Books officials recommend

Updated: 2012-02-28 10:40

(China Daily)

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1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, recommended by Premier Wen Jiabao.

The book offers a wide range of the spiritual reflections of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius as he tries to understand himself and the universe, in the form of quotations. Wen said on a State visit to Singapore in 2007 that he might have read the book 100 times.

2. National Strategy: Talent Changes the World by Wang Huiyao, recommended by Guangdong province's Party secretary Wang Yang.

Based on his observations of 18 countries and regions, Wang Huiyao provides suggestions for setting up the country's national strategy in the global talent market. Wang Yang recommended the book to young provincial government cadres.

3. Read Some Classics, edited by Chonqing's municipal publicity department and recommended by Chongqing's Party secretary Bo Xilai.

The pocket book series initiated by Bo collects ancient and contemporary poems and essays. The books are designed to elevate local cadres' moral and cultural sophistication. Bo presented the series as a gift to a visiting Hong Kong youth delegation in 2010.

4. China Shock by Zhang Weiwei, recommended by Jiangsu province's Party secretary Luo Zhijun.

Zhang enriches the ideas of the "China model" after visiting more than 100 countries. Zhang expounds upon the proposition of China's rise as a "civilized nation".

Luo recommended the book to his colleagues at a provincial meeting on constructing a learning-oriented Party.

5. A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard, recommended by Hainan province's Party secretary Wei Liucheng.

The book is among the most widely read works in human history. It tells the story of a US soldier assigned to deliver a critical message to the Cuban rebel forces' leader during the Spanish-American War. Wei presented the book to his colleagues as a Spring Festival gift in 2004.