What We Are Reading Today: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

What We Are Reading Today: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
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Updated 14 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

What We Are Reading Today: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

In his timeless piece “The World Without Us,” American author and journalist Alan Weisman presents the reader with a thought experiment set in a post-human planet Earth.
While the notion of Earth without humans has been portrayed in various genres, Weisman grounds the book in environmental and ecological evidence gathered during his research around the world as associate professor of journalism and Latin American studies at the University of Arizona.
The book has two overarching themes of how nature would react to human beings vanishing, leaving behind their thumbprint on the planet, and how the environment would attempt to recover.
Published in 2007, the book is written from a science journalism point of view, with interviews from academics to bolster his hypothesis on a human-free Earth.


What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra
Updated 19 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

Across the globe and at different times in the past millennia, the evolutionary history of domesticated animals has been greatly affected by the myriad, complex, and diverse interactions humans have had with the animals closest to them. 

The Process of Animal Domestication presents a broad synthesis of this subject, from the rich biology behind the initial stages of domestication to how the creation of breeds reflects cultural and societal transformations that have impacted the biosphere.

Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra draws from a wide range of fields, including evolutionary biology, zooarchaeology, ethnology, genetics, developmental biology, and evolutionary morphology to provide a fresh perspective to this classic topic.

Relying on various conceptual and technical tools, he examines the natural history of phenotypes and their developmental origins.

He presents case studies involving mammals, birds, fish, and insect species, and he highlights the importance of domestication for the comprehension of evolution, anatomy, ontogeny, and dozens of fundamental biological processes.


What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money

What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money
Updated 18 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money

What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money

Author: Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money is a book written by award-winning author Morgan Housel, teaching its readers about the behavioral aspect of money management.
The book presents us with nineteen short stories about the different ways in which individuals think about finances, but without the dense business jargon and math-based approach.
In the book, the author makes an argument that finances-related decision-making happens mostly in social setting such as meetings or dinner, hence, making the reader look deeper into behavioral psychology of money and the way we think about it rather than mere numbers.
He also argues that much more goes into the way we look at finances such as personal greed, history, and ego.
Housel was a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, won the Best Business award from the Society of American business Editors and Writers twice, with his book becoming an international bestseller with over one million copies sold worldwide.


What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi

What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi
Updated 18 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi

What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi

Experiencing grief at the death of a person we love or who matters to us — as universal as it is painful — is central to the human condition.

Surprisingly, however, philosophers have rarely examined grief in any depth.

In Grief, Michael Cholbi presents a groundbreaking philosophical exploration of this complex emotional event, offering valuable new insights about what grief is, whom we grieve, and how grief can ultimately lead us to a richer self-understanding and a fuller realization of our humanity.


What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow

What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow
Updated 16 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow

What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow

Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often the American military officer and politician is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman.

These stereotypes don’t come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments.

A biographer at the height of his powers, Ron Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency, according to a review on goodreads.com.


What We Are Reading Today: ‘The First 90 Days’

What We Are Reading Today: ‘The First 90 Days’
Updated 16 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: ‘The First 90 Days’

What We Are Reading Today: ‘The First 90 Days’

“The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter,” is a leadership and negotiation book written by Michael D. Watkins.
Watkins is a Canadian-born author and professor of leadership and organizational change at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. The book addresses the process of professional transition, outlining it as an important aspect that should be carefully studied before any career-altering decisions.
The book delves into a universe where transition strategies and principles apply on an intellectually stimulating level.
Watkins provides a critical analysis of countering the transition traps that might befall an individual facing obstacles and uncertainty that could cloud their reasoning and affect their negotiation skills when moving into a new career territory in different organizations.
Harvard Business Review Press referred to the international bestseller as a globally renowned go-to book on leadership and successful career transitions for all levels of seniority.