: “To those who lust for power, of what use is acquiring power unless they can abuse it? …The philosophy of the power monger is no different from that of the cancer cell, which mindlessly seeks growth for the sake of growth until it overwhelms its host.”

    Johnston is a great phrasemaker. His supporting cast covers the waterfront from Aristotle, Plato, and Virgil, to Jeremiah, Adam Smith, John Locke, and the Founding Fathers. Every page brims with quotable lines: “Karl Marx never envisioned commercial sports as the opiates of the masses.” “Cheating, like pregnancy, is not a halfway condition.” In “Selling the Furniture of Modern Society,” Johnston seeks solutions to where the money goes, “Instead of a Whodunit, this one is a Whogotit.”

    FREE LUNCH is replete with nauseating examples of political sales crying out for moral Prilosec—or better yet, Ipecac. Johnston indicts governmental actions that deliberately enrich irresponsible corporations and individuals. He arraigns the rich for steering American jobs to less expensive workers in other lands. The list of corporate, individual, industrial predators is endless: HMOs, big Pharma, “Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, MBNA, Citibank…exploit the poor, the unsophisticated, the foolish”; Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, John Snow, Kennie-boy Lay, George Steinbrenner (before the Mitchell Report on steroids), Mike Keiser, builder of the most expensive golf courses in America, Tom DeLay, Dennis Hastert, Thomas Scully (head of Medicare), Bush, Cheney, and their minions, the golden parachutes of Jack Welch and Bob Nardelli, and a host of followers.

    After all that, what can we do? How can we get the country back on track? Tellingly, FREE LUNCH contains 26 chapters accusing the super-rich buyers and political sellers of stealing the power rightly belonging to the rest of us. Yet only one chapter details what we might do to stop free lunches for the super-rich and anyone else pigging out at the trough.

    Still, Johnston has faith in arousing Americans to participatory democracy. In both PERFECTLY LEGAL: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super-Rich—and Cheat Everyone Else and FREE LUNCH itself, he argues that we have a moral obligation to be active members of society. He urges us to remember that “when they invented taxation based on ability to pay, they invented democracy…We are not the United States of Me or the United States of You. We are the United States of America. We are a society.”

    Apparently worried that Johnston's current litany of super-rich political cheating may be a Christmas “downer,” the publisher delayed its release till December 27th. Yet the timing of this must-read book is perfect. For Johnston’s call to arms is a great way to begin 2008, to “get us thinking as a nation about how every single free lunch cheats us all (because) in the end, we must be the ones who make our government work, fulfilling the preamble to our Constitution. No one else,” concludes Johnston, “is going to do it for us. Reform begins with you.”

    It’s a tall order, but with FREE LUNCH’s exhortations at hand, we may awaken to ways of proving Johnston right. 2008 may be a better year--because we will finally try to make it so.

    I have read Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston. This should be read by everyone who pays taxes. No where else can you learn how the tax system is subsidizing the rich.

    I would suggest "Who Moved My Cheese", by Spencer Johnson, M.D. The world and the world of politics is an ever changing place, and I just couldn't take it if there was a president blamed his ineffectiveness on Congress, or whoever. He needs to be adaptable to be able to make lemonade out of lemons. Our futures depend on it.

    The book I think a President should read is Paul Krugman's "The Great Unraveling", because I think he has the best and most complete information about this country's economic situation and excellent options on what to do. Krugman is one of the rare journalists who is both brilliant and humble.

    I think all the presidential candidates should read Mike Gravel's book, Citizen Power. And when they're done reading it, they should hit themselves (hard, and continuously) for being such awful candidates.

    I would like to see the next president read David Cay Johnston's recently published book, "Free Lunch". As a former United Airlines Captain whistle blower who was prevented from speaking out on alleged white-collar federal criminality in the post-9/11 airline bankruptcy debacle, I have discovered first-hand the stranglehold that the powerful Wall Street banks an other corporations have on both sides of the aisle in Congress and our Department of Justice through the evidence that has been collected by a grassroots organization called The Whistleblowing United Pilots Assn.

    The United Whistleblower Association continues to press forward in forcing government to investigate the incontrovertible evidence at hand, but witness protection is required for key criminal informants in the case, which has not been provided by our Department of Justice for obvious reasons. We will not relent; we will not give up.

    The current federal loopholes in our nations bankruptcy laws favor these huge corporations, but when evidence has been produced, which suggests alleged federal criminality that continues to be ignored by both the Department of Justice and the relevant congressional oversight committees, it makes one wonder whether we truly have a federal government, which is paid for by our hard-earned tax dollars, that honestly represents the concerns of "We the People".

    When will the maddness end? It is inconceivable that our government and the corporatocracy would have the audacity to exploit the horrific events of 9/11 for huge financial gains by the few on the financial backs of employees and the American taxpayer through the allegedly illegal means employed to distress-terminate employee pensions.

    There have been countless examples of suicides, family break-ups, substance abuse, mental breakdowns, and other tragedies as a result of the ruthless acts of the few within the corporatocracy, which is not covered by the mainstream media...for obvious reasons.

    The evidence is all there; government and law enforcement choose to ignore it. Why? Because these same special interests are dumping huge amounts of money into both sides of the aisle in Congress through K-Street lobbiest and other means.

    So even though I applaud Mr. David Cay Johnston for his moral courage to write the book "Free Lunch", I doubt that any sitting president or member of Congress would be interested in reading it as they are all well aware of the issues that are addressed in the book...they are all part of the political process that perpetuates this corrupt system.

    It is the American taxpayers who should rush out and purchase this book during this critical election cycle but, more importantly, they should scream out demanding change to a system that is currently destroying middle-class America, while obscenely enriching the very few extremely wealthy our expense.

    The Creature from Jekyll Island : A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin. Put him on your show sometime and let's learn how to overpower the pirates who have wrested control of the United States of America from the Constitution.
    Also, Addicted To War: Why The U.s. Can't Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin - or any of his books on 9/11. We have been told "9/11 changed everything", and indeed it has! The truth of 911 is the single most important issue of our time because the lie of 911 has been the excuse for perpetual war and the shredding of our constitution.

    I hope (no doubt in vain) that the next president will have read Naomi Wolf's The End of America. Failing that, I would love to see Bill Moyers interview her on the show. I am not entirely sure what to make of her case, and I believe that an appearance on The Journal would help me sort it out. Her book is quite popular (about #500 on yet I don't see her in the mainstream media.

    I hope (no doubt in vain) that the next president will have read Naomi Wolf's The End of America. Failing that, I would love to see Bill Moyers interview her on the show. I am not entirely sure what to make of her case, and I believe that an appearance on The Journal would help me sort it out. Her book is quite popular (about #500 on yet I don't see her in the mainstream media.

    David Cay Johnston's "Free Lunch."

    "..........Dare to imagine if someone found a better way to solve our world problems and free ourselves from all this senseless suffering..............." The book, "The Art of Non-War", is the book I would absolutely and gratefully choose to read by Kim Michaels. God Bless this author!!

    I recommend "THE KASIDAH OF HAJI ABDU EL-YEZDI" by Sir Richard Burton as reading for a future President - or anyone else!

    The Shock Doctrine

    It is the most significant book that I've read regarding the history of the United States for my time. It is a parallel to the Japanese leaving Pearl Harbor out of their history books. This book deserves a pulitzer and to be in our our US history classrooms. The footprint this book makes is historical and explains how our government got away from we the people and how it is impossible for us to even call ourselves a democracy. It is most disturbing to me that this book had to educate me about how our government truly operates and functions with blatant disregard to the citizens of our nation and other nations. Democrat and Republican alike need to read this book.

    THREE DAY ROAD, Joseph Boyden
    Viking, Penguin

    A WW1 Epic. 2 Canadian Indians battle the Germans in France...

    Why combat is an insanity comparable to
    cannabalism in human beings.

    James Olmas plannng the movie.

    I just finished FREE LUNCH by Johnston - it's fantastic. I think everyone should read it.

    David Cay Johnston’s book Free Lunch would be a perfect choice

    How about Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed"? It's a harsh reminder of what the real world is all about.

    BLESSED UNREST by Paul Hawken -- a compelling, inspiring description of how the third sector (nonprofits and individuals within civil society) is humanity's "immune response" to political corruption, environmental degradation, and social injustice.

    I would recommend the book, "IKE-An American Hero" by Michael Korda as a book for the next president to take into the white house. Growing up as a Boomer in the 1950's but not old enough to appreciate the sacrifices made during WWII, I was interested in how Eisenhower influenced the war and in politics after the war. His leadership as general and president are underestimated by the american people. The rancor, self interest, greed, partisan politics, and short term vision current today in Washington must not be perpetuated. The American values and character Eisenhower brought to the presidency need to be reaffirmed and included again into politics.

    Sorry to see only one other post at this time supporting my selection for a "must read" which is Joe Bageant's DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS -- DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA'S CLASS WAR.

    I hope to see an interview with this most insightful, informative author on The Journal very soon.

    I would recommend "Native Wisdom" by Ed McGaa and "In Our Own Best Interest" by William F. Schulz.

    Three suggestions:

    (1) The United States Constitution

    (2) "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville

    (3) "The Federalist & Anti Federalist Papers"

    Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer. A little critical thinking can never be too much!

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray

    I think all the candidates should have to read "IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE" I read this book back in third grade and if you apply the logic of this simple little book about a greedy little mouse you can see the correlation of what this administration is doing and how scary it is. If you don't understand what I am talking about, I suggest you check it out. Its pretty obvious.

    Baruch Spinoza's Political Treatise.

    WAR on the middle class...

    The Pres. should read "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Kline. It is a horrifying book but shows how our country is doing horrific things for greed and power.

    Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston

    I wish all politicians would read "The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine, so that never again would they dare to pretend that the Founders intended to create a Theocracy.

    "An Ordinary Man" by Paul Russesabagina is not only a book for America's next President, it's a read for everyone. As many know, it's the story of how one person saved more than 1,200+ lives during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda when more than 800,000 were slaughtered. The book's about: a) leadership -- and not abdicating that role in spite of being in the middle of the worst of horrors with certain death almost a guarantee; b) commitment -- in Paul Russesabagina's case, saving lives -- and never (even when his family members have been murdered) letting hate and revenge even creep in; c) trust -- although almost drowning in a sea of mistrust; d) life -- and how we can capitalize on our potential for humanity by arresting evil with our commitment, courage and authenticity; e) communication and how we can effectively -- indeed, no matter what the situation -- take the route of civilized words and peaceful negotiation in the most hatred-filled circumstances and find the gold in humankind that makes miracles possible. America is hungry for that kind of leadership -- committed, humane, unselfish, courageous, peaceful, authentic, inspiring.

    I recommend "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Ms. Rand would call all the lobbyists who influence our elected officials--"looters." Her highly-educated thinking characters go "on strike" while the infrastructure of the country is gradually destroyed by many factors, including poor maintainence and public apathy. A lot like the United States in 2008.

    The Poems of Rumi, near at hand at all times, would provide our next president with wisdom, understanding and a certain lighthearted reality check as he/she tackles the monumental challenges ahead.

    "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. The U.S. government is plagued by an imbalance that was created by deregulation. Although I'm not in favor of big government, we went to far. As a result, big business has infiltrated the government process, removed the necessity for competition and procured a "Free Lunch" at our expense. This book is dead on in describing the problem with America. It is a must read.

    "Free Lunch," by David Cay Johnston, because it exposes the dirty little secret that the government is in collusion with the wealthiest few among us to ensure that the upper one percentile maintain their lifestyle at our expense.

    Assuming the the next President can think critically about what he reads, I would recommend The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr.

    There is nothing more important on our planet right now than to start a process of world peace - to ensure a real cooperation of all kinds around the globe which is necessary for the survival of our society in all ways, from economics to environmental issues. The book "The Art of Non-war" by Kim Michaels is such a book that explains the very consciousness we need to enter into to make that peace possible. To change our consciousness is the only way to change the outer world. And this process has to start with the "world"-leaders, such as the president of U.S.A.

    "No Future Without Forgiveness" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Because a little forgiveness goes a long way, even in the White House.

    "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. Everyone should read this book before they vote.

    Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston

    As our Commander and Chief and as our coordinator of all goverment operations, I would want our next president to read and discuss with all of his cabinet members and advisors Mortimer Adler's book, How to Think About War and Peace. He wrote it in 1944 and had it reprinted in 1971 and 1995. All presidents need a conceptual framework of what world peace and war really means and looks like.

    Dear Mr. Moyers . . .

    I believe "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain is essential for the next President . . . and perhaps the country!


    Rachel I. Branch

    As a taxpayer, I fervently hope our next president reads Free Lunch: How America's Wealthiest Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) by David Cay Johnston. We're selling our democracy down the drain.

    Mr. Moyers,

    Every candidate should read FREE LUNCH. In fact, everyone who wants to be an infromed voter should read it. The scams of politicians and large corporations are revealed.

    The next president should read Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest American Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)by David Cay Johnston. This country is being ruined by the greed of the rich and Johnston reveals how.

    Books: For a Republican president, Grapes of Wrath.
    For a Democrat, Atlas Shrugged.
    I know they are dated, but they each go right to the core of what the two parties just don't get.

    Bill - your shows are consistently first class and thought-provoking.

    The next president should read "Collapse" by Jared Diamond. I hope you'll have him on soon.

    Sincere thanks for your commitment to intelligent discussion.

    Dear Mr. Moyers,
    I would suggest that our next President read Origin Of the Species by Charles Darwin. This book would encourage our President to remember that we are all interconnected. Darwin eloquently lays the groundwork for the wealth of science that proves we owe our existence to every living species and the planet earth. We share the same atoms and breathe the same air. It is much more difficult to neglect or do harm to one another when we see ourselves as separate.

    The Story of American Freedom by Eric Foner. I think the next president needs to know exactly what the history of the American people is when it comes to their interpretations of their rights under the Constitution. Hint: They really take that right "peacably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances" very seriously.

    Easy and Hard Ways Out by Robert Grossbach is THE book the next President should read and re-read, every six months. A copy should be kept in the oval office to pass on to each succeeding President. The ethical questions raised should be pondered daily.

    I don't know why there wasn't widespread rioting when David Cay Johnston's book, Perfectly Legal, was published a couple of years back. The next POTUS should be required to read not just Perfectly Legal, but Johnston's newest book, Free Lunch.

    I would recommend the next president read "Perilous Times", by Geoffrey Stone, because it addresses what can occur when only looking at one side of an argument. It does this by exploring what can occur to individual civil liberties in a time of crisis (i.e. war, national disaster, etc.). It shows how, in past times of crisis, certain basic rights are pushed aside in the interest of national security (e.g. unconstitutional internment of Japanese people during WWII).

