What are the best books portraying 21st-Century reality?

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    #1Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.


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    Martha Day
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Man's Search for Meaning is the best read for anyone in this generation who seeks to find meaning even in suffering. it is a book that seeks to help readers to cope and thrive in adversity and find find purpose."
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    #2Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Parakram Verma
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I've always been a fan of Orwell, and I particularly enjoyed reading Animal Farm, so I was a little disappointed to see all the reviews online who completely missed the point of the book and the ideology of its author. According to one reviewer, "he (Orwell) would probably die of depression if he saw how the highly-credentialed but uneducated elites and cosseted youth purport to pine for socialism." Orwell's own words directly contradict this, however; as he put it "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism...""
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    #3The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York is a non-fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book explores the current environmental issues that humanity is facing.


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    Tyler Willis
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth is a good book about our 21st-Century reality. It is very thought-provoking and leaves you with many doubts as to if we are able to overcome our obstacles moving forward."
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    #4A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.


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    Raúl González
    Written on April 26, 2018
    " A People’s History of the United States ,the book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America it is the best books portraying 21st-Century reality."
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    #5Being and Time

    Being and Time

    "Being and time" is one of the most important philosophy novels of our time. This novel by Martin Heidegger makes a central question: "What is the meaning of being?", challenged the intellectual map of today's occidental modernity. 


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    Carol Wood
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I just finished reading Being and Time and it is one of the best books that I have read about philosophy. This book was very clear and easy to read. I had to stop reading a few times just to stop and think. I found it very fulfilling to read. "
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    #6Walden and Civil Disobedience

    Walden and Civil Disobedience
    Signet Classics' Walden and Civil Disobedience is a 150th-anniversary version of Henry David Thoreau's masterwork. It's a collection of his reflections on life and society.

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    Rachel Ramirez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This collection has all of Thoreau's best works included, as well as a few less notable ones. I particularly enjoyed reading some of his shorter essays as a way to distract myself from work during my lunch break. I'd recommend this collection for any fan of his work or philosophy."
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    #7Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Betty Hanson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Brave New World is a classic book that predicts a utopian future. It was a creative and good read."
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    #8The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    This Richard Dawkins' book on evolution explains how it is genes, rather than individuals, that are truly in charge of evolution of species, which would be the reason why two individuals who are very close genetically tend to act selflessly with the other. 


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    Jeremy Willis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "An interesting look at modern evolution but not really what I was looking for."
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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is a nonfiction economics business book written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. This is also the name of the website featuring economics radio shows.


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    Nancy Holland
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is an eye-opening book that shows how economics and statistics can explain why our world works the way it does. Some of the reasonings seem a bit far fetched, but this is definitely not my area of expertise, so who am I to judge? Anyway, definitely the most interesting book on economics I've ever read!"
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    #10The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Amber Reynolds
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Man Without Qualities is a seminal piece by celebrated author Robert Musil and a fine book but it does not deal with the 21st century or our modern reality. Written and published in 1943 - with the translated version published in 1997 - The Man Without Qualities is considered to be one of the most influential European novels of the 20th century. I would not say this book represents the 21st century and would thus not place it in this category. "
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Stephen Romero
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Hesse is a great author and I really enjoyed this book. I bought it for a flight and couldn't put it down. It really speaks to my inner introvert."
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    #12Outliers: The Story of Success

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    Outliers: The Story of Success is a book by Malcolm Gladwell examining what makes the remarkably successful people different from normal ones, from their families, their cultures, and their generations. 


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    Justin Woods
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The first half of the book was very interesting to me. Following the path of some of the most successful people in the world to see how it happened is very interesting. i could have just read 100 more of these stories. While reading it I started to think about every time I achieved success, and all of the variables I had no control over that helped lead to that success. The hockey league observation was also very intriguing. When the book started to get into rice farmers it started to lose me. It seemed like it was reaching. The airline pilot observations, while intriguing, seemed like it belonged in another book. Starts off fascinating, finishes off kinda weak."


Best What are the best books portraying 21st-Century reality
1Man's Search for MeaningBooks 37 Paid
2Animal FarmBooks 33 Paid
3The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the EarthBooks 30 Paid
4A People’s History of the United StatesBooks 29 Paid
5Being and TimeBooks 25 Paid
6Walden and Civil DisobedienceBooks 21 Paid
7Brave New WorldBooks 17 Paid
8The Selfish GeneBooks 16 Paid
9FreakonomicsWebsites 13 Free
10The Man Without QualitiesBooks 10 Paid

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