Book recommendations – May 2021

Below you will find a selection of books I recommend from what I have been reading in recent months.

Climate change

  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates. I highly recommend this very clear explanation of the climate change challenges and interesting ideas and policy recommendations from Bill Gates.
  • The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann. Mann, a recognized climate change expert, explain the strategies and tactics of climate change deniers and inactivists to obstruct the fight against climate change. This book is an eye opener.
  • Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson. Terrifying account of the biodiversity loss the world is experiencing.

Fiction (mostly Science fiction)

  • The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. An award-winning novel from an iconic science fiction writer about a character that can change reality by dreaming. Very entertaining.
  • Books by Ted Chiang: Exhalation, Stories of Your Life and Others, and the booklet Tower of Babylon. Chiang has an amazing style that you can’t stop reading his short stories.
  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. An award-winning science fiction epic.
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Very entertaining fantasy novel from a great female writer.
  • The Enigma of Room 622 by Joël Dicker. Great thriller from a young Swiss writer.

Politics and philosophy

  • How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The authors explain how populism and authoritarianism work and the implications for democracies, including a whole section on the process that allowed Donald Trump to become the President of the US.
  • Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker. A book that explains how humanity has progressed over time and why progress has been and should continue to be based on science.

Enjoy. Comments welcome.

Here are my previous recommendation.

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