    I want to make it clear that national security is extremely important, but so are our individual rights and freedoms. We live in a time of crisis where an imbalance can occur between the two. This causes us to have to pick one over the other: security or civil liberties. This choice has further added to divides in this country: right versus left, Republican versus Democrat, and authoritarian versus civil libertarian. These divides have been very apparent in more recent years in politics, and I believe they do more harm than good.

    There are many arguments that can be made from one side or another in support of national security over upholding individual rights in a time of crisis and vice versa. However, I think that anyone who reads this book will see that attention needs to be paid to both sides. It is this attention that the next president must be sure to have, and not just over issues of national security and civil liberties.

    Always remember that there are two sides to every coin, two sides to every argument, and I would hope that the next president would give equal time and attention to those sides. I feel that they will do so especially after having read "Perilous Times".

    The next President should take a copy of the "Far Side" by Gary Larson into the White House. Or "Doonesbury" Laughter really is the best medicine. Then read some poetry by Pablo Neruda

    That's an interesting challenge. I would say:

    The Culture of Contentment by John Kenneth Galbraith

    A Fable by William Faulkner (or maybe that doesn't count since we're supposed to exclude the Bible?)

    The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville

    The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft (okay, just kidding on that one!)

    Common Sense, Rights of Man, and the Age of Reason by Thomas Paine.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." - from Common Sense

    I should add the Tao Te Ching, Witter Bynner translation.


    Because the next President will have to repair the country to restore it, I recommend the Constitution by our Founding fathers.

    So that the next administration can uncover the truth and prosecute the perpetrators, Debunking 9/11 by David Ray Griffin

    Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire-Gibbons...How empires fall...useful reading to the our current government

    Overthrow- The story of American Interventions in Foreign governments in the 20th century

    So many books-so little time: These are worth the time!

    The True Cost of Low Prices - the Violence of Globalization by Vincent A. Gallagher

    Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol

    Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer

    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    Compassion by H. Nouwen, D. McNeill, D. Morrison

    Crossing the Racial Divide (Ed.Sojourners)

    How Much Is Enough? by Arthur Simon

    The Sneetches & What Was I Scared of? by Dr. Seuss

    I recommend the next President read "Broken Government" By John Dean The best of the trilogy "Worse than Watergate" and "Conservatives without conscience"

    I would suggest the book Killing the Dream by William Blum.
    Lee Loe, Houston, TX

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin and The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf

    I recommended A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey

    The people that participated in your survey have recommended some terrific books, however there seems to be a pattern here, and the pattern indicates the recognition to prevent the next president from making the same mistakes. There is also the desire to reverse these disastrous decisions. But it goes deeper than that. These book titles indicate an indictment of failed policies that go back generations, particularly where the uneven distribution of wealth is concerned. The good thing to come out of the present situation (and it is hard to find one) is that people are starting to rage against the unfairness in society and the direction their country is going in. Unfortunately, I sense the majority may still be going down the road most traveled.

    Letters from Nuremburg. This book by Senator Christopher Dodd and his father Thomas Dodd is the book the President should bring with him to the Whitehouse. It constantly reminds us how war, and the need to spread power at any cost, affects all people, including the victors and the vanquished.

    I would recommend Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense by one of you guests, David Cay Johnston. That book sure lays out what wrong with our country.

    I would specifically say for Barak Obama: "Robert Kennedy and His Times" by Arthur Schlesinger. RFK was the last inspirational figure in the democratic party, and for a young voter like me who was born in the Reagan era (what I refer to as the dark ages), I see Barak as the heir to the RFK legacy.

    I've just finished reading The Burial at Thebes by Sophocles (trns. by Seamus Heaney) and was struck by the likeness of Creon to our current administration, and the position as "THE Decider." As Creon's son, Heamon, pleads, "Nobody can be sure they're always right. The ones who are the fullest of themselves that way are empty vessels. There's no shame in taking good advice. It's a sign of wisdom..." I'd love to see a new president, be it Democrat or Republican, take office with an open mind, and the flexibility to change direction when circumstances prove it necessary. Though the story of Antigone is tragic, even Creon perceives his faults by the end. Would that we could experience that in America.

    Because our foreign policy and near financial bankruptcy revolves around the 9/11 event, I would suggest:

    Debunking 9/11 by David Ray Griffin

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller would be my suggestion for the next President's reading list. It helps demonstrate the sane response to being trapped within an insane system - try to escape.

    Debunking 9/11 by David Ray Griffin is a must read. It is one of many books written which exposes the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American public, the masses need to wake up and realize the USA way is on its way out, enough lies. Mr. Griffin would be a beneficial guest on your show, Mr. Moyers.

    Debunking 9/11 by David Ray Griffin is a must read. It is one of many books written which exposes the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American public, the masses need to wake up and realize the USA way is on its way out, enough lies. Mr. Griffin would be a beneficial guest on your show, Mr. Moyers.

    "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess, because we're almost out of Truffula Trees, UNLESS...

    I want the new president to read Howard Karger's 2005 book, "Short Changed: life and debt in the fringe economy." It is a well researched story of how those less well to do must pay more for absolutely everything in our economy. The President should understand the profound impact gouging interest rates and corporate greed are destroying hope for working poor.

    I am delighted to learn that Obama selected the book I recommend for our 44th president--whoever that is. As in 1860, the deep divisions of the nation call for a president who can reach out to the ablest persons, from whatever party, and include them in the next administration. The manner in which Abe Lincoln did that in 1860 is elegantly told in the book, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

    My vote is for "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein -- other favorites include: "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore, and "Screwed, the Undeclared War on the Middle Class" by Thom Hartmann.

    Thanks for all your great work -- I so look forward to your program each week.


    I would suggest the president take with him "Cry The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton.

    My wife's grandfather called the book, powerful,moving and poignant in 1954 and I very much agree with him. It's about an oppressed generation's struggle to survive in Africa. They knew the answers; they were given to them and all mankind over 2000 years ago.
    I would suggest that it be read more than once.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking, written by David Ray Griffin.

    It's so amazing how arrogant and detached some of our "representatives" can be. To completely ignore many of the concerns of the people proves they are not our "representatives," but controlling forces who have self-interests at heart.

    "The True Believer"- Eric Hoffer

    The candidates need to read Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers. We are on the point either of becoming a sustainable society or of losing our civilization. The president needs to know enough to lead us in the right direction.

    I would bring MY book COFFEE CUP and as a secondary book, Debunking 911 by David Ray Griffin

    How we vote with our money by purchasing foreign goods impacts so many people, we need more information. I recommend the candidates and electorate read Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell as a start.

    Holy Bible: The President has to square to be a good president. Also The Art of Non War by Kim Michaels.

    "The Gospel According to Jesus" by Stephen Mitchell.

    there was a time when i still had enough hope in the electoral process to think that a candidate who read their zinn and chomsky and gore vidal would have made an awesome president who could effect change. the horrors of the current administration have revealed something deeper about our politics and policies. The Story of B, Daniel Quinn (Ishmael is a good one, too) is one of those core-shaking books that leaves the sentient reader changed upon completion. not the kind of "change" cliton and obama are selling, but a real shift in understanding of our culture as a blip on the radar of human history and an acknowledgment of the dignity of other cultures-- indigenous cultures from africa to amazon rain forest--and of the way we have exploited them and the earth.

    i would also be down with a president who reads and understands the Tao Te Ching because i think someone who believes in the unity of all things, the oneness of the universe, would be far less inclined to wage war and run around the globe declaring enemies.

    "Change" is the opreational word for this election; however, current rhetoric is not clarifying our direction and needed preparations. The book: "The Top Trends That Will Shape The World In The Next Twenty Years" is a 300 pg. paperback by James Canton, Ph.D.
    This book clarifies both the direction and preparations to successfully lead in globalization. America is and will continue to be intimately involved in these trends or global challenges and thus this book is a must read for the next president. America must achieve a leading role both nationally and internationally the alternative is unacceptable.

    A fantastic list is being generated and I hope to read many of them. I feel that the following two reads go a long way towards combining foreign and domestic themes.

    Jihad v.s. McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber
    Power, Faith, and Fantasy by Michael B. Oren

    The one book I would like the next president to read is "Secrets of the Temple: How th Federal Reserve Runs the Country" by William Greider. While it is an older book, nothing has changed much since it was written.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin.

    The Shell Game, by Steve Alten

    Many very fine books have already been suggested. One I haven't seen on the list: A Time for Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy, ed. Michael Toms. This includes numerous thought provoking essays for our time.

    A close runner up, although on a more narrow subject: Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century World by J. R. McNeill. Many lessons to be learned there if we take the time.


    by Frank Norris

    This book tells the truth of America.

    The Real Wealth of Nations - Creating a Caring Economics by Riane Eisler, a compelling conversation for why we must bring back a human and nature centric perspective to economics, in order to change the world.

    The one book that would justly open the eyes of each President is: :The Play of God-visions of the life of Krishna" By Vanamali. It covers the Mahabarata War which historically represents governing humanity in full knowledge and potential. Otherwise, if the president is on the lighter side of intelligence; then "Animal Farm" wouldn't hurt.

    The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin

    "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn would be my choice. A brief glance seems to reveal allot of books relating to individual pet issues rather than general ethics and true national identity. I would hope that our next President will recognize that nearly all of the major change that has taken place over the course of this nations history in affecting the enforcement of the meaning of the Constitution has taken place at the hands of The People dragging (generally not altogether peacefully) an unwilling moneyed power base along behind it. The term "representative government" has never been one open to very much debate as to it's meaning, unless the discussion is taking place among those to whom it is a hinderance, and this book lays out the precedent for the need for either good government, or civil rebellion in order to control the inherent lust for increased wealth and power by those at the very top of the economic scale. In essence, a book that recognizes the history of a nation truly by The People.

    I recommend the Art of Non-War as it shows the a view point of the world in which war is no longer necessary.

    I would bring debunking 9/11 debunking by David Ray Griffin.

    I believe that the one book I would recommend is "Winners Never Cheat" by Huntsman ... and a companion book, that I don't remember the exact title but it is something like "I learned Everything I Needed to Know in Kindergarten"

    Economics for Dummies. (I'm serious.)

    The book I would like the new President to take to the White House is 'The Emperor Wears No Clothes' by Jack Herer. The President sooner or later has to face the failure of the War on Drugs and the waste of the billions of dollars per year on this 'War'.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins

    I would bring two. "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" -David Ray Griffin. The 2nd book is "Rule By Secrecy" by Jim Marrs.

    I dearly hope the Next President, as well as all Americans, read "Free Lunch". I cannot remember the author's name (SCANDAL!) but I saw him on your show week before last and was appalled to learn Walmart and others get to keep the sales tax they collect AND! Dumbass(Donald)Trump gets 85 MILLION!! a year to runhis Atlantic City casino's and taxpayers foot the bill. I do believe this country is going to see a revolt of the have nots gainst the "HAVES AND HAVE MORES)to quote Duh! Bush that will make the French Revolution look like a "Sunday Social". I am bucking to read this book!
    Mr.Tracy N.Hamblen

    Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. When I saw the show and Bill Moyers asked for suggestions it came to mind immediately. I want the person in the White House to keep the working poor in mind when making decisions. I want that person to think about the day to day impact they make on those of us who are struggling. I thought Nickel and Dimed did a really good job of illustrating what they go through. Day after day, year after year.

    THE AGE OF REASON by Thomas Paine. The religious right often says that America was founded as a Christian country and that our constitution is based on the Ten Commandments and the Judeo-Christian religions. When they refer to the Founding Fathers they mean Puritans such as Cotton Mather and not Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, and other men of the enlightenment.

    Reading Thomas Paine, they will come away with a completely different view of our Founding Fathers and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Written in sharp, lucid, almost conversational prose, articulating truths, which I had always felt but had never dared to say, to me, it was a revelation.

    Thomas Paine, writing at the end of the eighteenth century, said the Old Testament was more consistent with the word of a demon than the word of God. ‘A history of wickedness,’ he concluded, ‘that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.’

    Of the New Testament he wrote this. “When I am told that a woman called the Virgin Mary said that she was with child without co-habitation with a man, and that an angel told Joseph this to be so, I have a right to believe them or not. Such a circumstance requires a much stronger evidence than their bare word for it; but we have not even this – for neither Joseph or Mary wrote any such matters themselves; it is only reported by others that they said so – it is hearsay upon hearsay, and I do not choose to rest my belief upon such evidence”.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin is a must read. It is one of many books written by highly credentialed professionals that exposes the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American public. Please have Mr. Griffin as a guest on your show, Mr. Moyers.

    I say:
    Debunking 9/11 Debunking

    And by the way -- I saw someone suggesting that the DRG recommendation is spam -- it's not spam. We are unique, real people who have read the book and are recommending it. Maybe we discuss it elsewhere as well, but that only proves that it is a very compelling book and, for many Americans, the appropriate answer to this question of which should go to the White House.

    David Ray Griffins Debunking 911 Debunking
    For anyone who has not questioned the official story of 911, you are in for a real eye opening and life changing read. This is the biggest story of our lifetimes and yet to hit the mainstream media.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin. Easily one of the best summaries of the most important historical event of our time.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking"

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    In an era of economic uncertainty and lack of understanding of monetary policy by our political leaders,I recommend that The next leader of the free world reads , Thieves in the Temple by Andre Eggelletion; An indictment against the Fedral Reserve System and its history of corruption and greed. The real reason behind the debacle of banking and credit in America,and ultimately the globe.

    My choice for the next president's reading is, "The Sorrows of Empire, Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic" by Chalmers Johnson.

    The classic works cited by the candidates are great, but I'd like to make sure the next president has a clear picture of the stranglehold that moneyed interests have on our government; therefore, I'd recommend David Sirota's Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government--And How We Take It Back or David Cay Johnston's Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill).

    The book I recommend is:The Israel Lobby by Mearsheimer and Walt.
    We cannot expect a constructive US foreign policy unless and until our politicians wean from the goodies of the hardline right-wing lobby for Israel in pursuit of inhuman and destructive aim of territorial expansion in the Middle East.

    The book tells us why this policy is against both US and Israeli interests and is opposed by many if not most Jews here and Israel.

    The move to sever ties to AIPAC should start from the White House. This book should be a must for the next president.

