Presenting Joshua Kim's list of reviewed books of 2018

Which books did you read in 2018 that you recommend to the IHE community?

How do you discover and then decide which books to invest your time in reading?

What format do you prefer your books: paper, e-book, or audiobook?

Where do you get your books: the library (academic or public), a bookstore, or online?

Do we have any 2018 book overlaps?

Below is a list of the books that I reviewed in this space in 2018.  In looking through this list, Dr. Joshua Kim have five thoughts about his year of book reading:

  1. Books are how I try to make sense of the world, including our higher ed world.
  2. Books, for me, are a substitute for other information platforms - particularly social media.  Time spent reading books is time not spent on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.
  3. Books are the best entry points for conversations about the future of higher education.
  4. Book reading and book platforms/technologies can’t be separated.  Every book that I reviewed in the list below I read as an audiobook or an e-book, and often as both.
  5. Book people, us higher ed people of the book, should be much more worried about the dominance of Amazon in the digital book space than we are.  (Almost every book below was purchased at Amazon or the Amazon-owned Audible).

January:

Challenging Our Thinking in 2018 With 'Doughnut Economics’

The value of reading books that clash with what we think we know.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/challenging-our-thinking-2018-doughnut-economics%E2%80%99

'Fire and Fury' As Object

Parsing the meaning of a book as a book.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/fire-and-fury-object

'Capitalism without Capital' and Why Universities Are Valuable

Thinking about the intangible economy through the lens of higher education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/capitalism-without-capital-and-why-universities-are-valuable

'Dual Transformation' Will Drive Higher Ed People Crazy

We should read it anyway.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/dual-transformation-will-drive-higher-ed-people-crazy

Listening to 'Hillbilly Elegy' on the Google iOS Play Books App

Experimenting with Google audiobooks as a competitor to Audible / Amazon, and why any of this should matter to academic librarians.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/listening-hillbilly-elegy-google-ios-play-books-app

February:

Should We Really Follow Daniel Pink's Career Advice in 'When'?

Thinking about our academic careers and 'The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing’.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/should-we-really-follow-daniel-pinks-career-advice-when

Angus Dealy's Timely 2013 'The Great Escape’

Staying positive in the age of Trump.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/angus-dealys-timely-2013-great-escape%E2%80%99

EdTech and "The Innovation Illusion"

Do we need more creative destruction in educational technology?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/edtech-and-innovation-illusion

History as Networks in Ferguson's 'The Square and the Tower'

A recommendation that I’ll be interested if you take up.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/history-networks-fergusons-square-and-tower

'The Wizard and the Prophet' and our EdTech Conversation

How an early candidate for the best book of 2018 made me reconsider how I think about technology in education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/wizard-and-prophet-and-our-edtech-conversation

March:

We Need To Tell Our Students That 'It's Better Than It Looks’

Teaching critical optimism.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/we-need-tell-our-students-its-better-it-looks%E2%80%99

Reading 'Behemoth' and Thinking about Factories, My Kids, and Our Students

The manufacturing of our modern world.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/reading-behemoth-and-thinking-about-factories-my-kids-and-our-students

April:

Situating Steven Pinker's Splendid 'Enlightenment Now' Within the Progress Genre

Calling all pessimists.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/situating-steven-pinkers-splendid-enlightenment-now-within-progress

Unlocking 'The Longevity Economy’

Companies and institutions in the age of the vibrant old.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/unlocking-longevity-economy%E2%80%99

Two Ways to Read 'Microtrends Squared'

Ignore the political explanations, but do use this book to help in campus small talk.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/two-ways-read-microtrends-squared

Hans Rosling's 'Factfulness' and Other Books on Progress

Prog Lit.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/hans-roslings-factfulness-and-other-books-progress

'Meltdown: Why Our [Higher Ed Tech] Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It’

