50 Books This Year’s TED Speakers Think You Should Read
TED’s world-class speakers regularly recommend books for further reading from the stage, and this year’s event, held recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, was no exception.
Here’s a small fraction of the truly gargantuan list:
- Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman; recommended by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Martin Ford. Amazon calls it “a field guide to the 21st century.”
- Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow and; recommended by Serena Williams. The hip-hop mogul on meditation.
- Lying by Sam Harris; recommended by Elon Musk. A neuroscientist argues that giving up white lies will improve your life and the world.
- Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson; recommended by Tim Ferriss
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo; recommended by surgeon and author Atul Gawande (and Barack Obama)
- Our Kids by Robert D. Putnam; recommended by futurist Martin Ford. A best-selling examination of growing inequality.
- Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff; recommended by Martin Ford. Will machines help us, or will they replace us?