    "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom", by Don Miguel Ruiz.
    A pithy, simple, but very powerful book. Here they are:
    - Be impeccable with your word
    - Don't take anything personally
    - Don't make assumptions
    - Always do your best

    I fervently hope the next president will read George Lakoff's "Don't Think of an Elephant." Without the POTUS having the information in this book, our country is in danger because our president must know how to process information--how to deconstruct the distortions of politcal hacks, special interests, and the think-tank lingo that had developed over the last 40 years, and which dominates our public discourse. George Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language" shows why clarity in language is fundamental to informed decision making. Lakoff's book brings the argument to the 21st century. With 24-hour cable, talking heads inanely repeating what comes out of the mouths of talk show hosts and campaign managers, currently the control of language and ideas rests with the spinmeisters. A MUST READ for everyone. Please get Lakoff on your program. And thank you for all your incredibly insightful and intelligent programs. M. Crawford Jones

    Dear Mr. Moyers,

    The book, just one? Ok, then.
    Those mentioned, that I have heard, are fine and probably critical to the infant nation when it was a democracy. Now, however these books seem to be, to have an aura of nostalgia--wishing the country were like it used to be. Not likely, or desirable when one considers the limitations of the voting register, the slaves, ad infinitum.
    The book I would like to see enter the White House, and then be read by the President to be, would have to do with the character of thought--and stimulate the president to think even larger than imagined possible.
    Maybe the book should be THE DREAM OF SCIPIO by Iian Pears; maybe MOSQUITO COAST by Paul Theroux; maybe more pointedly J.M. Coetzee's recent novel DIARY OF A BAD YEAR these are all and each thought provoking commentaries on the power of politics and the fear of both change and freedom. However, the one book that has struck me over the past three years is, and this would be the one I put in the President's coat pocket (or handbag), Rebecca Goldstein's BETRAYING SPINOZA.

    We as a nation, as a community of people, need more than national history, more than political theory, more than clever analysis; we, all of us, need a refresher course on the ethics and morality of being human above all else, and only after having recovered that slippery condition can we think what form of government might be appropriate now.

    Thank you for your efforts toward the ends of which I speak.


    Robert Reedy

    Thank you, Mr. Moyers for your extraordinary work.

    I must add my recommendation for the next president's reading Naomi Klein's THE SHOCK DOCTRINE. Ms. Klein's exhaustive research makes clear that we will never achieve our own security nor improve the world condition until we can effect change in the vicious cruelty of the unfettered fundamentalist capitalism which is the "Friedman Economic Model".

    I am outraged at what has been perpetrated around the world in our name,with the collusion of many in our government and in concert with the IMF and the World Bank. How can we have made so many human souls suffer so that a few individuals and so many multinational corporations could enrich themselves. No wonder we are reviled in other cultures.

    "Silence is the voice of complicity."

    I recommend Isaiah Berlin The Proper Study of Mankind-An Anthology of Essays by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    There are actually two books that come to mind immediately. The first one is a recently (January 22, 2008) book called THE SHELL GAME by Steve Alten

    This is based on research of the events of September 11, 2001 and a cautionary tale about another "false flag" action, like the deception of the Gulf of Tonkin, to attack Iran due to the oil energy power elite corruption wars.

    The other book I would like all candidates to read is an older book by Leonard Peltier, PRISON WRITINGS: MY LIFE IS MY SUNDANCE.
    This is about the corruption of our justice system, and abuse by COINTELpro and human rights violations of a Native American in prison unjustly for more than 3 decades. His book includes forgiveness, and a call for reconciliation and truth to end the corruption and harm to the indigenous people for more than 500 years.
    More on these books and more is at my website

    COLLAPSE by Jared Diamond is a must read,for the U.S. President, the cabinet and Congress members. It is a carefully researched and well-written account of a number of societies who failed to heed the signs of the danger of destroying their natural resources, resulting in their eventual self-destruction.

    The Art of Non-War by Kim Michaels.

    Just imagine in the future, no war. Read the book, it is going to be a best seller.

    Even though I would hope that our next president has read The Wealth of Nations and the works of John Adams, I would want Hillary Clinton or the next president to read and discuss (with his/her advisors and appointees) in the manner of a Great Book’s Seminar conducted by Mortimer J. Adler his book, We Hold These Truths, Understanding the Ideas and Ideals of the Constitution. In the first part of the book, Dr. Adler discusses the relationship of the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution; in the second part he explores the ideas of the Declaration; in the third part, he examines the ideals of the Constitution’s Preamble concluding with a discussion of the defects of the eighteenth-century charter; in fourth part, Dr. Adler turns to questions about what is to be done in the future to realize the ideals of the Constitution more fully; and in the fifth part he includes the complete texts of the three great documents that he calls “The American Testament”: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Even though Barak Obama admires Abraham Lincoln’s confidence in being a dissident voice, I would hope that our next president would understand, discuss and act upon the ideals that President Lincoln eloquently expressed in his Gettysburg Address.

    I recommend Isaiah Berlin The Proper Study of Mankind-An Anthology of Essays by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    Hard Facts--Dangerous Half-truths and Total Nonsense by Pfeffer and Sutton--2 Stanford U professors who look at the necessity of changing systems within an organization if you truly want change.

    I would like the next President to fully read, Peoples History of the United States, 14892 to the Present by Howard Zinn

    Thank you

    I can't decide whether I recommend everyone to read, "End of America" by Naomi Wolf, or "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein, so read both.

    About last weekend's show:

    "REP. HENRY WAXMAN: Well, we were set to do it, but we heard from Mr. Krongard at the-- inspector general of the state department, offering to quit rather than have that hearing. And in my view, it was better to have him leave that job than to go through a hearing that would've been embarrassing. But at least we got the result that seems is the best interest of the American people."

    Bush or Rove, et al, knew arrests and television reports would do more to supress votes than doing "what seems to be in the best interest of the American people. Waxman should have arrested Krongard, even if it meant locking him in a closet . Allowing creeps and crooks to scoff at the Constitution and the rule of law it protects, jeopardizes the future of our country. If you are not making enough noise on your "band"wagon to drown out Fox News, we, the people, won't be able to jump on.

    Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.

    I recommend "Power Down" by Richard Heinberg. Our present civilization is entirely based on cheap fuel and we need leadership to avert economic and social collapse that will follow the end of oil.

    I wish the next President would read "For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy
    toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future",

    written by an economist (Herman E. Daly) and a United Methodist theologian (John B. Cobb, Jr.).

    Together they point out the "externalities" in our economies that come at the expense of other parts of the world, and make the case for a whole new economic model.

    Without hesitation, I recommend that the next President first read and keep a copy for bedtime reference, Howard Zinn's book,"A People's History fo the United States, 1492-Present". As he or she ponders great and long lasting decisions, it will help the President realize that the true story of our nation is written by America's women, Hispanics, Afro-Americans, factory workers (such as my grandfather and father), Native Americans, the poor, the working poor, the soldiers. It will remind him that his or her decisions will affect these folks and how history will judge how successful he or she was as President.

    The book I would recommend is The Great Frontier by Walter Prescott Webb. At the beginning of the Age of Discovery(Feudal Times) there were 32 people per square mile. After the opening up of the entire world we did not return to 32 people per square until 1932. In that four hundred year boom period there was sufficient wealth that the human race was able to develop the institutions of the individual -Protestantism in the spiritual realm, Capitalism in the economic realm, and Democracy in the political realm. Noww that we are well beyond 32 people per square mile and no longer have available that per capita wealth those institutions are in danger of passing and we are facing the prosspect of a return to a feudal type of society. This time the feudal landlords will the the giant corporations.

    My wife and I look forward all week to NOW and Bill Moyers Journal. If you will send us names and addresses of your sponsors we would be more than happy to send them hardcopy letters thanking them for support of your programs and telling them how important those programs are to us.

    Thank you

    George Coder and Nancy Lineburgh

    I hope the next president has already read "In Our Best Interest" by Dr. Williams F. Schulz. Dr. Schulz makes a very compelling case for a foreign policy rooted in human rights.

    How about The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. That would bring the presidency to at least the nineteenth century. From there it would be a relatively short hop to the twenty first.

    I would recommend two books: Gunther Pauli's "Upsizing: The Road to Zero Emissions, More Jobs, More Income and No Pollution" and John Nolt et al's "A Land Imperiled: The Declining Health of the Southern Appalachian Bioregion".

    "The Real Wealth of Nations, Creating a Caring Economics" by Riane Eisler is a must read for the President, Congress and nation. Eisler goes beyond the market focus of Adam Smith to include the full spectrum of economic activities, caring and care giving, household economy, and the natural world. She offers proposals which help build economic systems that meet both our material and spiritual needs.

    "On The Road." It is a flawed masterpiece... in some ways, a poetry for the common man / woman. A visceral reminder that life is short, our priorities are out of whack, and going out on a limb is a great way to cause transformation (let's call it "change") and inspire others.

    The next president doesn't need a history book, or a tome about economics. All the remaining candidates have a handle on that stuff. They need something simultaneously grounding in the "real-world" (outside of politics) and a metaphorical kick in the pants. Mr. Kerouac could be just what the doctor ordered.

    For these times, "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin is sorely needed. We live in times when truth and the belief in it are marginalized if not demonized. We must at long last assume the mantle of responsible citizenship.

    For a rather short, but healthy and handy reference book on attitudes and values to bring to the Oval Office, I'd recommend William Sloane Coffin's book "Credo."

    To our next president I would recommend "American Creation" by Joseph Ellis.

    If our next president had a fell for the humanity Ellis gives our founding fathers, he or she may see that this country was founded by and run since by mere mortals. Presidents breathe the same air and make mistakes like all mortals do.

    Every now and then it would nice to see a president who doesn't believe he or she is infallible, we can leave claims like that to the Vatican because first and foremost we are a nation of laws and a free people who give our power to the government to do in concert what we cannot do individually--it's not the other way around.

    1. The Working Poor by David K Shipler
    2. Shelter of Each Other by Mary Pipher
    3. Grace eventually by Anne Lamott

    My suggestion to my presidential candidate...
    The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Madino.
    True leadership goes hand-in-hand with compassion.

    The book our next president should take to the White House is The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman.
    If she/he needs some inspiration then I'd recommend Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

    Bill Moyers is finding out what it's like to be Oprah. Now we need another show on PBS each week (or more than one hour) just to discuss these books. Or I wonder if Oprah could discuss these books (9/11 Truth, Shock Doctrine, The Art of Non-War,Legacy of Ashes, etc.) without undermining her corporate appeal (and income) ? C-span might could help, or maybe a whole new book channel ("Handling the Truth") on cable, rated R for real- X for exactly!

    SCREWED: THE UNDECLARED WAR AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS -- AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT by Thom Hartmann should be top on the President's reading list.

    The Attorney General (hopefully John Edwards) should read, UNEQUAL PROTECTION: THE RISE OF CORPORATE DOMINANCE AND THE THEFT OF HUMAN RIGHTS by Thom Hartmann.

    You can pin most, if not all, of our problems at the feet of corporate control of our government, which both of these books address. We need publicly funded elections to put the control of our government back in the hands of "We the People", the 4th and most important branch of government. "We the People" need to stand up and do our part to keep our government in check.

    The two books that should be taken into the white house and read often are Common Sense, by Thomas Paine and 1984 by George Orwell.

    I suggest 2 readings for the next president:
    1- The Corrected Historical Essays by Gore Vidal
    2- All Saints by Robert Ellsberg

    I know you're supposed to bring a book, but i suggest the awesome documentary by Aaron Russo entitled

    "America: Freedom to Fascism"

    It would be a great guide for any president or concerned citizen. Check out the wesite to watch the movie for free

    This country has launched itself on a messianic mission, "The Global War on Terror" and has invaded two countries and subverted our basic national principals because of it. All of this based on the Myth of the 19 assassins led by a scary brown man in a cave.

    But the myth is a lie.

    The book to read is David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking."

    The myth must die for our nation to survive.

    I would suggest that the new president read Howard Zinn's "A Peoples History of the United States"...Thanks, Steve~

    I would recommend "The New American Story" by Bill Bradley.

    "When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor" by William Julius Wilson. Even though it's a decade old, this book ought to be read so someone in Washington cares for the poor rather than the privileged.

    You asked a question which should, and obviously does, have many varied answers. I pose that you ask what book should we TAKE OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. And there is only one answer to that question... The Bible

    It is time for rational reasoned thinking when dealing with the realities of this time and this world.

    The book that I would like to suggest to the next president is “Knowing-Doing Gap, The: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I Sutton (Author). Pfeffer and Sutton demonstrate that it is not enough for corporations (government) to know about, discuss, or collect information on a problem. They must act. Our next president must know how to turn knowledge into action. This classic book on knowledge management would serve them well.

    I would further suggest that the following recommendations should be offered to the president.

    1. What films would we recommend to the president?
    2. Who are the most thoughtful American people the president should ask for advice?
    3. Who are the most thoughtful world figures the president should ask for advice?
    4. Where in America should the president visit while in office?
    5. Where in the world should the president visit while in office?

    It would be hard for a president to go wrong with "America the Principled" by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

    The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It's a comprehensive look at the cold calculated actions of our nation's leaders of Friedman's disciples that have sought to destroy democracy around the world and in our nation. If the candidate sees what has been done then maybe they can start restoring our nation and democracy.

    There are so many things wrong with this country today because of this administration and the fascist that put them in power that trying to name just ONE book to encompass it all would be a pretty tall order.

    The fact of the matter is this, the USA is no longer a Democratic Republic.
    We have a president that was never elected because it is quite clear that all elections since 2000 have been fraudulent.
    For this disgrace the next president should read "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Greg palast"

    We have so many people in this country that are incapable of rational thinking, they probably think "reasoning" is something you put on a steak. What I see as the main culprit of this travesty is Religion.
    Religion destroys the thinking and reasoning mind, approx 50+% of this country refuses to accept the FACT of Evolution based solely on religious "beliefs".
    These people place faith above fact, once someone has deluded themselves to this extent then "believing" the bald faced lies that Bush tells continuously is easy.

    For this disgrace I would recommend he/she reads "The God Delusion Richard Dawkins"

    Then of course we have about 50% of the country that still refuses to accept that 9/11 was without any question an inside job perpetrated by what you Mr. Moyers called the "Shadow Government".

    This is THE most important issue of our times because every atrocity this administration has committed in our name the past 7 years has all been predicated on this LIE and the mainstream media is covering it up.
    9/11 Truth can be the key to save this country.

    For this disgrace I would suggest any book written by David Ray Griffin and as mentioned here probably over 200+ times now "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" would be as good as any.
    But the key is to THINK FOR YOURSELF.

    The Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu

    particularly verse 17:

    When the Master governs, the people
    are hardly aware that he exists.
    Next best is a leader who is loved.
    Next, one who is feared.
    The worst is one who is despised.

    If you don't trust the people,
    you make them untrustworthy.

    The Master doesn't talk, he acts.
    When his work is done,
    the people say, "Amazing:
    we did it, all by ourselves!"

    The new President should read David Cay Johnston's best seller "Free Lunch," so he or she clearly understands how it came to be that our government came began conspiring with corporations to take money from the masses and give it to corporate executives, thus reversing the practice of Robinhood and turning it into the practice that has destroyed our economy and the middle class -- Robbing the hood.

    A key book to be read would have to be "Common Sense and Other Writings" by Thomas Paine. Self explanitory.

    Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

    My suggestion for the one book would be the LEFT HAND OF GOD by Michael Lerner, as it describes the history, the present mess, and a generous, courageous solution.

    The President enters the Oval Office with book in hand. What could he carrying that would inspire him to lead this nation to remember its natural roots of caring for itself and its neighbors? The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler will help him convey to our nation that we are only truly wealthy when we do what is necessary to care for the members of our society. The measure of the success of the United States will not be how much money we have in our bank account, but that all our members are fed, housed, clothed and have medical care as needed. Creating an economic system with that goal should be our President's point of inspiration. We will create untold number of jobs to support that value, vs. creating jobs to make things no one wants or needs just for the sake of making money. New President, New Economic's time to start now.

    The book i want our next president to read and bring to the White House is "Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language," by Don Watson.

    This book exposes the way in which discourse and actual truth telling suffer in our society because of the abuses of language all around us. The obfuscation we must endure from many of our political leaders, regardless of party affiliation, damages our society.

    The World Without Us by Alan Weisman - I learned a lot and so would our next President. Bill Moyers you are the Best - THANK YOU!

    "Antigone" by Sophocles

    (and as a study guide "reverence" by Paul Woodruff)

    I reread the play after seeing your interview with Mr Woodruff in the months preceding the war in Iraq. A major theme is the tragedy that arises when a leader ignores the voices of those around (and "beneath") him and stubbornly pursues a policy against the natural order. This message could have helped to avoid the currant war and maybe would aid in preventing a similar disaster in the future.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    It is so important that our new president embrace a new form of thinking. A form of thinking with peace at its very core. To that end the book I most highly recommend is "The Art of Non-war" By Kim Michaels. Publisher: Shangra-la Mission.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    "The Social Contract" by Jean Jacques Rousseau... but reading it alone won't do- it must be acted upon with genuine intent.

    Citizenship Papers by Wendell Berry is my recommendation. This collection of essays is Mr. Berry's most powerful in revealing the consequences of the industrial paradigm, of which he so poignantly describes in previous writings. For clarification, Mr. Berry is describing the mindset that promotes the maximum yield at whatever human or ecological cost – all for personal gain in the short-term for a limited few. The industrial paradigm, when allowed to run its course, ultimately leads to the impoverishment of human individuals, communities, and societies through environmental destruction, war, economic collapse, etc. In contrast, Mr. Berry argues that we can change this paradigm, which currently rules the world, to one which advances self-reliance, quality not quantity, love of place, and empathy for others – all for the wealth of many. Good message for someone following in Bush’s footsteps.

    Besides "The Art of Non-war" by Kim Michaels I also would like to recommend "Save your Planet" by the same author.

    First one, A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, and also Armed Madness by Greg Palast. Our history has been rewritten by the winners, the owners of businesses, but all of our progress has been forced by progressive ideas and regular people demanding justice. If this is a nation that claims to honor Christian values, then we would help each other and not fight so many wars. We would honor the earth and give back to her, stop poisoning our home. Let us have some foresight and think into the future! We have enough if we share.

    Per the recommendation of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, I'd like the President of the USA to read "Hegemony or Survival" by Noam Chomsky. Or anything, really, as long as it's not "My Pet Goat" read upside down!

    David Korten's three books: When Corporations Rule the World, The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism, and The Great Turning. The first and second books provide a much needed reality check on where we've come. The second and third books supply a much needed vision for where we might go from this disastrous corporate plutocracy we've gotten ourselves into - or rather, our 'representatives' have.

    "Touch the Ocean: The Power of Our Collective Emotions." Treats collective health, then leaps beyond the ordinary to introduce the consequences of impulsive but wide ranging actions on our weather, not to mention catastrophic weather. All with a very light touch.

    "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. A mind-blowing account of our nation's history, unlike anything found in watered down textbooks across America.

    I wish the candidates would read David Halberstam's "The Best And The Brightest."
    It is a primer on the inner workings of several administrations, and how they led us into and expanded and unnecessary war.
    It shows the consequences to our people and to the world of not understanding history and other cultures, of not challenging assumptions, of not seeking information from the people on the lines, of not recognizing that might doesn't make right, of not being able to acknowledge a mistake.

    "Collapse" by Jared Diamond is both fair in assessing the unprecedented and deteriorating condition of global ecosystems, and immensely sobering in detailing the history of ten collapsed civilizations on earth.

    The Art of Non-war by Kim Michaels

    David Cay Johnston's books Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal.

    Our government is being bought by the ultra-wealthy. Please stop it!

    the most important book i've ever read:
    the shock doctrine
    by naomi cambell

    I recommend "The Art of Non-War" by Kim Michaels

    Capitalism 3.0 by Peter Barnes

    My suggestion would be "The Covenant" by James Michner and/or when I find a copy "Caravans." Any James Michner reader would be light years ahead of the Bush Administration and to think Michner spent his final and some of his best years in Austin, Texas.

    I would suggest "Asking the Right Questions, A Guide to Critical Thinking" by M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley. Why? A President can't know everything but (s)he has to have an approach to getting insight from those who are experts in an area who may have bias. Everyone has an agenda or a bias. How do you process and use such information? This book will help.

    Sen. Obama made an excellent choice: TEAM OF RIVALS: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Many books come to mind, but I can think of nothing better, so that's my suggestion. I hope many more books come to the mind of the winning candidate.

    I would like for the president to read "The Art of Non-War" by Kim Michaels.

    How great it would be if
    HOLOCAUST MOSAIC would be in the White House after 17 years of research. H.M. tells the sory of the Holocaust through the stories of 6 people; a 3 year old when the war beagn who was liberated at Buchenwald, Anne Frank who died at Bergenbelsen, Kaethe Collwitz,a well known artist, Peter, half Jew half German who left German and Etty, a young woman at the crossroads of adulthood who died at Auschwitz.The book includes the story of the author as well during those years. Hitler's war against the Jews, at a time when many are trying to deny that it happened must never be forgotten.
    Helen Weber, Author

    Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau to remind the candidates what it means to stand up for what's ethically right and not politically expedient. A reminder about an unjust war in which the U.S. was the aggressor couldn't hurt either.

    I'll second the recommendation of

    The Unconscious Civilization, by John Ralson Saul, New York: The Free Press, 1997.

    This book cuts right through the massive and ongoing campaign by the establishment to keep the people distracted from the ransacking of America by corporate interests.

    Real Wealth of Nations...creating a caring economics by Riane Eisler.

    This book enables us to see the dominator value system vs. the caring value system that underlies our economic systems and results in the outcomes we see happening before us today. After reading this--you can see there is another way--and it works for all of us.

    Wonderful book suggestions have been made. I'd add "Collapse" by Jared Diamond. It gives a number of examples of societies failure to face reality and their resulting failure.

    My recommended book for the next President:"The Arrogance of Power" by J. William Fulbright.

    The next President's bedsaide manual should be
    The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer

    Cyrus Leo Solzberger, who passed away in 1993, of the times family was a correspondent from 1938. His book A long Row of Candles, gives great historical insight into the history and politics of the worls, especially the region of the Ottoman Empire, Germany's rule, meetings with world leaders until 1954. The reader will learn what the modern politician has fogotten about Asia, Europe, Africa and the US involvement.

    I'd like the candidates to read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, or alternatively, The End of Faith, by Sam Harris. Either would help them realize how little God is going to help us and get them to focus on some solutions that don't require faith to operate.

    There are some great titles here, and they seriously address the philosophic and ethical challenges integral to holding the position of President of the United States. But when you asked the question, "What book, besides the Bible, would you like the next President to take to the White House?", the writings of P.G. Wodehouse sprang to my mind. Reading a little Wodehouse every week keeps the spirit light, and also teaches an aspect of the acceptance of fate. For the President, I would recommend "The Golf Omnibus" by P.G. Wodehouse.

    "DAY of RECKONING" by Patrick Buchanan. This author's shibboleth of national sovereignty continues here, and he makes a pretty compelling case for it. He aptly characterizes the principles of globalization as a CULT, a substitute for our lost moral compass - one which is jealously guarded like an inviolable religion from "apostates" who would criticize its methods and outcomes. International capital, freed of loyalty to nationhood, is encouraged to shred all social contracts, for short-term gain. We are currently seeing how international markets panic, once American consumers no longer earn enough to continue buying at their customary, furious pace. Our clever leaders now grant us a "payday loan" on the nation's maxed-out credit card, to fuel a last gasp of spending - hoping the feces won't hit the fan before election day!

    Broken Government by John W. Dean

    "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.

    Read it and you will understand why.

    I recommend "The March of Folly" Barbara Tuchman.It is a good description about how false premises and institutional inertia can produce devastating reuslts.

    The book I would like the new President to take to the White House (and read!) is Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen. It is the story of a disparate group of men who managed to come together in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and create the Constitution of the United States. The task completed by our founding fathers was remarkable, not only because the Constitution has lasted, but because these people did not agree about everything, yet were able to compromise for the common good. The new President could learn a great deal from their example.

    I’d like to recommend Paul Stamets’s “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World” (Ten Speed Press).

    It may seem like an odd choice, but this book will fundamentally change the President’s (and anyone else’s) view of nature and our interconnection with it. What if we started seeing ourselves – we humans – as part of nature, rather than as something separate from it? What if we began to honor and nurture the earth and then the earth was more able to nourish us? How would our decision-making process be changed?

    Mr. Stamets believes mycelia have not just the ability to protect the environment, but the intelligence to do so on purpose. Fungi transmit information across their huge networks using the same neurotransmitters that our brains do. They are the earth’s “natural internet”. Fungi nourish and repair ecosystems. They are the great disassemblers of nature, breaking down petroleum-based pesticides and other toxic compounds, chemical warfare components and nuclear waste. They also have been shown to produce anti-smallpox compounds. These are some of the many wonders going on just below our feet and in the few old growth forests left.

    Shall we continue this, the planet’s sixth great extinction (the first one brought about by humans?) or can we, as a community, work together to flourish instead?

    (There is an excellent interview with Mr. Stamets in The Sun’s February 2008 issue.)

    You asked what book I would suggest that the next president of the United States should take to the White House. I would like to suggest the new book, "The Art of Non-war" by Kim Michaels. I think this would be inquisite. Thank you.

    One book for our country’s Employee-in-Chief? Consider the one-and-only practical manual that would clearly show the next President how to avoid the road to hell that is paved with the best of intentions—a book that would give the President laser-like insight into the hearts and minds of his or her employer (“We the people of the United States”). I refer to professor of linguistics and cognitive science George Lakoff’s “Don’t Think of an Elephant.” Mark my words: Without full understanding of the principles of this book, a President risks dangerous sabotage of their hopes and plans for our country—and will wield power blindly, ineffectively, even counterproductively and chaotically. (Sidebar: It’d also be really good for EVERYONE in the country to read the book, too, so we’d all have a higher comprehension of what truly makes us tick.) -- MADISON GRAY

    All one has to read to relate to man's sense of compassion, justice, and generosity as a basis for any one in power is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Each character represents all levels of society in today's world. "Scout"-the innocent and those trying to understand why the injustice and hatred in the world; "Jem"-the youth who understand what the world is like but are frustrated that they do not know what they can do to make a change; "Tom Robinson"- represents the injustice prejudice and hatred in the world; "Bob Ewell"-the violence and prejudice due to ingnorance and poverty; "Boo Radley"-the handicapped and mentally ill that are misunderstood and are in need of society's protection; and then "Atticus Finch"-the protector and defender of those less fortunate and are unable to speak or defend for themselves. He represents those in government to whom we less fortunate look to for guidance and leadership. As Atticus reflects in the book, you never really know someone until you stand in their shoes. . .we need a goverment to be this compassionate and fair to its people who look to them for leadership.

    People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn

    The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan. The next president needs to have a grasp on what is the best food for us to eat and how we should grow it and acquire it. Then we will be in position to make great strides toward energy independence and bring power back to the people and away from ridiculous mega-retailers.

    Animal Farm. It is important to remember how sooon the newly powerful can become the same as the old powerful. Two legs, bad can easily become imperial presidency good using the same techniques and thought processes used in this book.

    I have two suggestions to offer, because I can't make up my mind...

    The first is "Hitler: A Study in Tyranny". Among other things, it describes how the Nazi Party and Hitler came to power in Germany by maneuvering around and misusing the structural weaknesses of the Weimar Republic's constitution. Most don't know that Hitler was never elected. He was appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg(and the weak variant at that--Hindenburg had a choice). As much as I look forward to Bush's departure from the Oval Office, I can't say I'm particularly enamored with another four years of one-party rule in Washington D.C.

    My second choice is Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here". I would hope the reasons for this selection should require no explanation.

    Thanks for another great show this week Mr. Moyers!

    Chris in Denver

    (Instead of using the co-op WE)I ask for specific people who have brains for energy in the next Presidency.

    Jeff Goodell's book suggests we need more brains to configure future energy use without destroying parts of the planet belonging to others who breathe.
    How will this next President do energy?

    Will the co-op WE THE PEOPLE--the U.S. President steal life from generations future to gratify US TODAY--U.S. interests? Is energy independence only about us the U.S.? Or do others outside us (the U.S.) die too from the rape of resources plundered for corporate new deco/furniture needs?

    A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen
    ... this thought provoking work challenges us to consider the impact of our life style and to reflect upon why that impact is so rarely considered.

    Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    I suggest that every presidential candidate should read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. They might learn that the people should lead and the best presidents simply get out of the way.

    I recommend that the president, if not the whole country should read “Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism.” It is one of the most recent editions from transformative Engaged Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. I would hope that if Change is a central issue this election season, then changing the way we as a people respond to the countless issues of the world should be high on the agenda.

    The complete works of William Shakespeare. Everything you'll ever need to know about human behavior.

    "A Problem from Hell: American in the Age of Genocide" by Samantha Power. (So the next president doesn't sit idly by and wring his or her hands as genocide racks the world.

    My Nomination is:
    Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz.
    Why, because it brings home the "Real" Cost of going to War.

    Plan B 3.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester R. Brown

    "Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, ... America (or at least the Republican Party" by Rod Dreher. I had a hard time verbalizing why the Republican Party was annoying me constantly in the last 15 years, and why I didn't want to leave. The closest I could get to explaining it was "Who are these crazy people and why are they running my party?" This book is proof positive that I'm not the only Republican in this country that resists being classified as the type of Republican that gets all the media attention now. Rod Dreher gets it! This book is a manifesto for all moderate Republicans that came AFTER the baby boom. Another good one for the new Pres to read is "It's my party, too", by Christine Todd Whitman.

    The book I would recommend is Dr Carroll Quigley's "Tragedy and Hope."

    My choice would also be The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. More importantly, don't just read it-do something about it!
    Starting first with ending the corruption and the disaster that the Bushies have created in Iraq.

    Culture & Agriculture by

    I recommend Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. No leader, ancient or modern, has come the closest to Plato's ideal of the philosopher King. In Meditations this Roman emperor constantly struggles to exercise the just use of power and wrestles with the need to balance its use with his own humanity. He constantly works for the common good. He balances thoughtfulness, humility, and intelligence with decision, action and strength--a great model for any leader. This great work should accompany every president to the White House.

    I cast my vote also for Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky. Bill, I hope you take note of the number of times that many of us have suggested his work. There is a tendency for many liberals to take his POV for granted, but that makes it no less insightful and relevant. As the NYTs said, he is "arguably the greatest intellectual alive."

    All the previous posts mention excellent books but I would add: The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer, SKYHORSEPUBLISHING.COM (ISBNE806.A663 2007 322.4'20973--DC22)
    This is the true story of Major General Smedley Butler and the American Fascist Conspiracy to over throw FDR, authored and paid by the economic elites of the 20's & 30's and the 1934 congresional hearings.

    This should be include in Jr High AND highschool US history and Civics classes! The relevance to today and the plutocracy behind the corporate vail is startling!.

    Also read Ted Nace's "Gangs of America" the rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (ISBN 9781576753194)
    (or 1576753190)

    I would want him to read a book I first heard about on your show, The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism by John C. Bogle.

    Not only does the author point out where we went wrong but offers a number of good and doable solutions.

    I wish she would take along Shakespeare's "Henry V" A reluctant king that inherits a war, ends it and finds true love in his life... Also maybe Shakespeare's Sonnets...

    __ Cookie

    The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America by Jim Wallis

    AS A MAN THINKETH by James Allen.

    I would suggest Broken Government by John Dean since hopefully the next president will have to fix all the problems caused by Dubya.

    As outlined in Richard Louv's book, offering children a sense of place translates into healthier and more responsible citizens tomorrow.

    Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Algonquin Books
    ISBN 1565123913

    When you have to watch a campaign for this long, I would like to make every one of them read "All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten".

    Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Reflecting on the quality of all the Democratic candidates, while watching the debates this Fall, the book, Team of Rivals, came immediately to mind. It could be an important inspiration.

    The next president needs to stop the rush to environmental destruction. Since it's so easy to "greenwash" the guilty military-industrial-complex if the issue is not presented in very concrete terms, I would recommend "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin as a way to start to get a handle on the exact methods in current use. Although Griffin's book is not connected to his theological work, he has mentioned in interviews and other works that the destruction of the earth being caused by the greed of the wealthy can well be considered the "satanic" force of our time, much in the way early Christians thought the Roman Empire was in their day.

    I would suggest...

    1984 By Orwell

    But for the president to use it to dismantle the current corrupt system.

    Not as a guide for a goal to achieve.

    People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, because sometimes the personal stories are too easily ignored by the makers of history.

    I recommend that the new President, and the current one, read The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler; Eisler's economic theory states that we must take into account the importance of caring and care-giving as a requisite for an optimally productive economy. The old dominator economy depletes both human and natural capital. We need change.

    As former professors of U.S. history and literature, my husband, Jerry Rodesch, and I think that our colleague Harvey Kaye's THOMAS PAINE AND THE PROMISE OF AMERICA would offer the new president our founding fathers' most profound vision for us. It's a historical gift we should not squander--and we're delighted that Bill Moyers also considers the book of utmost valuable.

    The Demon Haunted World, by Carl Sagan. I wish I could find the quote in my copy of the book, but Sagan says that science has had more of an effect on people's everyday lives in the past century than any two politicians a person could mention. Sagan says elsewhere that the margin for error has become too slim for our leaders *not* to know more about science and critical thinking.

    The book "The Art of Non-War" by Kim Michaels presents a revolutionary vision for promoting peace on our planet. I recommend this book to not only government leaders and officials but to all people for contained therein is a wisdom that could transform all of our lives for the better.

    "Lincoln's Virtues- An Ethical Biography" by William Lee Miller

    The one book I would like the new president to read is "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq" by Stephen Kinzer. A president should be familiar with how this nation (or the CIA) has interfered in the affairs of many countries around the world for the past 100 years. This is why so many people hate us. The new president should pledge that this will never happen again.

    Two more book suggestions:

    Ishmael and The Story of B

    both by Daniel Quinn

    And a website -- don't read that "fair tax" book others are suggesting without also visiting this site!:
    The APT Tax
    The Automated Payment Transaction Tax

    Two more book suggestions:

    Ishmael and The Story of B

    both by Daniel Quinn

    And don't read the "fair tax" book without also visiting this website!:
    The APT Tax
    The Automated Payment Transaction Tax

    Many months ago "The Houston Chronicle" had an article asking the same book question of the canidates. At the time Hillary Clinton said "A Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I was pleased to see Obama pick it also. It is massive but well written. I think it should be required reading for everyone on both sides of the aisle.

    Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Reflecting on the quality of all the Democratic candidates, while watching the debates this Fall, the book, Team of Rivals, came immediately to mind. It could be an important inspiration.

    There are two books.
    1) "Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Globel Dominance and Why They Fall" by Amy Chua

    2) "Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism" by William J.

    The next president should bring "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" by Daniel Ellsberg to remind them what a real American is capable of.

    Two book recommendation for the next President:

    Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed: A Judicial Indictment of War on Drugs by James Gray

    Ain’t Nobody’s Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society by Peter McWilliams

    I'd further suggest that (s)he look into the biographies of these two authors.

    Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Reflecting on the quality of all the Democratic candidates, while watching the debates this Fall, the book, Team of Rivals, came immediately to mind. It could be an important inspiration.

    " Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin.

    I would recommend, "Tolerance," by Hendrik Van Loon. It's a history of intolerance going back to the Greeks, and makes the case that what is so often disguised as ideology or religion is nothing more than than a manifestation of fear, ignorance, and self-interest. It was published in the 1920s.

    Mr. Gore's "The Assault on Reason" -- a good place to start.
    I, too, second President Eisenhower's Farewell Address as extremely appropriate, and laden with foresight (watch "Why We Fight" if you haven't already).

    Two recommendations, both by the American theologian and social activist, Reinhold Niebuhr: "The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness" and "The Irony of American History."

    I would also recommend Fareed Zakaria's "The Future of Freedom" and, along with many others here, "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn.

    The next president should bring a well researched book on ETHICS into the White House. Making decisions CANNOT be based on what "I" believe to be right or wrong but MUST be based on the principles of Natural Law juxtaposed against, and in consort with, our constitution.

    I would like for the next president to take to the White House, read, and think about the implications of the Noam Chomsky book "WHAT WE SAY GOES: CONVERSATIONS ON U.S. POWER IN A CHANGING WORLD"

    We must change the prevailing foreign policy paradigm if we are to save the soul of America, as well as its very existence.

    You asked viewers to name a book that the next president should take with him to the Whitehouse and read. I recommend "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes. The reason: it shows us that our nation, when we really put our minds to something, can accomplish great projects. We need to do that to solve the major problems that face our nation; e.g. less reliance on oil and oil imports. The book shows us that we can do it. The book is very well researched (nearly 100 pages of notes) and won a Pulitzer Prize. Moreover, it is an extremely engrossing read.

    PLAN B 3.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown

    Probably the most important book I have read. His thorough documentation has made a believer of me. It's not just about global warming. Rampant overpopulation,combined with shrinking species, croplands, forests, fisheries, water supplies, and oil supplies could lead to more and more failed states. As the US struggles to regain freedom after 8 years of setbacks, we must also be aware that time is running out for the world.

    That website url didn't come through:

    "The Art of Non-War" by Kim Michaels

    If anyone wants to decide for themselves if the 9/11 debunking 9/11 recommendations are spam, check out this website, where they discuss strategies on how to make their spam posts look authentic.

    This is such a shame, because in reality, David Ray Griffin is a serious and honest person who I suspect would never condone this kind of action. 9/11 is an important issue that unfortunately attracts many people who put the real questions about that tragic event in doubt.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    I think you definitely can tell something about a person by what they are reading - I always seem to scan people's bookshelves when I'm in their home, perhaps partly for that reason - but I'm far more interested in what people think of the books they have read than what they have read.

    The responses by the candidates are not that shocking. The constitution and the federalist papers are probably in some book titled "Answers for Presidents - What do say when someone asks you a question..." Obama's choice rings true with his interest in Leadership and unifying people. Whether he can actually do that, is another matter, but at least he's reading about it - I'm sure we'll need it. McCain probably does need some help with the economic questions - he seemed a little lost when asked about the Plunge Protection Team.

    I'll risk seeming silly and suggest a book that I'd like to see the President take, and someone else has suggested it as well - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings" because when it comes to questions of morality, humanity, and politics I can't think of a book which produces so many rich answers in its applicability to the challenges faced today. Hippies used to say "Gandalf for President," and I can see why. One might see the US massive military industrial complex as the Ring. (After all, it could be argued that it was born in the fiery pits of corporate greed.) Then one might see Terrorism as Sauron, the Enemy. Well, one does not attack Sauron with the Ring, it must be dismantled.

    1) "The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century" by Ross E. Dunn, December 2004. An amazing, explained, travelogue through the entire 14th century Islamic world plus Constantinople and China, and highly illustrative of different types of government contrasted with the peril of ungoverned, insurgent places.

    2) "The Road to Wigan Pier" by George Orwell, for insight into how the working poor live. This book galvanized public opinion and shamed the British Conservative government into finally, once and for all, repudiating one hundred years of 19th century British Liberalism's failed laissez-faire unregulated free market free trade ideology.

    3)"Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country" by William Greider, January 1989. originally in "The New Yorker", reads like a novel bestselling economic history of the United States.

    4) "The Pathans", by Olaf Caroe, 1957 anthropological history of the Pashtuns, which will help understand Afghanistan, and maybe help someone find bin Laden and Zawahiri in the Mohmand Agency near the Swat Valley. Accompanied by "Constable's Hand Atlas of India, 1893", for the excellent maps needed to find all of today's insurgent tribes from the Hindu Kush to Burma.

    One Book: Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (not "Wolf" as someone mistakenly attributed above)

    Others of singular import: Declarations of Independence and A People's History of the U.S. both by Howard Zinn and, the vitally 21st century series,
    The American Empire Project trilogy (Blowback, Sorrows of Empire, Nemesis) by Chalmers Johnson

    That the candidates couldn't posit a salient reference, is deeply disturbing. We're headed for the cliff, people.

    The one book I want the next president of the United States to read is "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. It explains why the economy has gone to hell: The government has for the past 30 years been in cahoots with corporations to steal from the middle class and poor and give to the rich. It has suspended rules; it has abdicated its responsibility to protect the majority; it has taxed the poor while giving breaks to the rich. After reading this book, the new president, if he or she has any moral fiber, will feel obligated to put an end to the evil pattern and return this country to a pattern that supported a vast working and middle class.

    I recommend "Collapse" by Jared Diamond.

    Eric Henderson

    The one book I want the next president of the United States to read is "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. It explains why the economy has gone sour: The government has for the past 30 years been in cahoots with corporations to steal from the middle class and poor and give to the rich. It has suspended rules; it has abdicated its responsibility to protect the majority; it has taxed the poor while giving breaks to the rich. After reading this book, the new president, if he or she has any moral fiber, will feel obligated to put an end to the evil pattern and return this country to a pattern that supported a vast working and middle class.

    The one book I want the next president of the United States to read is "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. It explains why the economy has gone to hell: The government has for the past 30 years been in cahoots with corporations to steal from the middle class and poor and give to the rich. It has suspended rules; it has abdicated its responsibility to protect the majority; it has taxed the poor while giving breaks to the rich. After reading this book, the new president, if he or she has any moral fiber, will feel obligated to put an end to the evil pattern and return this country to a pattern that supported a vast working and middle class.

    BLOWBACK by Chalmers Johnson. This book precedes the 9/11 attack, but vividly describes US covert actions against other nations that can prompt such attacks. This book should be required reading for our nation's decision makers.

    I was going to go with, "A People's History of the United States", but since that will likely make it to the president's bedside table, I'd like to slip in one more. How about Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen.
    Hopefully we can vet the upcoming editions for accuracy, as they cover the past 8 years!


    I recommend that everyone in a position of power read Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. Lack of accountability by public office holders and private corporations is allowing the most avaricious and acrimonious to take charge of our government, our economy and our culture.

    I was going to go with, "A People's History of the United States", but since that will likely make it to the president's bedside table, I'd like to slip in one more. How about, "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong" by James Loewen.
    Hopefully we can vet the upcoming editions for accuracy, as the cover the past 8 years!


    I'd recommend The World is Flat; A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman for a cogent understanding of the direction the global world is going in.

    A Vision of the Future
    by Mortimer J. Adler.

    Mac Millan Publishers

    The one book that I think should be mandatory reading for all presidential candidates, members of Congress, state and local officials, and most particularly journalists is "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam" by Robert Spencer.

    Our enemies have clearly stated their intention to destroy us. While they are building terrorist cells in our cities, we are sleepwalking through the self-delusion that "If we could only win their hearts and minds..." Isn't this what happened in Europe in 1938?

    400 years before the First Crusade, Muslim armies came storming out of the Arabian Peninsula - murdering, raping, looting - all for the sake of spreading their religion of peace. We are their next targets.

    Get it? Wake up.

    I would suggest any book written by Vine Deloria, jr. for the next president to read. Indian Affairs has been long neglected by previous administrations for far to long.

    I would suggest any book written by Vine Deloria, jr. for the next president to read. Indian Affairs has been long neglected by previous administrations for far to long.

    A book that I recommend that the next president of the United States should take to the White House is "The Art of Non-war" by Kim Michaels.

    The next president should read "The Fair Tax" and find a way to achieve the savings the authors seek, and to relieve most tax-payers of the challange of the tax code.

    Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage

    "Deffeyes has reached a conclusion with far-reaching consequences for the entire industrialized world. . . . The conclusion is this: in somewhere between two and six years from now, worldwide oil production will peak. After that, chronic shortages will become a way of life. The 100-year reign of King Oil will be over." Fred Guterl, Newsweek

    The present outlandish system used to collect federal taxes costs citizens many millions of hours each year and requires great effort from the government as well. The book isn't perfect, but "The Fair Tax" should be read by everyone in the executive AND legislative branches. The savings sought by the authors should be the objective and would be of immense value to the country.

    "The Glory and the Dream: The History of American from 1932 to 1973", by William Manchester. I sincerely hope these presidential candidates have already read it, or they are in for quite a shock.

    I would recommend two books to the next president, both of which have helped frame my view of the history of the government of this country: "Why Americans Hate Politics" by E.J. Dionne and "A People's History Of The United States" by Howard Zinn. Thanks for asking, Bill!

