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The Next Big Idea Club has kicked off its third season of bringing groundbreaking, life-changing books to its worldwide community of nonfiction lovers. Hand-picking just two books per season is no easy task for curators and Heleo Thought Leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink. So they’ve decided to share not only the latest season’s two selections, but also four finalists that nearly made the cut, and would still make excellent additions to your bookshelf.
Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America
A 2018 college grad and already a renowned TED speaker and Assistant Editor at The Atlantic, Zachary R. Wood is one of the most exciting up-and-coming voices in today’s social and political discourse. With Uncensored, he offers a timely, informed perspective on race, tolerance, and how to engage with people you profoundly disagree with.
Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive
Focusing on what we learn is a good start, but without attending to how we learn, we will struggle to fully grasp new ideas. Drawing on the latest psychological research, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School professor Bradley R. Staats has written a riveting treatise on how we can maximize our learning capabilities, stay ahead of the curve, and enrich our worldly perspectives.
What Would the Great Economists Do?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems
As we grapple with Trumpism, Brexit, and beyond, our world faces a host of economic issues that leave no one unaffected. Renowned economist Linda Yueh brings the wisdom of history’s great economic minds to bear on these pressing challenges.
Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at School, at Home, and at Work
What if changing problematic behavior is a matter of skill, not will? Harvard Medical School professor J. Stuart Ablon offers a groundbreaking new roadmap for breaking our bad habits and building good ones—and helping others do the same.
The Infinite Desire for Growth
For both individuals and countries, progress is the goal, but material gain is the obsession. Leading economist Daniel Cohen examines how this came to be, and how we can build a sustainable future that respects personal and collective needs.
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
Scientists like to remind us that “Correlation is not causation,” but Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie look beyond this aphorism. They explain how to tell if a drug really did cure an illness, for example, and dive into everyday examples of causality that will forever change the way you see the world.
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The Next Big Idea Club is a rapidly growing community of readers, writers, thinkers, and creatives, with nearly 5,000 members around the world. Led by renowned authors Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink, the club delivers two groundbreaking, hand-picked books per season to subscribers, in addition to exclusive video series, reading guides, and author interviews that help members make the most of their reading experience. The club also provides opportunities to engage with authors through live events and an online forum, and each subscription means two books donated to under-resourced schools.