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My favourite books 2020 – Ole Begemann

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I learn 45 books in 2020. These have been my favorites. (Pondering in SwiftUI was not within the operating as a result of I’m biased.)

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff (2019). If you happen to decide up one guide from this listing, make it this one. I feel everybody working within the tech trade ought to learn it, it’s so necessary. Shoshana Zuboff takes aside the enterprise mannequin of the massive tech giants and the various unethical (and at instances presumably unlawful) issues they’ve achieved and proceed to do to protect it.

If we ever handle to control the digital surveillance trade that pervades fashionable life (as we ultimately did with the manufacturing facility house owners who exploited staff in the course of the industrialization), this guide will change into a traditional as a significant contribution to that effort.


Circe by Madeline Miller. A lovely reimagination of a Greek fantasy. I purchased this guide as a result of I fell in love with the duvet design of the UK version with out figuring out what it was about and I’m glad I did. Madeline Miller’s writing was a problem for my English abilities, I needed to lookup so many phrases. However it was completely price it.


Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry (2017). Circe led me to Stephen Fry’s pleasant retelling of the Greek myths. That is half one in a sequence. The sequels, Heroes and Troy, are on my listing for subsequent 12 months. I purchased the US version as a result of I preferred the duvet design higher than the UK model. It’s a really fairly guide.

Permanent Record

Everlasting File by Edward Snowden (2019). Snowden’s memoirs, recounting his work for NSA contractors up till the covert assembly with journalists in Hong Kong that led to his exile.

A Philosophy of Software Design

A Philosophy of Software program Design by John Ousterhout (2018). Very approachable (quick and straightforward to learn) and comprises lots of stable recommendation for designing and sustaining complicated programs. Two good critiques concerning the guide: Gergely Orosz’s assessment matches my very own ideas. James Koppel’s take is extra important (however nonetheless constructive) and really insightful.

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering

The Artwork of Doing Science and Engineering: Studying to Study by Richard Hamming (1996, new version 2020). Lovely new version of Hamming’s Nineteen Seventies lecture sequence transformed to prose. Themes embody some technical subjects, akin to Hamming’s invention of the error-correcting code named after him, however the majority of the guide is recommendation learn how to strategy scientific work and learn how to construct a profitable profession. The ultimate chapter is a model of Hamming’s well-known discuss “You and Your Analysis”, which provides a great impression of the character of the guide. The 2020 Stripe Press model could be very fairly. Typography, illustrationsm and paper high quality are all top-notch.

Deutschland Schwarz Weiß

Deutschland Schwarz Weiß by Noah Sow (2008, up to date 2018). Racism in Germany. How white individuals advance and strengthen racism by not fascinated by our actions. Unhealthy typography, however I in any other case preferred it.

Fake Facts

Faux Details: Wie Verschwörungstheorien unser Denken bestimmen by Katharina Nocun und Pia Lamberty (2020). An inside look into a number of conspiracist milieus in German society, from Holocaust deniers and antisemitic ideologists to anti-vaxxers and esoterics. Extremely related as of late.


March (Guide One to Three) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (2013–2016). The late US Congressman John Lewis recounts his extraordinary life within the US civil rights motion in comedian guide kind. Studying this deeply impressed me. The battle Black individuals fought then (and are nonetheless preventing in the present day)! The braveness and dedication it took to take humiliation after humiliation, beating after beating, arrest after arrest, homicide after homicide, with out preventing again with violence. I had identified this earlier than, however seeing it from the angle of somebody who skilled it firsthand was one thing else.


MetaMaus by Artwork Spiegelman (2011). Studying March led me to a comic book traditional: Maus (1985 and 1991), Artwork Spiegelman’s two-part story how his mother and father survived the Holocaust in Poland. I preferred the comics, however I felt I didn’t actually perceive why they have been so well-known.

MetaMaus is basically a 230-page interview with the writer wherein he takes his work aside intimately: the way it got here to be, how he approached sure scenes (together with tons of draft sketches), Artwork’s sophisticated relationship together with his father (which performs a significant position in Maus), the various layers of hidden which means in his drawings (most of which I missed when studying the comics). Studying this gave me a a lot deeper appreciation for the unique work. Kudos to Hillary Chute, who went by Spiegelman’s archives and requested improbable questions.


Berlin Jason Lutes (2018). One other comedian traditional, printed as {a magazine} sequence in 2000, 2008, and 2018. A 550-page tome that describes life in Berlin from 1928 to 1933, in the course of the decline of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis. Advisable when you’re taken with that interval.


Brüder by Jackie Thomae (2019). The story of two brothers who get separated as kids and develop as much as dwell very completely different lives, every a tragic determine in their very own means. Themes: racism, East and West, Nineteen Eighties and Nineties Berlin, provincialism vs. cosmopolitanism, how a single mistake can destroy a life.


Grünmantel by Manfred Maurenbrecher (2019). Persevering with my theme from final 12 months, that is one other novel set in rural East Germany, 25 years after reunification.

Im Sommer wieder Fahrrad

Im Sommer wieder Fahrrad by Lea Streisand (2016). Autobiographical novel. The writer (in her thirties) narrates her combat towards most cancers and reminiscences of her grandmother who led a nonconformist, emancipated life in pre-, mid-, and postwar Germany.

Aspect word: writer web sites are horrible

I dread compiling this listing yearly as a result of discovering good hyperlinks and canopy pictures for the books is a ache. Most writer web sites are horrible. It’s very seemingly many hyperlinks on this web page will not work in just a few months or years. The thought of not breaking URLs appears overseas to most firms which have merchandise to promote. When a guide goes out of print, it might nicely simply disappear from the catalog. I preemptively apologize for that.

Nonetheless, I don’t need to hyperlink to Amazon if I will help it. If you happen to resolve to purchase a guide from this listing, please purchase it from an area bookshop or one other retailer that isn’t one of the highly effective firms on this planet. Let’s attempt to not make Jeff Bezos any richer. (Sure, I see the irony that the print model of my very own guide is just obtainable on Amazon. Sorry.)

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