Like and Share These Books on Mark Zuckerberg’s Reading List

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and some classmates launched Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard. Today, the publicly traded social network has nearly 1.8 billion users worldwide. While Facebook has made a huge impact on the way people communicate and share information, when the chairman and CEO of the world’s biggest social network set out to spend a year learning about new cultures, beliefs, and histories, he turned to books. 

Here are a few that Zuckerberg chose:

The Rational Optimist

It might feel like our world is in constant turmoil, but, in a lot of ways, things on Earth are better than they’ve ever been — and they’ve been trending this way for more than 200 years. As Matt Ridley lays out, pessimists might collectively make the most noise, but optimists collaborate to make the most progress, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Creativity, Inc.

Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull not only provides a behind-the-scenes look at the genius that is Pixar, but also outlines the management ideals and techniques that have made that company so admired and successful. Managers at companies everywhere will glean inspiration from Pixar’s creative, convention-defying ideas — ideas that Catmull surmises, “make the best in us possible.”

World Order

How does the world maintain order when, for centuries, different civilizations have seen themselves as the center of the world? Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shares eye-opening insights on how globalism’s shrinking world has shaped international affairs and created mounting tensions among the planet’s major actors.

Gang Leader for a Day

During his first year as a grad student, Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh walked into a notorious Chicago housing project in an attempt to get people to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty. While there, he wound up befriending a gang leader and spending a decade studying the inner workings of a crack-selling business. Gang Leader for a Day tells the captivating story of how he gained entree to the gang, what he learned during his time inside, and what the academic world learned from his methods.


Homo sapiens shared the planet with at least five other human species 100,000 years ago. Where did the others go? How and why did we survive? And why do we believe and act the way we do? Yuval Noah Harari uses history and science to challenge everything we know about our past, our present, and our future.

As Mark Zuckerberg might say, feel free to like or share these or any of the titles on his list.

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