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Mark Zuckerberg's "A Year of Books"

Description: Here we present Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's collection known as "A Year of Books". He created this list throughout 2015, choosing books that emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies.


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The Varieties of Religious Experience

by William James

Harvard philosopher William James's compiled lectures on religion, considered to be among the most brilliant studies of mankind's relation to the divine

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Varieties of Religious Experience

by William James

The Varieties of Religious Experience is certainly the most notable of all books in the field of the psychology of religion and probably destined to be the most influential [one] written on religion in the twentieth century' said Walter Houston Clark in Psychology Today.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day

by Jonathan Morduch and Daryl Collins and Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven

Nearly forty percent of humanity lives on an average of two dollars a day or less. If you've never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. How would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Why Nations Fail

by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge

by Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Why do Internet, financial service, and beer commercials dominate Super Bowl advertising? How do political ceremonies establish authority? Why does repetition characterize anthems and ritual speech?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

by Thomas S. Kuhn

A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Varieties of Religious Experience

by William James and Martin E. Marty

This collection defining documents from one of America's most influential thinkers presents Pragmatism in its entirety, James's seminal set of lectures in which he argues in his witty and limpid style for the "reasonableness of ordinary experience.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Beginning of Infinity

by David Deutsch

Old ways of thought permitted no process such as science for correcting errors and misconceptions. So ideas were static for long periods.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

by Jon Gertner

Bell Laboratories, which thrived from the 1920s to the 1980s, was the most innovative and productive institution of the twentieth century.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Gang Leader for a Day

by Sudhir Venkatesh

A New York Times BestsellerForeword by Stephen J.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be

by Moises Naim

We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Energy: A Beginner's Guide

by Vaclav Smil

In this user-friendly and informative book, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


On Immunity: An Inoculation

by Eula Biss

In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, both historically and in the present moment.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

by Matt Ridley

The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Orwell's Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest

by Peter Huber

George Orwell’s bleak visions of the future, one in which citizens are monitored through telescreens by an insidious Big Brother, has haunted our imagination long after the publication of 1984.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Trilogy, Book 1)

by Cixin Liu

A secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Different camps form planning to either welcome them and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Cornel West and Michelle Alexander

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Varieties of Religious Experience

by William James

Harvard philosopher William James’s compiled lectures on religion, considered to be among the most brilliant studies of mankind’s relation to the divine William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience brings together twenty lectures on the

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks The New Economic Superpower

by Henry M. Paulson

DEALING WITH CHINA takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China's state-controlled capitalism.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


World Order

by Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era, Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History

by N. J. Dawood and Bruce Lawrence and Ibn Khaldun and Franz Rosenthal

The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. 1406), this monumental work established the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including the philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, and economics.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Rational Optimist

by Matt Ridley

Life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down — all across the globe.

Date Added: 05/25/2017



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