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Antonio García Martínez is an American New York Times best-selling author and tech entrepreneur. He is a former product manager for Facebook, the CEO-founder of AdGrok, and a former quantitative analyst for Goldman Sachs.
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The Cryptopians
Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze
Laura Shin - 2022-02-22
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Discover the fascinating story of the visionaries, inventors, and entrepreneurs who fought to make cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum accessible to everyone. Explore the turbulent but exciting world of decentralized networks and their potential to upend traditional financial systems. Laura Shin offers an inside look into the rise of Ethereum and its creators, including the brilliant and controversial Vitalik Buterin, Joe Lubin, and Charles Hoskinson. Uncover the deeply personal stakes in this revolution, where vast riches and power await those who can shape the future of money and culture.
Antonio García Martínez
Laura's book is part-drama and part-comedy, and very eye-opening about how some of the more insane and disruptive tech of recent years was created.      source
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The King James Version of the Bible
King James - 2022-04-01
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Experience a literary masterpiece with 'The King James Version of the Bible.' This English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England is a renowned achievement in both beauty and scholarship. Completed in 1611, it includes 39 books of the Old Testament, 14 apocrypha books, and 27 books of the New Testament. Widely regarded as a towering achievement in English literature, this authoritative version is a must-read for those seeking to deepen their spiritual understanding.
Antonio García Martínez
@Muay_Khaoboy The Bible is a very different book if you utterly exclude the Christian gospels.      source
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The Image
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Daniel J. Boorstin - 1992-09-01 (first published in 1961)
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Explore the concept of "pseudo-events" and the modern definition of celebrity in this thought-provoking book first published in 1962. Discover how Daniel J. Boorstin's insights on American culture and its illusions remain relevant today in our world of manufactured news and fame. A must-read for anyone seeking to navigate the complexities of our society.
Antonio García Martínez
A 'pseudo-event' is made-for-consumption media event, usually involving celebrities: entities known for their well-known-ness. These now seem natural, but were once odd: life once consisted of real people and events. Boorstin's book is outstanding.      source
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Dave Elitch
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San Fransicko
Why Progressives Ruin Cities
Michael Shellenberger - 2021-10-12
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San Fransicko scrutinizes how progressive policies have worsened the issues of homelessness, inequality, and crime in America's faltering cities. Michael Shellenberger, a thirty-year resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, initially supported progressive policies but was shocked to discover how they had enabled destructive behaviors rather than solving the problems. He argues that the real problem lies in the ideology that designates certain people as victims entitled to such behaviors, ultimately undermining the values that make cities and civilization possible.
Antonio García Martínez
The book that has dropped like a nuclear bomb in the SF political scene is @ShellenbergerMD's 'San Fransicko', about how progressive politics inevitably create a dystopia rather than the utopia of their imaginings.      source
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Peter Boghossian
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People Love Dead Jews
Reports from a Haunted Present
Dara Horn - 2021-09-07
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This book confronts the exploitation of Jewish history for the living's comfort, exploring subjects like Anne Frank's international veneration, Auschwitz exhibition, Harbin's Jewish history, and Varian Fry. Horn challenges why there's a fascination with Jewish deaths but little respect for Jewish lives today. The author draws on her family life and traditional religious practice to assert the vitality, complexity, and depth of Jewish life against rising anti-Semitism.
Antonio García Martínez
One of the best books I read this year was 'People Love Dead Jews' by @DaraHorn, about the curious love of the gentile world for disappeared Jewish worlds, but rather less love for existing Jewish ones.      source
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How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
Tom Holland - 2019-10-29
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Explore how Christianity revolutionized the Western imagination in Dominion. From its humble beginnings with an obscure provincial named Jesus, to its lasting impact on concepts such as secularism and liberalism, Tom Holland's book unveils Christianity's profound influence on our morals and ethics. Discover how this Christian seedbed shaped our world from Babylon to #MeToo in a "marvelous" account of history (Economist).
Antonio García Martínez
Just had a wide-ranging conversation with one of the current gods in my intellectual pantheon: @holland_tom. It's the most free-wheeling and interesting interview I've ever done. Can't wait to put it on Pull Request. In the meantime, read Tom's book!      source
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Orality and Literacy
30th Anniversary Edition (New Accents)
Walter J. Ong - 2002-07-19 (first published in 1982)
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Explore the fascinating social effects of oral, written, printed, and electronic technologies and their impact on philosophy, theology, science, and literature with this classic work by Walter J. Ong. This thirtieth anniversary edition also includes two new exploratory essays by John Hartley, which contextualize Ong's work within recent intellectual history and display its continuing force in the ongoing study of the relationship between literature and media, psychology, education, and sociological thought.
Antonio García Martínez
This is a wonderful book, and much more cogent than the McLuhan version ('Gutenberg Galaxy'). Written by a Jesuit priest no less....but he captured the fundamental oral/textual divide like nothing else.      source
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Genevieve Bell
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An Anxious Age
The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America
Joseph Bottum - 2014-02-11 (first published in 2010)
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An Anxious Age is a compelling exploration of the spiritual anxiety that drives much of American culture today. The book highlights how people from all backgrounds are seeking confirmation of their goodness and righteousness at a time when mainline Protestant churches, which once anchored American life, have collapsed. Through thought-provoking case studies of two contemporary social classes - the Poster Children and the Catholics known as the Swallows of Capistrano, Joseph Bottum delves into the implications of this seismic shift for American intellectual and cultural history.