    The present outlandish system used to collect federal taxes costs citizens many millions of hours each year and requires great effort from the government as well. The book isn't perfect, but "The Fair Tax" should be read by everyone in the executive AND legislative branches. The savings sought by the authors should be the objective and would be of immense value to the country.

    I highly recommend "The Art of Non-war" by Kim Michaels.

    The Art of Non-war by Kim Micheals

    I higly recommend "The Art of Non-War" by Kim Michaels.

    For humility, I would suggest TWO books, of which one could be chosen. "The Hunting of the Snark" An Agony in Eight Fits, by Lewis Carroll and "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In "Snark" Lewis Carroll is stingingly, hilariously poignant in his depiction of an eccentric captain and his iconic if ecclectic ship of foolery. The captain had "only one notion for crossing the ocean, and that was to tinkle his bell." How many political decisions have been and/or are being made based on this dynamic? Bush invaded Iraq for many obviously suspect and/or flat out imperialistic reasons but ultimately, in bare bones essentials -- it was to tinkle his bell. Le Petit Prince is full of wonderful and humbling encounters with self-important nobodies all who believe they are performing Very Important duties on their chosen planets. But ultimately it is the intimacy established between the Little Prince and the Fox he has come to love that is the bigger message in what is called a children's book but is in fact another brilliant Allegory. If the President gets to take a short story then let's go with 18th century Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" which was, by many accounts, taken to have been a serious and credible proposal to alleviate poverty and hunger by consuming unwanted children. Let's hope the next President has the intelligence and the good humor to posit as much credibility and guidance in these "humorous" texts as he/she would in any left-brained tome.

    The one book I want the next president of the United States to read is "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. It explains why the economy has gone to hell: The government has for the past 30 years been in cahoots with corporations to steal from the middle class and poor and give to the rich. It has suspended rules; it has abdicated its responsibility to protect the majority; it has taxed the poor while giving breaks to the rich. After reading this book, the new president, if he or she has any moral fiber, will feel obligated to put an end to the evil pattern and return this country to a pattern that supported a vast working and middle class.

    For humility, I would suggest TWO books, of which one could be chosen. "The Hunting of the Snark" An Agony in Eight Fits, by Lewis Carroll and "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In "Snark" Lewis Carroll is stingingly, hilariously poignant in his depiction of an eccentric captain and his iconic if ecclectic ship of foolery. The captain had "only one notion for crossing the ocean, and that was to tinkle his bell." How many political decisions have been and/or are being made based on this dynamic? Bush invaded Iraq for many obviously suspect and/or flat out imperialistic reasons but ultimately, in bare bones essentials -- it was to tinkle his bell. Le Petit Prince is full of wonderful and humbling encounters with self-important nobodies all who believe they are performing Very Important duties on their chosen planets. But ultimately it is the intimacy established between the Little Prince and the Fox he has come to love that is the bigger message in what is called a children's book but is in fact another brilliant Allegory. If the President gets to take a short story then let's go with 18th century Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" which was, by many accounts, taken to have been a serious and credible proposal to alleviate poverty and hunger by consuming unwanted children. Let's hope the next President has the intelligence and the good humor to posit as much credibility and guidance in these "humorous" texts as he/she would in any left-brained tome.

    The End of Faith by Sam Harris

    The one book I want the next president of the United States to read is "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. It explains why the economy has gone to hell: The government has for the past 30 years been in cahoots with corporations to steal from the middle class and poor and give to the rich. It has suspended rules; it has abdicated its responsibility to protect the majority; it has taxed the poor while giving breaks to the rich. After reading this book, the new president, if he or she has any moral fiber, will feel obligated to put an end to the evil pattern and return this country to a pattern that supported a vast working and middle class.

    For humility, I would suggest TWO books, of which one could be chosen. "The Hunting of the Snark" An Agony in Eight Fits, by Lewis Carroll and "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In "Snark" Lewis Carroll is stingingly, hilariously poignant in his depiction of an eccentric captain and his iconic if ecclectic ship of foolery. The captain had "only one notion for crossing the ocean, and that was to tinkle his bell." How many political decisions have been and/or are being made based on this dynamic? Bush invaded Iraq for many obviously suspect and/or flat out imperialistic reasons but ultimately, in bare bones essentials -- it was to tinkle his bell. Le Petit Prince is full of wonderful and humbling encounters with self-important nobodies all who believe they are performing Very Important duties on their chosen planets. But ultimately it is the intimacy established between the Little Prince and the Fox he has come to love that is the bigger message in what is called a children's book but is in fact another brilliant Allegory. If the President gets to take a short story then let's go with 18th century Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" which was, by many accounts, taken to have been a serious and credible proposal to alleviate poverty and hunger by consuming unwanted children. Let's hope the next President has the intelligence and the good humor to posit as much credibility and guidance in these "humorous" texts as he/she would in any left-brained tome.

    The book I would like the next President to take with him/her to the White House is by Thomas Paine, Rights of Man.
    In fact it wouldn't be a bad idea if this wasn't required reading by all elected officials before they lay their hand on a Bible and take an oath of office.

    Book recommendation:

    I'd love to think that our next president had read and considered Maximum Wage by Sam Pizzigati. The idea that there could be a reversal of the polarization of rich and poor in the US is SO darned appealing - all we'd need is a real way to cut the corporate ties to politicians. (Sigh) That's asking a lot, I guess.

    I would recommend that the future President reads "This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World" by Evaggelos Vallianatos (Common Courage Press). The author grew up on a family farm in Greece and traces true democracy back to its roots on family farms. A 27 year career with the US Government (EPA)has only strengthened his belief that democracy can only exist where millions of small farms, not a few mega farms, are its base.

    I would recommend On Liberty by Jon Stuart Mill or the Federalist Papers.

    The Majesty of the Law by Sandra Day O' Connor gracefully examines the most pivotal desisions in US history and looks to the future of a globalized world and how our next leaders should face the inevidible challenges.

    First, I am surprised that Katie Couric mentioned "besides the bible" as to assume that this book should be brought into the White House and that all the candidates would choose this book. That actually scares me because the bible has many,many horrible things in it. Such as stoning women and slavery being a good thing. But besides my little side comment I would say that everyone should re-read "Animal Farm" by Orwell. A book about propaganda and a book that was the center of this administrations behavior.

    I would like to suggest that our new President reads, "The True Story of The Bilderberg Group by Daniel Estulin. Maybe this book will open his or her eyes to who is running the our government.

    Our new president should read "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston because it looks at all the loopholes created by Congress that allow corporations to make money off the government at the expense of taxpayers. While Johnston examines why deregulation of electricity failed, we are yet again in another economic meltdown -- this one in the housing and the subprime mortgage market -- where the lending industry went unregulated and many of the companies in that market were owned by big donors to the Republican party.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking (or alternatively A New Pearl Harbor) by David Ray Griffin

    The American public is ready for the truth.

    Please let me emphasize, I was NOT prompted by some posting on the net to suggest this book. I finished viewing Bill Moyers program on Miro, took note of his request, and came to the site for the first time to make the above suggestion. I came on my own initiative and was surprised to find so many others nominating the same work.

    I anticipated that I would be one of a few who wanted to recommend Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin. Much to my surprise I found DOZENS of others begging for the same book to be featured. (Another good candidate by the same author would be A New Pearl Harbor, and there are more good books soon to come by other authors.)

    I would even suggest that Bill Moyers bring David Ray Griffin on the show as a guest. Let him soar or sink on the merits of his case. I assure you he will soar.

    Garry Smith
    Houston, TX

    America Hijacked by Israel. How come? Shame on us all!

    "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

    "God and Gold" by Walter Russell Mead

    Alice in Wonderland and the 911 disaster.
    It gives you a better understanding about how come,that even the biggest enemies of the U.S. like Iran or Venezuela, do not even mention, that the hole in the pentagon was to little for a Boeing. as only one of many examples.

    "God and Gold" by Walter Russell Mead

    WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO YOU WANT? by Jim Lord and Pam McAllister.

    The good delusion. by Richard Dawkins.

    This country was founded by people fleeing intolerance fueled by religion.
    Religion should be cleraly a personal practice not a standard to set or justify policy.

    Leaders need to understand how the lowest class of their people live. I would recommend Barbara Ehrenreich's book include "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    I would like to recommend Madelein Albright's newest book "memo to the President-Elect". WHat better to read than she who has been there, done that, and done it well!

    Any book by Thomas Payne would provide a thoughtful person an enduring framework for presidential decisions.

    While it is an old book, I believe that Small Is Beautiful by E.F. Schumaker is as important now as it ever was.

    I recommend The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State by Isaac Kramnick and R.Laurence Moore. It is a wonderfully articulate historical and legal explication of the importance of the separation of church and state with a final chapter delineating the Bush administration's violations of that vital constitutional principle.

    'The Art of Non War'


    THREE DAY ROAD, a novel
    JOSEPH BOYDEN (Olmas wants to film it)
    VIKING, PENGUIN 2005 2006

    Canadian Indian fighters against Germany's army in 1st World War.
    Idea: Fighting War should be as taboo as Cannibalism is for humankind.

    "A Theory Of Justice" by John Rawls
    "Justice is the first virtue of social institution, as truth is of systems of thought,"

    I would recommend “The Open Society and Its Enemies” by Karl Popper, a profound work as relevant today as when it was written.

    I would have them take a copy of "No Ordinary Time" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, to the White House. The title speaks for itself. I can't think of a more urgent need for our next President to respect our history so they can lead us into the future.

    Others have mentioned THE ART OF NON-WAR by Kim Michaels and I'm recommending it too.

    It's undoubtedly one of the most powerful books on the planet, and THE most crucial read for leaders and for those who elect leaders, alike.

    There is factual evidence that the events of 9/11 was a setup. This is one of many sources in which prove that sadly this is the case. Google the words "9/11 truth" and the truth shall set you free.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    I would recommend two. 1) "Overthrow" -it's a history of U.S. regime change from McKinley to GW Bush and
    2) "An Anthology of American War Poetry".
    Lorne Goldensohn, Ed.

    Code of Conduct, especially if the next President is also named Clinton. This book describes a nightmare scenario that the first President Clinton only worsened.

    I would strongly suggest:

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    My recommendation would be "Truman" by David McCullough. A great read about a great president and it's always nice to review where the buck stops.
    Thanks great show every week.

    I would like the next president to read "The Good Society; The Humane Agenda" by John Kenneth Galbraith.

    The next President must read Jared Diamond's "Collapse" to gain an understanding of the interconnections between science, public policy, the environment, resource utilization and the decline of civilizations.

    i also would like the next president to read "Free Lunch" by DC Johnston and the orignal constitution!

    Volume IV of The works of Robert Ingersoll. One of the greatest freethinkers ever.

    I would like the new president to readTHE SHOCK DOCTRINE, by Naomi Wolf. It's important that s/he know that "free market economics" is a sham and has NEVER been voted in by a democracy--it has always required some sort of "shock" to get it accepted. "Friedmanomics" is just another system of greed and oppression and we promote it at our peril.

    At a time, when the nation need to look at the most important issue of our time and a different aproach to bringing about a just solution . I would definitely recommend the book "The Art of Non War" By Kim Michaels.

    I would like to see the next president take Ursula K. LeGuin's The Dispossessed into the White House and spend some time reading and thinking about it. Not only because fiction encourages a reader to see through another person's eyes, but also because this is a book that can make a person rethink or re-examine their core beliefs.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    I would like the next President to take to the White House and read "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA," by Tim Weiner.

    Our new president should read "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. The book not only covers many urgent national concerns, but Johnston is one of the very few to explore why electricity deregulation doesn't work in theory, much less in practice. Because the last president who served a full term without effective utility regulation was Herbert Hoover, the new president should carefully heed the warnings in "Free Lunch."

    The people of our dear planet have inherited a rich legacy of ' how to live ' and ' how to rule ' guide books.

    The Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu's ancient Chinese discourse upon wisdom and the path towards wise leadership , has served the Chinese people well for several thousand years and I hope and pray their leaders blow the dust off it.

    Thoreau's Walden, as antidote to 21st century materialism should be read by the leaders of Walmart and then given to each of it's customers ..... yet because of President Bush's recent misuse of American military power causing the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi's and the resultant sowing of the seeds of mistrust and the natural blossoming of hatred for the United States of America this tragedy has sown ... I come finally to rest before Mahatma Gandhi's, The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

    The next President would do well to have each one of these quotes from Gandhi painted across the walls of the Oval Office.

    "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."

    "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"

    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

    "There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

    I was surprised and pleased to see that Mr. Obama said Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals." When I read it last year I considered writing to Mr. Bush and his Cabinet members, as well as each member of Congress, suggesting that they read it! I would also suggest "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore. It is especially timely in light of the recent FCC ruling to expand the rights of media conglomerates, dispite overwhelming opposition from the thousands of attendees of town meetings held by the FCC all across the country, and the against the advice of many members of Congress.

    The book the Presidential candidates should read immediately and the winner re-read from time to time is "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten", by Robert Fulghum.

    Mr. Moyers,
    I hope you will forgive me for suggesting two items:
    1) To be used as a source for thoughts to meditate upon, in the context of today's national and world affairs: "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence", a speech by Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr. give at the Riverside Church, NYC, on April 4, 1967; and 2) "The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, an adaptation of which was the cover story of the New York Times Magazine, 1/27/08, by Parag Khanna.
    Thank you for this opportunity,
    Rik Flynn

    Yes, what people read gives you some idea who they are, provided you can observe their reading habits over time and provided that you yourself are well enough read to judge. I didn't see any surprises among the candidates choices. My favorite among their replies was Hillary Clinton's, though I suspect the Bush administration keeps a copy of the Constitution on hand so that Dick Cheney and his cronies can urinate on it on a regular basis.

    My only recommendation for the next President would be for John McCain if he wins. I would like for him to have a copy of "The Things they Carried" by Tim O'Brien. This book brings a properly cynical view to the subject of soldiering in the Viet Nam era, and might serve to keep him from actually believing the media's "war hero" claptrap.

    I am so impressed with "the Moral Measure of the Economy" by Chuck Collins and Mary Wright, that I am going to purchase several additional copies to pass out to friends, with the request that they pass the copy on to another person when they are finished reading it with the same request to their friend. I would certainly suggest that this fine book, which examines our “free-market economy” by drawing upon various religious and moral writings, would be the perfect text for all members of any incoming administration to read before they assume leadership of our country next January. Thank you for your continuing fine work.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by Griffin. I saw it listed prominently among the comments. I have read all of his books and would want a President to be informed on this keystone issue.....Not that if he were an honest man he could do anything about it. Disraeli said that he was amazed, once he was "behind the scenes of power," to learn who really was in charge.
    All presidents since JFK have been pusillanimous puppets. They learned the lesson of the JFK assasination well.

