Book mentions in this thread

  • Votes: 24

    The Mind Is Flat

    by Nick Chater

  • Votes: 23

    The Bonfire of the Vanities

    by Tom Wolfe

  • Votes: 19

    Tokyo Vice

    by Jake Adelstein

    An American journalist offers a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up, in a book where he recounts his time as a crime reporter in the seedy side of Japan where extortion, murder, human trafficking and corruption were the norm.
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    A Conflict of Visions

    by Thomas Sowell

    Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the "constrained" vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the "unconstrained" vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.