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Christopher Loffredo Hayes is an American progressive commentator, cable television news anchor, author, and podcaster. Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes, a weekday news and opinion television show on MSNBC.
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Blaise Pascal - 1995-12-01 (first published in 1670)
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Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. The Penseés is a collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyho...
Chris Hayes
This is a fun list of book recs. My own is Pensees by Pascal, which I've just read for the first time and is insightful and strange and great.      source
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City of Fortune
How Venice Ruled the Seas
Roger Crowley - 2013-05-21 (first published in 2011)
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“The rise and fall of Venice’s empire is an irresistible story and [Roger] Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler.”—The Financial Times  The New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea charts Venice’s astounding five-hundred-year voyage to the pinnacle of power in an epic...
Chris Hayes
Two books I've been reading on vacation, prompted by questions my kids were asking in Italy that I didn't have great answers to. I've been learning a ton from both: and      source
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From Jesus to Christianity
How Four Generations of Visionaries & Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith
L. Michael White - 2005-10-25 (first published in 2004)
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The path from Jesus to Christianity is not as straight as we might think. Now, for the first time, L. Michael White, one of the world's foremost scholars on the origins of Christianity, provides the complete, astonishing story of how Christianity grew from the personal vision of a humble Jewish peasant living in a remote province of the Roman Empir...
Chris Hayes
Two books I've been reading on vacation, prompted by questions my kids were asking in Italy that I didn't have great answers to. I've been learning a ton from both: and      source
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Heat Wave
A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
Eric Klinenberg - 2015-05-06 (first published in 2002)
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On Thursday, July 13, 1995, Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach 106 degrees. The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit 126 degrees by the time the day was over. Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end ...
Chris Hayes
This book is a classic and can't recommend it enough.      source
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Diane Coyle
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-02-05 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
Chris Hayes
The book changed my life! Curious if college-aged students still read it.      source
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Smuggler Nation
How Illicit Trade Made America
Peter Andreas - 2013-02-14
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America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contrab...
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@aoscott @jbouie Yes I think that's the one I was thinking of! This book is somewhat adjacent but is *fascinating* along very similar lines      source
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Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Laura Amy Schlitz - 2019-10-08 (first published in 2017)
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A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist join forces to give an overscheduled princess a day off -- and a deliciously wicked crocodile a day on.Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She's sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She's sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won't let her have a dog. But when sh...
Chris Hayes
Random children's book rec: Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Delightfully weird and funny. My four year old and I have been reading it every morning.      source
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The Verge
Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World
Patrick Wyman - 2021-07-20
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The creator of the hit podcast series Tides of History and Fall of Rome explores the four explosive decades between 1490 and 1530, bringing to life the dramatic and deeply human story of how the West was reborn.In the bestselling tradition of The Swerve and A Distant Mirror, The Verge tells the story of a period that marked a decisive turning point...
Chris Hayes
Been reading this book and really enjoying it. Check it out!      source
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Duncan Weldon
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The Evolution of Cooperation
Revised Edition
Robert Axelrod - 2006-12-04 (first published in 1984)
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The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police t...
Chris Hayes
Speaking of which, this is one of my all-time favorite books.      source
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Naval Ravikant
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It Was All a Lie
How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump
Stuart Stevens - 2020-08-04
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From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal expos� of how his party became what it is today Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new ...
Chris Hayes
What I liked about @stuartpstevens book was that it was about so much more than Trump's personal awfulness and was the first attempt I've seen at a GOP/conservative "God That Failed" genre. Would really like to see more.      source
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Steve Schmidt
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Jacob Soboroff - 2020-07-07
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta
We've Got People by Ryan Grim
My Father Left Me Ireland by Michael Brendan Dougherty
Necessary Trouble by Sarah Jaffe
The Master Switch by Tim Wu
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas J. Sugrue
Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling
Secrets of the Temple by William Greider