***The Human Network by Matthew Jackson

Written by an economics professor, The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, and Behaviors shows how connections between people determine power, contagion (of viruses,  ideas, even bankruptcies), and who gets access to jobs and other opportunities.

The author includes helpful and legible pictorial examples and seems equally at ease discussing the polarization of the US senate and high school cliques. The book emphasizes the need to create special access for people who, from birth, do not participate in the networks of power.

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