Mark Zuckerberg
Book Recommendations

  • The Three-Body Problem

    The Three-Body Problem

    The Three-Body Problem

    Cixin Liu
    Fiction
    4.06 (202,940)

    The three-body problem is the first chance for english-speaking readers to experience the hugo award-winning phenomenon from china's most beloved science fiction author, liu cixin.set against the backdrop of china's cultural revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade earth. meanwhile, on earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This will also be a fun break from all the economics and social science books I've read recently.

    Nov 9, 2015 — Source

  • Energy

    Energy

    Energy

    Vaclav Smil
    3.98 (998)

    As einstein pointed out in his famous equation, e=mc2, all matter can be described as energy. it is everywhere; it is everything. in this engaging book, prolific author and academic vaclav smil provides an introduction to the far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. starting with an explanation of the concept, he goes on to cover such exciting topics as the inner workings of the human body, and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels. with global

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book is about physical rather than social sciences. It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change.

    Jul 15, 2015 — Source

  • Portfolios of the Poor

    Portfolios of the Poor

    Portfolios of the Poor

    Daryl Collins,Jonathan Morduch,Orlanda Ruthven,Stuart Rutherford
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (1,066)

    Nearly forty percent of humanity lives on an average of two dollars a day or less. if you've never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. how would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children? how would you handle emergencies and old age? every day, more than a billion people around the world must answer these questions. portfolios of the poor is the first book to systematically explain how the poor find solutions to their everyday financial problems.the

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book explains how these families invest their money to best support themselves. I hope reading this provides some insight into ways we can all work to support them better as well.

    Sep 1, 2015 — Source

  • The End of Power

    The End of Power

    The End of Power

    Moises Naim
    Political Science
    3.63 (3,346)

    We know that power is shifting: from west to east and north to south, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. but power is not merely shifting and dispersing. it is also decaying. those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before. in the end of power, award-winning columnist and former foreign policy editor moisés naím illuminates the struggle between

    Mark Zuckerberg

    It's a book that explores how the world is shifting to give individual people more power that was traditionally only held by large governments, militaries and other organizations. The trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply, and I'm looking forward to reading this book and exploring this in more detail.

    Jan 3, 2015 — Source

  • Energy and Civilization

    Energy and Civilization

    Energy and Civilization

    Vaclav Smil
    Energiekonsum
    4.12 (2,143)

    Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. the conversion of energy on earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. life on earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. in this monumental history, vaclav smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book is about physical rather than social sciences. It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change.

    Jul 15, 2015 — Source

  • The Player of Games

    The Player of Games

    The Player of Games

    Iain Banks
    Fiction
    4.27 (65,369)

    The culture - a humanoid/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great game players. one of the best is jernau morat gurgeh, player of games, master of every board, computer and strategy. bored with success, gurgeh travels to the empire of azad, cruel & incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game, a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, gurgeh accepts the game and with it the challenge of his life, and very possibly his death.

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This is a change of pace from all the recent social science books. Instead, it's a science fiction book about an advanced civilization with AI and a vibrant culture.

    Jun 30, 2015 — Source

  • Gang Leader for a Day

    Gang Leader for a Day

    Gang Leader for a Day

    Sudhir Venkatesh
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.06 (22,266)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in freakonomics. gang leader for a day is the fascinating full story of how sudhir venkatesh managed to gain entrée into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment. when venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty. a first-year grad student,

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Is loosely related to the themes Better Angels in that it explores what life is like for those who don't live under effective governance. I'm looking forward to reading this

    Feb 3, 2015 — Source

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Steven Pinker
    Psychology
    4.13 (27,354)

    Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. in his gripping and controversial new work, new york times bestselling author steven pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened

    Mark Zuckerberg

    It's a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend.

    Jan 18, 2015 — Source

  • Dealing with China

    Dealing with China

    Dealing with China

    Henry M. Paulson
    Business & Economics
    3.75 (1,383)

    Dealing with china takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution of china's state-controlled capitalism. written in the same anecdote-rich, page-turning style as paulson's bestselling memoir, on the brink , dealing with china is certain to become the classic and definitive examination of engaging an economic superpower. hank paulson has dealt with china unlike any other foreigner. as head of goldman sachs, paulson had a pivotal role in opening up china to private enterprise. then, as treasury secretary, he created the strategic economic dialogue with what

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book is about Paulson's experience working with Chinese leaders over two decades as US Secretary of the Treasury and as head of Goldman Sachs.

    Apr 16, 2015 — Source

  • Orwell's Revenge

    Orwell's Revenge

    Orwell's Revenge

    Peter Huber
    History
    3.18 (222)

    George orwell's bleak vision of the future, one in which citizens are monitored through telescreens by an insidious big brother, has haunted our imagination long after the publication of 1984. orwell's dystopian image of the telescreen as a repressive instrument of state power has profoundly affected our view of technology, posing a stark confrontational question: who will be master, human or machine? experience has shown, however, that orwell's vision of the future was profoundly and significantly wrong: the conjunction of the new communications technologies has not produced a master-slave relation

    Mark Zuckerberg

    It's ideas of Big Brother, surveillance and doublespeak have become pervasive fears in our culture.

