A prime example of how a book doesn't have to be massive to be insightful. In less than 150 pages, Sebastian Junger lays out his thoughts on how an interconnected society is a healthier society. Stories from the past are woven together with statistics from today to make a powerful argument that despite being relatively wealthy and physically healthy, our very disconnected, self reliant society is driving up cases of depression and creating a trap of general unhappiness. Well worth the read!
In his introduction, Charles Wheelan says "this book is not economics for dummies; it is economics for smart people who never studied economics..." and so begins Naked Economics. If you're interested in how economic policy works across the board but don't know where to begin, this book makes for a wonderful first step! Charles lays out various different basic concepts in easy to grasp, usually humorous chapters full of stories and hypothetical scenarios. Far from boring or complicated, you won't regret having read this book.
Know what gay marriage, the National Rifle Association and the war on terror have in common? Believe it or not, this isn't the beginning of a joke. In Engines of Liberty, David Cole explains just how important social opinion and group activism are to the biggest and most important issues in our society. He shows us how, while wide sweeping sudden changes rarely work, slow and steady work at changing hearts and minds are remarkably successful. If you want a better look at how change is truly accomplished, this is your book.