In the 1991 comedy City Slickers, there’s a memorable exchange between the film’s protagonists, in which the older, sage figure tells the younger character, “Do you know what the secret of life is? One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and everything else don’t mean sh*t…. That’s what you’ve got to figure out.” Gary Keller (co-founder of the world’s most successful real estate company, Keller Williams Realty) teams up with his editor, Jay Papasan, to convince the world that this is the soundest advice out there, that to find and pursue that One Thing is the key to a life that is simpler, less stressful and more meaningful.
Read on for key insights from The One Thing.
Why are we here? What is reality? Why is there something instead of nothing? Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow team up to champion science as humanity’s best hope for answering questions about our existence and the existence of our universe.
Read on for key insights from The Grand Design.
7 Minute Read
Evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins argues that religious belief has done more harm than good for the world; and that we don’t need God to be good—which is great news, Dawkins assures his reader, because God’s existence is about as likely as that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Read on for key insights from The God Delusion.
In a society full of perfectionists, many hide in shame because they inevitably fall short of such an impossible standard. Psychologist and researcher Brené Brown exposes this all-too-common phenomenon of interpreting imperfections as signs of inadequacy. She then goes on to argue that these areas of vulnerability are not failures but amazing opportunities to show courage, exercise true compassion, and connect with others.
Read on for key insights from The Gifts of Imperfection.
by Michio Kaku
Planet earth is overdue for another catastrophe. It may not occur for thousands or even millions of years, but there have been five mass extinction moments in earth’s history, and another is inevitable. Whether it’s man-made or natural, terrestrial or from the deep reaches of space, we must pursue alternative living situations beyond earth while there’s still time. Theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku shows us where things stand with space exploration and the hurdles that humans must clear to become a multiplanetary species.
Read on for key insights from The Future of Humanity.
10 Minute Read
Readers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your ignorance! For all the Che Guevara T-shirts and “power to the people” chants, how many people know what Communism advocates? Find out what Karl Marx and his colleague Friedrich Engels actually believed in The Communist Manifesto.
Read on for key insights from The Communist Manifesto.
Political science professor Robert Reich makes a case for America recentering its politics, economics, and culture on the concept of the common good. The past fifty years have been a story of win-at-all-costs politics and business strategies that is leaving the country’s social fabric threadbare. The Common Good is a both conciliatory and bracing exhortation to return to responsibility and trust-building.
Read on for key insights from The Common Good.
There are three Great Untruths that have begun to coalesce into a cult of “safetyism” in the United States. These untruths fly in the face of ancient wisdom and modern research, and have proven harmful to the individuals and groups who have imbibed them. Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt team up to illuminate these untruths and their deleterious effects, as well as suggest some remedies.
Read on for key insights from The Coddling of the American Mind.
11 Minute Read
Not since the 1940s had a Foreign Policy piece elicited such strong reactions as Samuel Huntington’s piece titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” So furious was the pushback and frequent the misinterpretations of his thesis that Huntington turned his essay into a lengthy treatise, arguing that the strongest alliances and divides between peoples will not be between social classes, the rich and poor, or political ideologies, but between civilizations. Even decades after its publication, it is every bit as controversial and illuminating, and still considered one of the most significant essays on geopolitics.
Read on for key insights from The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
Sweets are loaded with sugar—that’s what makes them sweet. Everyone knows that. What isn’t as widely known is that other foods come packed with sugar, too. From snack foods to condiments, and from microwavable meals to breakfast bars, sugar has a presence in almost everything we consume. There was a time when sugar used to be a luxury reserved for only the wealthy and powerful, but it has since become ubiquitous, finding its way into so much of our food that it’s practically unavoidable. What brought us to this point of sugar saturation, and what does it mean for our bodies? This book aims to answer those questions.
Read on for several key insights from The Case Against Sugar.