10 books on the list
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What Happens to People When Work Disappears
American Made tells the story of three workers whose lives crumble when the factory they had built their lives around closes down. This illuminating tale delves into the profound role work plays in our identity and belonging as humans. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Farah Stockman offers a close look at how jobs serve as a bedrock of people's lives and drive powerful social justice movements. American Made is also a story about race, class, and American values, and how the dignity of work lies at the heart of who we are.
Just finished @fstockman brilliant book American Made which details how DC policymakers took away jobs from millions with trade policies where the benefits went to corporations & professionals. She reminds us that in the 1963 March on Washington Jobs preceded Freedom. Must read. – source
Of Boys and Men
Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It
A thought-provoking book on the crisis of masculinity in today's world. With profound socio-economic changes pushing many guys back in life, the author offers innovative and practical solutions to bridge the gap. A must-read for anyone interested in gender equality and helping boys and men become their best selves.
This is an important and insightful book by @RichardvReeves that challenges us to think about how our policies are failing many boys and men in the modern economy. To build our productive capacity and heal our nation, we must address this problem head on. – source
Also recommended byScott GallowayJonathan HaidtNicholas ChristakisLawrence H. Summers
Speed & Scale
An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now
Discover practical solutions for preventing climate catastrophe in "Speed & Scale". Author John Doerr lays out a compelling 10-step plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, featuring firsthand accounts from climate leaders including Al Gore, Christiana Figueres, and John Kerry. From electrifying our energy grid to capturing carbon from the air, this book offers actionable strategies for policymakers and entrepreneurs alike. Don't miss out on the greatest economic opportunity of our lifetimes.
Climate change must be our number one priority, and our academic institutions should reflect that. This initiative by @johndoerr establishing a School of Sustainability at Stanford is both visionary & a game changer. His book Speed & Scale is a must-read. – source
The Wires of War
Technology and the Global Struggle for Power
This eye-opening book from a former news policy lead at Google reveals the high-stakes global cyberwar brewing between Western democracies and authoritarian regimes like China and Russia, and the potential threat it poses to our democracy. With unnervingly convincing evidence, the author explains how the battle over controlling software and internet hardware could redivide the world into 20th-century-style spheres of influence, affecting every aspect of our lives from the economy to national security. A must-read wake-up call for anyone concerned about the future of our world.
A prescient analysis of China’s technological ambitions to export its political influence and erode democracy around the world. If you’re interested in how technology is reshaping international politics, this book is a must read. – source
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The Complacent Class
The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen is a national bestseller that examines the state of American culture. Cowen argues that Americans have drifted away from their tradition of innovation and restlessness, choosing comfort over change. While this "matching culture" brings positives such as music we like and partners who make us happy, it also leads to significant downsides such as heightened inequality and decreased incentives to innovate. Cowen warns that this cannot go on forever, and unless Americans force themselves to embrace their restless tradition again, they will face a difficult future.
A brilliant piece by @tylercowen celebrating a diversity of thought & a Socratic examination of our history, policies, and values. Cowen is center right, but an intellectual force. His book Complacent Class is a must read that challenged me. – source
Change, Resilience, and Hope in America's Heartland
"Storm Lake" by Art Cullen takes a hard-hitting look at the struggles facing Iowa and the heartland of America. The Trump trade wars, rising healthcare costs, and environmental degradation are just some of the issues facing this once-thriving region. Through the eyes of a Pulitzer Prize-winning small-town newspaperman, readers will gain insight into the resilience of the people living in these areas and the importance of holding those in power accountable.
Happy birthday @cullen_art! One of the great American journalists of our time. I have learned so much from his book and columns! – source
Arguing with Zombies
Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
Basic economics can be hard to understand, but Paul Krugman is here to guide you through it. In his latest book, Krugman takes on "zombie economics," persistent misunderstandings that refuse to die. Using clear and concise language, Krugman covers a wide range of topics, from tax reform to healthcare and more. Drawing from his New York Times column, Arguing with Zombies is a must-read for anyone trying to make sense of the world around them. With Krugman as your guide, you'll be a more informed consumer of daily news and have a better grasp on the greatest economic policy issues of our time.
@paulkrugman Loved this book and learned a lot from it about the role of markets, the public sector, outsourcing, and the debate over automation and productivity. – source
"Persist" by Elizabeth Warren is a personal and passionate plea for political transformation. The influential senator shares six perspectives that have shaped her life and advocacy, including the value of child care, education, comprehensive planning, fighting for power, combatting racism, and gender equality. Through her vivid personal stories, Elizabeth Warren proves that with commitment, fearlessness, and perseverance, profound change is possible, and encourages readers to join her in the fight for a better America.
I was late to my morning meeting because I couldn’t put down @ewarren book Persist. She’s an intellectual who makes the case that the fight is as important as the idea. Loved the story of how she had to bribe her toddler with M&Ms to potty-train her for childcare. Inspiring read! – source
How Citizens Are Building from the Ground Up
"Reconstructing Democracy" is an urgent call to revitalize democracy in our troubled times. Across the globe, democracies suffer from a disconnect between the people and political elites, with many feeling ignored by their government. This has given rise to demagogues, but to reverse the pattern, we must focus on reinvigorating democracy at the local level. Through successful examples of community building, the book highlights how citizens can form alliances and discover their power to solve problems, offering a powerful case for re-engaging with democracy.
Charles Taylor has been one of the most brilliant voices for keeping communities together and engaging citizens to find common ground. This book is worth a read. – source
An American Sickness
How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
This eye-opening book unveils the disturbing truth behind the American healthcare system and the exploitation of vulnerable patients by profit-driven organizations. The author exposes the evolution of American medicine, from a caring endeavor to a highly profitable industry. With practical solutions and clear explanations, the book teaches readers how to avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket and curb exorbitant healthcare costs. An American Sickness is a must-read for every individual struggling to navigate the chaotic healthcare system and demand reform.
.@RosenthalHealth is 100% correct to go after large hospitals for their excessive fees & executive pay. I represent a district with Sutter & Kaiser, but we need to “rein in hospital excesses.” Her book American Sickness is a must read. – source
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