Interesting Books on Humanity

Factfulness (5*) by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (this is one of the must reads in my collection for pretty much everyone.  It addresses the biases that we have from global journalism and the unrealistic view of the world, basically making the argument that things are improving and are much better than we believe, and backing it up with substantial data.  Both this book and the Gapminder resources are tremendously powerful to understand our world in a factual way.)

Sapiens (5*) by Yuval Noah Harari (a very well-written and fantastic read of the history of humanity to now.  Addresses and discusses many of the ethical dilemmas we face now for our survival.  Not an easy read due to the length, but very well worth the time to understand.)

Outliers (5*) by Malcolm Gladwell (this book introduces the 10,000 hour rule which was a paradigm shift for me.   It also recognises the role of privilege and for example with Bill Gates, how having considerable time invested early, made the difference to success.  It also looks at hockey leagues and how the physical difference in early ages gives preference and focus to those who are born earlier within an age group because in young ages the physical differences in strength and speed are marked.  Then the focus, pipelining, and elite training is what makes the difference to who makes it to the elite levels.  It is a very interesting book and particularly helpful in combination with Carol Dweck’s Mindset work.)

Blink (4*) by Malcom Gladwell (this book in a sense focuses on unconscious bias, or the way our brain processes information without our awareness.  It addresses both positive and negative aspects of this with interesting anecdotes through recent history.)

David and Goliath (4*) by Malcolm Gladwell (this book could related in a sense to grit and resilience in telling the power of the underdog.  An interesting and engaging read)

What the Dog Saw (3*) by Malcom Gladwell (this is my least favorite of the Malcolm Gladwell books.  It just didn’t catch me in the same way the others did.)

Down to Earth Sociology by James M. Henslin (this was a required course book from one of my Northwestern sociology classes. It has a lot of good short studies and topics on gender, culture, beauty, isolation, including the study about electrocuting a stranger if Hitler asked. Great starting point on many important topics in sociology.)