Books to answer life’s big questions

14 February 2017

This year, Pan Macmillan publish an exciting slate of new titles from some of the world’s most acclaimed and esteemed experts in science, technology, and personal development.

These books attempt to answer life’s big questions: How does the world work? How did we get here? And how can we be better?  

 

Wonderland 

How Play Made the Modern World

Steven Johnson

The writer described as the ‘Darwin of technology’ (Walter Isaacson) presents an intertwined history of recreation and innovation that argues that humans have always managed to find the future in fun.
 

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How Emotions Are Made 

The Secret Life of the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Emotions aren’t hardwired into you – you create them. A world-leading expert argues that understanding the origin and nature of emotions has huge implications on crime, healthcare, and how we treat each other.
 

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Radical Candor 

How to be a Great Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Kim Scott

One of Silicon Valley’s top leadership coaches, with years of experience at Apple and Google, tells you how to be a great boss, without being a jerk
 

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The Knowledge Illusion 

Why We Never Think Alone

Philip Fernbach and Steven Sloman

A compelling case from two leading cognitive scientists that people are like bees and society is like a beehive: true intelligence lies not in our individual brains but is housed in a collective mind.
 

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Insight 

The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World

Tasha Eurich

Do you understand who you really are? Or how others really see you? One of America’s top thought leaders, Dr Tasha Eurich argues self-awareness is the key to high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships.
 

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Move Fast and Break Things 

How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us

Jonathan Taplin

Fake news. Digital monopolies. Stealth marketing. This is the story of how our internet utopia was turned into a nightmare by multinational corporations intent on cornering culture and taking over the world.
 

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Careful! 

The surprising science behind everyday calamities - and how you can avoid them

Steve Casner

A research psychologist and specialist in safety at NASA draws on his own experience and stories to show why accidents happen, why we’re our own worst enemies, and what we can do to avoid them.
 

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Wonderland
How Emotions Are Made
Radical Candor
The Knowledge Illusion
Insight
Move Fast and Break Things
Careful!

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