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Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
2018 (First published: 2017)
Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century.
464 Pages
5/5
33
Friedrich von Hayek
The Road To Serfdom
Collected Works - Vol. 2
2007 (First published: 1944)
Certainly one of the most important classic works in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944 The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production.
283 Pages
5/5
15
Timothy Snyder
Bloodlands
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
2022 (First published: 2010)
Bloodlands is a history of mass killings in Eastern Europe, where the Soviets showed up, killed everyone they wanted to, and then the Nazis showed up and killed everyone else. By focusing on mass killings, rather than genocide, Snyder is able to draw connections between totalitarian regimes and examine the mechanisms by which small nations can suddenly and horrifyingly become much smaller. 
592 Pages
5/5
15
Frank Dikötter
Mao's Great Famine
The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62
2010 (First published: 2010)
"Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up to and overtake Britain in less than 15 years The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives." So opens Frank Dikötter's riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle.
448 Pages
5/5
26
Karl Popper
The Open Society and Its Enemies
Princeton Classics - 115
2020 (First published: 1945)
Written in political exile during the Second World War, Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most influential books of all time. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a ‘vigorous and profound defence of democracy’, its now legendary attack on the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx exposed the dangers inherent in centrally planned political systems.
808 Pages
12
Vaclav Smil
Grand Transitions
How the Modern World Was Made
2021 (First published: 2019)
What makes the modern world work? The answer lies in four "grand transitions" of civilization--in populations, agriculture, energy, and economics. Societies that have undergone all four transitions emerge into an era of radically different population dynamics, food surpluses (and waste), abundant energy use, and expanding economic opportunities. Simultaneously, in other parts of the world, hundreds of millions remain largely untouched by these developments.
384 Pages
5/5
14

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