Some of my recommended reading.
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan. Released in 2015, Silk Roads takes an alternative to the traditional view that Western civilization descends from the Romans, who were in turn heir to the Greeks. Frankopan argues that the Persian Empire was the centre point of the rise of humanity
Quiet by Susan Cain. Released in 2012, and quickly becoming an international bestseller, Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts.
Black Box Thinking
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed. Released in 2015, Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. Drawing on an array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.
The Silo Effect
The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett. Released in 2015. Across all industries and cultures, silos have the power to collapse companies and destabilise financial markets, yet they still dominate the workplace. They blind and confuse us, often making modern institutions act in risky, silly and damaging ways.
The Joy of Tax
The Joy of Tax by Richard Murphy. Released in 2015, tax campaigner Murphy challenges almost every general conception of tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about the ideas that shape the sort of society we want to live in, not technicalities. His intention is to demonstrate that there is indeed a joy in tax, and by embracing it we can create a fairer society and change the world for the better.