Category: Sociology

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande
Rating: 8/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:8 hours

Being Mortal is a powerful, eye-opening and empathetically written book about how we struggle to cope with the constraints of our biology, with the limits set by genes and cells and flesh and bone. We aren't are properly [...]

Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari
Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:7 hours

We sure have a tendency to overcomplicate things for ourselves. I found this book painfully relevant and a necessary author and reader dialog to have. In Modern Romance, Aziz scales back from humor and tries to take the topic [...]

The Medium is the Massage

Marshall Mcluhan Quientin Fiore
Rating: 5.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:4 hours

A vibrant collection of ideas and images in a condensed format representing some of Marshall McLuhan's core ideas from Understanding Media. Writing in the context of the changing media landscape due to new technologies, [...]

When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

William Julius Wilson
Rating: 6.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:10 hours

Willson does an analysis on urban poverty pointing to the big problems of chronic joblessness and entrapment from welfare, inadequate transportation and long commutes to find work which is spare in one's own community, inadequate [...]

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

Robert B. Reich
Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:6 hours

A short and easy book to understand about economics in which Robert Reich, highlights a fundamental problem within the U.S. American’s are losing the purchasing power to buy what the US economy is capable of producing. [...]

Scarcity: Why Having too little means so much

Sendhil Mullainathan
Rating: 8/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:8 hours

On a personal note, this was an important book for me to read. Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Growing up in a single-parent [...]