303. Social Processes, Part 1
Jared Diamond Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, 1997.
Geography professor Jared Diamond won a Pulitzer Prize for his look at the origins of human societies and what causes them to flourish or perish. He determined that many of the factors are beyond human control, which refutes earlier suggestions that race may play a part.
Thomas Friedman Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, 2016.
Life in the twenty-first century is changing at an ever-accelerating rate. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman analyzes these changes with an eye toward thriving in the midst of them. He concludes we must be innovative, quick to adapt, prepared to help those who are harmed by the changes. Equally important, we must get in touch with, and act from, our deepest values.
John Gardner On Leadership, 1989.
The world is always in need of good leaders and psychologist John Gardner looks at what it takes to be one. This classic study examines leaders throughout history and the ideals that shaped them.
For more books on social processes, see Part 2.
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