1) Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

2) People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

3) Think by Simon Blackburn (intro philosophy)

4) On Liberty and Utilitarianism by Mill (easily sift thru discourses)

5) Contending Economic Theories by Professor Wolff
If I could go back in time for myself, I personally wouldn't change anything because I just went for the primary sources. Started off reading Greek Philosophy books and other PoliSci essentials like Machiavelli, Voltaire and Hobbes to get a feel of it all myself
Little did I know that feeling of alienation and disenfranchisement would send me down a powerful path of gaining crucial skills for effective self learning and becoming a bookworm.

I never stopped and just kept reading primary sources myself (not to flex at all btw)
Even in 2020 I continue to advance my personal education with Social Sciences and Humanities as well as re-learning Math from the ground up.
My 2021 reading list is:

1) Elements by Euclid

2) Critique of Pure Reason by Kant

and that's it since both are quite a lot to take in and take my time with. I struggle with both, but I like struggling because being challenged means that I'm learning well!
More on my list here

I think it's more important that people have critical thinking skills and exposure to as many ideologies and their machinations as possible to be able to effectively navigate daily discourses and especially advance their analytical skills to argue better
John Stuart Mill is especially one of the most encompassing people to read because a sizable amount of time we spend everyday discussing abstract concepts like liberties, freedom, and abstract ethics. Having Mill in your life simplifies a lot of this
Professor Wolff's Contending Economic Theories is a textbook that gives a proper definition to Marxism and thoroughly goes thru Econ 101 and more advanced Econ course material by helping you understand the other schools of thought in Econ. Makes Econ discourse more approachable
Howard Zinn is a favorite beginner's recommendation for a good reason. His prose is beginner friendly without sacrificing academic rigor to giving you the darker side of US History that school curriculums often choose to omit. It's a life changing book that subverts Nativism
There are several books one could use to get a broad, but decent overview of Philosophy. I just personally think that Simon Blackburn has the best overviews that aren't clunky and awkward to read. I'd definitely put Think on Philosophy 101 essential reading lists
When one has a decent understanding of even an overview of Philosophy, further investigation can be made to learn more since you would learn where to look when need be. That's what makes these kinds of books valuable
Then finally, Bullshit Jobs is probably the first book I'd give somebody to even take the first steps to self-learning with their personal growth in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Bullshit Jobs is very good at speaking to fundamental flaws in modern life
That about concluded my recommendations and elaborating on them. It's quite a journey that I enjoy talking to people about

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