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.
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.
The twenty-first century has brought new economic tumult and risks, but also new pathways toward gaining financial freedom. The problem is that most people are still sold on popular myths about wealth creation that prevent them from making the most of these opportunities for personal enrichment. The Business of the 21st Century sets the record straight, and explains surer, proven methods of building wealth than conventional employment. This book is for anyone who is climbing the ladder and tired of looking at the rear of the person just above him.
Read on for key insights from The Business of the 21st Century.
The gurus of international development seem convinced that improving public education is the answer to the problems of illiteracy and failing schools in the developing world. What most education officials, researchers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) tend to ignore or downplay is that the poor have abandoned public schools in favor of low-cost private schools. The Beautiful Tree is an account of the poor who are tired of waiting for government aid and for NGOs to find creative, affordable alternatives to educate their children.
Read on for key insights from The Beautiful Tree.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to earn and accomplish far more while working only a fraction of the hours you work now? Turns out there is a little-known, rarely-exploited, economic principle that can help you do just that.
Read on for key insights from The 80/20 Principle.
Since its publication in 1989, Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Covey’s approach differs from the myriad quick-fix solutions that promise outward change, but neglect to evaluate the character and habits of the person. This book defines a habit as the internalization of principles such as empathy, cooperation, and growth. As Covey shows us, to achieve your goals, you must build your character on a principle-centered foundation.
Read on for key insights from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.