Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez
This book should be required reading for every male before he can get a drivers license or register to vote.
The author is a British writer, broadcaster, and feminist activist. In this volume she documents gender inequality and its root causes worldwide. She makes the case that a massive data gap exists between the assumed “default human” (an average male) on which the whole world has been built since the beginning of human history and the reality that the “atypical” (or female) half of the population’s uniqueness is generally ignored.
White Like Me – Tim Wise
The author is a prominent anti-racist activist, writers, and educators. He has spent the past 25 years lecturing to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Would the Founders Do? – Richard Brookhiser
The author poses a series of contemporary political questions and then attempts to discern how the founding fathers might have responded.