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Rutger C. Bregman is a Dutch popular historian and author. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics, including Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, which has been translated into thirty-two languages.
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The Slave Ship
A Human History
Marcus Rediker - 2007-10-04
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Discover the chilling world of slave ships in The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker. Through meticulous research and firsthand accounts, Rediker delves into the grim reality of British and American slave ships in the eighteenth century, revealing the floating dungeons that gave birth to African American culture. This riveting and sobering account sheds light on a world nearly lost to history.
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It was a drawing of the slave ship 'The Brooks'. The historian @MarcusRediker tells us that it was actually a 'graphic understatement'. See his wonderful book -->      source
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How to Create a Vegan World
A Pragmatic Approach
Tobias Leenaert - 2017-07-05
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Discover new strategies for advocating a vegan lifestyle in How to Create a Vegan World. Tobias Leenaert challenges the traditional methods of animal advocacy and proposes a more pragmatic approach to create a vegan society. This thought-provoking book is filled with valuable insights for activists, leaders, and entrepreneurs alike.
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Fantastic book. Motto: stop trying to be pure, start changing the world. Written by @TobiasLeenaert, founder of one of the most effective organizations that's trying to change our food system.      source
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The Scout Mindset
Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
Julia Galef - 2021-04-13 (first published in 2019)
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Gain a new perspective and make better decisions with Julia Galef's The Scout Mindset. Humans tend to defend their beliefs, even if they're wrong. But by adopting a scout mindset, we can learn to survey the terrain and seek the truth. Galef shows us that scouts aren't necessarily smarter or more knowledgeable, but have developed emotional skills and habits that anyone can learn. Using examples from survival stories to CIA operatives, The Scout Mindset explains how to overcome biases and see the world as it truly is.
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Just finished this one by @juliagalef. Highly recommended. It's not easy to become (more of) a scout, but it's hard not to be inspired by this book.      source
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How to Tame a Fox
Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
Lee Alan Dugatkin - 2017-03-23 (first published in 2016)
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Discover the extraordinary story of an experiment in breeding that resulted in the domestication of foxes, a process that typically takes thousands of years. Based on fifty-six generations of domestication, scientists and writers take us on a journey through the adventure, science, politics, and love behind this ground-breaking experiment. Learn how significant lessons about the genetic and behavioral evolution of domesticated animals continue to be made today. How to Tame a Fox is an incredible tale of scientists at work and a celebration of the deep attachments that have brought humans and animals together throughout time.
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One of those books I couldn’t have done without. Tells the amazing story of a Russian scientist who domesticated a fox and revolutionized our understanding of human nature. Brilliantly written – can’t recommend it enough.      source
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Difficult Women
An Imperfect History of Feminism
Helen Lewis - 2020-02-27
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Discover the unvarnished and sometimes shocking history of feminism as a history of difficult women. In this book, Helen Lewis introduces us to the complicated, contradictory, and imperfect pioneers who fought for equal rights, even as they fought against each other. Through archival research and interviews, Lewis shows why the feminist movement has succeeded - and what it should do next. Brave, bold, and fearless, Difficult Women is a humorous and engaging narrative that reminds us that it's time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women.
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Just finished this brilliant book by @helenlewis. Long time since I underlined so much in a book. Love her observation that 'universal basic income' is just another phrase for 'wages for housework'.      source
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The Triumph of Injustice
How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay
Emmanuel Saez - 2019-10-15
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"The Triumph of Injustice" is a groundbreaking exploration into the drastic increase in wealth of the ultra-rich contrasted with the decrease in their taxes. Through a combination of historical research and modern economic analysis, this book sheds light on the complex flaws of America's tax system while offering revolutionary reinventions for a fairer society. Written by two esteemed economists, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about inequality."
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One of the best books I’ve read this year. Crystal clear, rigorously empirical. Should be read by policymakers from around the globe, especially in the US. It’s *the* to-do-list for the next president. Will be published next month. @gabriel_zucman      source
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A Brief but Affectionate History - Revised and expanded Edition
Diane Coyle - 2014-02-23
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This groundbreaking book has gained worldwide recognition and is endorsed by top industry leaders. It delves into the history and impact of GDP growth on individuals' everyday lives. With insights from global elites like former UK central bank governor Mervyn King and US economist Taylor Cowen, readers will gain a thorough understanding of the subject matter. Highly recommended for those interested in economics and development.
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@faisalnazir @AaronBastani Yes. Source is Diane Coyle’s great book about the history of GDP      source
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The Lost Boys
inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave experiment
Gina Perry - 2018-04-12
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Uncover the chilling truth behind one of social psychology’s most controversial studies, the Robbers Cave experiment, in this investigative history. Split into two warring groups and encouraged to bully and demonize each other, a group of American boys attended a remote summer camp in 1954. The experiment, conducted by psychologist Muzafer Sherif at the height of the Cold War, had a happy ending as the boys reconciled, proving that under the right conditions, warring groups can make peace. But the true story, far more complex and dramatic, is revealed by author Gina Perry through archival material and new interviews with the now-70-year-old subjects, who were unaware their summer camps were experimental ruses. Don't miss this fascinating exploration of human behavior and the consequences of the Robbers Cave experiment.
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This is a really good book about the famous Robbers Cave Experiment, written by @GinaPerry. Just read it for the 2nd time and can recommend it to anyone who's interested in (social) psychology.      source