26 books on the list
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A New Literary History of America
Explore over two hundred original essays that bring together the many voices of American history, including literature, music, film, art, history, science, philosophy, political rhetoric and cultural creations of every kind. This new literary history unfolds in speeches, images, letters, and poetry, giving readers a kaleidoscopic view of what Made in America means. From Jackson Pollock and Carl Sandburg to hard-boiled detective fiction and Huckleberry Finn, this book is America singing and becoming something altogether different, plural, singular, and new.
Great book. Literature, arts, culture, politics. The glorious/painful, hopeful/despairing, good/bad, seething history of America from the time the name first appeared on a map to the election of Obama. Every American should read it. #CommissionsEarned #ad – source
Weather for Dummies
Explore the wonders of the sky and discover the secrets of the weather with Weather for Dummies. From clouds to storms, this book takes you on an exciting journey through the Earth's atmosphere and the ways it behaves. Full of helpful photographs, illustrations, and explanations, you can easily visualize different weather types and relate them to the world around you. Learn how weather forecasts are made, what causes changes in weather, and even conduct at-home weather experiments. Perfect for any weather enthusiast, take this book outside and discover something new about the environment you live in.
This is an excellent Dummies book for learning about the weather. It says the number one weather related killer in the United States is flooding. I hope everyone already knew that! Stay away from flood waters! #CommissionsEarned #ad – source
The Critical Thinker
The Path To Better Problem Solving, Accurate Decision Making, and Self-Disciplined Thinking (Critical Thinking Skills Book 1)
Unlock the secrets to critical thinking with this insightful book. Following in the footsteps of great thinkers like Einstein, Plato, and Sherlock Holmes, you will learn the principles and shortcuts to decision-making that can improve your personal and professional life. Discover how to: gather information before making a snap judgement, question and challenge every fact and opinion (even your own), and become a detector of lies and cognitive biases. Perfect for anyone wanting to enhance their thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
This is a good beginner level book about critical thinking. It is easy enough for anyone to understand, even without any prior studies of critical thinking or logic. #CommissionsEarned #ad – source
This timeless dialogue features Socrates engaging in conversations with three different people about a perfect community and ideal individual. Explore notions of goodness, reality, and knowledge, while pondering the role of education and guardianship. With deft use of allegory, the author presents a portrait of a harmonious state ruled by philosopher kings.
#Plato's #Republic is one of the greatest books in the history of Western Civilization. It recounts a discussion between some ancient Greeks about how people can live good lives and create a good society. #CommissionsEarned #ad – source
Also recommended byMark ZuckerbergMaria PopovaMark MansonSusan J. FowlerVlad Tenev
A Concise History of Russia
Explore the history of Russia from the ninth century to present day through the eyes of Paul Bushkovitch. This engaging read is perfect for students, tourists, and general readers alike. Discover the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, and how new material has affected previous conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book covers not only political events, but also developments in art, literature, and science, and provides context for famous cultural figures such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Mendeleev. Get a comprehensive overview of Russian history that goes beyond the surface-level prelude to Bolshevik power.
A good book for history lovers. One of the reviews for this book says: “For any student trying to get a grasp of the essentials of Russian history this book is the place to start." #Russia #CommissionsEarned #ad – source
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Explore the history of astronomy and the fascinating personalities that have shaped this field over time. From ancient celestial models to modern-day quantum theory, Coming of Age in the Milky Way provides a captivating tour of our universe. Join author Timothy Ferris as he shares the struggles, political and religious preconceptions, and groundbreaking discoveries of some of the greatest thinkers in astronomy. This classic book is a must-read for anyone interested in the wonders of space and the people who study it.
The best popular science book I have ever read. How big is the universe? How old is the universe? Scientists have found answers to these questions after thousands of years of study. This book describes how they did it. #ComingOfAgeInTheMilkyWay @loworbit – source
A Brief History of Humankind
Discover the story of human history, from the first humans to walk the earth to today's modern society. Explore how we came to believe in gods, nations, and human rights, and how our societies were shaped by the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Sapiens covers it all, using insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to challenge our beliefs about what it means to be human. Are we happier now than we were before? Can we change our behavior and influence the future? Dr. Yuval Noah Harari's provocative and wide-ranging book will challenge the way you think about our species and our place in the world.
Wonderful book! Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Francis Bacon said history can make us wise. Here is a history of the whole human race! – source
Also recommended byBill GatesHrithik RoshanAshton KutcherChris EvansRichard BransonMark ZuckerbergPewDiePieJessica AlbaJoe RoganKarlie Kloss39 others
The Elephant in the Brain
Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
Discover the hidden motives that drive human behavior in this eye-opening book. Our brains are wired not just to survive, but also to take social advantage by deceiving and deceiving ourselves. But why do we benefit from pretending otherwise? "The Elephant in the Brain" confronts our hidden motives head on and sheds light on the darker corners of our psyches. Explore why we laugh, why artists are sexy, and why we brag about travel. Learn how our hidden motives infect social institutions like Art, School, Charity, Medicine, Politics, and Religion, and how they upend political debate. Prepare to see yourself and the world in a whole new light.
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life This looks like an interesting book, about why we REALLY do things. – source
Also recommended byNaval RavikantAuren HoffmanMatthew KobachDiana Fleischman
Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
Delve into the fascinating world of human perception and cognition with this collection of thought-provoking essays. Unified by a singular theme, the author explores the intricacies of the mind and challenges readers to question their own understanding of the world.
Metamagical Themas Douglas Hofstadter A collection of Scientific American columns from the early 1980s. A massive book by a professor of Human Understanding. Creativity and puzzles and paradoxes and logic and artificial intelligence, all jumbled together. – source
Also recommended byPatrick Collison
Fact Vs. Fiction
Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News
A must-read for educators facing the challenge of teaching their students how to distinguish fact from fiction in today's digital age. With the rise of citizen journalism, social media, and fake news, this book provides valuable tools and resources to help students evaluate information sources both in and out of the classroom.
Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News Jennifer LaGarde A book for teachers that we can all learn from. – source
Thinking and Reasoning by Jonathan Stb. T. Evans
The Art of Happiness by Epicurus
Claude Levi-Strauss by Patrick Wilcken
A Workbook for Arguments by David R. Morrow
Eisenhower by Jim Newton
Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar
Your Health by Editors of Reader'S Digest
50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know by Ben Dupre
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer
Economics For Dummies by Sean Masaki Flynn
The Ascent of Science by Brian L. Silver
The Iliad by Homer
Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
Historians' Fallacies by