Recommended reading for Obama

RECOMMENDED READING FOR OBAMA…. The Washington Monthly has a feature in our new issue with book recommendations for the new president, with suggestions from some of our favorite writers and thinkers. We’re covering the recommendations in an ongoing series of posts.

For today’s installment, we turn to Anne-Marie Slaughter, the dean of the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, who, as of this morning, is the first woman to head the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, Foggy Bottom’s in-house think tank. In our new issue, she has a couple of book recommendations for Obama:

The new president should read Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. It will validate his intuitions about the world and give him a vocabulary and conceptual framework to explain how the Obama generation is different. He should also read The Way We Will Be, by John Zogby. He will see himself in the mirror as one of the “first globals” and will see the U.S. not as a parochial country but an increasingly globally connected one.

Congrats to Anne-Marie on her new position in the administration.

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