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Machiavelli's Prince
A New Reading
Erica Benner - 2014-01-21 (first published in 2013)
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This fascinating book delves into the complex and often misunderstood writings of Machiavelli's Prince. Erica Benner's insightful analysis shows that the book is a masterpiece of ironic writing, with a surprising moral purpose. It teaches readers how to recognize hidden dangers in political conduct and to mistrust promises of easy solutions. Benner's engaging interpretation helps readers see beyond the Prince's deceptive surface and grasp its powerful critique of one-man rule and imperial politics.
Adam Townsend
📚 I've read more Machiavelli and its scholarship/ analysis then any person I know who's not paid to dwell in Machiavelli rabbit holes. I highly recommend this book for someone to get the intrigues and complexities of the Prince      source
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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It
Kamal Ravikant - 2012-06-07
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Discover the self-published phenomenon that went viral and changed lives across the globe. Written by a CEO who fell apart after his company failed, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It offers valuable insights on how learning to love oneself can save a life. This fully revised and expanded edition offers deeper insights and answers to the many questions readers asked about how to truly love themselves. Become committed to loving yourself and learn how to make it last with this invaluable guide.
Adam Townsend
Great book!!! Naval & his brother are special people      source
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From Newspeak to Cyberspeak
A History of Soviet Cybernetics
Slava Gerovitch - 2004-09-17 (first published in 2002)
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Explore the radical reform in science and society that was Soviet cybernetics. In this book, author Slava Gerovitch argues that it was not just an intellectual trend, but a social movement. Cybernetics followers viewed computer simulations as a universal problem-solving method and the language of cybernetics as one of objectivity and truth. With these new ideas, they challenged the existing order in science, economics, and politics. Gerovitch uses extensive archival materials to trace the evolution of Soviet cybernetics and its language, from its labeling as a reactionary pseudoscience to a movement for radical reform, and finally a trendy fad. CyberNewspeak emerged as the language of this evolution, reflecting significant changes in scientific discourse, power relations within the scientific community and the political role of scientists in Soviet society.
Adam Townsend
@PezeshkiCharles @hsshi18 Chuck, thinking of you yesterday/today as im reading this. Very good book. Quick, maybe 300 pages. Excellent points in it... From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics      source
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Just War Principles
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A collection of thought-provoking articles by influential conservative figures that challenge the idea that Iraq War was a socially conservative cause. Contributors, which include political figures and religious leaders, use conservative arguments to explain why the decision to go to war and occupy Iraq was unwise. The book also includes detailed appendices on the war teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Adam Townsend
📚Just started this book, good lookback at how we got into the Iraq war. We got hit with so many lies from so many angles      source
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A War Like No Other
How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
Victor Davis Hanson - 2006-09-12 (first published in 2005)
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This historical account by Victor Davis Hanson delves into the bloody conflict between Athens and Sparta that led to the end of Athens' golden age. Hanson examines the political background, strategic thinking, and brutal tactics employed in the war that have echoes in modern conflicts. He raises thought-provoking questions about superpowers battling to the death and how the past informs the present. Brilliantly researched and dynamically written, this is a must-read for history buffs.
Adam Townsend
@35boat I've read it. Yes a very good book.      source
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Philosophy Between the Lines
The Lost History of Esoteric Writing
Arthur M. Melzer - 2014-09-09
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Discover the forgotten art of philosophical esotericism with this engaging and comprehensive guide. Author Arthur M. Melzer explores the practice of communicating unorthodox thoughts "between the lines" in Western thought, from ancient philosophers like Plato to modern thinkers like Machiavelli. By studying the history and theoretical basis of esotericism, Melzer explains the importance of understanding this practice in fully comprehending philosophical, theological, political, and literary writings prior to the nineteenth century. This book provides a beginner's guide to reading esoteric works and emphasizes the importance of not dismissing this valuable practice.
Adam Townsend
🆓 tweet: Really enjoying this book, picked it up as a casual read and digging it. Kept me up most of last night.      source
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Big Tech's Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election
Allum Bokhari - 2020-09-22
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Discover the shocking truth about the most powerful tech companies in the world and their mission to stop Donald Trump's re-election. In #DELETED, journalist Allum Bokhari exposes a dark plot to manipulate the flow of information and sway the outcome of democratic elections. With insights from whistleblowers inside Google, Facebook and others, Bokhari sheds light on the secret methods these companies use to control the information we see and target undecided voters. Don't miss this eye-opening read on the dangers of tech censorship.
Adam Townsend
@OHSNLobby @LibertarianBlue Ya, great book      source
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A New Idea of India
Individual Rights in a Civilisational State
Harsh Madhusudan - 2020-09-21
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Explore a new vision for India's political, social, and economic future, free from biased narratives that have hindered its progress. This insightful book sheds light on outdated ideologies, from socialism to group identity politics, and introduces new frameworks for growth, individual liberty, and government reform. Written by two brilliant young authors with firsthand experience of the challenges India faces, this well-researched and fluently written work is a must-read for anyone seeking a fresh perspective on India's path forward.
Adam Townsend
It's a fantastic book      source
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The Fall of Carthage
The Punic Wars 265-146BC (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) by Adrian Goldsworthy (9-Oct-2003) Paperback
2001-06-30 (first published in 2000)
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Uncover the epic conflict between Rome and Carthage in this engrossing account of the greatest war of antiquity. This book covers the First and Second Punic Wars, featuring intense battles both at land and sea with Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, and Scipio Aemilianus as the forefront generals. Highly praised by John Keegan and perfect for military buffs and general readers alike. Learn how the outcome of this war shaped the Western world forever. A must-read for history enthusiasts.
Adam Townsend
3. Adding the (audio) book The Fall of Carthage, the Punic wars Fantastic      source
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2011-10-25
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Explore the inner workings of the mind in this groundbreaking book that explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, emotional, and intuitive while System 2 is slower, more analytical, and logical. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of both systems and learn how to tap into the benefits of slow thinking. With practical insights into decision-making in both our personal and professional lives, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to guard against mental pitfalls and gain a deeper understanding of the way we think.
Adam Townsend
@echo_chamberz Read the book, it's great. PDFs are online      source
American Default by Sebastian Edwards
Titan by Ron Chernow
The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell