10 non-fiction books to read in 2022 KXan 36 Daily News

In the coming year, publishing houses are ready to please readers with exquisite book novelties. The editorial portfolios include both just-written books and long-awaited translations of world bestsellers. The publishing house “Alpina Publisher” told about its most anticipated books “RG”.

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“Ford vs Ferrari: The most violent confrontation in motor racing. A true story”

Baym AJ

Captivating epic story of the confrontation between two automotive giants, told in the recent film with Matt Damon and Christian Bale “FORD v FERRARI”. Mass and convenience or elitism and style – what will prevail on the racing track, impassive and deadly? Bayme AJ’s book is about how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young genius named Lee Iacocca and former racing champion turned engineer Carroll Shelby, rethought the main concept of Ford and entered the world of European motor racing, putting everything on the line. They will design and build a new car that will race and beat Ferrari at its own game in the most prestigious and brutal race in the world. This novel will take readers to an amazing time filled with risk and rivalry. At stake is not only victory, life itself.

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“Facebook: From startup to empire”

Stephen Levy

The most detailed history of Facebook, shortlisted for the best tech books of 2020 by the Financial Times. When writing his new book, Stephen Levy had unlimited access to most of the company’s key people, so he builds the plot based on facts, conversations, and internal documents of the corporation. The book comes out just in time – at the end of last year, Facebook carried out a large-scale rebranding in connection with a series of reputational scandals.

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“The Cairo Chronicle of a Bookstore Lady” (title not final)

Nadia Wassef

Russian translation of the famous book bestseller about the first woman in the history of modern Egypt who opened her own bookstore. Nadia Wassef is the co-founder of a chain of independent bookstores in Cairo. In the book, she tells how she opened a bookstore in 2002, at a time when books were considered a luxury in the country and the very idea of ​​such a store seemed very unusual and difficult to implement. This is an incredibly interesting book about her life, work, feminist agenda, relationships with colleagues and most importantly about books – all this against the background of the Egyptian scenery.

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“In the Monster Garden”

Eric Larson

Another bestseller by Eric Larson about the rise of Hitler’s regime in Germany in the 1930s. The main characters of the book are real people: William Dodd, appointed US Ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his daughter. The fascinating plot is based on many official documents, memoirs, diaries and letters – the main characters, diplomats, public figures, journalists, representatives of the Nazi elite and ordinary people. Together with the ambassador and his family, the reader travels the path to the realization of the evil that Nazism carries in itself, as well as unsuccessful attempts to warn of the danger threatening the world to those who could have prevented it, but did not.

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“Nikolai Vavilov: A scientist who wanted to feed the whole world and died of hunger”

Peter Pringle

An exciting and at the same time tragic story of a great Soviet scientist, written by an American researcher. The book is significant: it is about the development of science in the field of genetics, and about selection, and about how the Stalinist regime cracked down on brilliant people recognized throughout the world.

Recreating the story of how the greatest humanitarian mission led Nikolai Vavilov to starvation, Peter Pringle relied on recently discovered archival documents, personal and official correspondence, vivid accounts of expeditions, previously unpublished family letters and diaries, as well as eyewitness accounts. A deeply humane and vivid story draws a very vivid image of a brilliant scientist, a lover of life and an ascetic who, until the very last days, did not part with his great dream.

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Deborah Feldman

The second book by the best-selling author Unorthodox is about escaping from an Orthodox Jewish commune. As the story continues, the author travels across Europe to follow the life of his grandmother during the Holocaust. “Exodus” is a deep and touching story about the power of family ties and the need to sometimes break them in order to be free.

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“Strategic Kaizen”

Imai Masaaki

The author of several best-selling business and management books, Masaaki Imai, in a new book, invites readers to reach the next level of continuous improvement – developing an overall strategy for measuring the company’s operating performance and improving business processes to increase competitiveness. At the heart of his approach is the concept of flow, where each element moves between different processes without interruption or stagnation. Masaaki Imai promises to talk about ideal production and operating systems that will take you to new heights of corporate efficiency.

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“History of Art for Developing Future Skills: Nine Lessons from Raphael, Picasso, Vrubel and Other Great Artists”

Zarina Asfari

Dozens of trainers and gurus offer to master key soft skills today, so many books are devoted to this that there is enough for a whole library. Here’s another one. But the author is not a psychologist, not a business consultant or even a coach, but an art historian. Zarina Asfari offers to look at the history of art from the point of view of the modern labor market. After all, everything that employers expect from employees today was relevant centuries ago. Agree, it’s much more pleasant to develop customer focus in yourself, knowing how it helped Raphael win a place in the sun from Michelangelo and Leonardo. It is much more exciting to exercise creativity using the techniques of the surrealists. And, of course, it’s much more interesting to go to museums, remembering that the greatest artists in history not only listened to the whispers of the muses, but also developed emotional intelligence and adaptability in themselves, just as we do today.

In addition to history and theory, the book contains practical advice on developing soft skills with methods proven by the geniuses of the past and modern creators.

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“Unnatural Selection: Genetic Engineering and the Man of the Future”

Thorill Kornfelt

Torill Kornfelt, author of the book, provides an opportunity to learn firsthand what is happening right now in rapidly developing genetic technologies, as well as talk about the potential consequences of these processes and the new ethical dilemmas that humanity will inevitably face.

When the world’s first genetically modified humans, the Chinese twins Lulu and Nana, were born in 2018, humanity seemed to be faced with fantasy reality. But with new opportunities come new risks. Can technologies like CRISPR genetic scissors be used to prevent disease? And to choose the color of the eyes or the character traits of future children? Modify your body? Defeat aging? Together with the Swedish science journalist Torill Kornfelt, we find ourselves in an IVF clinic in South Korea, a cancer hospital and a monkey nursery in China, a biohacker laboratory in the USA, meet scientists, patients, public figures and parents who want to change the genes of their children.

“Happiness Don’t Rush”

Ekaterina Rakova

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Slow Life practices for a life without stress and fuss, this is how the author described her book.

In large cities, the rhythm of life does not stop for a minute, and their inhabitants have to adapt to it. Often this leads to stress, increased anxiety and health problems, and weeks and months of life fly by unnoticed. But sooner or later, there is a price to pay for the speed of a “fast” life: we lose the ability to enjoy simple things and simply not to rush anywhere.

In contrast to the “fast” life, the Slow Life movement appeared, which Ekaterina Rakova talks about in her book. It emphasizes the ability to consciously slow down, while remaining productive and concentrating on every moment. With the help of her recommendations, the reader will be able to wean himself from fast food, learn how to plan a vacation, give up the hustle and bustle of everyday affairs and make his life calmer and more comfortable. Another important aspect of the book is the author’s advice on raising children without haste, overload and strain.

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