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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 - 2021-03-01
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Meet the traders who supply the world with oil, metal and food - no matter how corrupt, war-torn or famine-stricken the source. 'The definitive, eye-opening story of the most powerful and secretive traders in the world.' Bradley Hope, co-author of Billion Dollar Whale_____The modern world is built on commodities - from the oil that fuels our cars t...
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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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 Saddest Words
William Faulkner's Civil War
Michael Gorra - 2020-08-25
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Should we still read William Faulkner in this new century? What can his works tell us about the legacy of slavery and the Civil War, that central quarrel in our nation’s history? These are the provocative questions that Michael Gorra asks in this historic portrait of the novelist and his world. Born in 1897 in Mississippi, Faulkner wrote such iconi...
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 - 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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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
Peter Pomerantsev - 2017-09-21 (first published in 2014)
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A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries.This is a world erupting with new money and ne...
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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How does Canadian government work in practice? In this first ever handbook of its kind, Michael Wernick, a career public servant with decades of experience "in the room" with Canada’s top politicians, shares candid advice and information that is usually only provided behind closed doors. You’ll learn about what goes into picking a Cabinet, how to g...
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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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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The Inconvenient Indian
A Curious Account of Native People in North America
Thomas King - 2018-01-02 (first published in 2012)
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In The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King offers a deeply knowing, darkly funny, unabashedly opinionated, and utterly unconventional account of Indian–White relations in North America since initial contact. Ranging freely across the centuries and the Canada–U.S. border, King debunks fabricated stories of Indian savagery and White heroism, takes an ob...
Gerald Butts
More from Thomas King. This book should be mandatory reading for North Americans.      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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The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro
Dominion by Tom Holland
Scotty by Ken Dryden
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