Essential reading for tomorrow’s leaders

September 9, 2009

Amid the sessions on managing risk, sustainable consumption and lessons from the recession, it’s refreshing to see that the World Economic Forum has carved out time to discuss the world of literature at its “summer Davos” meeting in Dalian, China. The aim of its panel on “Great Books for a Globalized World” is to ask, which classic and contemporary books from different cultures are essential for developing the personal values and professional philosophies of future leaders?

We asked one of the participants in the panel, Xie Youshun, professor of Chinese literature at the Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China , to give us his list. It’s published below, right above the box where we invite your suggestions for essential reading for future leaders.

1. New History by Chien Mu
2. Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy by Mou Zongsan (aka Mou Tsung-san)
3. Heavy Body (collection of essays) by Liu Xiaofeng, Shanghai Renmin Press 1999
4. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
5. China 1957 (novel) by You Fengwei, Shanghai Wenyi Press 2001
6. Representations of the Intellectual by Edward Said
7. Face and Peach Blossom (2004 novel, aka “Renmian Taohua”) by Ge Fei
8. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
9. Gates of Eden, by Morris Dickstein
10. The Lesson of this Century by Karl Popper


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capitalism and freedom – milton friedman (1962)
economics in one lesson – henry hazlitt (1946)
the road to serfdom – friedrich von hayek (1944)

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Lesson of This Century by Karl Popper
Gates of Eden by Morris Dickstein

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All they can do is create a Forum while People are lossing jobs and homes and foods.

Posted by Coin Sorter | Report as abusive

I suggest the conference consult the recent book Wordly Wisdom: Great Books and the Meanings of Life, which discusses a wide array of classic writings (Western and non-Western) for their practical uses in the conduct of life.

Posted by James Allen | Report as abusive

Dear writer,
Thanks for giving a detailed publications for reading.
I am a avid reader.commentator.interested in economics,sociology and political science.
The following books can also read for future generations.
1.In Search of Excellence,
2.Future Shock,
3.War Crimes against Vietnam,
4.The pursuit of Happiness.
5.Economic and Political Ideals.
6.The Evils of Capitalism,Socialism and Communism,
7.Freedom from the Unknown.
8.All Reuters Blogs.
9.My probable writings on Future Economics.

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