Why I added “Higher Ed Tech” to the title of this book.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/meltdown-why-our-higher-ed-tech-systems-fail-and-what-we-can-do-about

Mlodinow's 'Elastic' and What a Liberal Arts Education Does to Your Brain

A book on the cognitive science behind flexible thinking.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/mlodinows-elastic-and-what-liberal-arts-education-does-your-brain

May:

The Alternative 'Human + Machine' Narrative on the Future of Work

Why AI will not eliminate all the good jobs, but disinvestment from public higher education will.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/alternative-human-machine-narrative-future-work

Reading 'New Power' Through Old Power Higher Ed Eyes

Wondering about other books that are not at all about higher ed, but that teach us surprising and valuable lessons.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/reading-new-power-through-old-power-higher-ed-eyes

11 Hours of Pure Enjoyment with Lawrence Wright's 'God Save Texas’

A political, social, historical, and travel memoir.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/11-hours-pure-enjoyment-lawrence-wrights-god-save-texas%E2%80%99

'A Thirsty Land' Is a Great Book for Campus Water Scarcity Nerds

What academics should really be worried about.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/thirsty-land-great-book-campus-water-scarcity-nerds

'The Signals Are Talking' and the Future of Higher Ed

Will today’s postsecondary fringe be tomorrow’s mainstream?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/signals-are-talking-and-future-higher-ed

Kurlansky's 'Milk!' and the Food Biography Genre

Food history books that teach us everything about the world.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/kurlanskys-milk-and-food-biography-genre

'The Happiness Curve' Explains Why Academics in Their 40s Are So Miserable

Along with everybody else.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/happiness-curve-explains-why-academics-their-40s-are-so-miserable

Research Universities, Community Colleges, and 'Our Towns’

How higher education fits in to a new book about America’s small city renaissance.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/research-universities-community-colleges-and-our-towns%E2%80%99

On Searching for Campus Novels and Disliking "Lucky Jim”

With a list of other academic novels, and a request for your recommendations.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/searching-campus-novels-and-disliking-lucky-jim%E2%80%9D

June:

The Believably Bleak Future of ’Theory of Bastards'

Dystopia, science, and bonobos done right.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/believably-bleak-future-%E2%80%99theory-bastards

The Precision of Simon Winchester's 'The Perfectionists'

A wonderful book about the history of technological progress.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/precision-simon-winchesters-perfectionists

3 Depressing Conclusions from Reading 'Energy and Civilization' and 'Energy: A Human History’

2 indispensable books on the past, present, and future of energy.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/3-depressing-conclusions-reading-energy-and-civilization-and-energy

 

July:

Auletta's Excellent 'Frenemies' and the World of Higher Ed Advertising

After Don Draper.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/aulettas-excellent-frenemies-and-world-higher-ed-advertising

MOOC Lessons from a $9.56 'An Economic History of the World since 1400'

What open online learning can learn from The Great Courses.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/mooc-lessons-956-economic-history-world-1400

How 'The Efficiency Paradox' Gets EdTech Right

Why education is expensive, and why technology will not be the solution.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-efficiency-paradox-gets-edtech-right

How 'The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs' Makes Academic Life Look Awesome

Why reading about paleontology will make you want to go to grad school.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-rise-and-fall-dinosaurs-makes-academic-life-look-awesome

Why Higher Ed People Should Read 'The Billionaire Raj'

And why the future of higher ed is Indian.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/why-higher-ed-people-should-read-billionaire-raj

August:

'The Fifth Discipline' and Universities as Learning Organizations

Leading higher ed change.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/fifth-discipline-and-universities-learning-organizations

'The Nix' As a Chronicle of the Campus Brutalist Architectural Fad

Do you have giant concrete buildings on your campus?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/nix-chronicle-campus-brutalist-architectural-fad

'The Shakespeare Requirement' Is the Academic Satire We've Been Wishing For

The funniest book of 2018.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/shakespeare-requirement-academic-satire-weve-been-wishing

