The following is a list of the five best books about the impact of technology on society.
A review of Break ‘Em Up by Zephyr Teachout. Published in 2020 it’s a worthwhile addition to the growing anti-monopoly movement.
Reengineering Retail by Doug Stephens tries to lay out a theory that encompasses the future of retail. It fails, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read.
The Curse of Bigness by Tim Wu succinctly distills a generation of anti-monopoly research into one easily digestible volume.
The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman, analyzes how conservatives utilized Dark Money, Gerrymandering, and Weak Democratic opposition to enact a radical and dangerous conservative agenda in Wisconsin.
In Hit Makers, Derek Thompson tries to explain why some ideas become popular and others fade away.
In Nixonland, Rick Perlstein looks at the origin, rise, and decline of the Nixon administration. His general view is that there was simmering white resentment underneath the optimism and change of the Kennedy Administration.
Joshua Greene’s Devil’s Bargain is ostensibly about Steve Bannon. However, the book is really about how three well-financed forces coalesced and resulted in the election of Donald Trump to President of the United States.
With a scope wide as it is personal, Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns paints a historical picture of one of the largest, but least reported events in the 21st century: the mass northern migration of African Americans.
How Not To Network a Nation by Benjamin Peters provides an exhaustive look at one of the functional problems that plagued the Soviet experiment: information management.