Monday, February 17, 2020

My Wish List for the HBR Fall 2020 Catalog

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Books. Books, books, books and more books. And some books after this. Were I to choose a dream profession, it would be reading and getting paid to do it.

I am fully aware that I am falling behind on writing my promised reviews, however I am very happy that I am reading at least a book per week so far this year.

However, there is a problem with it. I need to find ways to look for books to read. I have been asking around for suggestions, but most of the times what I get are the same books.

Well, I started hunting for books that haven't been released. Here is my list for Harvard Business Review books that are on the Fall 2020 Catalog, plus reasons I want to read these books and their links on Amazon.

If you want to give me a birthday gift (YES, IT IS COMING SOON!) feel free to choose from the books below.

The list is in accidental order.

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1. Why We Act: Turning Bystanders into Moral Rebels - Amazon Link
(To be released on April, 2020)
by Catherine Sanderson

The review for this book mentions that it talks about why so many people fail to act when confronting a seemingly bad situation. I've always been impressed by how we are becoming a cold-hearted society. Sanderson apparently discusses this issue via a scientific standpoint to respond to the question of why we act. It looks interesting, and it touches a topic that I intend to study sometime in the future: decision-making process.



2. A Theory of System Justification - Amazon Link
(To be released on July, 2020)
by John Jost

This book is one I want to read because it will argue in favor of many things I am against. It also discusses topics related to people defending crazy causes for some reason. It drew my interest to see this sentence in its review: "The theory illuminates the most pressing social and political issues of our time―why has it been so hard to combat anthropogenic climate change?" I have many things to say about this question, therefore what excites me about this book is that I'll probably disagree with it.



3. Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom - Amazon Link
(To be released on June, 2020)
by James Danckert, John Eastwood

I am constantly looking for new stuff. It is easy to get me bored. So, I want to understand more about it. It is easier for me to concentrate and do stuff now, because I am older and wiser (I wonder if it is really wise to say this). However, this was a constant struggle during my teenage years.

This books discusses boredom in a positive way, and how we can use boredom to our benefit. For me, a must read. It will probably change my life.



4. The Creativity Code: Art and Innovation in the Age of AI - Amazon Link
(YOU CAN BUY THIS BOOK FOR ME, IT IS OUT!!!)
by Marcus du Sautoy

Just by having the word Creativity in the title, I want to read it. The book I've read two weeks ago, called Smarter than you Think, by Clive Thompson, discusses a similar issue. But I will not spoil my own future review, so...

The Creativity Code talks about the pressing issue of the role of humans in a world filled with exciting possibilities because of the advances in Artificial Intelligence. How can we crack the Creativity Code? Anyway, I'll read it and let you know how we can do it...



5. The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics - Amazon Link
(To be released in Feb 25th, 2020)

The bizarre concept of Cyber War sends chills down my spine, and it probably drives Clausewitz crazy on the other side of the veil...

Most books about cyber security/cyber strategy have this concept as an underlying premise, which ends up in turn creating an avalanche of problems, such as inadequate cyber defense/security policies, serious problems in communication between public and private sector in this area, etc.

Anyway, I like the topic, and I am excited to see it being conveyed in the point of view of Geopolitics.

Or it will be just another book that talks about crazy unrealistic concepts...



6. Freedom: An Unruly History - Amazon Link
(To be released on July, 2020)
by Annelien de Dijn

After I moved to USA, the word "freedom" has gained added meaning. I've seen how much the society here reaps the benefits from the Framers. The American Constitution, the history of the establishment of the USofA...many special stories.

Anyway, this books traverses history to discuss the views on the concept of freedom, and how it was changing from one period to another.

I think it is an interesting reading, because what we see around us is a different concept of freedom being established, and a bunch of people whining because they want to do everything that comes to their mind without any regard for the consequences...



7. The Origins of You: How Childhood Shapes Later Life - Amazon Link
(To be released on June, 2020)
by Jay Belsky, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie Moffitt, Richie Poulton

Self explanatory. I also had to overcome many childhood/teenage life traumas in my life. Life is good, and learning about things like that has become very important, especially after I had my first child.

I'll definitely read this one.



8. Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State - Amazon Link
(To be released on May, 2020)
by Benjamin Hopkins

This books establishes a new theory to understand the formation of the nation-state, progressing from something Hopkins calls frontier governmentality as a way of governmental structure during the colonial times to our modern failed states.

Let's see how accurate his theory is. I'm excited for this one!



9. Who Needs a World View? - Amazon Link
(To be released on May, 2020)
by Raymond Geuss

Raymond Geuss, right? The provocative title kinda shows the way he will present this idea. If philosophy is not one of your strong suits, you should stay away from this book.

If you want to try to understand more about your weltanschauung (or the lack of it, if that is the case), you'll read it, just like I will.



10. The Scientific Method: An Evolution of Thinking from Darwin to Dewey - Amazon Link
(To be released on April, 2020)
by Henry Cowles

I can't remember how many times I've heard during a stupid argument (especially in academic events) people saying: "oh, is that idea in a peer-reviewed article"? or even something along the lines of "but what is the source of this quote/idea/[any similar noun with similar meaning]...

Well, we owe some of this "positivist nightmare" to the scientific method. I am quite certain that Descartes didn't have in his mind that people would end up tangled in pointless discussions...

However, this books discusses ideas behind the science's transition from a form of knowledge to a way of thinking. Ultimately, how science became the triumph of mankind/science's power over nature.

I find this exciting. Don't you?


11. Crime and Forgiveness: Christianizing Execution in Medieval Europe - Amazon Link
(To be released on May, 2020)
by Adriano Prosperi

This is this book's review on Amazon:

The public execution of criminals has been a common practice since ancient times. Adriano Prosperi identifies a crucial period when concepts of vengeance and justice merged with Christian beliefs in repentance and forgiveness, to eventually give political authorities a moral rationale for encoding the death penalty into law.

A very interesting topic. I am curious, especially because my ignorant mind can think of examples of vengeance and justice being merged with religious beliefs way before the times of Christ...
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