"But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood" by Kayleen Schaefer is an insightful and heartwarming take at what it means being in one's thirties during this era. It is a combination of personal anecdotes, interviews and analysis.
The research is set in America and provides a birds eye view of the seemingly significant life events such as completing formal education, financial independence, marriage, and having children.
Though the research sample is small, the author has attempted to reframe the challenges of contemporary adult life.
The book has two major takeaways:
Firstly, adulthood, rather than a traditional checklist, is an opportunity to create the lives we actually want.
Secondly, the book reaffirms the notion that no one has it all sorted out
"How the World Works" presents a collection of interviews and speeches of Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is an internationally acclaimed social critic. An MIT Professor, he is considered to be among the most cited authors in recent times. The book is one of a kind.
Notwithstanding the title credits, Chomsky actually wrote very little of the book. He spoke the contents instead. Arthur Naiman realized the accessibility of Chomsky’s vocal arguments. Therefore, he brought together the rich collection of Chomsky’s media appearances. Edited by Naiman, Chomsky's interviews were conducted by David Barsamian.
"How the World Works" is a must-read summary of Chomsky's radical ideas. Given his outspoken nature, his thoughts on the domestic politics of the US as well as his outlook on international relations is often sidelined by the local media.
Chomsky holds that the world works in the favour of a small group of rich elites. These people tend to garner benefit irrespective of the cost to others.
A noticeable flaw in the narrative of the book seems to be the lack of references. Since the statements of Chomsky span a long timespan, the actual political premise around which particular observations are made remain evasive in the absence of proper references. Despite the apparent flaws, the book is a compelling introduction to Chomsky's political philosophy.
The contents of the book were earlier published as four seperate short volumes under the famous "Real Story" series. The titles include, "What Uncle Sam Really Wants"; "The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many"; "Secrets , Lies and Democracy"; and "The Common Good". Regardless of the passage of time, Chomsky's ideas continue to stay relevant.
Noam Chomsky exposes the realities of the current geopolitics with an unmatched clarity and dauntless arguments. The book is a must read for students of world politics and anyone who has in interest in understanding the international relations.
A lecturer and lifestyle consultant by the day; an avid reader and writer by the night, I am a student of life.