Qaddafi's Book Club: Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Friedman, and More

By Kevin Fallon

As leaked cables about Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi continue to provide more information about the mysterious persona behind the militant ruler, The New York Times has unearthed an unexpected window into his personality: the contents of his bookshelf.

What's more, Colonel Qaddafi maintains a strong interest in American books about public affairs. In one cable, the embassy reported that Colonel Qaddafi assigned trusted aides to prepare Arabic summaries of Fareed Zakaria's "The Post-American World," Thomas Friedman's "The World Is Flat 3.0," George Soros's "The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror" and President Obama's "The Audacity of Hope." Another of Zakaria's books, "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad," was said to be a Qaddafi favorite."

It remains to be seen whether becoming an official selection of the Qadaffi Book Club will carry the same cache as scoring an Oprah endorsement.

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