An excellent book presenting compelling evidence that homeowners’ distress exacerbated and prolonged the 2008-10 US recession; exposes the continued distortions in the financial system and the failure of policy makers to learn essential lessons and take appropriate actions.
This is ostensibly a cookbook, but the preparations are too complicated for most of us to actually cook from. Skip the recipes and enjoy this as a splendid cultural atlas of history, culture, and also photography. After you read this book, you will want to visit the region three more times and I don’t mean Cancun.
Edward O. Wilson at his wisest, about the place of humanity in nature and the meaning of it all.
A remarkable account of consciousness by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists.
One of the great American novels, and perhaps the greatest to depict the American South and the Civil War. A meditation on what history is and why it matters.
‘An Incomplete Education’ is probably my favourite book. It talks a little bit about everything from British history to the theory of relativity. I want to synthesize ideas. If I spend too much time in one area, I get uncomfortable.
As a graduate student at MIT, I stumbled upon a thin, nondescript book called ‘Thoughts on Design’ by Paul Rand. At the time I was building a reputation for myself as being a gifted graphical user interface designer. As I flipped through Rand’s book I was humbled by the power with which he manipulated space and at the same time struck by the clarity of his accompanying prose. I was immediately inspired to pursue the field of graphic design.
‘Artful Sentences’ by Virginia Tufte is a beautiful book about writing. She’s the mother of Edward Tufte, the visualization guru. Writing is what makes a difference in the end. Visuals help, but you have to have good content.