Books about Globalization

  1. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    by Max Brooks
    A collection of interviews recounting tales of the zombie apocalypse.

    It has been nearly twenty years since the start of the apocalyptic worldwide pandemic known as the Zombie War, and about ten years since the war has ended in humanity's victory. The framing device ... (Wikipedia)

  2. Salt: A World History

    by Mark Kurlansky
    Comprehensive overview of the influence of salt on human society, from ancient times to the present.

    In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Years of Rice and Salt

    by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Alternate history of a world without Europeans, where new cultures and civilizations rise.

    The story is divided into ten parts. Book One, Awake to Emptiness , begins with Bold and Psin, scouts in Timur 's army, discovering a Magyar city where all the inhabitants have died from a plague. ... (Wikipedia)

  4. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

    by Franklin Foer
    Exploring the political, economic and social ties between soccer and the world.

    Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross-currents of today's world, with all its joys and its sorrows. In this remarkably insightful, wide-ranging ... (Goodreads)

  5. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    by Rachel Maddow
    Investigation of the US military's unchecked growth and its consequences for American democracy.

    "One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security ... (Goodreads)

  6. The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    by Amanda Ripley
    A comparison of education systems across the world, exploring the secrets to success.

    How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers?, The Smartest Kids in the World, “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these ... (Barnes & Noble)

  7. Exit West

    by Mohsin Hamid
    Reflection on displacement and immigration as two refugees traverse the world in search of a new life.

    Nadia and Saeed meet when they are working students in an unnamed city. Saeed is more conservative and still lives at home, as custom generally requires, but the more independent Nadia has chosen to ... (Wikipedia)

  8. The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

    by Paul Krugman
    Krugman analyzes the causes and consequences of economic crises, focusing on the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath.

    In 1999, in, The Return of Depression Economics, Paul Krugman surveyed the economic crises that had swept across Asia and Latin America, and pointed out that those crises were a warning for all of ... (Goodreads)

  9. Zero History

    by William Gibson
    A thrilling exploration of corporate espionage and high-tech subterfuge.

    Hollis Henry and Milgrim find themselves in London working for Hubertus Bigend , unaware that their lives previously crossed in Spook Country . One of Bigend's current interests is fashion, ... (Wikipedia)

  10. The Shadow of the Sun

    by Ryszard Kapuściński
    An epic account of a journey through Africa, navigating the continent's diverse cultures and politics.

    In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence ... (Goodreads)

  11. Americanah

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    An exploration of race, identity, and belonging as two Nigerian immigrants experience life in America and beyond.

    Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to ... (Goodreads)

  12. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    by Michael Lewis
    Investigation into the economic crisis of 2008, revealing the people and institutions responsible.

    The #1, New York Times, bestseller: "It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it's essential reading."—Graydon Carter,, Vanity Fair, The real story of the ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    by Michael Pollan
    Exploration of the modern food chain, examining the impact of food choices on our health and the environment.

    What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire , how we answer it today, at ... (Goodreads)

  14. Spook Country

    by William Gibson
    A thriller about a journalist trying to uncover a mysterious plot involving virtual reality technology.

    The first strand of the novel follows Hollis Henry, a former member of the early 1990s cult band The Curfew and a freelance journalist. She is hired by advertising mogul Hubertus Bigend to write a ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    by Tony Judt
    History of Europe since the end of World War II, examining the changes and challenges of the region.

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first ... (Goodreads)

  16. River of Smoke

    by Amitav Ghosh
    Set in 19th century Canton, the novel follows the opium trade and its impact on various characters.

    In September 1838, a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis , a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. ... (Goodreads)

  17. Red Storm Rising

    by Tom Clancy
    An all-out war between NATO and the Soviet Union, as seen through the eyes of the soldiers.

    Militants from Azerbaijan destroy an oil production refinery in Nizhnevartovsk , threatening to cripple the Soviet Union's economy due to oil shortages. After much deliberation, the Soviet Politburo ... (Wikipedia)

  18. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

    by Thomas L. Friedman
    An exploration of the rapid globalization of the world, and the implications of this shift.

