Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

Non-fiction

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Book Number: 
789
Date Fred Read: 
January 2019
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Yuval Noah Harari
Total Pages: 
323
Publisher: 
Spiegel & Grau
Year: 
2018

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari lectures at the Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. 'Sapiens' (2014) looked deep into our past, 'Homo Deus' (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' (2018) zooms in on the biggest questions of the present era. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Book Number: 
788
Date Fred Read: 
January 2019
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Yuval Noah Harari
Total Pages: 
402
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2017

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed and international phenomenon Sapiens, presents an equally original, compelling, provocative book, focusing on our quest toward humanity’s future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Book Number: 
787
Date Fred Read: 
January 2019
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Yuval Noah Harari
Total Pages: 
416
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2018

Yuval Noah Harari, with PhD in history from U. of Oxford, lectures on history at the Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. This international bestseller has been translated into more than fifty languages and sold ten million copies worldwide.  Read more

Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope from a Heartland Newspaper

Book Number: 
786
Date Fred Read: 
December 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Art Cullen
Total Pages: 
317
Publisher: 
Viking
Year: 
2018

Art Cullen, editor of The Storm Lake (Iowa) Times, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in April 2017. This second smallest newspaper in the Pulitzer’s 101-year history won for taking on corporate agriculture over pollution and local government secrecy. This was a gift book.  Read more

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Book Number: 
773
Date Fred Read: 
September 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Steven Pinker
Total Pages: 
453
Publisher: 
Viking
Year: 
2018

Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard and member of the National Academy of Sciences, has won many prizes for his teaching and research. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Factfulness: Ten Reasons Why We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Book Number: 
772
Date Fred Read: 
September 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Hans Rosling
Total Pages: 
297
Publisher: 
Flatiron Books
Year: 
2018

Medical doctor Hans Rosling (1948 – 2017), professor of international health and renowned public educator, was an adviser to the WHO and UNICEF. He co-founded Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. He was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. This book was a NYT ‘instant’ bestseller.  Read more

Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries?: Discourses on Gödel, Magic Hexagrams, Little Red Riding Hood, and Other Mathematical and Pseudoscientific Topics

Book Number: 
741
Date Fred Read: 
February 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Martin Gardner
Total Pages: 
272
Publisher: 
Norton
Year: 
2004

For 25 of his 95 years, Martin Gardner (1914-2010) wrote 'Mathematical Games and Recreations', a monthly column for Scientific American magazine. He made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. This was a gift book.  Read more

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Book Number: 
726
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Steve Inskeep
Total Pages: 
253
Publisher: 
Penguin Books

Steve Inskeep, a cohost of Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio program in the US, has won awards for investigating journalism. This, his first book, focuses on the problems due to the extremely rapid growth of the coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan. This was a gift book.  Read more

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Book Number: 
721
Date Fred Read: 
September 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Jonah Berger
Total Pages: 
213
Publisher: 
Simon Schuster
Year: 
2016

Jonah Berger is a Marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Invisible Influence. Contagious is a NYT bestseller. I was told I would enjoy Contagious.  Read more

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Book Number: 
716
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Al Franken
Total Pages: 
396
Publisher: 
Hachette Book Group
Year: 
2017

Al Franken, Harvard College grad, received his “doctorate in right-wing megalomania studies from Trump University.” He has represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate since 2009. This gift book was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

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