Recommended Read, Watch, Listen List (Summer 2020)


Racial Justice and Allyship in Politics and Business

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,  Richard Rothstein (2017)
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, Jennifer L. Eberhardt (2019)
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century, Dorothy Roberts (2011)
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo (2019)
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo (2018)
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram X. Kendi (2016)
  • How to Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson (2015)

Business & Government

  • The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, Michael Lewis (2019)
  • We the Corporations: How American Corporations Won their Civil Rights, Adam Winkler (2019)
  • Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, Katharina Pistor (2019)
  • The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, Jesse Eisinger (2017) 
  • Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity, Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart (2018)
  • The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets, Thomas Philippon (2019)
  • Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, Neil Barofsky (2012)

Corporate Scandals & Cautionary Tales

  • Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction, David Enrich (2020)
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou (2018)
  • The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire, William Dalrymple (2019)  
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, Tim Wu (2016)
  • Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber, Susan Fowler (2020)
  • Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, Emily Chang (2018) 
  • Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom, Katharine Eban (2019) 

Economics, Finance, and Inequality

  • Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, Rebecca Henderson (2020)
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond (2016)
  • Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy: Dani Rodrik (2019)
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Anand Giridharadas (2019)
  • Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders, Wit Henisz (2014)
  • Finance and the Good Society, Robert Shiller (2012)


  •  “13th”(2016 Netflix documentary about racial inequality and the role of the prison industrial complex in the mass incarceration crisis)
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016, a movie about James Baldwin’s recounting of the history of racism in America and the Civil Rights Movement, while also being about black representation in the media and Hollywood)
  • “Dirty Money,” Seasons 1-2 (Netflix)
  • “The Big Short” (feature 2015; the 2010 book by Michael Lewis is also recommended) 
  • “The Smartest Guys in the Room” (documentary, 2005 about Enron; the 2004 book The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind is also recommended)
  • “Dark Waters” (2019)
  • HBO “Silicon Valley,” especially Season 6. (See this story


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