    When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter Y2K to March 2004 , what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Windup Girl

    by Paolo Bacigalupi
    A dystopian future where energy scarcity and biotechnology have caused massive upheaval in society.

    Anderson Lake is an economic hitman for the AgriGen Corporation, working in Thailand. He owns a factory trying to mass-produce a revolutionary new model of kink-spring (the successor, in the absence ... (Wikipedia)

  20. Planetary, Volume 1: All Over the World and Other Stories

    by Warren Ellis
    An anthology of science-fiction stories exploring the limits of humanity in a rapidly changing world.

    Elijah Snow, a hundred year old man. Jakita Wagner, an extremely powerful and bored woman. The Drummer, a man with the ability to communicate with machines. Infatuated with tracking down evidence of ... (Goodreads)

  21. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

    by Benedict Anderson
    Exploration into the development of nations and nationalism, and its impact on society.

    What makes people love and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name? While many studies have been written on nationalist political movements, the sense of nationality–the personal and ... (Goodreads)

  22. No Logo

    by Naomi Klein
    A critique of the negative impact of corporate branding and globalization on society and culture.

    With a new Afterword to the 2002 edition, No Logo employs journalistic savvy and personal testament to detail the insidious practices and far-reaching effects of corporate marketing—and the powerful ... (Goodreads)

  23. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    by Jared Diamond
    Study of past societies' successes and failures in terms of environmental, economic, and political decisions.

    Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid ... (Goodreads)

  24. Civilization: The West and the Rest

    by Niall Ferguson
    A historical analysis of the rise of Western civilization and its impact on the world, contrasting it with the decline of other civilizations.

    Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of ... (Goodreads)

  25. Airport

    by Arthur Hailey
    An airport becomes a microcosm of human drama, revealing the stories of those who pass through its gates.

    The story takes place at Lincoln International, a fictional Chicago airport based very loosely on O'Hare International Airport . The action mainly centers on Mel Bakersfeld, the Airport General ... (Wikipedia)

  26. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

    by John Perkins
    A former economic hit man exposes the dark secrets of how the US government and corporations manipulate developing countries for profit.

    From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man , comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Swarm

    by Frank Schätzing
    A thrilling tale of a giant creature from the deep wreaking havoc on a world unprepared.

    The book follows an ensemble of protagonists who are investigating what at first appear to be freak events related to the world's oceans . The book has several sub-plots and will occasionally follow ... (Wikipedia)

  28. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    by Michael Lewis
    A journey through the economic crisis in Europe and the United States, and its global implications.

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects ... (Goodreads)

  29. State of Fear

    by Michael Crichton
    A thrilling tale of a scientific conspiracy and environmental terrorism.

    Peter Evans is a lawyer for a millionaire philanthropist, George Morton. Evans' main duties are managing the legal affairs surrounding Morton's contributions to an environmentalist organization, the ... (Wikipedia)

  30. The Post-American World

    by Fareed Zakaria
    Exploring the changing global order, and the implications for America's future.

    "This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else." So begins Fareed Zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success ... (Goodreads)

  31. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics

    by Henry Hazlitt
    Exploring the principles of economics, helping readers gain a better understanding of the subject.

    A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern “libertarian” economics of the ... (Goodreads)

  32. Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    by Thomas Piketty
    An economic analysis of wealth and inequality in the modern era.

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic ... (Goodreads)

  33. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    by Naomi Klein
    Examination of the exploitation of economic crises and shock tactics by governments and corporations.

    In her ground-breaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations. She called it "disaster ... (Goodreads)

  34. Lock In

    by John Scalzi
    A sci-fi thriller involving a global pandemic and a world of augmented reality.

    The world is exposed to a highly contagious virus. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu -like symptoms. For 1%, the virus causes the victims to be fully awake, but unable to move or ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

    by Suketu Mehta
    An exploration of the diverse and complex city of Bombay, India.

    A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and ... (Goodreads)

  36. Pattern Recognition

    by William Gibson
    A story of a woman's search for truth and identity in a digital world.

