What We Intend to Read in 2016

Since it is the beginning of the new year, we thought we’d take stock of the best reads from across the VFS network.  Below we’ve collected some of the best nonfiction that we read last year and the ones that we are most looking forward to reading in the new year.  And they’re in no particular order…

Best Books We Read in 2015:

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan.

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen.

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock.

Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes.

Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone by Scott Shane.

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made by Gaia Vince.

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker.

Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong (African Arguments) by Morten Jerven.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tim Roth.

An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America by Nick Bunker.

War and Technology by Jeremy M. Black.

One Man’s View of the World by Lee Kuan Yew.

The Future of Business: Critical Insights into a Rapidly Changing World from 60 Future Thinkers (FutureScapes Book 1) edited by Rohit Talwar.

Books We’re Most Looking Forward to Reading in 2016:

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf.

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Johnjoe Mcfadden and Jim Al-Khalili.

God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s future through its past by John Matisonn.

The Public Wealth of Nations: How Management of Public Assets Can Boost or Bust Economic Growth by Dag Detter and Stefan Folster.

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis.

The Cunning of Uncertainty by Helga Nowotny.

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan.

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock.

The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting A New Age of Threat by Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum.

Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases edited by Limor Samimian-Darash and Paul Rabinow.

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt.

Economic Interdependence and War (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics) by Dale Copeland.

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard.

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell.

Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles by Les Standiford.

Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind by Marjorie Hines Woollacott.

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos.


Happy reading this year!

Note: yes, indeed, those are active Amazon.com referral links.


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