The Audacity of Hope (Barak Obama)

The book starts with an account of his experiences during the campaign as a senator. What stands out the most about his style is the way in which he can turn any narrative around while putting a positive spin by answering a "Why" question with an inspirational "What". One example is when a constituent asked... Continue Reading →

Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other. Insights for a new way of living (Osho)

"Everybody is afraid of intimacy- it is another thing whether you are aware of it or not... and the fear is that with someone who is a stranger- and it does not matter, you may have lived with the person for thirty years, the strangeness never disappears". Osho asserts that this feeling is further complicated,... Continue Reading →

Fact Fullness (Hans Rosling)

Ten reasons why we are wrong about the world and things are better than you think. "When asked simple questions about global trends- what percentage of the world's population lives in poverty; why the world population is increasing; how many girls finish school- we systematically get the answers wrong" (Rosling). As an economist, I found... Continue Reading →

The Art of Happiness (His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler)

As I started my personal journey to becoming more open, this book revealed a new path towards self-acceptance for me. The author offers a fresh perspective that contradicts the traditional Western view of happiness and relationships. Before I continue, I'd like to give special thanks to my friend Carol, for giving me this book. It... Continue Reading →

Bulshit Jobs: a theory (D. Graeber)

"Your job is more like a boss' unzipped fly that everyone can see but also knows better than to mention." This is a good read for those looking to demystify the emotional realities of the post industrial labor market while doing so with some humor. Graeber compares wage labor to slavery and an alternative form of sadomasochism that has been widely accepted in our societies. If you feel like you don't know what the heck you are supposed to do in your job and live with constant fear that they will realize that there is no reason for it to exist, you are not alone. Click on the title to read the full review.

Misbehaving (Richard H. Thaler)

This book is an excellent read for anyone desiring to become smarter about money and decision making in general. It is also a must read for social scientists, especially those interested in formulating effective public policy. Click on the title to read the full review.

Everybody Lies (Stephens- Davidowitz)

This book uses a powerful digital truth serum to extract some insights about human nature and the reasons why we lie. Click on the title to read the full review.

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