    Advertising consultant Cayce Pollard , who reacts to logos and advertising as if to an allergen , arrives in London in August 2002. She is working on a contract with the marketing firm Blue Ant to ... (Wikipedia)

  37. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

    by Laurence Bergreen
    Exploration of Magellan's circumnavigation of the world and its implications.

    Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World , ... (Goodreads)

  38. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    by Niall Ferguson
    Outlines the history of money and its pivotal role in human society.

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, ... (Goodreads)

  39. Reamde

    by Neal Stephenson
    A thrilling adventure story set in the world of online gaming, with an international cast of characters.

    “Stephenson has a once-in-a-generation gift: he makes complex ideas clear, and he makes them funny, heartbreaking, and thrilling.” — Time The #1, New York Times, bestselling author of, Anathem, Neal ... (Barnes & Noble)

  40. A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

    by Anthony Bourdain
    A globe-trotting exploration of exotic dishes and cultures, told with wit and humor.

    From the star of, No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain's, New York Times-,bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe's greatest cuilnary adventures The only thing "gonzo ... (Goodreads)

  41. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

    by Naomi Klein
    Examination of global capitalism's role in exacerbating climate change and potential solutions.

    Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon—it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and ... (Goodreads)

  42. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

    by Mohsin Hamid
    A rags-to-riches story of a young man's journey to success in a changing world.

    From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist , the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love. His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a ... (Goodreads)

  43. Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    by Thomas Sowell
    An exploration of economic principles, providing an accessible introduction to the world of economics.

    Basic Economics is a citizen's guide to economics-for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Sowell reveals the general principles behind any ... (Goodreads)

  44. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

    by Peter Frankopan
    An epic narrative of the discover of the world's trade routes, spanning more than 3,000 years.

    The New Silk Roads takes a fresh look at the relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the ancient trade routes today. The world is changing dramatically and in an age of Brexit and ... (Goodreads)

  45. A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    by Tom Standage
    A look at the history of the world through the lens of six beverages.

    The, New York Times, Bestseller, ,“There aren’t many books this entertaining that also provide a cogent crash course in ancient, classical and modern history.” —,Los Angeles Times , Beer, wine, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  46. 1421: The Year China Discovered America

    by Gavin Menzies
    Exploration of the mystery behind the Chinese Admiral's journey to the Americas in 1421.

    On 3/8/1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was "to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" & ... (Goodreads)

  47. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

    by Edward S. Herman
    Critique of mass media and its role in shaping public opinion.

    In this pathbreaking work, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense ... (Goodreads)

  48. Count Zero

    by William Gibson
    A thrilling journey of a hacker between two worlds, as he unravels a conspiracy of corporate espionage.

    As with later Gibson works, there are multiple story-line threads which eventually intertwine: Thread One : In the southwestern US, Turner, a corporate mercenary soldier , has been hired by former ... (Wikipedia)

  49. Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    by Mark Bowden
    The pursuit of Pablo Escobar and his criminal empire by Colombian and American forces.

    A tour de force of investigative journalism-this is the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's criminal empire held a nation ... (Goodreads)

  50. Firewall

    by Henning Mankell
    A detective is tasked with tracking down a mysterious hacker who is sending threatening emails.

    Stopping to get money from a cash machine one evening, a man inexplicably falls to the ground: dead. A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenaged girls. Quickly apprehended they appal local ... (Goodreads)

  51. 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    by Ha-Joon Chang
    A critical analysis of free-market capitalism, debunking common myths and exposing its flaws. Offers alternative economic models for a fairer society.

    Thing 1: There is no such thing as free market., Thing 4: The washing machine has changed the world more than the Internet., Thing 5: Assume the worst about people, and you get the worst., Thing 13: ... (Goodreads)

  52. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works—and How It Fails

    by Yanis Varoufakis
    A renowned economist explains the complexities of capitalism and its failures in a conversational manner to his daughter.

    A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, In, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister and the author of the international ... (Barnes & Noble)

  53. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    by Carmen M. Reinhart
    A comprehensive analysis of financial crises throughout history, highlighting the patterns and similarities between them.

    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing–and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have ... (Goodreads)

  54. Feed

    by M.T. Anderson
    In a future where everyone is connected to the internet through their brains, a group of teenagers rebel against the system.

