Book Review Number 40

The Uninhabitable Earth:  Life After Warming – David Wallace-Wells

Wallace-Wells is an American journalist who is a contributing writer and deputy editor for New York Magazine. He also writes for the Guardian.

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Book Review Number 39

BELEIVE ME: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump – John Fea

John Fea is a professor of American history; he is also a practicing evangelical Christian. He takes the title of his book, “Believe Me”, from one of Trumps most commonly used expressions.

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Book Review Number 38

Fair Shot:  Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn – Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is one of the founders of Facebook. Through his own experience he came to conclude that hard work mixed with a very large measure of pure luck can produce a few ultra-wealthy individuals nearly overnight. He believes that the same forces that made Facebook possible, however, make it harder for everyone else in America to make ends meet. I read this book when it was first published a couple of years ago; I decided to re-visit and reconsider his perspective in light of the our current economic reality.

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Book Review Number 37

Why We’re Polarized – Ezra Klein

Author Klein is editor-at-large and cofounder of VOX, the “explanatory” news organization. For those not familiar with that term, it means current news stories presented within their broader context. Klein uses that contextual approach to explain why we as a nation are so politically polarized and what we might do to mitigate it.

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Book Review Number 36

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking humans – Melanie Mitchell

The author is a professor of computer science specializing in artificial intelligence (AI). She is also the author of several other books on the subject. Regardless of her credentials this book is unique in its approach to the subject. It is written for the layperson who is not a computer scientist. Even I could read it and understand the concepts she discusses.

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Book Review Number 35

The Green New Deal – Jeremy Rifkin

The author defines the concept of the proposed Green New Deal in fairly specific terms. He makes the case that whether politicians like it or not market forces are already making it happen, though not fast enough. He calls this epoch “The Third industrial Revolution” and says it will fundamentally change humanity.

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Book Review Number 34

The Nation City – Why Mayors are now Running the World – Rahm Emanuel

As the name implies the author makes the case that nation states have generally failed to meet the needs of citizens, and that cities under good mayoral leadership are filling the void. He uses Chicago during his two terms as one example.

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Book Review Number 32

The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes – Emmanuel Saez and  Gabriel Zucman

The authors are internationally known economists with significant focus on the inequality of incomes of the poor, middle class, and wealthy. In this volume they track the history of the American tax system at all levels of government over the past hundred years.

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Book Review Number 31

AI Super-Powers – China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order – Kai-Fu Lee

The author is a world class authority on artificial intelligence (AI) with substantial professional training and experience in both the United States and China. He argues that unprecedented developments in AI will bring about dramatic changes in the world’s social order.

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