Filterworld by Kyle Chayka

Staff Pick

Chayka, a New Yorker staff writer, goes after the prevalence of algorithms—those hidden drivers behind Google, TikTok, Amazon, Netflix, and other digital platforms that have, as Chayka details, an overwhelming impact on how we think, consume, and produce. Algorithms collect data on our choices and on the preferences of others and feed that data back to us in highly influential and controlling ways. Kyle’s provocative book is filled with both sharp analysis and philosophical reflection and provides a fresh perspective on the Internet and how the digital filtration that’s now all around us is not only limiting individuality and creativity in our culture but even making our physical world look homogenous.

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ISBN: 9780385548281
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Published: Doubleday - January 16th, 2024

By All Means Available by Michael G. Vickers

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During a long public service career, Michael Vickers often found himself involved in some of the nation’s most significant military and intelligence operations. In this revealing and instructive memoir, he shares lessons learned. Highlights include his celebrated role leading the CIA drive in the 1980s to arm the Afghan resistance against the Soviets, and his role two decades later overseeing the hunt for some of the same Afghan fighters he had once supported but who by then were aligned with the Taliban or al-Qaeda against the U.S. Vickers frets that America’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened global jihadists, and he warns about a “new cold war” pitting the U.S. against Russia, China, and their allies.

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ISBN: 9781101947708
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Published: Knopf - June 20th, 2023

Collision of Power by Martin Baron

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Veteran journalist Marty Baron chronicles his eight years as executive editor of the Washington Post, during which he found himself in the eventful position of navigating between Jeff Bezos, as owner of the paper, and Donald Trump, as president of the United States. It was also a time of changing societal dynamics around race, gender, and use of social media, all of which affected coverage outside the newsroom as well as relations inside it. But the story Baron tells is not just about how he managed things. Baron also reflects on how a major newsroom works, how it decides what to cover, how its reporters and editors interact and not infrequently disagree, and how the public is served in the end.

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ISBN: 9781250844200
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 3rd, 2023