Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off from the constant barrage of phone notifications.
Why not spend that time getting smarter on a topic you’ve always wanted to learn more about.
With that in mind, Business Insider found seven smart books you can finish over the course of a single plane ride. They are short, visually stimulating, or both. For this list we selected an array of lengths, from a 64-page book that’s perfect for your hour-long flight, to a 320-page book that would fit the bill if you fly coast-to-coast.
Below we’ve listed them in order of length, from shortest to longest.
So grab one, or a few, for your next flight, and get smarter by the time you’ve deplaned.
'Thing Explainer' is intentionally short and simple to understand. The 64-page book uses drawings and the 1,000 most common words to give readers simple explanations for different complicated subjects.
Originally published in 1890, this 115-page book provides a historical perspective on the American Revolution 100 years following the war, rather than today's more than 230 years. It was written by a historian and scholar who graduated from Harvard Law School.
This 128-page TED book investigates the nature of motivation and is written by behavioural economist Dan Ariely. The book provides lessons on approaching important choices in one's own life.
'The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colourful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia' by David McCandless
'The Visual Miscellaneum' uses graphs, charts, and illustrations in its 256 pages to help readers make sense of facts and statistics. It covers topics from how long it takes different condiments to spoil to world maps of Internet search terms.
'Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics' by Tim Marshall
'Prisoners of Geography' is 320 pages and uses maps to offer insight into world history, answering everything from Putin's obsession with Crimea to why the USA became a superpower.
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