How do businesses innovate? What can we learn from history? How can we survive the current political climate? How do you understand the U.S. and China? These are the questions weighing on the world\u2019s business and government leaders, at least based on what they\u2019re reading. Officials and executives on the sidelines of the New Economy Forum in Singapore, disclosed what they\u2019ve been pulling off bookshelves and downloading onto Kindles recently. China and the U.S. \u201cChina\u2019s Crisis of Success,\u201d by William Overholt, about how the country needs to re-invent its economy and politics to keep advancing. \u201cIt\u2019s the best book on China out there,\u201d said Chng Kai Fong, managing director of Singapore\u2019s Economic Development Board. \u201cThe Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,\u201d by Jon Meacham, a look back at critical times in American history when hope overcame division and fear. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Japan\u2019s former foreign minister, said she plans to start reading this soon. History \u201cSpearhead: A Complete History of Merrill\u2019s Marauder Rangers,\u201d by James E. T. Hopkins and John M. Jones, the story of a U.S. volunteer regiment during World War Two. FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Officer Frederick Smith read it on the flight to Singapore. Malaysia\u2019s Prime Minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim, said he spent much of his decade of imprisonment reading \u201chundreds of books,\u201d including International Monetary Fund reports and the complete works of William Shakespeare. He said he\u2019s currently reading a history of the Renaissance. \u201cThe Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,\u201d by Christopher Clark, and \u201cPeacemakers: The Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War,\u201d by Margaret MacMillan. HSBC Bank Plc senior economic adviser Stephen King is going through these two histories book-ending the first World War. Business Tomes \u201cHit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft\u2019s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone,\u201d by Satya Nadella. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO David Solomon said he\u2019s reading this book by his counterpart at Microsoft, who he called a terrific leader doing great things. \u201cMeasure What Matters,\u201d by venture capitalist John Doerr. Go-Jek CEO Nadiem Makarim said he likes it because it sets a simple framework for flexible target setting, and in fact he\u2019s using at his ride-hailing app company. \u201cBillion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World,\u201d by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. Anthony Tan, CEO of ride-hailing app Grab, is currently absorbed in this the story about Jho Low and the 1MDB scandal that rocked his home country of Malaysia. Tan has a personal connection, as his wife\u2019s father is mentioned in the book for his media company\u2019s role in breaking news about the indiscretion. \u201cStart-Up Nation: The Story of Israel\u2019s Economic Miracle,\u201d by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. Econet Group founder Strive Masiyiwa calls this narrative about how Israel is producing so many start-up companies \u201cthe most inspiring book out there at the moment.\u201d Current Events \u201cThank You for Being Late: An Optimist\u2019s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,\u201d by Thomas Friedman. Wang Huiyao, director of the Center for China & Globalization, said he\u2019s reading the New York Times columnist\u2019s guide to the modern world. \u201cThe Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity,\u201d by Kwame Anthony Appiah. London School of Economics director and former BOE deputy governor Minouche Shafik is leafing through this probing critique of identity politics. \u201cLeadership: In Turbulent Times," by Doris Kearns Goodwin is what David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group\u2019s co-founder and co-chairman is reading. The book looks at four U.S. presidents to determine what makes great leaders. \u201cThe Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order,\u201d by Bruno Macaes and \u201c21 Lessons for the 21st Century,\u201d by Yuval Noah Harari. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, CEO of Ayala Corp., is reading these two treatises about the trends important to the modern world. The New Economy Forum is being organized by Bloomberg Media Group, a division of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.