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Alan Cooper is an American software designer and programmer. Widely recognized as the “Father of Visual Basic", Cooper is also known for his books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity.
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The Shepherd's Life
Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape
James Rebanks - Sep 27, 2016
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Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years. A Vik...
Alan Cooper
Jul 30, 2021
Here’s a fucking awesome read!      source
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The Age of Wood
Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization
Roland Ennos - Dec 01, 2020
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A groundbreaking examination of the role that wood and trees have played in our global ecosystem—including human evolution and the rise and fall of empires—in the bestselling tradition of Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and Mark Kurlansky’s Salt.As the dominant species on Earth, humans have made astonishing progress since our ancestors came down from the tr...
Alan Cooper
May 16, 2021
@RobotDeathSquad @gretared @jerryhjones I just finished reading a fascinating book about wood:      source
The World Beyond Your Head
On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
Matthew B. Crawford - Apr 05, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft...
Alan Cooper
May 01, 2021
The section in Matthew B. Crawford’s excellent book, The World Outside Our Heads, talking about pipe organ makers is superb: Creative work is not only a “conversation with materials” but is a conversation with tradition.      source
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Russell Moore
Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America
Christopher Wylie - Oct 08, 2019
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For the first time, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower tells the inside story of the data mining and psychological manipulation behind the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, connecting Facebook, WikiLeaks, Russian intelligence, and international hackers.Mindf*ck goes deep inside Cambridge Analytica's "American operations," which...
Alan Cooper
Apr 15, 2021
Here’s a book that you want to read: Mindf*ck      source
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Tom Peters
The Boy Kings
A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network
Katherine Losse - Oct 18, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Kate Losse was a grad school refugee when she joined Facebook as employee #51 in 2005. Hired to answer user questions such as “What is a poke?” and “Why can’t I access my ex-girlfriend’s profile?” her early days at the company were characterized by a sense of camaraderie, promise, and ambition: Here was a group of scrappy young upstarts on a missio...
Alan Cooper
Apr 13, 2021
I’m deep into Katherine Losse’s excellent book about the creation of Facebook, “Boy Kings." It was published in 14, so while it’s ancient history, it was written contemporaneously and thus is even more revealing, packed as it is with dramatic irony.      source
Shop Class as Soulcraft
An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Matthew B. Crawford - Apr 27, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both...
Alan Cooper
Apr 13, 2021
I’m reading Matthew Crawford’s book The World Beyond Your Head, and he presents a refreshing new take on the attention economy. He’s the guy who wrote the amazing Shop Class as Soulcraft.      source
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Heather E Heying
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists)
Julia Finley Mosca - Aug 29, 2017
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If you’ve ever felt different, if you’ve ever been low,if you don’t quite fit in, there’s a name you should know…Meet Dr. Temple Grandin—one of the world’s quirkiest science heroes!When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual ...
Alan Cooper
Mar 30, 2021
I just finished reading this excellent book. It’s all in rhyme and aimed at a young audience. My friend Renato gave it to me for my Birthday a while back. I think UX designers can learn a lot from Temple Grandin.      source
The Underground Railroad
A Novel
Colson Whitehead - Jan 30, 2016
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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the National Book AwardWinner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionLonglisted for the Man Booker PrizeWinner of the Arthur C. Clarke AwardFinalist for the Dayton Literary Peace PrizeLonglisted for the Prix Medicis One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, ...
Alan Cooper
Mar 12, 2021
@ChristinaPaneli I finished it a couple of months ago. Very good book.      source
Chasing the Scream
The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
Johann Hari - Mar 01, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths:...
Alan Cooper
Mar 04, 2021
So, a few years ago I read @johannhari101’s excellent book Chasing the Scream (highly recommended). It is about the racist foundation of the War on Drugs. It’s about systemic failure illustrated with some very poignant stories, including the tragedy of Billie Holiday. 1      source
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Fatima Bhutto
The Disaster Artist
My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Greg Sestero - Oct 07, 2014
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From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story, with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer, comes the inspiring, fascinating and laugh-out-loud story of a mysteriously wealthy outsider who sundered every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen K...
Alan Cooper
Jan 27, 2021
I’m reading this amazing book called “The Disaster Artist” about the making of the greatest terrible movie ever made.      source
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter Miller - Jul 01, 1993 (first published in 1959)
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In a barbarous and fallen world, the monks of the Order of Leibowitz inherit the sacred relics and spend their lives copying, illuminating and interpreting the holy fragments. They vow to preserve ancient knowledge, but will man learn from his mistakes or will history repeat itself?...
Alan Cooper
Dec 13, 2020
@JamesSACorey One of my favorite scifi books won the Hugo Award for best novel in 1961, called A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr. It’s a remarkably literate book, with memorable characters and action. 6      source
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Dark Money by Jane Mayer
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
The Systems Bible by John Gall
The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.