Current Events | Prepub Alert, November 2024 Titles

These timely titles span subjects including how rare minerals are powering everyday technology, a consideration of AI by Henry A. Kissinger, and a deep dive into Taylor Swift's music from journalist Rob Sheffield. 

Beiser, Vince. Power Metal: The Race for the Resources That Will Shape the Future. Riverhead. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593541708. 288p. $32. SCIENCE

Award-winning journalist and author Beiser (The World in a Grain) explores the increasing demand for the rare elements, such as lithium and cobalt, that power modern-day technology, from the internet and cell phones to electric cars and solar panels. Finding and mining these metals and minerals is increasingly challenging, even as their use becomes ever more essential.

Kissinger, Henry A. & others. Genesis: Artificial Intelligence, Hope, and the Human Spirit. Little, Brown. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780316581295. 176p. $30. TECHNOLOGY

Started by Kissinger (The Age of AI, with Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher) and finished by Schmidt and Craig Mundie after his death, this book contemplates the future of AI, arguing that humans cannot regulate it and discussing its potential for creating a utopian world. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Sheffield, Rob. Heartbreak Is the National Anthem: How Taylor Swift Reinvented Pop Music. Dey Street. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780063351318. 288p. $27.99. MUSIC

Music journalist Sheffield (Dreaming the Beatles) considers pop icon Taylor Swift’s life and the cultural impact of her music. As a Rolling Stone contributor, Sheffield has covered Swift’s career from the beginning, giving him unique insight into her history, songs, and fans. With a 100K-copy first printing.

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