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Zeynep Tufekci

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Zeynep Tufekci is a sociologist and writer. Her work focuses on the social implications of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and big data, as well as societal challenges such as the pandemic using complex and systems-based thinking.
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How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America
Barbara Ehrenreich - 2010-08-03
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Americans are a "positive" people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its ...
Zeynep Tufekci
@richardpointer I really liked that book.      source
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The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam
Barbara W. Tuchman - 1985-02-12 (first published in 1984)
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Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments thru the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate th...
Zeynep Tufekci
"Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman on the first month of WWI is another essential book, along with her other classic "March of Folly." Both are excellent to help to fight the temptation of looking at world history teleologically.      source
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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman - 1994-03-08 (first published in 1962)
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Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and how it could have been stopped but wasn'...
Zeynep Tufekci
@mattdpearce loved that book.      source