An American comedian, writer, producer, director, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015.
5 books on the list
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The Reason I Jump
The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
This memoir, written by a charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, provides a unique insight into how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds. Using an alphabet grid to craft words and thoughts, Naoki answers delicate questions people want to know, such as "Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" and "What's the reason you jump?". With his disarming honesty, Naoki provides poignant reflections on the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory that will leave you seeing the world in a whole new way.
It is the most illuminating book I have ever read on the syndrome [of autism] and on the individual...I don’t normally urge you—The Reason I Jump is on the bookshelves now. Please, if you get a chance, please pick it up. It is remarkable. – source
Also recommended bySteve SilbermanAaron Nagler
The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Step into a portal of American history in this mysterious and enthralling book. Follow Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman as he raises questions about the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her $300 million inheritance. Why did this woman choose to live in a hospital room for two decades despite being in excellent health? Who controlled her fortune? Through interviews with Huguette's cousin and family photographs, Dedman reveals a portrait of a woman born into extreme wealth and privilege, who chose a life of privacy and art. Richly illustrated and a No.1 New York Times bestseller, this book is a must-read for history and non-fiction aficionados.
It’s one of those incredible stories you didn’t know existed, It filled a void. – source
Also recommended byMorgan Housel
Absence of Mind
The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (The Terry Lectures Series)
This thought-provoking book delves into the intersection of science and religion, exploring how our understanding of mind shapes our view of human nature and civilization. The author, a celebrated writer, challenges postmodern atheists who criticize religion through science, arguing that the search for knowledge isn't the same as logical infallibility. By celebrating individual reflection and the complexity of human consciousness, this book restores its rightful place in discussions of science and religion.
You must get! – source
No god but God
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
A comprehensive guide to the origins and evolution of Islam, exploring the faith in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition analyzes the influence of recent events and discusses the future of Islam in the Middle East, the impact of social media on its evolution, and the changing face of the faith in North America and Europe. A timely and persuasive account of this misunderstood religion.
It's a fascinating book and really just well thought out written – source
Without You, There Is No Us
Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite
This memoir follows Suki Kim as she teaches English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign. The students march daily, praising Kim Jong-il, and Suki learns the tune. She accepts a job teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology and struggles to teach her students under the watchful eye of the regime. Suki feels lonely and claustrophobic as she shares meals with her pupils and must hide her notes and photographs. This book offers a rare glimpse into the world's most unknowable country and the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."
It’s like no other book I’ve ever read. It’s a look into a society and culture objectively, yet humanizing, terrifying, amazing – source
Also recommended byPeter King