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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 White War
Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919
Mark Thompson - 2010-10-26 (first published in 2008)
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In May 1915, Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire. Nearly 750,000 Italian troops were killed in savage, hopeless fighting on the stony hills north of Trieste and in the snows of the Dolomites. To maintain discipline, General Luigi Cadorna restored the Roman practice of decimation, executing random members of units that retreated or rebelled. W...
Alan Cooper
And I have to agree. While packed with historical minutiae, the book was a real page-turner, filled with both geopolitical and cultural insight. As with all books about WWI, it is a story of generals trying to fight this war with the weapons of the last war. 6      source
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Red Famine
Stalin's War on Ukraine
Anne Applebaum - 2018-09-04 (first published in 2017)
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AN ECONOMIST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes--the consequences of which still resonate todayIn 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization--in effect a second Russian revolution--w...
Alan Cooper
A more readable book about Ukrainian history is “Red Famine” by Anne Applebaum. In order to tell the story of Stalin’s oppression, she gives a much abbreviated but far more digestible history of the country. 4      source
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City of Thieves
A Novel
David Benioff - 2009-03-31 (first published in 2008)
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During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s we...
Alan Cooper
@Joshumah I read that book years ago. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Thanks!      source
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - 2020-01-07 (first published in 2010)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
Alan Cooper
I’m reading Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow and my blood is boiling.      source
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The Shepherd's Life
Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape
James Rebanks - 2016-09-27
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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
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 - 2020-12-01
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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
@RobotDeathSquad @gretared @jerryhjones I just finished reading a fascinating book about wood:      source
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The World Beyond Your Head
On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
Matthew B. Crawford - 2016-04-05 (first published in 2015)
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A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investiga...
Alan Cooper
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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Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America
Christopher Wylie - 2019-10-08
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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
Here’s a book that you want to read: Mindf*ck      source
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The Boy Kings
A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network
Katherine Losse - 2014-10-18 (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
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
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Shop Class as Soulcraft
An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Matthew B. Crawford - 2010-04-27 (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 e...
Alan Cooper
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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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
The Systems Bible by John Gall
The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
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