Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund
Through lively anecdotes, this book looks at ten instincts that distort our perspective, preventing us from understanding just how good we have it. These include our tendency to divide the world into two camps, believing the fear baiting media, and perceiving progress. The author Hans Rosling, who passed away in 2017, said, “This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance.” Bill Gates named it as one of his top two books for 2018.
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction by Michael Ryan
Darwin developed the theory of sexual selection to explain why the animal world abounds in stunning beauty, from the brilliant colors of butterflies and fishes to the songs of birds and frogs. He argued that animals have “a taste for the beautiful” that drives their potential mates to evolve features that make them more sexually attractive and reproductively successful. But if Darwin explained why sexual beauty evolved in animals, he struggled to understand how. In A Taste for the Beautiful, Michael Ryan, one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off and transformed our understanding of sexual selection, shedding new light on human behavior in the process.