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Stanford University, Stanford California 94305-6072, USA
Here are the Amazon, as well as the Pantheon/Penguin Random House (US) and Atlantic Books (UK and commonwealth) pages for the book. There are also forthcoming Chinese and Russian translations and an audible version.
In it I discuss how a handful of simple and quantifiable features of human networks yield enormous insight into why we behave the way we do. Two threads are interwoven: why human networks have special features, and how those features determine our power, opinions, opportunities, behaviors, and accomplishments. Some of the topics included are: the different ways in which a person's position in a network determines their influence; which systematic errors we make when forming opinions based on what we learn from our friends; how financial contagions work and why are they different from the spread of a flu; how splits in our social networks feed inequality, immobility, and polarization; and how network patterns of trade and globalization are changing international conflict and wars. The book is non-technical, with no equations but many pictures, and is full of rich examples and cases that illustrate the points.
Here are the contents of the book:
Here are links to some reviews of the book:
If you are teaching a course using the book and would like access to solutions to some of the exercises, please email me (instructors only please!).