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Book Summary: How the World Really Works – The Science of Our Past, Present and Future

How the World Really Works (2022) tackles a paradox at the heart of the modern world: we’ve never had so much information at our fingertips and never known so little about how things actually work. Of course, we can’t be experts in everything. But, Vaclav Smil argues, it’s our duty as citizens to be informed …

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Book Summary: The Fourth Turning – An American Prophecy, What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny

The Fourth Turning (1997) presents a fascinating picture of history, past, present, and future. Though the people of modern Western societies tend to view history as a linear process, the reality might instead be cyclical, repeated regularly and predictably. By studying the ways in which history does indeed repeat itself, we can better prepare ourselves …

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Review: Up All Night – Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News

Journalist Lisa Napoli details CNN’s saga and the life of its founder, Ted Turner. By emphasizing live reports and broadcasting 24 hours a day, CNN, which was the first all-news cable TV channel, turned the news world upside down. Napoli revels in Turner’s eccentric life and powerful personality. A pioneer in broadcasting, Turner seldom gets …

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Review: 12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos

In this international bestseller, author, clinical psychologist and University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson draws on religion, philosophy, neuroscience and anthropology to formulate “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” for living a meaningful life. His rules seem familiar because many derive from Christian ethics – which, Peterson says, inform Western culture …

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[Book Summary] Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy

Leadership (2022) is a detailed analysis of six monumental twentieth-century leaders. By examining both the circumstances that formed these leaders and the strategies they used to shepherd their respective nations through periods of turmoil, it presents invaluable lessons for anyone working to shape the world’s future. From Charles de Gaulle’s strategy of will to Anwar …

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[Book Summary] My Beloved World: The memoir by the first Latina ever to serve on the US Supreme Court

My Beloved World (2013) is the memoir of Sonia Sotomayor, the third woman, and first Latina ever, to serve on the US Supreme Court. From her childhood hardships and her unlikely path to Princeton and Yale Law School to her first appointment as a judge, Sotomayor’s story is one of resilience, friendship and lifelong learning.

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