    The novel portrays a near-future in which the feednet , a huge computer network (apparently an advanced form of the Internet), is directly connected to the brains of about 73% of American citizens by ... (Wikipedia)

  55. Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    by David Graeber
    A history of money and debt, exploring the roots of our current financial system.

    Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul ... (Goodreads)

  56. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    by Mark Kurlansky
    A history of cod, tracing the integral role the fish has played in shaping global culture.

    The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it. To the millions it has sustained, ... (Goodreads)

  57. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    by Liaquat Ahamed
    An exploration of the economic decisions of four central bankers that changed the course of history.

    The book discusses the personal histories of the four heads of the Central Banks of the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, and their efforts to steer the world economy from the period ... (Wikipedia)

  58. Platform

    by Michel Houellebecq
    Satirical exploration of the modern world and its discontents.

    The story is the first-person narrative of a fictional character named Michel Renault, a Parisian civil servant who, after the death of his father and thanks to a hefty inheritance, engages in sexual ... (Wikipedia)

  59. Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    by Dan Senor
    Exploring the economic success of Israel, and its implications for the global economy.

    What the world can learn from Israel's meteoric economic success. Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel – a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, ... (Goodreads)

  60. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    by Jeremy Scahill
    Investigative journalism exposing the rise of Blackwater, a private military company with immense power and influence in global conflicts.

    On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad's Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled "Baghdad's Bloody ... (Goodreads)

  61. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    by Peter H. Diamandis
    An optimistic look at the future, exploring how humanity's greatest challenges can be solved.

    Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it. We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. ... (Goodreads)

  62. Nexus

    by Ramez Naam
    A thrilling tale of hackers, scientists, and criminals, all caught up in the emergence of a revolutionary new technology.

    Samantha Cataranes (Sam), an agent for the Emerging Risks Directorate (ERD) of the United States government, arrives undercover at a party looking for Kaden Lane. Kaden is there testing Nexus 5, an ... (Wikipedia)

  63. The Undercover Economist

    by Tim Harford
    A journey through economics, exploring the hidden forces that shape our lives.

    An economist's version of The Way Things Work , this engaging volume is part field guide to economics and part expose of the economic principles lurking behind daily events, explaining everything ... (Goodreads)

  64. The End of Poverty: How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime

    by Jeffrey D. Sachs
    A comprehensive analysis of global poverty, outlining solutions and strategies for poverty alleviation.

    The landmark exploration of economic prosperity and how the world can escape from extreme poverty for the world's poorest citizens, from one of the world's most renowned economists, Hailed by Time as ... (Goodreads)

  65. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure

    by Sarah Macdonald
    A humorous journey through India, exploring its culture and diversity.

    In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she ... (Goodreads)

  66. Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    by Noam Chomsky
    Examination of US foreign policy, arguing for the need to confront corporate power and militarism.

    An immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for more than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the ... (Goodreads)

  67. Globalization and its Discontents

    by Joseph E. Stiglitz
    Critique of the negative effects of globalization on developing countries and the global economy, with proposed solutions for a fairer system.

    When it was first published, this national bestseller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for ... (Goodreads)

  68. The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    by Joseph E. Stiglitz
    A critique of the American economic system, arguing that inequality is harmful to society and the economy.

    A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist. America currently has the most inequality, and the least equality of opportunity, ... (Goodreads)

  69. On Such a Full Sea

    by Chang-rae Lee
    In a dystopian future, a young woman named Fan searches for her missing boyfriend. Her journey takes her through different social classes and reveals the harsh realities of society.

    Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in. On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae ... (Goodreads)

  70. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

    by Thomas L. Friedman
    An examination of the impact of the digital revolution on society, and the potential for optimism in the face of change.

    A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying ... (Goodreads)

  71. Blackout

    by Marc Elsberg
    A massive power outage hits Europe, plunging the continent into chaos and revealing the fragility of modern society.

    The novel starts with a collapse of electrical grids across Europe, plunging the population into darkness and disaster. , , The prolonged electricity cut causes major problems: no more petrol , no ... (Wikipedia)

  72. You Shall Know Our Velocity!

    by Dave Eggers
    Two friends travel around the world, seeking adventure and an understanding of life's purpose.

