Authors: Winter 2021

Monarch Book Recommendations

Scott Galloway
Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity

The COVID-19 outbreak has turned bedrooms into offices, pitted young against old and widened the gaps between rich and poor, red and blue, the mask wearers and the mask haters. Some businesses — like home exercise company Peloton, video conference software maker Zoom, and Amazon —woke up to find themselves crushed under an avalanche of consumer demand. Others —like the restaurant, travel, hospitality and live entertainment industries—scrambled to escape obliteration.

Combining his signature humor and brash style with sharp business insights and the occasional dose of righteous anger, Galloway offers both warning and hope in equal measure. As he writes, “Our commonwealth didn’t just happen, it was shaped. We chose this path — no trend is permanent and can’t be made worse or corrected.”

Vishen Lakhiani
The Buddha and the Badass

Forget hustling. This book will disrupt your deeply held beliefs about work, success and, indeed, life. If you’re the average person in the developed world, you spend 70 percent of your waking hours at work. And if you’re the average person, you’re miserable for most of those hours. This is simply not an acceptable state of affairs for your one shot at life. No matter your station, you possess incredible unique powers. It’s a modern myth that hard work and hustle are the paths to success. Inside you is a soul. And once you unleash it fully into the domain of work, magic happens.

Ijeoma Oluo
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

Through the last 150 years of American history — from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics — Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. “Mediocre” investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism.

As provocative as it is essential, this book will upend everything you thought you knew about American identity and offers a bold new vision of American greatness.

Mahmood Mamdani
Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

“Neither Settler nor Native” offers a vision for arresting this historical process. Mamdani rejects the “criminal” solution attempted at Nuremberg, which held individual perpetrators responsible without questioning Nazism as a political project and thus the violence of the nation-state itself. Instead, political violence demands political solutions: not criminal justice for perpetrators but a rethinking of the political community for all survivors—victims, perpetrators, bystanders, beneficiaries—based on common residence and the commitment to build a common future without the permanent political identities of settler and native. Mamdani points to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa as an unfinished project, seeking a state without a nation.

Jonathan Cristall
What They Don’t Teach Teens: Life Safety Skills for Teens and the Adults Who Care for Them

“What They Don’t Teach Teens” provides teens, tweens and young adults with up-to-date, realistic strategies to protect them- selves against the pitfalls of modern adolescence. This 21st-century guidebook of life safety skills for teens, their parents, and other caregivers, covers physical safety, sexual consent, social media, your rights with the police, situational awareness, dating violence, smart phones and more. The Library Journal calls it, “Easy to read and comprehensive on topics of safety, Cristall’s volume is an informative read for teens and their parents, but may also prove to be a helpful text for a high-school level health class.” Young people coming of age today face new risks, expectations and laws that didn’t exist when their parents were young.