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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg launches his book club with The End of Power by Moisés Naím

The End of Power, Mark Zuckerberg’s latest read

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest status update is that he’s reading books and in a relationship with literature. The Facebook boss appears to have launched his own book club as his New Year resolution. The man, who redefined the word ‘like’, wrote:

My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.

I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.

His first book is The End of Power by Moisés Naím. It appears to be about the shifting of political and economic power, a subject he knows well. The blurb goes like this….

Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naím shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naím deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, 89 countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world’s population lives in democracies. CEO’s are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world’s largest six banks combined.

Zuckerberg has created a page, A Year of Books, where he’ll post his selection. Let’s hope he goes into dystopian fiction – I like the idea of him recommending 1984. Zuckerberg has some way to go to match the feats of this book club which has read 146 books in 20 years.

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