In this Twitter/Instagram/short-readings-over-more-substantial-content world we live in, who has time for reading books – big books, substantive books?
One person who does is Mark Zuckerberg. We are now well into the 8th month of his “A Year of Books.” And when someone as influential as Mark Zuckerberg has a book club, it is worth noting.
He’s up to book #16 for the year. Call this a slightly past mid-year report.
And, I have also presented Creativity, Inc. for a private client (great book), and The New Jim Crow for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare. (important book – especially in light of ongoing racial tensions).
And, though it came out long before we began the First Friday Book Synopsis, I have certainly read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – one of the most important books I have ever read. (You’ve heard of the importance of “paradigms,” haven’t you? This is the book that thrust that concept upon us all).
And, of course, I’ve read William James’ classic years ago.
But, that’s it… I’ve read five of the sixteen. Not enough; it looks like I’ve got some catch-up reading to do.
Here’s his list through book #16 for the year. How many have you read?
|1||January||Moisés Naím||The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be|
|2||January||Steven Pinker||The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined|
|3||February||Sudhir Venkatesh||Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets|
|4||February||Eula Biss||On Immunity: An Inoculation|
|5||March||Ed Catmull||Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration|
|6||March||Thomas Kuhn||The Structure of Scientific Revolutions|
|7||March||Michael Chwe||Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge|
|8||April||Hank Paulson||Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower|
|9||April||Peter W. Huber||Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest|
|10||May||Michelle Alexander||The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness|
|12||June||Yuval Harari||Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind|
|13||June||Iain Banks||The Player of Games|
|14||June||Vaclav Smil||Energy: A Beginners Guide|
|15||June||Matt Ridley||Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters|
|16||August||William James||The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature|
You can purchase my synopsis of The End of Power, with the audio recording of my presentation plus my comprehensive, multi-page handout, at our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com. One of these days, I may add my synopsis of Creativity, Inc. to the site…