Transportation is Destiny
Greg Lindsay's "Aerotropolis" is on the top of Barnes' stack, which posits that airport-adjacent developement is the way of the future.
"There's no room in this book for sentimentality about people and places left behind or about other strategies being carried out; no concern for community or democracy or quality of life. Just speed and access and supply chains and success."
In general, Barnes warns that "big think" books can be misleading in their confidence in what the future holds:
"There is about all these books a whiff of triumphalism, a clever certainty about what is best, about what the future holds, and about the superiority of the analysis offered. It's a hazard of the genre and can produce a bit of blindness to complexity."
Thanks to Bill Barnes