The Best Non-fiction Books of 2018
2018 was another tumultuous year in politics around the world.
People are still struggling to make sense of the rise of populism, alternative facts, nativism and authoritarianism. (Did you know that sales of Orwell’s 1984 soared 10,000 percent in 2016 – the publisher could not meet demand.)
Most of my reading and writing focused on these issues.
I read over 100 books in 2018 (a labor of love for an author), but these five stood out for their significance for our times.
By Steven Pinker
Sick of depressing news? Pinker uses data to show we are better off than we feel (listening to cable news) and revisits the importance of Enlightenment values.
by Jason Stanley
What are the tips, tools, and tricks in the fascist toolbox? What do we need to watch out for to prevent a return to 1930s style authoritarianism?
By Mark Lilla
A left-of-center academic takes a critical look at identity politics, and whether it is useful to progressive causes.
by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
Two visionary leaders talk about how network power works in today’s world – with insights for activists, marketers, and entrepreneurs.
By Annie Duke
Life is more like poker than like chess – full of uncertainty and ambiguity. Cognitive psychologist and former poker pro Annie Duke elegantly describes how that shift in worldview can help business leaders and citizens make better decisions.
by Nick Jankel
Honorable mention – my friend Nick talks about his spiritual and professional growth in an excellent book on consciousness and leadership.