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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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The story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses.In their short history, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars, recently reaching a market valuation of more than $2 trillion. The central promise of crypto endures—vast fortunes made from decen...
Antonio García Martínez
2022-08-01T19:03:26.000Z
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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Raoul PalElizabeth Yin
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The King James Version of the Bible
King James - 2022-04-01
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Antonio García Martínez
2022-05-01T20:26:06.000Z
@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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First published in 1962, this wonderfully provocative book introduced the notion of “pseudo-events”—events such as press conferences and presidential debates, which are manufactured solely in order to be reported—and the contemporary definition of celebrity as “a person who is known for his well-knownness.” Since then Daniel J. Boorstin’s prophetic...
Antonio García Martínez
2022-04-10T19:15:06.000Z
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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National bestselling author of APOCALYPSE NEVER skewers progressives for the mishandling of America's faltering cities. Progressives claimed they knew how to solve homelessness, inequality, and crime. But in cities they control, progressives made those problems worse.Michael Shellenberger has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for thirty years. Du...
Antonio García Martínez
2021-12-31T18:31:23.000Z
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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A startling and profound exploration of how Jewish history is exploited to comfort the living.Reflecting on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the blockbuster travelling exhibition called “Auschwitz,” the Jewish history of the Chinese city of Harbin, and the little known “righteous-gentile” Varian Fry, Dara Horn ch...
Antonio García Martínez
2021-12-31T17:55:29.000Z
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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Dominion
How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
Tom Holland - 2019-10-29
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A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus...
Antonio García Martínez
2021-08-07T18:21:06.000Z
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 - 2012-11-01 (first published in 1982)
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Walter J. Ong s classic work provides a fascinating insight into the social effects of oral, written, printed and electronic technologies, and their impact on philosophical, theological, scientific and literary thought.This thirtieth anniversary edition coinciding with Ong s centenary year reproduces his best-known and most influential book in full...
Antonio García Martínez
2021-02-16T04:45:43.000Z
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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We live in a profoundly spiritual age, but not in any good way. Huge swaths of American culture are driven by manic spiritual anxiety and relentless supernatural worry. Radicals and traditionalists, liberals and conservatives, together with politicians, artists, environmentalists, followers of food fads, and the chattering classes of television com...