    "Catch 22" by Jospeh Heller is my recommendation, because it comes close to showing how the government tries to function. My experience while on active duty in the Air Force; the Supply Sergeant would not give the AF hospital the supplies it needed even though he had the items in the warehouse, because if he gave them to the hospital, then he would not have them in the warehouse for the hospital when they needed them. His actual concern was that he would be inspected and not pass because of not having the supplies on hand that he was required to keep, so the hospital could wait.

    Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine

    I'd like to see the next president take "Americans Who Tell the Truth" by Robert Shetterly to the White House and share it widely. It would remind the new crew what the best of us say and do with our lives. The example set by the deceitful, reckless and uncaring crew that has been at the White House since 2001 has savaged and shamed us all EB.

    I'd like to see the next president take "Americans Who Tell the Truth" by Robert Shetterly to the White House and share it widely. It would remind the new crew what the best of us say and do with our lives. The example set by the deceitful, reckless and uncaring crew that has been at the White House since 2001 has savaged and shamed us all EB.

    I'd like to see the next president take "Americans Who Tell the Truth" by Robert Shetterly to the White House and share it widely. It would remind the new crew what the best of us say and do with our lives. The example set by the deceitful, reckless and uncaring crew that has been at the White House since 2001 has savaged and shamed us all EB.

    There are many books I would recommend for the next president of the U.S. The one I would recommend now is "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" by Thom Hartmann. I have not read a more impassioned book about the fate of humanity and what we can do as a planet to bring back healing, love, and common sense. If they read this one, the ENTIRE book, they will conclude how everything, how everyone of us, including animals, on this planet is related. Most importantly, it compares how tribal communities 100,000 years ago lived, worked and prospered WITHOUT war, WITHOUT bad guys vs. good guys and how the world is today WITH constant war, rich vs. poor, etc. I cannot recommend this book enough, it truly was an eye opener!! Everyone on this planet should read this book!!

    A very small book that contains humanity's highest aspirations: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    I'm a father, businessperson, and a military veteran (Army, infantry, Viet Nam). I woke up to my military experience in January of 2003. I've been engaged in research since then and have learned much.

    My three books recommendations are: "The Peoples History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. "War is a Racket" by Marine Major General Smedley Butler and "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein.

    I would recommend that the President read Tom Paine's "Common Sense." It states in clear language what America was intended to be, and what it can still become, a republic for all of the people, not just for the rich and powerful. (I read it at age 14 and it changed my life.)

    I'm a father, businessperson with an MBA and a military veteran (Army,infantry, Viet Nam). I woke up to my militiary experience in January of 2003. I've researched many areas and have leared much.

    My suggested books are: "The Peoples History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. "War is a Racket" by Marine Major General Smedley Butler, and "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein.

    David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking."

    Please don't see this as spam...I couldn't begin to imagine the government's explanation not being the truth. The ramifications of such were simply too staggering. Then there was "Building 7"...the most puzzling aspect of that awful day...and the explanation of it's fall being ignored by the commission. Maybe the country couldn't survive the truth...but it should be told.

    I highly recommend. A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey.
    I also recommend that poor and middle class Americans read this book too.The realization of how Free Market ideology has impacted their lives (as well as the lives of people around the globe)would surely invoke anger. Whilst anger is not a desirable emotion it is an excllent motivator and solidarity is the strength of the working people. The tide of Neoliberalism has deminished the quilty of their lives and if left unchecked, for some, it will raise the specter of slavery.

    I strongly recommend The Global Class War by political economist Jeff Faux. Faux's book offers one of the best accounts of NAFTA/U.S./Mexico and helps explain why corporate media bypass the story. Too often the immigration debate degenerates into a mix of reactionary scapegoating and mushy humanitarian sentiments. Faux provides the terms for a healthier debate.

    Debunking 911 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    Isn't it time we started to wake up in this country? I mean seriously now... I've listened to the 911 Truth movement and there are people from all walks of life that are being blocked by media. Why? This is a great read. The best if youwant to start to really know what's going on.

    I feel an important book to have in the White House is Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

    "The Art of Non War" (Kim Michaels)
    For a peaceful Generation.

    I feel an important book to have in the White House is Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

    As a President heading for election or a citizen thinking about who to vote for, I cannot recommend more highly "Debunking 911 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin. Dr. Griffin thrashes the defenders of the official conspiracy, showing easily, concisely and in an engaging manner the intellectual fraud that said defenders perpetuate.

    If you care about any of the many hideous things that are happening in our country you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy.

    I think the next president should read William R. Polk's 'Violent Politics: A History of Insurgency'. It's short, and spares little room for great detail. However, it's primary lesson is strong. Once an enemy chooses to engage in an insurgency against an occupying power, it becomes unlikely the occupier will prevail. This book is as relevant to our foreign policy as anything I've read recently.

    I highly recommend 'The Art of Non War', by Kim Michaels. We are moving out of our dualistic thinking and into Oneness, the planet is now ready for this shift. This is what the Masters have to say about how the world can now prosper at this time! I am excited for our new government- maybe we will get our dream team! Alitra

    I think the next president should definately read "Citizen Power" by Mike Gravel. It is crucial that "we the people" be brought into the workings of Govt. as lawmakers if we are ever to see positive, lasting change for the better in this country.

    Three books I recommend are:1) The Zionist Connection What Price Peace by Alfred M. Lilienthal;2) The Other Side of Israel My Journey across the Jewish/Arab Divide by Susan Nathan; 3)The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe.

    "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich

    In the same vein as "Black Like Me", Barbara Ehrenreich left southern Florida and took jobs as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing home aide and Wal-Mart salesperson.It's the real deal.

    By the way, THANK YOU for coming back! You have a way of giving us the actual story behind all the words.

    "The Art of Non-war" by Kim Michaels is a book that EVERY public servant in the federal government should be required to read, especially the President of the United States.

    Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the Peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking. Find out how we've all been lied to. the 'official' accounting is false, a lie, a fraud, call it what you want, it's NOT the truth.

    The source of all sources: Nothing eclipses Shakespeare for bone knowledge about life and human nature---vital for any world leader!

    Kathryn Russell

    Al Gore's "Assault on Reason" comes from someone who has been in the White House, sees the issues and what has happened to this country as clearly as he has seen global warming. He also points to one of the most significant books to him personally and appears to be missing from this list of must read books that is the quintessential book on the abuse of power, Noam Chomsky's Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy. Both Gore and Chomsky would be wonderful guests on the Journal before the election.

    I think EVERYONE should read Three Cups of Tea. Education is the ONLY thing that will ever dispel fear, and thus eliminate terrorism.

    The new President may not want to carry this book to the White House but a quick browse before he/she goes might be worthwhile.
    Groupthink by Irving L. Janis

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking: by David Ray Griffin has the power to bring honesty and basic goodness back to American government.

    The new President may not want to carry this book to the White House but a quick browse before he/she goes might be worthwhile.
    Groupthing by Irving L. Janis

    I think our next president should read "Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble" by Lester R. Brown. The United States needs to act quickly to address global warming or all the other problems we face will be seem pointless when the global warming caused problems start to affect us. Lester R. Brown has a new book available entitled "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition" which I have not yet read but am sure is as good as "Plan B 2.0"



    The book I'd like to see the next president read is "Last Letters From Stalingrad".

    "Ours is not a better way,ours is merely another way." This single, startling statement will change the world.
    From the book Friendship with God an uncommom dialogue. by Neale Donald Walsh

    Does America Need A Foreign Policy? by Henry Kissinger – any president should read how a media driven culture, rapidly changing times, and a disinterest in history are destroying America. Foreign policy must be rooted in human nature – not economics. Yet we surrender our futures to corporate interests. America could find itself a much smaller and isolated nation in 25 years, if we don’t wake up to global realities.

    The Art of Non War by Kim Michaels

    i highly recommend "Peace is...Inevitable" by michael hall. This book calls upon on people to rise up and do what it takes to get this nation back to where it started,a nation built upon the notion of individual's rights and a government run by the people for the people not a plutocracy that wants to start WWIII with the blood of our youth.

    "Wake Up the White Rose" by michael hall is must read for those who are tired of the same speeches, the same results and the same ills repeated over and over. Michael's premise is that this once decent nation has morphed into a militaristic empire hell bent on americanizing the world to suit its addictions. We cannot just blame Bush and the neo-cons as conveniant scpaegoats but also must include ourselves in this nightmare for we do get the nation and government that we deserve. We must rise up as individuals and take accountability for our actions and become like the giants of yesterday when this nation was founded by men of convictions and action rose agaisnt tyranny and despotism to give birth to a new nation.

    I think the next President should read "The New American Way" by Bill Bradley.

    " Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin.

    This is one of the most concise, succinct, intelligent & thought provoking books I have ever read.

    David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking."

    The people who died BY 9/11 (including first responders, coalition armed forces, afghan civilians, irqui) deserve nothing short of TRUTH.

    One book, oooh that's tough:

    A Course in Miracles

    a couple of others that would be runners up:

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking - Griffin
    The Chalice and the Blade - Eisler

    HOLY WAR by Karen Armstrong...

    "FREE LUNCH" by David Cay Johnston is the one book to read if one wishes to completely empathize with most average Americans, and get mad along with us about the unfair practices of the very rich!

    My suggestion for presidential reading is actually a series of books by the brilliant C. Northcote Parkinson. These books are:

    # Parkinson's Law (1957)
    # The Law and the Profits (1960)
    # In-Laws and Outlaws (1962)
    # Parkinsanities (1965)
    # Left Luggage (1967)
    # Mrs. Parkinson's Law (1968)
    # The Law of Delay (1970)

    I have found these books to be just as true today as they were when first published, alas.

    i'm glad to see so many people mentioning "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin - it's an important book and having just finished it myself i think most people would do well to look at this book.

    Should the President-elect be a Democrat, especially one with a conciliatory message, I would suggest the fable of the Scorpion and the Frog.

    I would like to recommend "The Gilded Age - A Tale of Today" by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. While written over 100 years ago, there is nothing new under the sun in terms of the corrupt operating of the government and the audacity of the super rich. While it is largely a condemnation of the abuses of what America often is, it also provides insight into the truly noble and inspiring aspects of American society. It's a valuable read for anyone - especially our leaders.

    I would like to recomend to read The Art of Non-War by Kim Michaels not only for next president of US and to the next president of Russia too...

    It seems odd, and this, I suppose, is more pointedly directed at Miss Couric, to ask what one book a President would hold dear to their heart as I would certainly think they might take a library with them. How do you choose one book, and how did the candidates have an answer so readily?

    But one book, one book, as that is the question, strange as it may be...

    I'll say:

    Letters at 3 AM: Reports on Endarkenment, by Michael Ventura

    as Ventura uncannily seems to truly grasp America as a culture better than anyone I have read, and he does it with such beautiful honesty.

    It is not a candidates job to bring down the Bush administration, that job goes to congress. Lets move away from Bush, and bureaucracy. I'd prefer my candidate to grasp whats happening in our blessedly estranged country, and the people scattered amidst it. For it is those who understand who bring light into the darkness.

    Target Iran by Scott Ritter.

    Scott Ritter was right about Iraq & now he’s saying they same thing about Iran. He says were already covert military operations & the CIA support of terrorists against Iran. This follows the same pattern in Iraq. Scott Ritter tells us the truth about Iran unlike the Bush administration.

    If we bomb Iran, Iran will shut down the Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is only about 35 miles across its narrowest point & is on the Iranian coast. About 40% of the worlds exported oil flows through The Strait of Hormuz. Bombing Iran will cause hyperinflation, debt collapse & a likely 1929 type depression.

    The reasons for attacking Iran parallel Iraq, but the tragedy of attacking Iran will be far worse. Iran is 3 times bigger than Iraq with a modern military with China & Russia as allies. U.S. casualties in Iraq will approach Vietnam War rates. The any U.S. ground troops in Iran will be doomed.

    The President should look at The Art of Non War.

    It highlights principles that are needed for this new age. We need a President who will not be afraid of standing up for principles that work and for promoting the true teachings of the sages. I believe if we uphold these principles America could take a lead in its rightful place as a nation with freedom and justice for all, meaning the whole world and not just our country. It is obvious we have been stuck in a holding pattern of war in this world for centuries. I think its time to leave or old ways behind and create a new world without all the bloodshed. There are better ways and higher ways to do things if we will just listen. I think Albert Einstein said it best when he said Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. I would highly recommend this book!

    The next President of the United States must insist on a new, fully independent investigation of 9/11. The truth which awaits us will end the conflict in the Middle East and restore our liberties. The next President must read David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking."

    I, too, was going to suggest David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory", but it seems that many have already suggested it. I think it's his best (and latest — although I hear another is about to be published), but any of the others are really just as good for all intents and purposes: "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11", "9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, Vol. 1", or "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions". ("Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action" is also good, even though it is "Xtian-based" or targeted — man is he prolific! and with the level of quality he achieves, I don't see how he does it)

    There also seems to be a concern about this blog being "spammed" with replies about DRG's books, but I suggest that those that say that do not know the definition of the word or concept of "spam". (to me they sound like typical complainers and persons of negativity and derogatory attitudes) The people who are suggesting that book are probably viewers and fans of Bill's, and deserve a say just as much as any others. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are telling friends and such about this opportunity and directing them here as well to participate. Come one, come all, I say. An equal vote for each, no matter what their reasons.

    And I hope Bill gets a good accounting of the response and acts and reacts in turn. That's what I expect him to do, and I don't think he will disappoint, which is why I like him and what he does and am so glad he is back. It's been a long time coming for this issue, and I hope Bill steps up to the plate and hits a grand slam. Step one (or two) to accomplishing that would be one of the very few brave enough to actually interview Dr. Griffin instead of pretending he doesn't exist. That's just wrong.

    'The Art of Non-War' by Kim Michaels. Let's finally rise above the primitive conscientiousness of war that we could not let go of for centuries.

    For the Common Good - Daly and Cobb.

    Discusses economics, markets, and capital in relation to social ethics and spituality

    "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America" by Barbara Ehrenreich.

    As the political rhetoric continues about the U.S. being the greatest country on Earth, the next president will need a reminder about what this so-called greatness looks like on the ground.

    Ehrenreich's book is an awakening (except maybe to those Americans who scrape plates and scrub toilets). It should be on the required reading list in Washington, right after the Constitution.

    " Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin.

    Great to see I am not the only concerned citizen.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin is a must.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin
    "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Cambell

    I would recommend that they take Betty Friedan's book, The Feminine Mystique. It has been out for many years, but it is still relevant.

    THE ART OF NON-war
    by Kim Michaels
    All people need to read this book, not only presidents and other politicians! Wars destroy all that we create. So, we really need to know how to make peace.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    Beware of the man of one book

    Economically speaking

    The Shock Doctrine
    Free Lunch
    and The Crash of 29 by J K Galbraith


    three translations of the Tao te Ching
    All Men are Brothers by M K Gandhi
    the book of life ( the one without pages)

    Many, including Plutarch

    Thanks for asking!

