A Film and Three Books for Year End 2018

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As the end of 2018 approaches, below are one film and three books to consider.

  • "Free Solo" directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The film presents the story of Alex Honnold and his quest to complete the first free solo climb of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. Variety said it is “for those who love the thrill of high-adrenaline adventure [documentaries], National Geographic’s “Free Solo” will be a hard experience to top … It’s a nerve-racking, vertigo-inducing portrait of a man who scales cliffs with none of the usual safety gear — no ropes, no harness, just a bag of chalk and his bare hands."

  • "Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst” by Robert M. Sapolsky. The professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University shares his views on how genes, neurons, hormones and other factors influence our behavior. The New York Times said, “The science comes with hipster humor … [the book] offers a wild and mind-opening ride into a better understanding of just where our behavior comes from. Darwin would have been thrilled."

  • Principles” by Ray Dalio. The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund shares insights about life, management, economics, investing and his pursuit of systematic approaches. The Chicago Tribune said, “This isn’t just a book for the power elite. Dalio’s highly detailed game plan focuses on what he calls ‘radical’ truths and transparencies, and are applicable to the careers of powerful CEOs, ladder-climbing executives, longtime grunts, and fresh-faced rookies.”

  • "The Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli. The theoretical physicist presents new ways to think about time, space and reality. Nature said the book helps to “raise and explore big issues that are very much alive in modern physics, and are closely related to the way in which we limited beings observe and participate in the world.”

Paul Dravis