Mark Zuckerburg thinks you should read these five books!
Like every successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerburg reads many books. Over the years, the Facebook founder and CEO has shared some of his favorite books, his takeaways from them and how they’ve helped him achieve a better understanding of the world. In 2015, Zuckerberg even launched a Facebook based book club project with a reading list that focused on major ideas like business, society, history and new technologies.If you want to get into same headspace as Zuckerberg, we have put together a list of five of his picks, and why he thinks everyone should read them.
By Stuart Rutherford, Jonathan Morduch, Orlanda Ruthven, and Daryl Collins. The book is described as yearlong interviews with impoverished families in Bangladesh, India and South Africa, and explains how the poor find solutions to their everyday financial struggles. The stories of these families are often surprising and inspiring.
In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he highly recommended everyone read Portfolios of the Poor. He wrote: “It’s mind-blowing that almost half the world — almost 3 billion people — live on $2.50 a day or less. More than one billion people live on $1 a day or less. This book explains how these families invest their money to best support themselves. I hope reading this provides some insight into ways we can all work to support them better as well.”
Also known as the Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun, is a book written by the great Arab historian Ibn Khaldun in 1377. This monumental work records an early view of universal history. Some modern thinkers view it as the first work dealing with the social sciences of sociology, demography, and cultural history.
Ibn Khaldun often criticized “idle superstition and uncritical acceptance of historical data”. As a result, he introduced the scientific method to the social sciences, which was considered something “new to his age”, and he often referred to it as his “new science” and developed his own new terminology for it.
“While much of what was believed then is now disproven after 700 more years of progress, it’s still very interesting to see what was understood at this time and the overall world view when it’s all considered together,” Zuckerberg wrote.