    Apr 29, 2015 — Source

  • On Immunity

    On Immunity

    On Immunity

    Eula Biss
    Social Science
    3.94 (10,411)

    Upon becoming a new mother, eula biss addresses a chronic condition of fear--fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child's air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. she finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world.in this bold, fascinating book, biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. as she hears more and more fears about vaccines, biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community,

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book was recommended to me by scientists and friends who work in public health. It's also a relatively short book one that you should be able to read in a few hours. I encourage you to check it out and to join the discussion.

    Feb 19, 2015 — Source

  • Genome

    Genome

    Genome

    Matt Ridley
    Science
    4.05 (24,846)

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book aims to tell a history of humanity from the perspective of genetics rather than sociology. This should complement the other broad histories I've read this year, as well as follow Energy well in focusing on science.

    Jul 29, 2015 — Source

  • The Last Days of Night

    The Last Days of Night

    The Last Days of Night

    Graham Moore
    Fiction
    4.13 (36,728)

    New york, 1888. gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. the person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history--and a vast fortune. a young untested lawyer named paul cravath, fresh out of columbia law school, takes a case that seems impossible to win. paul's client, george westinghouse, has been sued by thomas edison over a billion-dollar question: who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? the case affords paul

    Mark Zuckerberg

    It's about the competition to electrify the nation between Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla," Zuckerberg tells me. "Graham is a great storyteller.

    Aug 2, 2019 — Source

  • The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    Matt Ridley
    Business & Economics
    3.98 (9,993)

    Life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down — all across the globe. though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; africa is following asia out of poverty; the internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people’s lives as never before. the pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse.

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This next book argues the opposite -- that economic progress is the greater force is pushing society forward. I'm interested to see which idea resonates more after exploring both frameworks.

    Sep 29, 2015 — Source

  • The Idea Factory

    The Idea Factory

    The Idea Factory

    Jon Gertner
    Business & Economics
    4.18 (6,402)

    The definitive history of america s greatest incubator of innovation, the birthplace of some of the 20th century s most influential technologies, including the integrated circuit, the communications satellite and the cell phone.from its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s, bell labs officially, the research and development wing of at&t was the biggest, and arguably the best, laboratory for new ideas in the world. from the transistor to the laser, it s hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn t been touched by

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book explores that question by looking at Bell Labs, which was one of the most innovative labs in history.

    Nov 9, 2015 — Source

  • The Varieties of Religious Experience

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

    William James
    3.96 (12,214)

    "i am neither a theologian, nor a scholar learned in the history of religions, nor an anthropologist. psychology is the only branch of learning in which i am particularly versed. to the psychologist the religious propensities of man must be at least as interesting as any other of the facts pertaining to his mental constitution. it would seem, therefore, as a psychologist, the natural thing for me would be to invite you to a descriptive survey of those religious propensities." when william james went to the university of edinburgh in

    Mark Zuckerberg

    I'm on vacation this week with Cilla and this seemed like some light vacation reading!

    Aug 13, 2015 — Source

  • The Aeneid

    The Aeneid

    The Aeneid

    Virgil
    3.85 (114,890)

    The aeneid – thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure – has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians.virgil’s epic tale tells the story of aeneas, a trojan hero, who flees his city after its fall, with his father anchises and his young son ascanius – for aeneas is destined to found rome and father the roman race. as aeneas journeys closer to his goal, he must first prove his worth and attain the maturity necessary for such an illustrious task. he battles raging storms in the mediterranean, encounters the

    Mark Zuckerberg

    I enjoyed reading a lot more.

    Sep 13, 2010 — Source

  • Rational Ritual

    Rational Ritual

    Rational Ritual

    Michael Suk-Young Chwe
    Mathematics
    3.34 (274)

    Why do internet, financial service, and beer commercials dominate super bowl advertising? how do political ceremonies establish authority? why does repetition characterize anthems and ritual speech? why were circular forms favored for public festivals during the french revolution? this book answers these questions using a single concept: common knowledge.game theory shows that in order to coordinate its actions, a group of people must form common knowledge. each person wants to participate only if others also participate. members must have knowledge of each other, knowledge of that knowledge, knowledge of the

    Mark Zuckerberg

    The book is about the concept of "common knowledge" and how people process the world not only based on what we personally know, but what we know other people know and our shared knowledge as well.

    Apr 1, 2015 — Source

  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    Thomas S. Kuhn
    Science
    4.02 (24,288)

    A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. the structure of scientific revolutions is that kind of book. when it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.

    Mark Zuckerberg

    I tend to think that science is a consistent force for good in the world. I think we'd all be better off if we invested more in science and acted on the results of research. I'm excited to explore this theme further.

    Mar 18, 2015 — Source

  • Creativity, Inc.

    Creativity, Inc.

    Creativity, Inc.

    Amy Wallace,Ed Catmull
    4.19 (79,972)

    “what does it mean to manage well?”from ed catmull, co-founder (with steve jobs and john lasseter) of pixar animation studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business—sure to appeal to readers of daniel pink, tom peters, and chip and dan heath. creativity, inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of pixar animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful

    Mark Zuckerberg

    I love reading first-hand accounts about how people build great companies like Pixar and nurture innovation and creativity. This should be inspiring to anyone looking to do the same, and hopefully there will be lessons we can apply to connecting the world!

    Mar 4, 2015 — Source

  • World Order

    World Order

    World Order

    Henry Kissinger
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.06 (9,858)

    Henry kissinger offers in world order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era—advising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades—kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.there has never been a true “world order,” kissinger observes. for

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This is important for creating the world we all want for our children, and that's what I'm thinking about these days. I am loving reading to Max.

    Dec 11, 2015 — Source

  • Einstein

    Einstein

    Einstein

    Walter Isaacson
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.13 (160,051)

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    Ths book is in his reading list

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  • The House of Rothschild, Vol 1

    The House of Rothschild, Vol 1

    The House of Rothschild, Vol 1

    Niall Ferguson
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.87 (1,373)

    In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive rothschild family, oxford scholar and bestselling author niall ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family's phenomenal economic success. he reveals for the first time the details of the family's vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. and he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of unity and the profound role of judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the frankfurt ghetto

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  • The Governance of China

    The Governance of China

    The Governance of China

    Xi Jinping
    3.55 (280)

    Compiled by the state council information office of china, the cccpc party literature research office and china international publishing group, xi jinping: the governance of china is published by foreign languages press in chinese, english, french, russian, arabic, spanish, portuguese, german and japanese, distributed worldwide.this book is a compilation of xi jinping’s major works from november 15, 2012 to june 13, 2014; it comprises 79 speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and correspondence in 18 chapters. each item is accompanied by relevant notes about china’s social system, history and culture for readers’

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  • The Information

    The Information

    The Information

    James Gleick
    Computers
    4.02 (15,132)

    James gleick, the author of the best sellers chaos and genius, now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. the story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. from the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of africa, gleick tells the story of information

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  • "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    Richard P. Feynman
    4.25 (181,493)

    A new york times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary american original.richard feynman, winner of the nobel prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with einstein and bohr and ideas on gambling with nick the greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. in short, here is feynman's life in all its

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  • Open

    Open

    Open

    Andre Agassi
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (98,311)

    From andre agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.agassi’s incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. by the age of thirteen, he is banished to a florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. he dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. by the time

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  • The Beginning of Infinity
    Mark Zuckerberg

    About how the way we explain things unlocks greater possibilities.

    Dec 28, 2015 — Source

  • Why Nations Fail

    Why Nations Fail

    Why Nations Fail

    Daron Acemoglu,James A. Robinson
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (40,968)

    Is it culture, the weather, geography? perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? simply, no. none of these factors is either definitive or destiny. otherwise, how to explain why botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other african nations, such as zimbabwe, the congo, and sierra leone, are mired in poverty and violence? daron acemoglu and james robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). korea, to take just one of their

    Mark Zuckerberg

    This book explores the different kinds of social institutions and incentives that nations have applied to encourage prosperity, economic development and elimination of poverty.

    Sep 17, 2015 — Source

  • American Lion

    American Lion

    American Lion

    Jon Meacham
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.81 (51,629)

    Andrew jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, andrew jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in american politics. democracy made its

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  • "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    Ralph Leighton,Richard P. Feynman
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.25 (181,399)

    A new york times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary american original.richard feynman, winner of the nobel prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with einstein and bohr and ideas on gambling with nick the greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. in short, here is feynman's life in all its

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Ths book is in his reading list

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  • Physics of the Impossible

    Physics of the Impossible

    Physics of the Impossible

    Michio Kaku
    Science
    4.07 (36,948)

    A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible—from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks—revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.one hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. in physics of the impossible, the renowned physicist michio kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future.from teleportation to telekinesis, kaku

    Mark Zuckerberg

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  • XI JINPING

    XI JINPING

    XI JINPING

    Xi Jinping
    2.5 (2)

    "compiled by the state council information office of china, the cccpc party literature research office and china international publishing group, xi jinping: the governance of china is published by foreign languages press in chinese, english, french, russian, arabic, spanish, portuguese, german and japanese, distributed worldwide.this book is a compilation of xi jinping's major works from november 15, 2012 to june 13, 2014; it comprises 79 speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and correspondence in 18 chapters. each item is accompanied by relevant notes about china's social system, history and culture for readers'

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Ths book is in his reading list

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