• Three Non-Fiction Books To Read This Summer
  • active mindKatrine MarçalMalcolm Xnon-fictionQuietSusan Cainwomen and economic theory

Three Non-Fiction Books To Read This Summer

Want to spend some time activating your brains with non-fiction book pleasures waterside or just in your sofa at home, whilst still vacationing? Here are three books to consider adding to your summer reading list:

Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, by Alex Haley & Malcolm X

In light of the racial injustices still plaguing the United States now could be a good time to catch up on the autobiography of Malcolm X and get reminded both of that progress has been made, but also that there are still paths to be crossed.

“From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This autobiography (written with Alex Haley) reveals his quick-witted integrity, usually obscured by batteries of frenzied headlines, and the fierce idealism which led him to reject both liberal hypocrisies and black racialism. Vilified by his critics as an anti-white demagogue, Malcolm X gave a voice to unheard African-Americans, bringing them pride, hope and fearlessness, and remains an inspirational and controversial figure.”

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Have you felt that you might not be wired similarly to those that seem to be able to speak their mind at any time and to whomever, or just interested in learning more about human interaction and the different ways of communicating in general; this is what to read.

“At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.”

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A Story of Women and Economics, by Katrine Marçal

It has almost been a hundred years since women got the right to vote in the United States and this year marks the first time a woman became the presidential nominee from a major political party. While women in the Western world are very much part of today’s economic development, the basic economic theory behind our systems are among other things influenced by a man who got his meals prepared by his mom. Get the gist of that and how economic theory relates to women, in this book.

“How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. When economist and philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest, he used the example of the baker and the butcher as he laid the foundations for 'economic man.' He argued that the baker and butcher didn't give bread and meat out of the goodness of their hearts. It's an ironic point of view coming from a bachelor who lived with his mother for most of his life ― a woman who cooked his dinner every night. Nevertheless, the economic man has dominated our understanding of modern-day capitalism, with a focus on self-interest and the exclusion of all other motivations. Such a viewpoint disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labor is worth less. Economics has told us a story about how the world works and we have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. This story has not served women well. Now it's time to change it.”

  • active mindKatrine MarçalMalcolm Xnon-fictionQuietSusan Cainwomen and economic theory

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