Patrick Westöö
4 min readMay 9, 2022

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Reading is done in good places, I did some of mine here!

Patrick’s top books of 2020

Shipping work is just as important as making work, so this list I made but did not ship in 2020. For me these were the top 10 books that I read and, that came out in 2020, which I would highly recommend to any of you. For me a book is memorable if I truly enjoy it or if it changes my view on a topic. There are a few books that completely changed my view on a topic and I hope they do the same for you!

  1. No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
  2. A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
  3. Caste by Isabell Wilkersson
  4. American Dirt
  5. Magdalena by Wade Davis
  6. Human Kind by Rutger Bergman
  7. Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America — A Recent History
  8. The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us Both More and Less Violent
  9. The Meritocracy Trap: Or, The Tyranny of Just Deserts
  10. The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reid Hastings

Corona has led us to finally rethink the factory model of work. Netflix started to rethink this a long time ago and they claim its part of their success. Instinctively I agree! From unlimited holidays, decision making at the bottom and generally an organisation where focus is on being fast as opposed to avoiding making mistakes. I believe many companies will follow their model.

A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond

Despite what many politicians say, my generation having fewer babies is a great thing and the issue is not a lack of people but a lack of jobs. Daniel does a great job of describing how this world will look like.

Caste by Isabell Wilkersson

Sometimes all that you need is a theory and suddenly all pieces fall into place. This is such a book and after you have read it you will never view the US the same. She makes the strong case that the US is a caste system just as strong as the Indian cast system. Brilliant read!

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

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