Simon Sharpe, author of Five Times Faster: Rethinking the Science, Economics, and Diplomacy of Climate Change recommends a brilliant bunch of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Simon's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
The Origin of Wealth, by Eric Beinhocker.
This book tells the story of how economics went down the wrong path 150 years ago, and how a new set of ideas for understanding how the economy works is now beginning to emerge. The story is well-told, and the ideas and implications are profound.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Never Split the Difference, by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz.
A guide to ‘how to negotiate as if your life depended on it’, this book overthrows old ideas about de-personalising negotiations and replaces them with a psychology-driven perspective. Examples from real-life hostage negotiations keep the narrative lively.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
The BFG, by Roald Dahl.
Like many of Roald Dahl’s books it involves overthrowing oppressors, but this one has more kindness and adventure in it than most. And who doesn’t like fart jokes about the Queen?
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper, every time. Ideal for reading while sitting in a garden and drinking a good coffee.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
The South Bank Book Market underneath Waterloo Bridge in London. Any place where tatty copies of works of genius can be picked up by new hands instead of going into landfill has to be good. With a background soundtrack of buskers interrupted by trains booming overhead, and a pop-up bar selling craft beers in summer, this is one of my favourite places in London.
Many thanks to Simon for recommending a brilliant bunch of books! Please don't forget to check out Five Times Faster: Rethinking the Science, Economics, and Diplomacy of Climate Change.
Image Copyrights: Cambridge University Press (Five Times Faster), Cornerstone (The Origin of Wealth, Never Split The Difference), Penguin Random House Children's UK (The BFG).