Jon Ronson came to the story thinking it was about one thing (cyberbullying), but quickly found the threads took him elsewhere (mental health in the porn industry).
The book chronicles the rise of Homo sapiens from our earliest days on through the very near future, gently walking the reader through the complex issues of empire building, the development of cultures, and the ethical examinations of what it means to even be human.
What has stayed with me in the days since I finished this book is this: Hidden Figures is another reminder that we are better at solving problems when we have more seats at the table.
If you can get past some of the narrative drag, however, Makherjee’s reporting and historical narrative are fascinating. And since cancer touches nearly everyone in this country in one way or another, the book also serves as a primer on what we’re facing.
An outgrowth of Keith Houston’s blog, the author explores how and why we use the symbols we do today.
Ericsson does a masterful job of both explaining what we know about how we achieve success and explaining the conditions under which those forces do (and don’t) work.
I didn’t feel like I got to know the author, her husband, or anything that would connect to me to her world. In the end, that was what disappointed me the most. The book felt like a missed opportunity.
If you’ve ever wondered how to engage groups (large or small) in order to find out how they feel, understand a problem, or develop solutions that have buy-in from a large constituency, this (and Change by Design) are worth reading.