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Twenty Books To Expand Your Worldview in 2012

January 2, 2012

Below are some Books I recommend you read, either now or later. I selected the books base on my interest in the subjects the books seeks to address. I have enormous interest in Global Affairs, Energy Issues, African Affairs, Politics, International Development, Memoirs, as well as Personal Development. Unfortunately, I’m not a fun of fiction, so I have no recommendation on any fiction here. Perhaps in the course of the year I will try some fiction. I have read most of the books here, but not all. Those that I have not read, are recommendations from respected voices like CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, and the Economist Magazine. Get the books and enjoy them. They will challenge your views and expand your understanding of worldview. I have a page for Book Review on this blog. I will be reviewing some of the books in the course of the year.

1. The Greatness Guide, 1 & 2 by Robin Sharma

2. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier

3. Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life by Richard Stengel

4. How The Best Leaders Lead by Brian Tracy

5. Cracking The Corporate Code: The Revealing Success Stories of 32 African-American Executives by Cobbs, P and Turnock, Judith

6. Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness by Randal Pinkett & Jeffrey Robinson

7. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

8. Mahatma Gandhi: The Essential Writings by Oxford World’s Classics

9. Hot, Flat, & Crowded: Why The World Needs A Green Revolution – And How We Can Renew Our Global Future by Thomas Friedman

10. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

11. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

12. What Makes The Great Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement by Dennis P. Kimbro

13. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

14. First Principles of Islamic Economics by Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi

15. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin

16. The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence by Martin Meredith

17. Start Where You are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Chris Gardner

18. The Bridge: The Life and the Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick

19. The Post-American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria

20. The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam

  1. Jemilatu Razak permalink

    Mahmoud, I am interested in these books; number 4, 12 and 17. Any hint where I can get them to buy? I mean shops in London. Thanks for sharing though.

  2. Inusah Mohammed (Maazi Okoro) permalink

    I read a lot. However, when i come into contact with you Mahmoud then i remember the Arabic saying “in kunta riihan, faqad laakaita insuaaran” which when translated means ” if you brag that you air then you have met the tornado”. I have not even seen or heard of any of the titles above save one ‘ Malcolm X, A life of Re-invention’.you introduced me to that the week Marable died. With my shoestring budget, how can i get the books to read?

  3. Jamila…it’s better you buy them on But you can get the books at any good bookshop in London. First try the LSE Bookshop, and then Foyles Bookshop in the Westfield Shopping Centre at Stratford, near the Stratford Underground Station. But I will suggest you buy them online…they’re cheaper & faster!

    Maazi Okoro… I will do well to ship some of the books to Ghana, very soon. And I will let you know when I’m done.

    • Inusah Mohammed (Maazi Okoro) permalink

      O.k Mahmoud. May Allah keep elevating you in all facets of life. You are such a gem. Good luck.

  4. Iddris permalink

    I hope to get some of these books to read.

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