Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett (2008)

Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Haslett on his prescient novel he finished the week Lehman Brothers collapsed in the 2008 crash:

It’s a book not about the actual crash but the culture that lead to it. I spent 5 years wondering if anybody would think it mattered what banks did, but unfortunately history solved that problem.

The novel started out turning international financial scandals into entertaining satirical fiction then hit me with some of the darkest, most emotionally invasive gay sex scenes out of nowhere 😂

After reading a few of his novels, I really appreciate this trope he uses of a doomed revolutionary minded character who is chronically misunderstood.

Here are excerpts of each of the three main characters read with video elements:

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

This book does an unmatched job of bringing Capitalist critique into the information age. It will require a higher reading level, but Zuboff does a great job of contextualizing what she calls surveillance Capitalism by referencing and explaining the historical development of Capitalism.

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I enjoyed this book as an audiobook on the Libby app.