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Recent Reviews
A Towering Figure
Zachary D. Carter: The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes. Random House, 2020.
A Towering Figure

HuffPost reporter Zachary D. Carter’s biography of John Maynard Keynes eschews the theoretical to recount a human journey of intense emotion and moral combat.

A Little Help from the Big State
Daniel Susskind: A World Without Work. Metropolitan Books, 2020.
A Little Help from the Big State

Recognizing that the Age of Labor is ending, Oxford economist Daniel Susskind argues for the Big State to help create a universal income to free people from work.

How to Play the World
Maria Konnikova: The Biggest Bluff. Penguin Press, 2020.
How to Play the World

New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova explores herself by learning to play No Limit Texas Hold ’Em.

Recent Reviews

How to Talk About Sensitive Topics
Anatasia S. Kim and Alicia del Prado: It’s Time to Talk (and Listen). New Harbinger, 2019.
How to Talk About Sensitive Topics

Two psychologists offer a timely conversational model to help you engage in constructive conversations.

An Insider’s Managerial Manual
Julie Zhuo: The Making of a Manager. Portfolio, 2019.
An Insider’s Managerial Manual

A Facebook design executive refers to her journey from working at a small tech startup to managing hundreds of employees.

Boxing for likes
Gary Vaynerchuk: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World. HarperBusiness, 2013.
Boxing for likes

Former wine video star, bestselling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tells you how to hit it big on social media.

A towering presence
John Lewis: Across That Bridge. A Vision for Change and the Future of America. Hachette, 2017.
A towering presence

From a young sharecropper to a civil rights pioneer: John Lewis details his journey.

Cutting through the hokum
James Kwak: Economism. Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. Pantheon, 2017.
Cutting through the hokum

How does what you learned in Economics 101 apply to real life? James Kwak finds that it doesn’t apply at all, except in service to the wealthy and powerful.

A One-Man Whirlwind
Gary Vaynerchuk: The Thank You Economy. HarperBusiness, 2011.
A One-Man Whirlwind

Marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk suggests you learn from him – and from your great-grandparents.

Say Her Name!
Brittney Cooper: Eloquent Rage. A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. Picador, 2019.
Say Her Name!

Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper explains why you should empathize with the rage that shaped her life as a Black feminist battling racism and sexism.

Featured Review

A Timeless Guide to Communicating
Robert Bolton: People Skills. How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts. Touchstone, 1986.
A Timeless Guide to Communicating

Robert Bolton’s straightforward, workable program to improve your communication skills dates from 1986 – but it’s both timeless and timely.

All Reviews
A Good Antiracist Is Hard to Find
Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility. Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018.
A Good Antiracist Is Hard to Find

All white Americans are racists, according to sociologist Robin DiAngelo. Does she have a point?

Talking in Code
Reshma Saujani: Brave, Not Perfect. Currency, 2019.
Talking in Code

Accepting your shortcomings and missteps is the path to success.

A Communicative Introvert
Diane Weston: Small Talk. How to Start a Conversation, Truly Connect with Others and Make a Killer First Impression. Monkey Publishing, 2019.
A Communicative Introvert

Master the art of small talk by giving your complete attention to others and truly listening.

Are We Punishing the Poor?
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Knopf, 2020.
Are We Punishing the Poor?

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

Rockonomics
Alan B. Krueger: Rockonomics. Currency, 2019.
Rockonomics

According to the late economist Alan B. Krueger, America’s music scene stands as a metaphor for the US economy. Consider, for example, that for every platinum-selling artist, millions of musicians never earn a living wage. Krueger notes that the US economy…

Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age
Bina Venkataraman: The Optimist’s Telescope. Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age. Riverhead, 2019
Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

Journalist Bina Venkataraman outlines strategies to help people and societies keep a long-term picture in mind –especially amid uncertainty. Her main lesson: Learn how to cultivate – and act upon –  “foresight” as an individual, an organization and a society.

How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist. One World, 2019.
How to Be an Antiracist

A personal, thorough perspective on racism and American life.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Mark Manson: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. HarperOne, 2016.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson wants the generations whom social media and consumer culture affect most to question what they see and believe, to grow up, and to prioritize their values. He promises the process will be painful and challenging, but…

Stolen Cells
Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Broadway Books, 2011.
Stolen Cells

Scientists took Henrietta Lacks’s cells without asking – cells that brought others profit and success.

The Power of Nunchi
Euny Hong: The Power of Nunchi. Penguin Books, 2019.
The Power of Nunchi

Learn how to read a room and act accordingly with the aid of nunchi, an ancient Korean way of being.

Unimaginable Destruction
John Barry: The Great Influenza. The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. Viking, 2004.
Unimaginable Destruction

John Barry details how a world war, a mutating virus and mismanaged government responses made the 1918 influenza pandemic so deadly.

Work Less, Earn the Same
Andrew Barnes: The 4 Day Week. Piatkus Books, 2020.
Work Less, Earn the Same

How greater employee flexibility can save society, economies and the planet.

Sheer Daring
Sheer Daring

In his wonderful, compelling and disturbing debut, cultural phenomenon and magazine writer Tim Ferriss writes like an adolescent genius. His hypnotic tone, originality and rigor grab you from start. His sheer daring is manifest in his…

Learn from the Worst
Richard Davies: Extreme Economies. Bantam Press (UK), 2020.
Learn from the Worst

Economist Richard Davies explores the lives of people in nine “extreme economies” around the globe, each tested by a radical situation or challenge. What’s to be learned from them?

Intimate Retelling of History
Eric Larson: The Splendid and the Vile. Crown, 2020.
Intimate Retelling of History

Eric Larson’s intimate retelling of the Battle of Britain brings the nation’s rulers, aristocrats and ordinary citizens to vivid life.

An Enduring Dilemma
Clayton Christensen: The Innovator's Dilemma. Harvard Business Review Press, 2010.
An Enduring Dilemma

Everything will eventually be disrupted, says business guru Clayton Christensen. Why does his seminal book show no signs of aging?