Two books General Dempsey is reading

BY Larisa Epatko  March 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM EST

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, isn’t reading much fiction these days. Instead, he said he’s been immersed in two nonfiction works: “The End of Power” by Moises Naim and “Present Shock” by Douglas Rushkoff.

“I find them fascinating,” he told PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff. Woodruff’s interview with Dempsey about developments in Ukraine and sexual assaults in the military airs Friday.

Dempsey described how Naim was called in to meet with military commanders, and the author told them “weaknesses” such as political and economic structures would end up defining them more than their military strength. “It’s fascinating and frustrating, though.”

And Rushkoff’s book, Dempsey said, deals with how people’s concern about the future has morphed into a focus more on the present.

“There’s so much information that comes in. Probably while you’re sitting here if you had your Blackberry on, it would have vibrated and you’d have been tempted to look at it because you can. And so when you think about dealing with weakness, and dealing with present shock, I think it helps illuminate the challenges we have today.”

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