Lisa Ling

American journalist, television presenter, and author

Lisa J. Ling (born August 30, 1973) is an American journalist, television presenter, and author. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. She is the former host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, former co-host of ABC's The View (from 1999–2002), host of National Geographic Explorer, reporter on Channel One News, and special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. She was the host of reality television show The Job. Ling is the older sister of journalist Laura Ling.

Book Recommendations


A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn

One more book, even though I haven’t gifted it to a lot of people, but I credit this book with propelling me to dig deeper, and to not always believe the narrative, and that book is A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

You have to read this book, because it will turn on its head so much of what you have always believed to be true about this country. You know, it goes into graphic detail the savagery that took place with Christopher Columbus on the Native Americans, the Native people who inhabited this land.

I mean, it just forces you to rethink everything that you’ve learned, and to think about it in another context, and it’s a profound experience to read this book, and think about it in the context of history.

Lisa Ling, source
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The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

I mean, I also love The Alchemist. It’s one of my favorites. Yeah. Yeah. You know, just following the journey of this shepherd boy to far flung corners of the earth was just such a fantastical journey for me. You know, though he realized that the most fascinating place was inside of him, and the most thoughtful, important place was inside of him, that book will always have a very special place in my heart.

Lisa Ling, source

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

by Jack Weatherford

The book that I have gifted the most often, you would not expect this of me, but it’s called Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. The reason I love that book so much, well because I think that history has portrayed Genghis Khan is the ultimate raper, and pillager of the universe, but what people don’t realize is that his Mongol army, I mean, he was one of the world’s great democratizers, and that the only way the Mongol army was able to take control of most of the world in 25 years, it took the Mongols 25 years to conquer the amount of territory that it took the Romans to conquer in 250 years, was that the Mongol army would go in, they would take out the aristocracy, and give the lowest level citizen, the slaves in some cases, an opportunity to rise up within his army.

Lisa Ling, source