    Will has surprisingly come into a large amount of money, around $32,000. His photograph screwing in a light bulb has been made a silhouette and is being used as a picture for the company's light bulb ... (Wikipedia)

  73. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

    by Samuel P. Huntington
    Examines the impact of cultural, religious, and political identities on world affairs.

    "Sam Huntington, one of the West's most eminent political scientists, presents a challenging framework for understanding the realities of global politics in the next century. The Clash of ... (Goodreads)

  74. A Hologram for the King

    by Dave Eggers
    A businessman's quest for redemption and a new start in Saudi Arabia.

    The novel tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman, Alan Clay, who travels to Saudi Arabia to secure the IT contract from the royal government for a massive new complex being built ... (Wikipedia)

  75. Cosmopolis

    by Don DeLillo
    A day in the life of a billionaire, revealing the absurdity of a materialistic society.

    Cosmopolis is the story of Eric Packer, a 28-year-old multi-billionaire asset manager who makes an odyssey across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut. He drives around in a stretch limo , which is ... (Wikipedia)

  76. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    by Matt Ridley
    Examining the history of human progress, the book argues that human civilizations can only thrive with the exchange of ideas.

    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. Though the world is far ... (Goodreads)

  77. Hard Choices

    by Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Memoir of Clinton's time as Secretary of State, detailing her experiences and decisions on foreign policy and global issues.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the ... (Goodreads)

  78. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War

    by P.W. Singer
    A fictional account of a future war between the US and China, fought with advanced technology and tactics.

    Prior to the main events of the novel, Indonesia has collapsed into a failed state following a second war in Timor , and a dirty bomb was detonated in Dhahran , Saudi Arabia , causing a massive spike ... (Wikipedia)

  79. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

    by Erik Brynjolfsson
    Examination of the societal implications of technology and its disruptive impact on the economy.

    In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, ... (Goodreads)

  80. Bangkok 8

    by John Burdett
    An intrepid detective investigates a murder in the seedy underworld of Bangkok.

    A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a ... (Goodreads)

  81. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

    by Eduardo Galeano
    Historical account of the exploitation of Latin America by foreign powers.

    Open Veins of Latin America has a foreword written by Chilean writer Isabel Allende , followed by a preface by Galeano titled “In Defense of the World” and a series of acknowledgments. The book has ... (Wikipedia)

  82. The Medium is the Massage

    by Marshall McLuhan
    Examining how media shapes and influences society.

    The Medium is the Massage is Marshall McLuhan's most condensed, and perhaps most effective, presentation of his ideas. Using a layout style that was later copied by Wired , McLuhan and ... (Goodreads)

  83. Generation A

    by Douglas Coupland
    Five strangers from around the world are stung by bees and become the most famous people on Earth.

    “Now you young twerps want a new name for your generation? Probably not, you just want jobs, right? Well, the media do us all such tremendous favors when they call you Generation X, right? Two clicks ... (Goodreads)

  84. The Fear Index

    by Robert Harris
    A hedge fund manager's AI system goes rogue, causing chaos and threatening his sanity. A thrilling exploration of the dangers of technology.

    The story begins as Physicist Dr. Alexander Hoffmann, an American expat living in Switzerland , and the founder of his eponymous hedge fund , receives a first edition copy of The Expression of the ... (Wikipedia)

  85. يوتوبيا

    by أحمد خالد توفيق
    An exploration of the effects of rapid technological advancement on contemporary life.

    كيف ستكون مصر عام 2023؟ لقد عزَلَ الأغنياء أنفسهم في (يوتوبيا) الساحل الشمالي تحت حراسة المارينز الأمريكيين، يتعاطون المخدرات ويمارسون المتع المحرمة إلى أقصاها، بينما ينسحق الفقراء خارجها ينهش بعضهم ... (Goodreads)

  86. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

    by George Packer
    An exploration of America's political and economic decline over the last few decades.

    A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single ... (Goodreads)

  87. The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    by Alan Greenspan
    Memoir of Alan Greenspan's life and career, including his time as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Offers insights into economic and political events.

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