6 books on the list
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Wild New World
The Epic Story of Animals and People in America
What are your favorite recent books that weave history and culture together with multiple sciences? I’m currently reading this one by Dan Flores (his prior book about coyotes was recommended to me on Twitter and I loved it) and I can’t get enough of this genre of nonfiction. – source
A ranger's first-hand account of the beauty of the American West's remaining wilderness. Full of passionate and poetic prose, the author reflects on the future of civilization's relationship with nature, as well as his own moral struggle. A timeless call to preserve the natural world.
@BenjiBacker Have you read Desert Solitaire? There’s a big rant about this in the book (which was written in 1968) and Abbey’s solutions would frankly be rejected today for making outdoors access impossible for the elderly/disabled. It’s a really interesting problem. – source
Also recommended byMaria Popova
Explore the fascinating history and interconnectedness of the world along the Silk Roads. From the Middle East's instability to China's economic rise, this book sheds light on the incredible past of the vast region spanning from the Balkans to South Asia. Discover the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions that occurred from the first encounter of East and West through trade and conquest. This book challenges traditional notions of our origins and highlights the vital role the East plays in shaping the world's future.
@kittypurrzog On a non-joking note... I truly cannot recommend this book enough – source
This groundbreaking study explores the transformation of Irish immigrants in America from oppressed to oppressors. The book showcases how the Irish were able to achieve acceptance in their new country by being more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than the native population. Discover the social hierarchy that was based on skin color and the journey that led to the Irish becoming part of the ruling class in America. How the Irish Became White is a must-read for anyone interested in the complexities of American history.
@KaylaJNuss @philosipede @innonate @yashar YES. This. "How The Irish Became White" is a fantastic book that details how WASP elites leveraged white identity to split the working class by race to prevent populist revolts. – source
Discover 40 of New York City's most surprising ecological citizens through Wild City. From refugee parrots to vengeful groundhogs, this illustrated guide tells funny, quirky, and memorable stories of non-human residents. Learn about the creatures who are just as much New Yorkers as their human counterparts in this celebration of the city's surprising residents and evolving metropolis. If you're an animal lover or Big Apple devotee, Wild City is a must-have.
This book is so freaking amazing. From sewer alligators to gay penguins to the Montauk Monster to the raccoons who rule Central Park to the former stray cat who now sleeps in my bed, it is all about how non-human residents make NYC the wild and wonderful place that it is. – source
Uncover the broken nature of artificial intelligence and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head in this eye-opening read. We're not in control of AI's future, but tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook are. Amy Webb delves into the pervasive, invisible ways in which the foundations of AI are broken, and how this could lead to unpredictable behavior that defies human logic. Beyond just a passionate call-to-arms, this book offers a strategy for changing course and freeing ourselves from algorithmic decision-makers and corporations.
If your 2020 resolutions involve more reading, the book I recommended to the most people in 2019 -- and continue to do so -- is @amywebb's THE BIG NINE. An essential primer on AI and the US-China tech rivalry. (It is a must for the entire #YangGang btw.) – source
Also recommended byKirk Borne