The Alter Ego

7 Book Recommendations by impcapital

  • The instant New York Times bestseller. A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks. "Captivating and compelling." --The New York Times "Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book...In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it." --The Wall Street Journal "The Square and the Tower, in addition to being provocative history, may prove to be a bellwether work of the Internet Age." --Christian Science Monitor Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change? The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not real. From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory--concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions--can transform our understanding of both the past and the present. Just as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective, so The Square and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled.

    @ConnorPM Niall Ferguson’s wonderful history of social networks called The Square and the Tower.

  • Colorful and full of imagination, the world of Eric Carle is a delight! Sings songs, cook, and create with the book box based of the worl of Eric Carle.

    @jessgartner @michaelaolaya @natwexler The hilarious part was once when she was about 10 months I read her “The Very Hungry 🐛” and on day two when he eats through the pears, she just turned to me and said, “Why?” And I replied, “I don’t know, Ada, I think it’s just a trope to be able to illustrate a book with holes.”

  • Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical—and sometimes devastating—breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.

    @noampomsky Missing Sapiens and Zero to One. Also, none of the books spines cracked.

  • Zero to One

    Peter A. Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    @noampomsky Missing Sapiens and Zero to One. Also, none of the books spines cracked.

  • When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountains.

    What are the books from childhood that you refer to in adult life or still have relevance to you? For me: The Little Engine that Could, Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

  • What are the books from childhood that you refer to in adult life or still have relevance to you? For me: The Little Engine that Could, Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

  • They Is Us

    Tama Janowitz

    Set in America at some point in the future. A young girl takes a summer job in an animal laboratory where she looks after human pigs, canary mice and feathered rabbits. Around her her family is collapsing - her mother is losing control of her children, her father embarks on a gay affair and her sister is falling prey to a paedophile.

    @jbaksht I think her science fiction book is much under-rated, They is Us.