Diwan’s June Reads: 5 Books to Get Your Mind Buzzing

Diwan’s June Reads: 5 Books to Get Your Mind Buzzing

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Need something to occupy your mind while you count down the days until Eid? Keep busy with any of these brain tickling books!

The President Is Missing 

by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades about the disappearance of the U.S. President. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s first novel; a collaboration with best-selling author James Patterson.

New Power: How It’s Changing The 21st Century – And Why You Need To Know

by Jeremy Heimans  &  Henry Timms  

For most of human history the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized, and then jealously guarded. Under this ‘Old Power’ we lived in a world of rulers and subjects. Now, we all sense that something has changed. In New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms confront the biggest story of our age and trace how New Power is the key to understanding where we are. Drawing on examples from business, politics, popular culture and social justice, as well as case studies of organizations like LEGO and TED, they explain the forces that are changing the course of our age.

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

by Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith 

Business guru Marshall Goldsmith partnered with his longtime colleague, women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen, to create this invaluable handbook for women trying to take the next step in their careers. They realized that for women in particular, the very skills and habits that made them successful early in their careers could actually be holding them back as they advance to the next stage of their working lives.

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains 

by Helen Thomson  

Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathize and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced – or disappeared overnight? Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable.

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins 

by Garry Kasparov  (Author), Mig Greengard (Contributor)

In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect. It wasn’t a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man’s fight against the machines. Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. Ultimately, he’s become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer.