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December 03, 2009


Clinton's Favorite Thinkers

In an interview with Foreign Policy, former President Bill Clinton gives his recommendations for the "smartest, most penetrating" thinkers.

In addition to three New York Times columnists -- Paul Krugman, David Brooks and Tom Friedman -- Clinton notes Malcolm Gladwell "has become quite important. The Tipping Point was a very good observational book about what happened and how change occurred. But I think his last book, Outliers, is even more important for understanding how we all develop and for making the case that even for people we view as geniuses, life is more of a relay race than a one-night stand by a one-man band or a one-woman band. I thought it was a truly exceptional book."

Clinton also names Robert Wright, "the guy who wrote The Evolution of God, The Moral Animal, and the book he wrote in the middle, which had a huge effect on me as the president, Nonzero."














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