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Gerald Michael Butts is a Canadian political consultant who served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from November 4, 2015 until his resignation on February 18, 2019.
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Checkout 19
A Novel
Claire-Louise Bennett - 2022-03-01
Gerald Butts
Read Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett. I adored this book. If you write, have tried to write, love writing, or just admire great stories well told, this is for you. Doesn’t hurt to have an affinity for Irish things, but it’s not necessary. It blew me away. #AmReading 📚      source
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The World for Sale
Money, Power, and the Traders Who Barter the Earth's Resources
Javier Blas, Jack Farchy - 2020-07-09 (first published in 2021)
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The World for Sale takes readers inside the secretive and powerful world of commodity trading, where traders buy, sell, and hoard the earth's resources, no matter how corrupt or war-torn the source. With fascinating stories of their political power and influence, this eye-opening read is a guiding tour through the wildest frontiers of the global economy, and a revelatory guide to how capitalism really works.
Gerald Butts
If you’re unfamiliar with @JavierBlas, he’s an absolute must follow. His book on how global commodity markets work (and don’t) is the best thing I’ve read on politics and energy in many years. 👇👇👇👇      source
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Rafat AliIan M Calvert
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The Personality Brokers
The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
Merve Emre - 2018-09-11
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Discover the fascinating story behind the Myers-Briggs Personality Test in this critically acclaimed book. Follow the journey of two amateur psychoanalysts who created the test and its rise to popularity in our boardrooms, classrooms, and even online dating platforms. Learn about the challenges in validating the test's results, and how it continues to influence our views on personality today. With original reporting and previously unseen documents, The Personality Brokers is a thought-provoking exploration of a cultural icon that asks the fundamental question: What makes you, you?
Gerald Butts
This book by @mervatim is a gem — a sneaky history of the 20th century. Even if you’re not familiar with Myers-Briggs, it’s worth a read. #AmReading 📚      source
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The Saddest Words
William Faulkner's Civil War
Michael Gorra - 2020-08-25
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Explore the legacy of slavery and the Civil War through the life and works of one of America's most iconic writers. In this historic portrait, the author delves into William Faulkner's novels, like Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury, questioning their relevance in our current century. Unpacking Faulkner's depiction of race relations in a South still healing from the effects of the Civil War, The Saddest Words offers a critical reevaluation of his work. Interweaving biography, literary analysis, and travelogue, this book contextualizes Faulkner's legacy, challenging readers to confront pressing cultural issues in American literature today.
Gerald Butts
This book is so damn good. I’m sure it helps if you love Faulkner, but I don’t think it’s necessary.      source
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The Nutmeg's Curse
Parables for a Planet in Crisis
Amitav Ghosh - 2021-10-14
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Explore the origins of our modern climate crisis in this powerful work by acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh. From the exploitation of human life and the natural environment by Western colonialism to the ubiquitous spice nutmeg, Ghosh reveals the deep entanglement between human history and earthly materials. The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of Western society and reflects on how our crisis is the result of a mechanistic view of the earth. Ghosh interweaves discussions on the oil trade, the migrant crisis, and Indigenous spirituality to shed light on the non-human forces that shape human history.
Gerald Butts
Up next on the #SummerReading list is this gem by @GhoshAmitav. Required reading for our times. 📚      source
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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
Peter Pomerantsev - 2014-11-11
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Explore the bizarre and surreal heart of modern-day Russia with this captivating read. Follow the lives of Hells Angels who believe they are messiahs, professional killers with artistic souls, and supermodel sects. The book reveals a world of new money and power, where reality is shattered and identities can be swapped. Moreover, it is a world of far subtler authoritarianism that poses a challenge to the global order. With its powerful, entertaining, and troubling content, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible is a must-read for anyone who wants to venture into this political and ethical vacuum.
Gerald Butts
Peter Pomerantsev wrote a good book about Putin’s Russia called Nothing is True and Everything is Possible. This is the time when everything is possible.      source
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Governing Canada
A Guide to the Tradecraft of Politics
Michael Wernick - 2021-10-25
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Discover the secrets of Canadian government with this practical and informative handbook. Written by a career public servant with decades of experience, this book offers candid advice and behind-the-scenes information on how a government works to stay on track. From picking a Cabinet to building political power, this handbook is essential reading for anyone interested in politics and government. Learn from the best and uncover the hard truths of being a successful Canadian politician in this lively and entertaining guide.
Gerald Butts
Michael Wernick has written a splendid little book. He's the former Clerk of the Privy Council (head of the Canadian Public Service for non 🇨🇦 followers). It should be mandatory reading for everyone thinking of working in politics.      source
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Building a Better World for All
Mark Carney - 2021-05-25
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"VALUE(S)" by Mark Carney is a compelling exploration of the challenges plaguing financial markets. As a former banker and seasoned economist, Carney draws on his extensive experience to shed light on the shortcomings of the market, leading to public skepticism and the need for radical change. Carney examines four major crises, including the Global Financial Crisis and Climate Change, to offer tangible solutions for companies and countries to re-align the value of the market with humanity. This urgent argument emphasizes the need to prioritize the value of the many, not few, in financial markets.
Gerald Butts
@snapthennap Great book.      source
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The Inconvenient Indian
A Curious Account of Native People in North America
Thomas King - 2012-11-13
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Explore the complex and often misunderstood relationship between indigenous and white cultures in North America since first contact in The Inconvenient Indian. Author Thomas King provides an opinionated, unconventional, and deeply insightful perspective that delves into the history of Native American resistance, the effects of shifting laws and treaties on native lands, and the impact of racism and stereotypes. With a mix of humor, anger, and wisdom, King challenges common perceptions and offers a new way forward for the relationship between these two communities.
Gerald Butts
More from Thomas King. This book should be mandatory reading for North Americans.      source
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An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - 2009-11-09
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A candid and engrossing memoir, "Open" tells the remarkable story of a man who was groomed to be a tennis champion from birth. Despite achieving fame, wealth, and eight grand slam titles, Andre Agassi struggled to find fulfillment in the sport he came to resent. Through his highs and lows, Agassi reveals his early success, marriage to Brooke Shields, interest in philanthropy, and uncomfortable relationship with fame. This book goes far beyond a professional tennis memoir and offers readers a glimpse into the life of a man who overcame great challenges to find true happiness.
Gerald Butts
@AWClimate It is a fantastic book.      source
Germany by Helmut Walser Smith
Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro
Dominion by Tom Holland
Scotty by Ken Dryden
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark by Mary Janigan
What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe
The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
Grand Expectations by James T. Patterson