A couple of book recommendations

If you are looking for summer reading, I wanted to offer a couple recommendations for you. A longer reflection on these books will be forthcoming but the two books are The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.

Nichols is a professor at the US Naval War College and an adjunct faculty member at Harvard. He describes the many phenomena that have lead to the destruction of the authority of experts. Such phenomena include the internet, the change in journalism, and the failing higher educational system. It is an interesting read as he lays open behaviors that we all exhibit as we gravitate to facts or statements that support our opinion, whether the facts are really facts at all.

Harari was educated at Oxford University and lectures at Hebrew University in Israel. He specializes in World History and his latest book projects the future of humankind, a project that he refers to as Homo Deus, the attempt of humanity to become god like. His book is deep and provocative, as well as a very easy read, in that it is written in way that all can understand. His book will excite and terrify as he explores the trajectory of humankind.