I read some great books this year, here a few you might like to pick up for summer.
SPQR: A history of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. I have always been intrigued by the ancient Romans and I think everyone should be. At the height of its peak during the reign of emperor Trajan, They ruled over 21% of the world population, spanning 2 million square miles, and 3 continents. It was a colossal empire! Why was Roman Empire so great? Who are the ancient Romans?
Mary Beard discussed some of these in the book.
She starts with the mythology of the Roman Kings; the transition to the Roman Republic and then turn to the Roman Empire. She ends her story in 212CE, during emperor Caracalla reign. Specifically, she focused on the rise of the romans to world power.
Friends, the future is in the past.
ELON MUSK: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashlee Vance. Reading about Elon Musk is motivating, very motivating, but at the same time terrifying. You could probably imagine how cool it will be to be a Navy Seal on a Friday night in the bar, but maybe not so much cool if you have to report the next Monday morning to a remote location in Afghanistan, that’s a good summary of the book.
The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of The Great Economic Thinkers by Robert Heilbroner. This wonderful book opened my eye into how the world really works. From Adam smith to Joseph Schumpeter. It takes me through the history of ideas of economic thinkers. It is essentially a guide of the evolution into capitalism. Cool Stuff!