Category: Sociology

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger
Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:4 hours

An insightful look into how we've lost some core aspects of living in a tribal society, living in an individualistic western culture. The tribal way means willing to make a substantive sacrifice for your community, holding [...]

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. [...]