In celebration of World Book Day, below are books that challenge readers to consider their role as citizens in a global society. #WorldBookDay
The Future of Governance
Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism by Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen
“The intellectual framework is compelling, the analysis acute, and the prescriptions intelligent, forward-looking, and practical.”—Fareed Zakaria, CNN anchor, Washington Post columnist, and author of In Defense of a Liberal Education
“An erudite and original contribution.”—Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy
“Challenges us to consider how we must reform institutions and govern in an age that will be defined by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the rise of China.”—Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011–2015
Read Bloomberg Businessweek on better ways to do democracy.
The Importance of Reproductive Justice
The Abortionist: A Woman against the Law, Updated 25th Anniversary Edition by Rickie Solinger
“A major book challenging the standard narrative on illegal abortion in important ways. I anticipate a wide audience for this updated edition.”—Katha Pollitt, author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
“A brutally frank, often shocking, and yet always uplifting tale about the abortion experience in Portland, Oregon, in the years before Roe v. Wade. . . . Nowhere will you find a better argument for constitutional protection of choice.”—Ellen Chesler, author of Women of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger
“Controlling reproduction and the bodies of women seems to be the first step in every hierarchy. That’s why reproductive justice—women having power over our own bodies—is the crucial first step toward any democracy, any human rights, and any justice.” —Gloria Steinem
“We need to know the history laid out in Reproductive Justice, because we need to not repeat the ugliness of the past. Our strategies need to be inclusive and intersectional, because when women of color and those most affected by reproductive oppression are free to make their own decisions about their health and their bodies, we all win. None of us are free until we’re all free.”—Cecile Richards, Past President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Read more from Rickie and Loretta about why reproductive justice is a basic human right.
The Future of Work
Uberland:How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work by Alex Rosenblat
“This jargon-free and intriguing exposé offers food for thought for anyone interested in worker protections or societal changes driven by technology.”—Publishers Weekly
“Functions as an examination of both how Uber’s algorithms are changing the way companies operate and exert control over their workers and how those workers are experiencing these changes.”—Slate
“We had not fully witnessed the downside of management by algorithm until this book—a must-read for anyone interested in the topic.”—Chris Hughes, cofounder of Facebook, cochair of the Economic Security Project, and author of Fair Shot
Hear more from Alex about what happens when algorithms turn into managers.
Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy by Alexandrea J. Ravenelle
“Vividly exposes the contradictions between the lofty promises of gig work for those with high social and cultural capital (e.g., Airbnb and Kitchensurfing workers) and the darker reality of many who struggle to make ends meet through platforms such as Uber and TaskRabbit.”—Arne L. Kalleberg, author of Precarious Lives
“A smart, penetrating look at what’s happening in the platform economy—how it resembles an earlier industrial age when workers toiled long hours doing piecework for meager pay while lacking many basic protections. This book sheds a much-needed light onto some dark corners of the gig economy.”—Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up
“These unforgettable narratives should reset the conversation about this new type of work.”—Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude
Our Environment Needs Champions
Championing Science: Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers by Roger D. Aines (Author), Amy L. Aines
“Provides practical tips and tricks for improving science communication at all levels, from one-on-one conversations to congressional testimony. … Let’s use this book and its methods to extend our reach and convey the same sense of wonder and excitement we feel about the process of scientific discovery to everyone.”—Science
“Highly recommended reading for everyone who wants to make sure that their messages land soundly and powerfully with important audiences.”—Laura Lindenfeld, Professor and Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University
“This conversation is especially needed in a sad era of ‘alternative facts’—an era that the scientific process and the authors reject.”—Daniel Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley
Read a review of the book from Science.