Five books that should be on Mark Zuckerberg's reading list
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the weekend that he's starting a book club. He, and anyone else who wants to join in, will read and discuss a book every two weeks. Only the first book has been chosen so far (The End of Power by Moises Naim), so we've compiled a list of Picador books that fit the book club's criteria of emphasizing learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. In no particular order...
In September 2003, Rory Stewart, a young Biritish diplomat, was appointed as the Coalition Provisional Authority's deputy governor of an Iraqi province of 850,000 people in the southern marshland region of the country. There, he and his colleagues confronted gangsters, Iranian-linked politicians, tribal vendettas and a full Islamist insurgency. Rory Stewart's inside account of the attempt to re-build a nation, the errors made, the misunderstandings and insumountable difficulties encountered, reveals an Iraq hidden from most foreign journalists and soldiers.
Maxine Hong Kingston
Throughout her childhood, Maxine Hong Kingston listened to her mother's mesmerizing tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upwards. Growing up in a changing America, she was surrounded by Chinese myth and memory. This is her story of two cultures and one trenchant, lyrical journey into womanhood
Kay Redfield Jamison
Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic depression (bipolar disorder) – and has experienced its terrors and cruel allure first-hand. While pursuing her career in medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic lows that afflicted many of her patients. From her jubilant childhood to the disquiet that has dominated her adult life, she charts a journey through her own mind, and those of others.
V. S. Naipaul
Among the Believers
is V. S. Naipaul’s classic account of his journeys through Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia; ‘the believers’ are the Muslims he met on those journeys, young men and women battling to regain the original purity of their faith in the hope of restoring order to a chaotic world. It is a uniquely valuable insight into modern Islam and the comforting simplifications of religious fanaticism.
On 10 March 1983, Carmen Bugan's father left their house in a small village in Eastern Romania and drove to Bucharest to stage a one-man protest against Ceausescu. That afternoon, Carmen returned from school to find secret police in her living room. Her father’s protest against the regime had changed her life for ever. This book tells the incredibly moving story of a family living through a political regime that is not as well-known as it should be.