Gang Leader For A Day

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Here is the third book of Mark Zuckerberg reading list for this year.

Authors: Sudhir Venkatesh
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Sudhir Venkatesh the young sociologist who became famous in Freakonomics (Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?) describes his time living with the gangs on the Southside of Chicago and answers another question: what’s it like to live in hell? In the Robert Taylor Homes projects on Chicago’s South Side, Sudhir befriends J.T., a gang leader for the Black Kings. As he slowly gains J.T.’s trust, one day, in order to convince Sudhir of his own CEO-like qualities, J.T. makes him leader of the gang… Why does J.T. make his henchmen, the ‘shorties’, stay in school? What is the difference between a ‘regular’ hustler and a ‘hype’ – and is Peanut telling him the truth about which she is? And, when the FBI finally starts cracking down on the Black Kings, is it time to get out – or is it too late?

The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes

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The second book suggested by Mark Zuckerberg for his 2015 reading resolution.

coverAuthors: Steven Pinker
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Ids: Google, 9780141959740
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-Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012 This acclaimed book by Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and The Blank Slate, argues that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millenia and decades. Can violence really have declined? The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost obscene claim to be making. Extraordinarily, however, Steven Pinker shows violence within and between societies – both murder and warfare – really has declined from prehistory to today. We are much less likely to die at someone else’s hands than ever before. Even the horrific carnage of the last century, when compared to the dangers of pre-state societies, is part of this trend. Debunking both the idea of the ‘noble savage’ and an over-simplistic Hobbesian notion of a ‘nasty, brutish and short’ life, Steven Pinker argues that modernity and its cultural institutions are actually making us better people. ‘One of the most important books I’ve read – not just this year, but ever … For me, what’s most important about The Better Angels of Our Nature are its insights into how to help achieve positive outcomes. How can we encourage a less violent, more just society, particularly for the poor? Steven Pinker shows us ways we can make those positive trajectories a little more likely. That’s a contribution, not just to historical scholarship, but to the world’ Bill Gates ‘Brilliant, mind-altering … Everyone should read this astonishing book’ David Runciman, Guardian ‘A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline’ Peter Singer, New York Times ‘[A] sweeping new review of the history of human violence…[Pinker has] the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour…impeccable scholarship’ Tony Allen-Mills, Sunday Times ‘Written in Pinker’s distinctively entertaining and clear personal style…a marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling’ Clive Cookson, Financial Times ‘Pinker’s scholarhsip is astounding…flawless…masterful’ Joanna Bourke, The Times Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as The New York Times, Time and Slate, and is the author of six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate and The Stuff of Thought

The End of Power

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coverMark Zuckerberg challenge two read a book for every two weeks in 2015 is an interesting challange. Many people already up to this challenge as one can see from the response received at the facebook page A Year of Books

The first book of the week is Then End of Power by Moisés Naím. The file  in the provided link below is not mine. I simply found it on the web and listing it here. It contains not only The End of Power but also several other books.

 

Authors: Moisés Naím
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Ids: Google, 9780465037810
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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. But power is not merely shifting and dispersing. It is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before. In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naím shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naím deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, eighty-nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world’s population lives in democracies. CEO’s are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world’s largest six banks combined. Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay. Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers more quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process. Accessible and captivating, Naím offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power—and how it will change your world.

Consciousness and the Social Brain

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coverAuthors: Michael S. A. Graziano
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What is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? In Consciousness and the Social Brain, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the deepest mystery of them all. The human brain has evolved a complex circuitry that allows it to be socially intelligent. This social machinery has only just begun to be studied in detail. One function of this circuitry is to attribute awareness to others: to compute that person Y is aware of thing X. In Graziano’s theory, the machinery that attributes awareness to others also attributes it to oneself. Damage that machinery and you disrupt your own awareness. Graziano discusses the science, the evidence, the philosophy, and the surprising implications of this new theory.

The Minimalists: Essential Essays

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coverAuthors: Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
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At age 30, Joshua and Ryan left their six-figure corporate jobs at age 30 to pursue more meaningful lives. MINIMALISM: ESSENTIAL ESSAYS highlights essays from the first nine months of their journey into minimalism. MINIMALISM: ESSENTIAL ESSAYS is an edited collection of 29 of The Minimalists’ favorite essays about living a more meaningful life with less stuff. This collection also contains a special forward by Joshua and Ryan, as well as two bonus essays you can’t find anywhere else: “Dealing with Overwhelm”and”Focus On What’s Important.” The book is organized into seven interconnected themes: Living in the Moment, Emotional Health, Growth, Contribution, Taking Action, Passion and Mission, andChange and Experimentation. Theorder of this collection is deliberate; it is meant to be read from beginning to end. Doing so will result in a better overall experience-a different experience from reading these essays all over the web-connecting various concepts that might otherwise seem unconnected.