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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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The Personality Brokers
The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
Merve Emre - 2019-09-10 (first published in 2018)
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*A New York Times Critics' Best Book of 2018**An Economist Best Book of 2018**A Spectator Best Book of 2018**A Mental Floss Best Book of 2018* An unprecedented history of the personality test conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter--fiction writers with no formal training in psychology--and how it insinuated itself into our boardrooms,...
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 Nutmeg's Curse
Parables for a Planet in Crisis
Amitav Ghosh - 2022-09-07 (first published in 2021)
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In this ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins of our contemporary climate crisis in Western colonialism’s violent exploitation of human life and the natural environment. A powerful work of history, essay, testimony, and polemic, Amitav Ghosh’s new book traces our contemporary planetary crisis ...
Gerald Butts
Up next on the #SummerReading list is this gem by @GhoshAmitav. Required reading for our times. 📚      source
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Building a Better World for All
Mark Carney - 2021-05-25
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A bold, urgent argument on the misplacement of value in financial markets and how we can and need to maximize value for the many, not few.As an economist and former banker, Mark Carney has spent his life in various financial roles, in both the public and private sector. VALUE(S) is a meditation on his experiences that examines the short-comings and...
Gerald Butts
@snapthennap Great book.      source
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An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - 2010-08-10 (first published in 2009)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
Gerald Butts
@AWClimate It is a fantastic book.      source
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - 2021-01-12
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From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA student...
Gerald Butts
This book is so damn good. If you’re a writer — or an avid reader — every page is gold. #AmReading 📚      source
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What Hath God Wrought
The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford History of the United States)
Daniel Walker Howe - 2009-09-23 (first published in 2007)
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The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. In this Pulitzer prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the...
Gerald Butts
@HeerJeet @CharlesPPierce Great book.      source
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A Nation in Its Time
Helmut Walser Smith - 2020-03-17
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For nearly a century, historians have depicted Germany as a rabidly nationalist land, born in a sea of aggression. Not so, says Helmut Walser Smith, who, in this groundbreaking 500-year history—the first comprehensive volume to go well beyond World War II—challenges traditional perceptions of Germany’s conflicted past, revealing a nation far more t...
Gerald Butts
Here’s the book, for those who asked. Couldn’t recommend it more highly. It’s brilliant. #History      source
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Shakespeare in a Divided America
What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future
James Shapiro - 2020-03-10
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From leading scholar James Shapiro, a timely exploration of what Shakespeare's plays reveal about our divided land, from Revolutionary times to the present dayRead at school by almost every student, staged in theaters across the land, and long highly valued by both conservatives and liberals alike, Shakespeare's plays are rare common ground in the ...
Gerald Butts
Last book of 2020. Started with Shapiro’s Shakespeare in a Divided America (excellent btw). This one’s even more in keeping with the times. 📚 #AmReading      source
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Grand Expectations
The United States, 1945-1974 (Oxford History of the United States |v X)
James T. Patterson - 1997-11-20 (first published in 1996)
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Beginning in 1945, America rocketed through a quarter-century of extraordinary economic growth, experiencing an amazing boom that soared to unimaginable heights in the 1960s. At one point, in the late 1940s, American workers produced 57 percent of the planet's steel, 62 percent of the oil, 80 percent of the automobiles. The U.S. then had three-four...
Gerald Butts
@MarkSwitzer66 The whole book is excellent. Grand Expectations.      source
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How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
Tom Holland - 2019-10-29
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A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus...
Gerald Butts
This is an excellent book. My favourite read of 2020 so far. Pick it up if you have space on your summer reading list.📚 📖      source
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The Uninhabitable Earth
David Wallace-Wells - 2020-03-17
Scotty by Ken Dryden
Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark by Mary Janigan
The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson