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. From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000 by Lee Kuan Yew
  5. Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
  6. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  7. Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics by Joseph S. Nye
  8. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  9. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
  10. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant
  11. Hot Buttons: How to Resolve Conflict and Cool Everyone Down by Sybil Evans, Sherry Suib Cohen
  12. When Women Ruled The World by Maureen Quilligan
  13. The Heroine With 1,001 Faces by Maria Tatar
  14. Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler
  15. On Obligations by Marcus Tullius Cicero
  16. The Politics by Aristotle
  17. The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 1]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  18. The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 2]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  19. The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 3]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  20. Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani
  21. 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. Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
  3. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
  4. Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule by Tsering Woeser
  5. The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society by Debra Soh
  6. Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman
  7. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  8. Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  9. Class Struggle Unionism by Joe Burns
  10. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  11. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville
  12. Genghis Khan: A Life From Beginning to End by Henry Freeman

A Choice

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