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Bryan Callen is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster. He studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Callen initiated his career as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv.
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Going Clear
Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Lawrence Wright - Nov 05, 2013
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A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack, the Looming Tower. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawr...
Bryan Callen
I love Lawrence Wright .     source
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The 4-Hour Chef
The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
Timothy Ferriss - Nov 20, 2012
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WHAT IF YOU COULD BECOME WORLD-CLASS IN ANYTHING IN 6 MONTHS OR LESS?The 4-Hour Chef isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure guide to the world of rapid learning.#1 New York Times bestselling author (and lifelong non-cook) Tim Ferriss takes you from Manhattan to Okinawa, and from Silicon Valley to Calcutta, unearthing the secrets of...
The 4 Hour Body
An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman
Timothy Ferriss - Dec 14, 2010 (first published in 2000)
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Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger... which 150 pages will you read? Is it possible to: Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing?   Indeed, and much more. This is not just another diet and fitness book.The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive ...
Bryan Callen
I probably have recommended The Art of Learning and 'The 4-Hour Body' more than any other books.     source
Bad Science
Ben Goldacre - Oct 12, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in bioche...
Bryan Callen
Great book.     source
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The 4-Hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Timothy Ferriss - Dec 15, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero ma...
Symposium
Plato - Jan 15, 2009 (first published in 380)
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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests--including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato's mentor Socrates--each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who tau...
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell - Jul 27, 2008 (first published in 1949)
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Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbells revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Heros Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all...
Bryan Callen
Joseph Campbell was the first person to really open my eyes to the compassionate side of life, or of thought.     source
The Art of Learning
An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
Josh Waitzkin - May 27, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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In his riveting new book, The Art of Learning, Waitzkin tells his remarkable story of personal achievement and shares the principles of learning and performance that have propelled him to the top—twice.Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of ni...
Bryan Callen
I probably have recommended The Art of Learning and 'The 4-Hour Body' more than any other books.     source
The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Lawrence Wright - Aug 21, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from inc...
Bryan Callen
I love Lawrence Wright.     source
Fiasco
The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
Thomas E. Ricks - Jul 31, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, puts forth in Fiasco a masterful reckoning with the planning & execution of the American military invasion & occupation of Iraq, now with a preface on recent deve...
The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand - Apr 26, 2005 (first published in 1943)
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The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark p...
Bryan Callen
Sets these bold, stark characters—you could even call them Christ figures—and you think to yourself, 'I want to be that.'     source
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche