6 Jan 2015

The six books that Mark Zuckerberg should read

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says his 2015 new year’s resolution is to read a book every other week – here are six books we think he should read.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House is a complex mystery story that fully engages the “user” in the work of detection, and an unforgettable indictment of an indifferent society. It is a representation of a great city’s underworld, and of the law’s corruption and delay.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

A whopper, Tolstoy’s 1,225 page epic should keep Mr Zuckerberg busy for a while. It depicts Russia’s war with Napoleon and its effects on the lives of those caught up in the conflict.

Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin

When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. The book is an account of US President Abraham Lincoln’s life between 1861 and 1865. Take note Mr Zuckerberg.

Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

At computer giant Microsoft, Dan, Susan, Abe, Todd and Bug are struggling to get a life. The job may be super cool, the pay may be astronomical, but they’re heading nowhere – and however hard they work, however many shares they earn, they’re never going to be as rich as Bill.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in a new age of civility and transparency. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition soon raises questions about memory, history, privacy and democracy.

As recommended by you…

1984 by George Orwell
A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book by Karl Ove Knausgaard
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Home by Marilynne Robinson
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A Confederacy of Dunces Novel by John Kennedy Toole
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron LanierThe Peacock Throne by Sujit Saraf
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove
Hegemony Or Survival by Noam Chomsky
Clubbed to Death by Grant Hill

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