Best Books List

Alphabetical by Author

Bellaigue, Christopher de: The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1789 to Modern Times

Bloom, Paul: Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil

Carroll, Sean: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

De Waals, Franz; The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.

Damon, William and Anne Colby: The Power of Ideas: The Real Story of Moral Choice

Dawkins, Richard: The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition

Domingos, Pedro; The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake our World.

Dyson, Freeman: How We Know.  Review of The Information by James Gleick.  New York Review of Books, March 10, 2011

Ford, Martin; The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.

Forooker, Rana; Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, 2016

Godfrey-Smith, Peter; Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Greene, Brian: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality

Greene, Joshua: Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Gribbin, John: The Time Illusion

Grillo, Ioan: Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America

Grillo, Ioan: El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Hardy, Roger: The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East

Haidt, Jonathan; The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Isaacson, Walter; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks created the Digital Revolution

Isaacson, Walter: American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and the Heroes of a Hurricane 

Jan-Werner, Muller; What is Populism: 2016

Jacobs, Jane: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Kahneman, Daniel: Thinking Fast and Slow

Kay, John: Other People’s Money: The Real Business of Finance

Kotz, David; The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism

Lewis, Michel; The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Lieberfman, Matthew D: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

Lewis-Kraus, Gideon: The Great AI Awakening, NYT article

Levesque, Hector: Common Sense, the Turning Test, and the Quest for Real AI

Lind, Michael: Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

Lizhi, Fang: The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to enemy of the State

Matthews, Michael: Head “Strong How Psychology Is Revolutionizing War

Mayer, Jane: Regranting the Koch Brothers. The New Yorker

Mayer, Jane: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

Mayer, Jane: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Mercier, Hugo: The Enigma of Reason

Moorehead, Caroline: Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life

Nassim, Taleb; Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in  the Markets

Packer, George: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Pagel, Mark: Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind

Pinker, Steven: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Pinker, Steven: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Shaw, Tamsin: The Psychologists Take Power, New Yorker, Feb 25, 2016

Shaw, Tamsin: Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind, New Yorker, April 20, 2017

Sloman, Steven and Philip Fernback: The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone

Smolin, Lee: Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

Sunstein, Cass and Richard Thaler:Nudge: Improbing Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness

Ward, Geoffrey C: A First Class Temperment: The Emergency de of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928

Whitehouse, Sheldon: Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

Wilson, Edward O; The Social Conquest of Earth

Wilson, EO: Sociobiology

Wilson, EO; Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

Wilson, EO; Half-Earth: Our Planets Fight for Life

Wilson, EO: On Human Nature

Wilson, Jon, The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India

Wood, Gordon S; The Radicalism of the American Revolution, 1991

Wood, Gordon S: The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States

Wood, Gordon S: Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the US)

Wood, Gordon S: The Creation of the American Republic, 1776 -1787

Worth, Robert: A Rage for Order: the Middle East in Termoil, 2016

Wu, Tim: The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble To Get Inside Our Heads.

Verhofstadt, Guy; Europe’s Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union

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