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!
- No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
- A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
- Caste by Isabell Wilkersson
- American Dirt
- Magdalena by Wade Davis
- Human Kind by Rutger Bergman
- Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America — A Recent History
- The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us Both More and Less Violent
- The Meritocracy Trap: Or, The Tyranny of Just Deserts
- 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