    The POTUS should read "No Future Without Forgiveness" by Desmond Tutu

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin

    The Art of Non-War ~ Kim Michaels........and
    The Constitution

    There is indeed a Higher Way than than the way that the Corporate elite and the war-machine has been pushing us.. Kim Michaels illuminates the High Road.
    Nice One Kim ~ Philip

    If you love democracy, it has to be "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffen, of course!

    The Real Wealth of Nations:

    Creating a Caring Economics
    by Riane Eisler


    I would like the new president to read "The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order" to be published in March. Parag Khanna, the author, is a senior research fellow in the American Strategy Program of the New America Foundation. His article "Waving Goodbye to Hegemony," based on the book, was published in the New York Times on January 27, and I just read it tonight while my husband was watching the superbowl. Khanna gives a view of future global international relations in which the U.S., the European Union, and China share the world scene as its strongest players. They and the nations called "second world countries" which have power and resources but on a smaller scale, and which partly share the characteristics of third world nations, all form economic and diplomatic relationships with each other, jockeying for economic and political power.

    Khanna says America's attempt to control other nations with military might is too expensive to us and in any case it is failing.

    Khanna advises that the next president strive to achieve a balance of power in the world in which America remains a key player by encouraging cooperation among them to solve global problems via a give and take. Our diplomatic corps needs to be greatly expanded to do this.

    I am particularly concerned about our foreign relations. It is such a complicated concern. The new president will need a lot of knowledgeable strategic advice and I'm hoping that the desired result will be peaceful cooperation.

    Oh, and how about a book suggestion for the other half of the equation in this, and all other subsequent elections - THE ELECTORATE.

    For them, James Bovard's "Attention Deficit Democracy"...WAKE UP AMERICA (especially the idiots on this week's edition of NOW. The same ones who are now facing foreclosure because of the the latest in a long line of excesses of the banks and Wall Street, and who voted for Bush......TWICE!!)!

    Blowback by Chalmers Johnson

    TROUBLESOME YOUNG MEN by Lynne Olsen is the one book that should be brought to the White House by our next President. It is a marvelously written book about a few brave, young members of the Conservative Party in the British House of Commons in the 1930's who defied and exposed Neville Chamberlin's Appeasement Policy towards Hitler. Their incredible, selfless acts of political courage ruined their careers, but saved their country, and later the world. Now...only if our next President could imitate such statesmanship in the compelling issues that await them when they take office, rather than pursuing policies that promote their own re-election.

    I'd encourage a new president to read 'Opponents of War', which chronicles the fate of many of those who opposed the First World War. I think that real parallels exist between that era and out own - we worry about immigration, economic troubles, and involvement in a deeply unpopular war. I found 'Opponents of War' to be a powerful and timeless cautionary tale, which reminds us of the dangers inherent in any campaign to enforce unity of purpose in a divided nation.

    Dale Carnegie... How to win friends and influence people

    Please mention a book by one of the world's most respected authorities on ethics and rational thinking:
    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by distinguished theologian David Ray Griffin.

    Dale Carnegie.... How to win friends and influence people.

    I would recommend "THE ART OF NON WAR" by Kim Michaels - More to Life Publishing

    This book gives a penetrating commentary on why our world is still flirting with war as a justifiable means to a desirable end.

    The Art of Non-war by Kim Michaels.

    A good read for anyone with an open mind who wants to see the real cause behind all major wars in the past, And in the present moment.

    Yep you guessed it - Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffith. This book will wake us up to what evil money and power will make people go to in order to hold on to it.

    - especially if there is a short cut.

    Spam comes from a single source. Unanimity from hundreds of sources is called consensus. Really, do people tend to agree on anything? Usually only if it reveals the truth.

    The next president should read Citizen Power by Mike Gravel, to learn the mistakes of war our country has made, and to understand why we need the PEOPLE to help make laws.

    Of course, the obvious, books written by our founding fathers to gain their wisdom and vision for the U.S.

    Power: A Radical View- Dr. Steven Lukes, philosopher of NYU explains differential power between socioeconomic classes, how it is exercised, how it produces quiessance, and how it colonizes the victims' minds.

    Debunking 911 debunking by david ray griffin

    Animal Farm by George Orwell still informs us of the perils of regime change with its attendant potential for the arrogant use of power.

    Without queston: Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present".

    While there are MANY other books I could name, this is the foundation - the basis from which all the others build.

    Thank you, Professor Zinn, for your priceless contribution to the American people.


    THE NEW GOLDEN AGE: The Coming Revolution Against Political Corruption And Economic Chaos (2007) by Ravi Batra. I only just finished it and it is a superb recipe for our national survival. (Maybe Jack Martin Feb. 3- 11:47pm meant this book when he suggested Dr. Batra?)

    The most important book the next president should read is FREE LUNCH: HOW THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS ENRICH THEMSELVES AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE(AND STICK YOU WITH THE BILL). David Cay Johnston has compiled a revealing expose of how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

    GANGS OF AMERICA by Ted Nace
    A well researched and accurate history of the corporation in western civilization. It documents how our legal structures support disparity of income and legal unaccountability for the affluent.

    Thomas Paine "The Rights of Man" because it is clear our government leaders have forgotten that democracy is about the people, all the people.

    Ivan Illich: Insight about how to manage energy and enhance the quality of life while conserving resources and embracing sustainable strategies.

    Book for the next president I would suggest is,
    The Dictionary. Maybe we could eliminate some of the
    "non words" that the spinmisters throw out there, or make them up to fit their claim to actually mean somthing when they don't.

    I expect the next president to be already well-read and fully informed, as all the serious candidates seem to be. For balance, I would recommend they take along a copy of The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This is not a frivolous suggestion. The book is a gem of clear thinking, as well as a philosophical exploration of what really matters to people. It exemplifies two qualities that any leader could make good use of: humor, and wisdom.

    Hi Bill,
    After watching your show on Friday, Feb 1st with Senator Waxman, I hope that
    your next president has the strength to bring "change we can believe in."

    More generally, I am hoping that your next president has a natural curiosity about the world.

    I believe it would be a really good sign if your next president has read "Oh the Places you will go" by Dr. Seuss and "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.

    Thank you for the work you do. It makes a difference.

    Two books that should be read by any American, especially one looking to the seat of American power.
    1) A People's History of the United States
    and 2)Declarations of Independence, both by Howard Zinn.
    Zinn's History of the US effectively punctures the mythology of American power with a much more populist, hopeful look at all that is wrong with history and the record of the men and women who opposed this mythology and brought about change in spite of governments and presidents.
    The second book by Zinn is an attempt to reach back to the basic values of American society and find ways to bring these idealistic philosophies to life through the American people. It, too, punctures the myths and hypocrisy at the base of so much American political tradition.
    With Zinn's wisdom on their side, a new American president would be much better equipped to bring about real change to real people and to rise above the partisanship to something genuinely American.

    I would recommend:
    Common Sense by Thomas Paine


    Reveille For Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky..

    dr bc

    I should hope, every leader in the world, especially our next president. would read
    Barbara Tuchman's
    March of Folly
    From Troy to Viet Nam

    The new President should have done his or her reading long ago: there will be little time now that our country is in a multi-faceted crisis. People who have written helpful books should be called upon. I recommend Dr. Ravi Batra of Southern Methodist University in economics. He is a debunker of free trade and trickle-down economics. He has good ideas about a progressive tax distribution and the reinstitution of tariffs so that the U.S. worker can recapture some hope and prosperity. His economics is not values neutral but remains based upon rational human behavior. "The Shock Doctrine" (Klein) is a pointless choice because it reveals the neocon plan to the public which is already obvious to astute polititians. (Economics has never been a useful science yet because it depends on the patronage of the wealthy, so that its most prominent practitioners are rewarded for nonsense.) If the new President is to do justice, Bush era criminals must be prosecuted and the facts come out. I would recommend a review of the Nuremberg trials and of the Truth Commissions which have closed some cruel conflicts. Guilt must be revealed for our country to heal. The process must not stop with George Bush, but previous administrations' crimes must be made public knowledge too. Michael Parenti has been an expert researcher in these matters.
    I do hope we get to have an election and that there will not be another false flag attack followed by marshall law. I was startled by the ignorance of the pitiful economic victims exhibited on NOW (on PBS) this week. I wonder if people can even comprehend the edge of malice and greed Henry Waxman has uncovered. I know that I would not be able to stand living in a future where Bushism is lauded as Reaganism has been. Reaganites were criminals too. This stuff didn't start with Bush and is not confined to Republican administrations. NAFTA may have killed as many as the Iraqi occupation.
    This is a crazy country of injustices where tax preparation companies charge 10% fees and 85% interest on refund anticipation loans while the fed is setting the rate for billionaires to borrow billions at less than 3%. It is almost as if we are paying the wealthy to borrow our freshly printed currency when one considers our 8% cost of living inflation. Out population must be illiterate in self-preservation.

    Debunking 9/11 Debunking by David Ray Griffin

    I'll never believe thethat government's conspiracy theory!

    THE DEATH OF AMERICA by Naomi Wolf

    Others have suggested it, and I concur. There are a lot of good books and comments on this blog. The politicians may think we're stupid, but there are people who realize what's happening to this country.

    the next president needs a good understanding of a number of critical areas. however, the most catastrophic decisions of the last 60 years seem to have been in the area of foreign policy and, more specifically, getting into the wrong conflicts at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. these have generally resulted from a failure to realize that generalizations such that communism was a monolithic movement led to fundamental misunderstanding of local and regional politics, often putting us on the wrong side of disputes. i recommend halberstam's "the best and the brightest", which eloquently illustrates the consequences of jumping into a conflict without first acquiring a fundamental understanding of the nature of the fight the country would be getting into.

    Here's the book I would like the next President to read: "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism" by Univ of Chicago political scientist Robert A. Pape, published in 2005 by Random House.

    I suggest Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present

    Don't know how this happened, but my post was 'Confederacy of Dunces'
    Comment #48321 Feb. 2 at 4:30 am
    A Sherry Varnadoe appears as the poster, with my name in the 48321 slot, below??? I've never read, nor suggested 'The Problem From Hell", and I do not know who Sherry Varnadoe is.

    I would recommend the next President read David Cay Johnston's book, "Free Lunch". While so many are losing their jobs to the cheaper labor markets abroad and wages become stagnant here I find it obscene that a handful of people are able to increase their personal wealth and power by exploiting government largesse and the failure of government oversight to stop such behavior.

    "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" by David Ray Griffin
    Know the truth and the truth will set you free!

    Any President and indeed any member of Congress should be familiar with "Collapse" by Jarrod Diamond. It indicates what happens when you ignore the environment that we live in.
    For a Democrtic President in addition I would suggest "Conscience of a Liberal" by Paul Krugman. A republican woud probably throw it out becasue he shows how afar we have come from the time of Roosevelt, Trum and even Eisenhower, who was a downright Liberal by today's standards.

    The single book I would recommend is Charles Johnson's "Nemesis", the final book of the Blowback trilogy.

    Recommend "A Peoples's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn

    Free lunch, by David Cay Johnston. What an insightful book about the reality of being a middle-class American.

    To have a well-rounded grasp of the crucial problems we face in this new century our next president would do well to read Billions and Billions by the late Carl Sagan.

    The book the next President should take to the Whitehouse is "Debunking 911 Dubunking" by David Ray Griffin. Admitting and facing the facts about 911 totally alters our concept about America- - the wars--the Bush administration, etc. The ONLY requirement is to investigate 911 yourself- -then, perhaps, you'll comprehend why thousands of people disbelieve the official line. What stands in the way of most people who believe the official story is fear and total trust of governmental lies. We owe it to our country to become accountable. Investigate.

    I recommend Collapse by Jared Diamond. Mother Nature will have the last laugh if we do not pay attention.

    The next president should read "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America"
    by Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Hochschild

    I recommend the president read American Soul by Jacob Needleman. This is a deeply moving and inspiring book that reminds us of the powerful vision of the Founders and the possibility of our nation.Can we once again reconnect with this vision and have a country of which we can be proud?
    Bill, thank you so much for your work and for the support you provide to those of us who feel marginalized and dispirited. Your program is the highlight of my week.

    I recommend the president read American Soul by Jacob Needleman. This is a deeply moving and inspiring book that reminds us of the powerful vision of the Founders and the possibility of our nation.Can we once again reconnect with this vision and have a country of which we can be proud?
    Bill, thank you so much for your work and for the support you provide to those of us who feel marginalized and dispirited. Your program is the highlight of my week.

    I recommend reading
    "People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck.

    This book provided me with an understanding of evil, its remarkable mundaneness and ever-presence. Anyone who has the power to affect others, especially world political leaders, should study the nature of evil as a way to know -- in every nuance -- how to recognize, reverse, and heal world evil.

    "Free Lunch", by NYT reporter David Cay Johnston.

    and the U.S. Constitution.

    David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 9/11 Debunking" OF COURSE. We need a real investigation with real answers. It's long overdue.

    Killing Hope by William Blum. None other comes close.

    Obviously, no single book is sufficient to advise a president. Lifetimes of learning and centuries of history have, at times, proven inadequate.

    Nonetheless, I would want our next president to read Reverence, renewing a forgotten virtue, by Paul Woodruff.

    The current administration illustrates, more clearly than most, the costs associated with a lack of this particular virture.

    While we may not always be up to the task of good governing, history does indicate that more knowledge fares better than ignorance and wishful thinking.

    Read on, learn on.

    Charles Schultz
    Edmonds, WA

    I would recommend Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. If our next president could communicate to the government bureacracy the importance of the democratic principles, integrity and win-win thinking, how much better our country would be!

    "My Pet Goat"

    Obviously this book is so important and captivating that Dictator Bush decided he wanted to keep reading it for another 20 minutes after the twin towers were hit and while the cruise missile was heading for the pentagon.

    And the Secret Service must really love " My Pet Goat" a lot too - as they violated standard security protocol to let Bush keep reading it! They were supposed to rush the president ( a presumed target) to a secure location - and order the evacuation of the kids to a safety zone.

    But no. Bush just stayed put, looking decidedly shifty - but not shocked by the news.

    Hmm. Could it be that BusHiltler Inc. knew what was really going on - a False Flag op to justify his imminent criminal agenda - so he just sat back and enjoyed " My Pet Goat" with the kids, whom he knew were under no real threat.

    Thank you, Bill, for being a purveyor of truthfulness and transparency in our wilderness of mass media deception.

    With sincerity I have to say that David Ray Griffin's Debunking 911 Debunking is the most necessary book and indeed should be read by all in positions in leadership.