The Greatest Irish, Unknown "Nonfiction" Books Since 2010

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 268 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O'Toole

    "We Don't Know Ourselves" by Fintan O'Toole is a collection of essays that explores the current state of Ireland and its people. O'Toole argues that Ireland's sense of identity has been shaped by its history of colonization and the struggle for independence, but that this identity is now being challenged by globalization and the changing social and economic landscape. He examines issues such as immigration, the Catholic Church's declining influence, and the rise of nationalism, and ultimately argues that Ireland needs to embrace a new sense of identity that is inclusive and forward-thinking.

  2. 2. An Immense World by Ed Yong

    "An Immense World" is a collection of science essays written by Ed Yong, a science journalist. The book explores a wide range of scientific topics, from the behavior of animals to the complexities of the human microbiome. Yong's writing is accessible and engaging, making complex scientific concepts easy to understand for readers of all backgrounds. The essays are thought-provoking and provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of science. Overall, "An Immense World" is a must-read for anyone interested in science and the natural world.

  3. 3. Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan

    This book provides a comprehensive examination of the concept and practice of disease eradication from a historical perspective. It delves into the scientific, ethical, and political dimensions of the global efforts to eliminate diseases, focusing on case studies such as smallpox, malaria, and polio. The narrative critically assesses the successes and failures of these campaigns, highlighting the complexities and challenges involved in attempting to wipe out diseases. Through a detailed analysis, the book explores the implications of eradication efforts on public health policies and practices, questioning the feasibility and desirability of pursuing eradication as a goal in the face of evolving disease dynamics and global health landscapes.

  4. 4. Life Went On Anyway by Oleg Sentsov

    "Life Went On Anyway" is a powerful memoir that chronicles the life of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who was wrongfully imprisoned by the Russian government. Through his vivid and poignant storytelling, Sentsov shares the harrowing details of his arrest, imprisonment, and the relentless fight for justice. Despite the unimaginable hardships he endures, Sentsov's resilient spirit shines through as he reflects on the power of art, the importance of freedom, and the indomitable human will to survive.

  5. 5. Sustainable Materials by Julian M. Allwood

    This book provides a comprehensive exploration into the world of sustainable materials, focusing on the environmental impact of material production and usage. It delves into the science and engineering behind creating materials that are not only durable and functional but also minimize harm to the environment. Through a detailed analysis of various materials, the book offers insights into how industries can shift towards more sustainable practices. It emphasizes the importance of reducing material consumption, recycling, and reusing resources as key strategies for achieving sustainability. The book serves as a crucial resource for engineers, designers, policymakers, and anyone interested in the sustainable development of materials and its significance for the future of the planet.

  6. 6. Political Order And Inequality by Carles Boix

    This book delves into the intricate relationship between political dynamics and social inequalities, offering a comprehensive analysis of how political institutions shape economic disparities and vice versa. The author argues that the formation of political order and the distribution of resources within a society are deeply interconnected processes, influenced by historical events, economic pressures, and power struggles. Through a detailed examination of various political systems and historical contexts, the book presents a theoretical framework for understanding the mechanisms through which political stability and inequality are mutually reinforced, suggesting that the path to a more equitable society lies in the careful restructuring of political institutions to address the root causes of inequality.

  7. 7. The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

    This book delves into the historical journey of human progress, particularly focusing on how health and prosperity have evolved over time to create significant disparities in wealth and well-being across different populations. It examines the mechanisms of growth and the spread of prosperity, alongside the challenges and inequalities that have emerged. Through a detailed analysis, the narrative explores the roles of technology, innovation, and government policies in shaping the economic landscapes and the distribution of resources. The author critically addresses the complexities of escaping poverty and the ethical considerations surrounding aid and intervention in less developed economies. The work is a comprehensive exploration of the global patterns of health, wealth, and inequality, offering insights into the potential paths toward a more equitable world.

  8. 8. The Bet by Paul Sabin

    This book delves into the high-stakes wager between two influential figures, an economist and a biologist, who held opposing views on the future of global resources and population growth. Set against the backdrop of the latter half of the 20th century, the narrative explores the broader debate on environmental policy, economic growth, and the limits of Earth's resources. Through the lens of this famous bet, the author examines the impact of their clash on public discourse and policy, highlighting the complexities of predicting the planet's environmental future. It serves as a fascinating case study on how scientific debates can influence political and public opinion, and the challenges of balancing resource sustainability with human progress.

  9. 9. When We Cease To Understand The World by Adrian Nathan West, Benjamin Labatut

    "When We Cease To Understand The World" is a collection of two novellas that explore the limits of human knowledge and the consequences of scientific discovery. In "The Immaculate Void," a mathematician becomes obsessed with solving a seemingly unsolvable equation and risks his sanity in the process. In "The Unfinished," a group of scientists race to unlock the secrets of nuclear fission, only to realize the devastating power they have unleashed. Through these stories, the authors question the role of science in society and the dangers of pursuing knowledge without considering its ethical implications.

  10. 10. Trans by Juliet Jacques

    "Trans" is a candid and poignant memoir that chronicles the personal journey of transitioning from male to female, exploring the complexities of gender identity and the challenges faced by transgender individuals. The author offers an intimate look into their experiences with gender dysphoria, the medical processes of transitioning, and the social implications of living as their true self. The narrative also delves into the broader cultural and political issues surrounding trans rights and representation, providing a nuanced perspective on the intersection of personal and political in the quest for authenticity and acceptance in society.

  11. 11. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

    The book explores the emergence of surveillance capitalism, a new form of capitalism that thrives on personal data. The author details how tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, collect and use personal data to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control. The book delves into the consequences of this phenomenon on economy, society, and democracy, warning about the dangers of unchecked data collection and manipulation.

  12. 12. How To Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates Sr.

    In "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," the author presents a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the challenges and potential solutions to mitigate climate change. Drawing on his extensive experience in technology and philanthropy, he outlines the current state of global emissions and their impacts on the planet. The book emphasizes the importance of innovative technologies and government policies in transitioning to cleaner energy sources. It offers a pragmatic approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by advocating for a combination of renewable energy adoption, carbon capture techniques, and advancements in agriculture and manufacturing. The author's insights aim to mobilize individuals, businesses, and policymakers towards urgent action to avert the catastrophic effects of climate change.

  13. 13. This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes

    In "This Much Is True," the author presents a candid and humorous autobiography that delves into her life as a celebrated actress and storyteller. With a career spanning decades in theater, film, and television, she shares personal anecdotes and reflections on her professional journey, her identity, and her experiences with fame and the arts. Known for her wit and no-nonsense attitude, the author offers readers an intimate look at the highs and lows of her life, her outspoken views on various issues, and the colorful encounters she's had with notable personalities throughout her vibrant career.

  14. 14. A (Very) Short History Of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years In 12 Pithy Chapters by Henry Gee​

    "A (Very) Short History Of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years In 12 Pithy Chapters" is a concise exploration of the vast expanse of time that has shaped life on our planet. From the origins of life to the evolution of complex organisms, the book takes readers on a captivating journey through the key milestones and transformations that have occurred over the course of 4.6 billion years. With wit and clarity, the author presents a fascinating overview of Earth's biological history, offering a deeper understanding of our place in the grand tapestry of life.

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