What does Obama read?

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Today I received an email from a “friend” and it was meant to scare me.  This is TYPICAL of the slander, mis-information and suspicious inuendo of the McCain supporters running scared. 

The email said, Snoops.com says the picture is real(Not touched up)! The author is from India and says he is not religious; but, sounds like he is Muslim.

 A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. THIS WILL OPEN YOUR EYES. WHAT DOES OBAMA READ? “

So, I did go to www.snopes.com to check out the validity of the picture of Barack Obama holding

The Post American World.   Here’s what they actually said on snopes.com (not snoops.com as the email writer mistakenly quoted.)

I encourage each of you to go to www.snopes.com and read their summary.
 
A portion of it says,” The above displayed photograph of Barack Obama carrying (and presumably reading), the best selling book, The Post American World, is a real one, snapped by Doug Mills of The New York Times in Bozeman, Montana in May, 2008.  However, the characterization of the pictured book “as a Muslim’s view of a defeated America” is erroneous: The book does not postit a “defeated America”, nor does it express a Muslim point of view.”
 
It goes on to say, “The following review from Publishers’ Weekly summarizes the thesis of The Post American World.  When a book proclaims that it is not about the decline of America but “the rise of everyone else,” readers might expect another diatribe about our dismal post-9/11 world. They are in for a pleasant surprise as Newsweek editor and popular pundit Zakaria (The Future of Freedom ) delivers a stimulating, largely optimistic forecast of where the 21st century is heading. We are living in a peaceful era, he maintains; world violence peaked around 1990 and has plummeted to a record low. Burgeoning prosperity has spread to the developing world, raising standards of living in Brazil, India, China and Indonesia. Twenty years ago China discarded Soviet economics but not its politics, leading to a wildly effective, top-down, scorched-earth boom. Its political antithesis, India, also prospers while remaining a chaotic, inefficient democracy, as Indian elected officials are (generally) loathe to use the brutally efficient tactics that are the staple of Chinese governance. Paradoxically, India’s greatest asset is its relative stability in the region; its officials take an unruly population for granted, while dissent produces paranoia in Chinese leaders. Zakaria predicts that despite its record of recent blunders at home and abroad, America will stay strong, buoyed by a stellar educational system and the influx of young immigrants, who give the U.S. a more youthful demographic than Europe and much of Asia whose workers support an increasing population of unproductive elderly. A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum. http.www.cahners.com – 2008 February #4″

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