Happy - Derren Brown

Derren Brown, a hit illusionist, might not seem like the best source for instruction in worldly wisdom, but he does a decent job at it. A bit of Schopenhauer, mixed with a good dose of Stoicism, with clear examples and reflections from the author that feel authentic and genuine. An…

Upheaval - Jared Diamond

Diamond ... reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. ★★★☆☆ * ISBN: 9780316409131 * Wikipedia: Upheaval_(book) * Goodreads: 41716904-upheaval * Amazon: B07H32FVHY…

The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis

Biography of psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, charting their journey to discovering and developing the field that came to be called Behavioural Economics. A delightful and insightful read, though in no way necessary literature for understanding the science or the shift it caused in how human behaviour and decision-making…

Switzerland - Culture Smart - Kendall Maycock

Culture Smart! Switzerland provides an historical perspective, explores Swiss values and attitudes, and looks at the cultural continuity of festivals and traditions. It helps you navigate the workplace, the neighborhood, and the social scene. It offers crucial insights into Swiss business culture, and more generally on differences in communication style.…

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed - Eric H. Cline

Archeologist Eric Cline's account of the collapse of the Bronze Age international system in the 12th century BCE. Comprehensive but engaging and readable. Historical writing at its best. ★★★★★ * ISBN: 9780691208015 * Wikipedia: 1177_B.C.:_The_Year_Civilization_Collapsed * Goodreads: 55777567-1177-b-c * Amazon: B08KKTCS22…

The Invention of the Jewish People - Shlomo Sand

Sand's assault on Jewish nationhood is poorly research and not particularly well-written. It is nevertheless an important book, bravely making a claim that should not be controversial: that the Jewish nation, like all nations, was invented in modernity, and should not have any special claim to historical concepts like the…

Red Plenty - Francis Spufford

Strange as it may seem, the grey, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairytale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called 'the planned economy', which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in…