Ranked: To Cooperate Or To Defect?

This is a subjective Ranked version of Intriguing Connections: To Cooperate Or To Defect?


The Basic Premise

  1. The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod
  2. Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua
  3. Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: Tight and Loose Cultures and the Secret Signals that Direct Our Lives by Michele Gelfand
  4. Race And Culture: A World View by Thomas Sowell
  5. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  6. The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
  7. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action by Elinor Ostrom
  8. Individualism and Economic Order by Friedrich A. Hayek
  9. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  10. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua D. Greene
  11. The Lessons of History by Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  12. Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship Is Poisoning the U.S. House of Representatives by Juliet Eilperin
  13. Inquisition by Edward Peters
  14. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  15. World Cultures: Analyzing Pre-Industrial Societies In Africa, Asia, Europe, And the Americas by James T. Shea


The How

  1. Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas
  2. The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich
  3. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  4. The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth by Jonathan Rauch
  5. From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000 by Lee Kuan Yew
  6. Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
  7. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  8. Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics by Joseph S. Nye
  9. Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  10. Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller
  11. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  12. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
  13. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant
  14. Hot Buttons: How to Resolve Conflict and Cool Everyone Down by Sybil Evans, Sherry Suib Cohen
  15. The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist
  16. The Secret Network of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things-- Stories from Science and Observation by Peter Wohlleben
  17. When Women Ruled The World by Maureen Quilligan
  18. The Heroine With 1,001 Faces by Maria Tatar
  19. Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler
  20. On Obligations by Marcus Tullius Cicero
  21. The Politics by Aristotle
  22. The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 1]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  23. The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 2]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  24. The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 3]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  25. Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani
  26. The Battle of the Little Bighorn: A Good Day To Die by Francis Hayes


Defection
  1. In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth
  2. The Myth of Left and Right: How the Political Spectrum Misleads and Harms America by Verlan Lewis, Hyrum Lewis
  3. Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
  4. Hybrid Warfare: The Russian Approach to Strategic Competition & Conventional Military Conflict by Curtis L. Fox
  5. Science Fictions: The Epidemic of Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science by Stuart Ritchie
  6. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
  7. Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule by Tsering Woeser
  8. The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society by Debra Soh
  9. Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman
  10. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  11. Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  12. Class Struggle Unionism by Joe Burns
  13. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
  14. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  15. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville
  16. Genghis Khan: A Life From Beginning to End by Henry Freeman

A Choice
  1. The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World by Stewart Patrick
  2. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  3. The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank
  4. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
  5. Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter
  6. The Wolf Age: The Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons and the Battle for the North Sea Empire by Tore Skeie
  7. The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World by Marie Favereau
  8. Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong
  9. Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  10. The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland by Shlomo Sand
  11. The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution by Brent Preston
  12. The New Chinese Empire: And What It Means For The United States by Ross Terrill
  13. Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  14. Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization by Paul Kriwaczek
  15. Japan Unbound: A Volatile Nation's Quest for Pride and Purpose by John Nathan
  16. The Man from the Future: The Visionary Ideas of John von Neumann by Ananyo Bhattacharya

Fiction 
  1. Circe by Madeline Miller
  2. Berlin by Jason Lutes
  3. The Guest by Albert Camus (Exile and the Kingdom)
  4. Candide by Voltaire
  5. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
  6. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  7. A Voracious Grief by Lindsey Lamh
  8. Jonas, or The Artist at Work by Albert Camus (Exile and the Kingdom)
  9. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  10. Elektra by Jennifer Saint
  11. The Voiceless by Albert Camus (Exile and the Kingdom)
  12. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  13. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  14. The Renegade, or A Confused Mind by Albert Camus (Exile and the Kingdom)