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Recommended Reading

 

I believe that an informed public is critical to a healthy democracy. While the following books certainly do not have all the answers, I have found them useful in understanding who we are as a people, where we are as a society, where we are currently going (off a cliff) and where we can go if we merely find the will to change. They explain what in society broke, when, how, and why, from plain old political corruption to fundamental failings of human rationality itself. I encourage you to read these and share them with your friends. For even if you get something else out of them than I did, these are in my opinion a good foundation for starting a conversation about where we should go and what we should do to move forward as a society.

  1. The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

  2. Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America by Andrew Yang

  3. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

  4. Homo Deus by Yuval Harari

  5. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Harari

  6. America: The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges

  7. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  8. The Politics Industry by Katherine Gehl

  9. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber

  10. Hate Inc by Matt Taibbi

  11. Fully Automated Luxury Communism by Aaron Bastani

  12. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

  13. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond

  14. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-fu Lee

  15. iGen: The 10 Trends Shaping Today's Young People - and the Nation by Jean Twenge

  16. Ages of Discord: A Structural-Demographic Analysis of American History by Peter Turchin

  17. by Ezra Klein

  18. The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation by Darrell West / the Brookings Institution

  19. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

  20. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, & JP Rangaswami

  21. People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent by Joseph E. Stiglitz

  22. Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity by Joseph E. Stiglitz

  23. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

  24. A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution by Marianne Williamson

  25. The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone's Well-Being by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

  26. A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens by Karl Widerquist

  27. The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene by Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin

  28. Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart

  29. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

  30. Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy by Michael C. Munger

  31. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark

  32. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

  33. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

  34. The Fourth Age by Byron Reese

  35. The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin

  36. The Human Swarm by Mark Moffett

  37. Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World by Paul Shapiro

  38. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

  39. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

  40. We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren

  41. Possible Minds: 25 ways of looking at AI edited by John Brockman

  42. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil 

  43. The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Michael J Casey and Paul Vigna

  44. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Zach and Kelly Weinersmith