September:

Mixed Feelings About the Audible Only 'The Coming Storm’

Michael Lewis, the medium, and the message.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/mixed-feelings-about-audible-only-coming-storm%E2%80%99

A Thoroughly Depressing 'Sugar, The World Corrupted’

A book for those who love historical food biographies and micro-histories.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/thoroughly-depressing-sugar-world-corrupted%E2%80%99

'Temp' and the Lean University

A superb history of the growth of the contingent workforce.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/temp-and-lean-university

Applying 'Winners Take All' To Higher Ed

Grappling with some uncomfortable ideas from a provocative book.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/applying-winners-take-all-higher-ed

Are OKC Academics Reading 'Boom Town'?

Books about cities.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/are-okc-academics-reading-boom-town

5 Surprising Conclusions from Woodward's ‘Fear'

All of them worrying.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/5-surprising-conclusions-woodwards-%E2%80%98fear

Adding 'The World in a Grain' to Our Microhistory Bookshelf

The history and future of sand.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/adding-world-grain-our-microhistory-bookshelf

Can 'Farsighted' Help Academics Make Better Decisions?

Bringing decision science to campus deliberations.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/can-farsighted-help-academics-make-better-decisions

October:

'The Mirage Factory' that Is Los Angeles

Reading books about big cities from small college towns.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/mirage-factory-los-angeles

Glimpsing Our Future in 'Korea: The Impossible Country'

Universal higher education, few babies, and lots of old people.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/glimpsing-our-future-korea-impossible-country

'Autonomy' and the Slow Electric / Self-Driving Car Revolution

Why this future is not coming quickly enough.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/autonomy-and-slow-electric-self-driving-car-revolution

Watching the NFL While Listening to 'Big Game’

A very funny book about pro football, money, brain damage, and us.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/watching-nfl-while-listening-big-game%E2%80%99

Discovering 'The Next American City'

Why even higher ed people living outside of the Sooner State should read two new books about Oklahoma City.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/discovering-next-american-city

'Saudi America' and Our Campus Energy Discussion

Fracking, renewables, and us.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/saudi-america-and-our-campus-energy-discussion

Waiting for 'The Fourth Age' to Arrive

How we think about genocidal AI and job-stealing robots.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/waiting-fourth-age-arrive

The Case Against 'The Case Against Education'

Why this excellent book gets higher education completely wrong.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/case-against-case-against-education

A Friendly Critique of 'Palaces for the People’

What happens when three IHE bloggers recommend the same book?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/friendly-critique-palaces-people%E2%80%99

Please Take the 'Prius or Pickup?’ Quiz

A book that made me wonder if IHE is a good place to have conversations across worldviews, and which also made me more worried about November 2020.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/please-take-prius-or-pickup%E2%80%99-quiz

4 Reasons to Read 'Capitalism in America’

Why academics seem to be skeptical of an economic history co-authored by Alan Greenspan.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/4-reasons-read-capitalism-america%E2%80%99

November:

'These Truths' for History Majors

Is this how we should teach history?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/these-truths-history-majors

How China and the U.S. Are Competing to Be the Next 'AI Superpowers'

A good book with a terrible title.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-china-and-us-are-competing-be-next-ai-superpowers

Will America's Future Resemble the California Described In 'State of Resistance’?

Or should we look to Texas?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/will-americas-future-resemble-california-described-state-resistance%E2%80%99

Worrying About 'The Fifth Risk’

A whole new set of reasons to worry about Trump.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/worrying-about-fifth-risk%E2%80%99

From 'These Truths' to 'Heirs of the Founders’

Filling in a post-Revolution / pre-Civil War blindspot.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/these-truths-heirs-founders%E2%80%99

Academic Libraries and 'The Library Book’

Public libraries, books, and us.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/academic-libraries-and-library-book%E2%80%99

A Calm, Reasonable, and Wise 'On the Future’

Humanity's prospects.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/calm-reasonable-and-wise-future%E2%80%99

December:

A Book-Length Argument for a Pop Culture 'Digital Renaissance’

But why ignore audiobooks?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/book-length-argument-pop-culture-digital-renaissance%E2%80%99

What Will Happen When There Is 'No One at the Wheel’?

