Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club (his “A Year of Books”) is up to Book #16 – How many have you read?

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.

End of PowerNo, I have not kept up. Near the beginning of the year, I presented his first selection at the First Friday Book Synopsis: The End of Power. It was definitely a book worth reading!

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?

# Date Author Title
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
11 June Ibn Khaldun Muqaddimah
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,  One of these days, I may add my synopsis of Creativity, Inc. to the site…


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