Just finished Machine, Platform, Crowd by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. Very good read as an overview of current trends in technology and their impact on society. If I fault it for anything it was that it really covered a lot of common ground. However, that could be that I have already read a bunch of books in this genre.
In today’s world, we often undervalue writers–especially journalists. The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order is a great example of the difference that the solid writing and thoughtfulness of professional journalists can make. Paul Vigna and Michael Casey have put together a well-research, balanced, study of cryptocurrency which stands above the myriad of books out there on the subject. If you want to read one book about cryptocurrency, read this one.
Origin, by Dan Brown is another fun thriller in “The Da Vinci Code” theme. I always enjoy the symbolism tidbits. I wouldn’t call this book and escape exactly, but it certainly was a page turner.