Scott Eblen

Scott Eblen

👨‍👩‍👧🧘🏾‍♂️ ✈️ 👨🏾‍🌾 🎺🇺🇸🇬🇧 (Dad, Yogi, traveller, gardener, trumpeter, American in UK) 🛠️🎶 Product Management @Spotify


10+ Book Recommendations by Scott Eblen

  • Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America--more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading pro-slavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

    I struggle with how to discuss and reconcile with the inbuilt racial prejudice of America but I found this book to be thought provoking and insightful. 📘

  • Pale Rider

    Laura Spinney

    Fascinated by this tidbit from @lfspinney's book on the Spanish Flu. Curious if Trump even knows his own connection to that outbreak?

  • The Testaments

    Margaret Atwood

    In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

    🤰 Atwood's "Testaments" was also a fun read. The tidbits about Gilead leave me wanting to know so much more about that country.

  • "When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as...doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process"--

    🐦 Don't like categorising books as "work" books but strongly suggest anyone in tech read "How to Do Nothing" by @the_jennitaur. It's made me more thoughtful about what I do.

  • Say Nothing

    Patrick Radden Keefe

    "A narrative about a notorious killing that took place in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and its devastating repercussions to this day"--

    🇮🇪🇬🇧 "Say Nothing" clarified the messiness of Northern Ireland in a way that previous books could not. The academic project that revealed the source material for that is also fascinating and tragic.

  • Small Fry

    Lisa Brennan-Jobs

    A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents—artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs—Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice.

    Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed "Small Fry" by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Started out assuming proximity to celebrity was thin substance for a book

  • Bad Blood

    John Carreyrou

    The Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Esquire, Fortune, Marie Claire, GQ, Mental Floss, Science Friday, Bloomberg, Popular Mechanics, BookRiot, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings--from journalists to their own employees. Rigorously reported and fearlessly written, Bad Blood is a gripping story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron--a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

    Best new reads: "Bad Blood" and "Educated" were great. (But you knew that from skimming best of 2018 lists, right?)

  • Educated

    Tara Westover

    "An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University"

    Best new reads: "Bad Blood" and "Educated" were great. (But you knew that from skimming best of 2018 lists, right?)

  • Kitchen Confidential

    Anthony Bourdain

    A New York City chef who is also a novelist recounts his experiences in the restaurant business, and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors.

    Lost Author: Had fun reading Tom Wolfe and Stephen Hawking but Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" was a real eye opener. Some thought provoking nuggets on team work and quality control.

  • @rorysutherland @daniel_rothig I was referencing some research from the book Social Physics by A Pentland which highlighted that optimal strategies involve 90% observation