Anthony Lemieux, PhD, is a visiting associate professor, Emory School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics. Since 9/11, Lemieux has extensively researched and taught on the topics of terrorist motivations, radicalization and the psychology of terrorism from an interdisciplinary approach. He is a social psychologist with interests in intergroup relations with a particular emphasis on understanding the factors that cause people to support terrorist acts and groups.

The Roots of Evil: The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence

The Roots of Evil: The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence

by Ervin Staub

“For those of us fascinated by the problem of why people would harm and kill others on the basis of group membership, The Roots of Evil is a must-read.”

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The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

by Lawrence Wright

“Of the myriad books written about the 9/11 attacks and Al Qaeda, The Looming Tower is a story so masterfully told that it is unequivocally positioned at the front of the pack. ”

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Influence: Science and Practice

Influence: Science and Practice

by Robert Cialdini

“This is one of those rare books that I think should be required reading for a “Life 101” course. Cialdini catalogs a wide range of influence “weapons” which are used against (and sometimes by) us all the time.”

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We Are All The Same: A Story of a Boy’s Courage and a Mother’s Love

We Are All The Same: A Story of a Boy’s Courage and a Mother’s Love

by Jim Wooten

“There are so many stories and faces of people affected by HIV & AIDS. Nkosi Johnson’s is perhaps the most compelling out there. He was a sweet, lovable kid who made a real difference in his 12 years. This book is both hopeful and tragic, and makes a profound impact.”

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Imagine: How Creativity Works

Imagine: How Creativity Works

by Jonah Lehrer

“Lehrer makes the science of creativity and insight super-accessible. Creativity takes a lot of work, focused effort, and being able to think critically across boundaries and perspectives. Being able to give and receive critical feedback throughout the iterative process is a key feature of innovation. This book is inspiring.”

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The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

by Frans Johansson

“The importance of networks, intersections, and working at disciplinary crossroads is a key feature of The Medici Effect. Innovation lives at the margins, and requires us to work past barriers to experiment with novel combinations of ideas and perspectives. And we need to persevere through, and learn from, failure.”

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When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group That Predicted the Destruction of the World

When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group That Predicted the Destruction of the World

by Leon Festinger, Henry W. Riecken, & Stanley Schacter

“If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a group that thinks aliens are coming to usher in the end of the world, this book is for you. It’s an extraordinary example of participant observation research, and describes cognitive dissonance beautifully.”

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How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

by Otis Webb Brawley & Paul Goldberg

“Using vividly detailed examples, we are afforded a glimpse of disparities that are endemic to our health care system. Most of us think about problems of healthcare access as a lack of services, but the other side of the coin is overuse and over-treatment. Sometimes the ‘cures’ can be worse than the illness, and Brawley explains the importance of evidence in driving treatment decisions.”

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The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

by Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstrom

“It’s quickly becoming common wisdom that peer networks are critically important drivers of communications, business, and just about everything else. Here, the power of decentralization is put on display, and through a series of well-considered examples we get a little closer to understanding what kinds of magic can happen when everyone (and no one) is a leader.”

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Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

by Nicholas A. Christakis & James H. Fowler

“This is perhaps the most lucid and accessible book on social networks out there. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is its articulation of the power of ‘weak’ ties in our networks. Turns out, those can really matter – and quite often get overlooked in studying social influence.”

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Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor

by Paul Farmer

“Farmer shines a bright and unrelenting light on structural violence, highlighting the policies and practices that are key drivers of health disparities. Connections between economic, educational, and health outcomes are elegantly described and lucid examples show why it matters in the lives (and deaths) of real people.”

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The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders

The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders

by John H. Zenger & Joseph Folkman

“Here is a wonderful demonstration of the benefits of finding and developing things we’re good at doing. When managers and leaders see feedback about their performance, the natural inclination is to look for areas where there are deficits and calibrate their efforts to improve those. The Extraordinary Leader provides an insightful counterpoint to that conventional approach to development.”

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

by Malcolm Gladwell

“Gladwell digs into what causes ideas and trends take hold. In doing so, he makes the science accessible to a wide audience. I also really like Diffusion of Innovations by Everett Rogers – which helps to get further inside the phenomenon that Gladwell so brilliantly articulates.”

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