Recommended Books, Films, and Videos

Legacy sources

Jacque Fresco recommended many books. For a complete list of Fresco’s book recommendations, visit the Jacque Fresco Foundation website.

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Contemporary sources

  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
  • The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies
  • A Theory of Sapience: Using Systems Science to Understand the Nature of Wisdom and the Human Mind
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World
  • Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
  • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization
  • The Trouble With Testosterone: And Other Essays On The Biology Of The Human Predicament
  • Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be
  • Energy and the Wealth of Nations: An Introduction to Biophysical Economics
  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability
  • Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture
  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • Thinking in Systems
  • Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things
  • Principles of Systems Science
  • Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications
  • The Systems Model of Creativity
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  • Systems Science: Theory, Analysis, Modeling, and Design
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • Philosophy in the Flesh: the Embodied Mind & Its Challenge to Western Thought
  • A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies
  • The Entropy Law and the Economic Process
  • Cynefin – Weaving Sense-Making into the Fabric of Our World
  • Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion
  • Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
  • The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think In Action
  • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
  • Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
  • Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures
  • Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • Chaos: Making a New Science
  • Outliers: The Story of Success
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet: Assessing and Adapting to Planetary Limits
  • Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will
  • Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe
  • Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
  • Web of Debt