My Top 10 Books in 2020

  1. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. The text reminds us of human progress and why we should celebrate it despite the challenges of our time. Read more here.

2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sherly Sanberg. This book is the best I have read in women category. It provides the tricks of women leadership and how they can lead with power. Read more here.

3. Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time by Laila Janah. In this work, Laila shares the secret behind her non-profit’s success and how jobs, not cash donation can lift million out of poverty. She proved it with her initiative – the Sama Source. Find out more here.

Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time

4. Masters of Illusion: The World Bank and the Poverty of Nations by Catherine Caufield. This book talks about how the World Bank contributes in impoverishing the world. Written in 1997, it is focused on what the Bank does wrong given the pressures of the 90s. It should be read by every student in international relations, economics and development field. Read more here.

5. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. In this book, Perkins reveal that western institutions, corporations, banks and international development institutions participate in looting the global south in the name of aid. Find the review here.

6. Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines by Ngozi Okojo-Iweala. The current World Trade Organization Director-General wrote this book just after her tenure at the Finance Ministry in Nigeria where she battled corrupt practices. Here, Ngozi describes in details what that fight meant. Summary available here.

7. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century  by Yuval Noah Harari tells us about what we need to know about today’s challenges. It talks about the emerging technologies, existential challenges such as climate change, bioterrorism and biotechnology etc and how human beings can prepare for them. Find more here.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

8. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth educates us about the value of combining economic growth with environmental sustainability. She is pro-green and advances the idea that growth should not necessarily harm the environment. Find more here.

9. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie is a story of Nigeria in the past written to explain the impassioned struggle of Nigerians as they welcomed modernity during colonial era. More here.

Half of a Yellow Sun

10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is a story of tumultuous childhood, of hope and of struggle. The book details some of the most defining moments in Maya’s life.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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