An argument for a holistic approach to transportation as we prepare for a future of driverless cars.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/what-will-happen-when-there-no-one-wheel%E2%80%99

A Fantastic 'Breaking News' Filtered Through Higher Ed Anxieties

What the best book I’ve read on the newspaper digital disruption might say about the future of higher ed.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/fantastic-breaking-news-filtered-through-higher-ed-anxieties

Reading 'Uberland' and Thinking About Contingent Faculty

A fine work of technology ethnography.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/reading-uberland-and-thinking-about-contingent-faculty

The Progressive Case Against Tyler Cowen’s 'Stubborn Attachments'

Should sustainable economic growth be our first priority?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/progressive-case-against-tyler-cowen%E2%80%99s-stubborn-attachments

An Alt-Ac's Take on 'How to Leave' the Big City

Rejecting the superstar city in favor of the college town.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/alt-acs-take-how-leave-big-city

Drinking In 'Coffee for One'

K-Cups, higher ed, and books.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/drinking-coffee-one

 

Dr. Joshua Kim is the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and a CNDLS Senior Fellow for Academic Transformation, Learning, and Design at Georgetown University.  He has a PhD in demography and sociology from Brown University.

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Recent report on applications and admission to US universities of foreign students in 2018 published by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

Enrol in Vyatka State University and study in China

Chinese and Russian scientists have found a way to increase the resolution of nanoscopes

NUST MISIS opens English-taught postgraduate programmes

Launch of the CAIE Colombia-2019 webinar series

Russia and Africa: the restoration of relations in the field of higher education

HEIs from Asia, the Pacific and Europe are giving internationalisation ever greater importance

OECD published Trends Shaping Education 2019

Implementing an Impactful Career Services Offering at Your Institution

Russian language: facts and figures

Linguistic aspects of migration processes (Spanish version)

Linguistic aspects of migration processes (French version)

Linguistic aspects of migration processes (Arabic version)

Entwicklung des wissenschaftlichen Raums in den GUS-Staaten

Happy session in Artek (Spanish version)

Happy session in Artek (Chinese version)

„Glücklicher Durchgang“ in Artek

Immersion in the Russian language at the Winter school (Japanese version)

Immersion in the Russian language at the Winter school (Chinese version)

Eintauchen in die russische Sprache in der Winterschule

Russian language in Syria and Palestine (Arabic version)

Lapta mobile game for learning the Russian language (Japanese version)

Russian language in Japan (Japanese version)

Linguistic aspects of migration processes

The CIS research area development

Happy session in Artek

Immersion in the Russian language at the Winter school

Russian language in Syria and Palestine

Lapta mobile game for learning the Russian language

Popularization and promotion of the Russian language in Russia and across the globe

Russian language in Japan

Useful tips for scholarship success

Altmetrics, useful supplement for research impact measuring

Brexit, Irish Higher Education and research: challenges and opportunities

Presenting Joshua Kim's list of reviewed books of 2018

G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration 2018

A summer to remember

Call for proposals for Erasmus plus projects for 2019

Pskov State University Internship Programs, International and Research Projects

Study in Turkey. Tuition free education for Kazakhstan students

Higher Education funding in England: past, present, and options for the future

RANEPA contributes to internationalization of higher education

Admission to RRiF College of Financial Management

Libertas International University. Erasmus plus student guide

Five Essential Skills for Your Future Career

Erasmus+ for (non)teaching staff

The Benefits of Using the News to Learn a Foreign Language

Tips for Learning Chinese Languages

Academic mobility

Marketing Strategies For Universities