Richard Feloni wrote an article for the Business Insider about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’ New Year’s resolutions. Zuckerberg decided that he would read a book every two weeks, focusing on different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies. He also said that, “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today” and he is “Looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”
To that aim, he started a book club called “A Year of Books,” in which he discusses the books he’s reading with members of the Facebook community. Richard Feloni has created a list and perhaps all of us could benefit from reading some of them. If you would like to read the original article, click here.
Here is a partial list with a brief summary:
The End of Power by Moisés Naím – It’s a historical investigation of the shift of power from authoritative governments, militaries, and major corporations to individuals. This is clearly seen in what’s now become a Silicon Valley cliché, the disruptive start-up. “The trend towards giving people more power is one Zuckerberg believe in deeply.”
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull – “Creativity, Inc.” is the story of Pixar, written by one of the computer animation giant’s founders, Ed Catmull. Catmull intersperses his narrative with valuable wisdom on management and entrepreneurialism, and argues that any company should consciously avoid hampering their employees’ natural creativity. Zuckerberg says, “I love reading first-hand accounts about how people build great companies like Pixar and nurture innovation and creativity.”
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker – Zuckerberg admits that this 800-page, data-rich book from a Harvard psychologist can seem intimidating. But the writing is actually easy to get through, and he thinks that Pinker’s study of how violence has decreased over time despite being magnified by a 24-hour news cycle and social media is something that can offer a life-changing perspective. Bill Gates also considers this one of the most important books he’s ever read.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn – Since its initial publication in 1962, this look at the evolution of science and its effect on the modern world has become “one of the most cited academic books of all time,” according to Stanford. Zuckerberg thinks that being aware of how scientific breakthroughs are the catalysts for social progression can be a “force for social good.” Kuhn’s book is best known for introducing the phrase “paradigm shift,” representing instances in scientific history when a perspective was fundamentally shifted, like when quantum physics replaced Newtonian mechanics.
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