11 books on the list
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"Bravey" is an inspiring memoir-in-essays by a Renaissance runner, Olympian, actress, filmmaker, and writer. Alexi Pappas shares her life story, including setbacks and hardships, and how she overcame them to achieve her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. Pappas offers valuable wisdom on the benefits of embracing pain, both physical and emotional, and the importance of always believing in yourself. This engaging book is perfect for anyone looking to overcome adversity, celebrate victory, and claim joy.
MAJOR RECOMMEND. this book by @AlexiPappas - she's an olympic runner and filmmaker (a combo you can imagine im in awe of) and shares a very intimate telling of her lifes experiences. truly can't recommend enough -- – source
Discover how Instagram became one of the most culturally defining apps of the decade in No Filter. Award-winning reporter Sarah Frier takes you behind the scenes to show how Instagram's founders married art and technology to create an entire industry of digital influencers now worth tens of billions of dollars. With exclusive access to founders, employees, and competitors, Frier unearths the details of Instagram's explosive growth, and how it has fundamentally changed the way we communicate, shop, eat, and travel. From fashionistas to the Pope, No Filter explains how Instagram has changed our lives for good.
Awesome story about how IG came to be and its impact broadly on human interaction. – source
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The Spy and the Traitor
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
This riveting true espionage story follows Oleg Gordievsky, a top-ranking Russian intelligence officer who ultimately became a crucial asset for MI6 in the twilight years of the Cold War. As tensions escalate between the US and USSR, Gordievsky's revelations help the West foil numerous intelligence plots and avert nuclear disaster. But as the CIA becomes obsessed with discovering his identity, Gordievsky's world grows increasingly dangerous. Ben Macintyre's masterful storytelling that will keep readers on the edge of their seat until the gripping conclusion.
just finished this yesterday. absolutely fantastic book. super recommend if you're into spycraft and espionage. bravo @BenMacintyre1 – source
Also recommended byBill GatesZitto KabweRichard OsmanTommy VietorSamir AroraMarian KeyesJohn SipherIsabel HardmanSteve Schale1 other person
Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Experience the terrifying aftermath of one of the 20th century’s greatest disasters in this New York Times Best Book of the Year. Journalist Adam Higginbotham delves into the story of Chernobyl with unprecedented access to firsthand accounts and recently-declassified archives, revealing a complex and human perspective on a tragedy shrouded in propaganda and misinformation. This powerful investigation is a must-read for those seeking to understand the fragility of our environment and the dangers of unchecked technological advancement.
@Lisa96744 i read this, it was fantastic -- – source
Ready Player One
Set in a bleak future world, a teenage boy finds solace in a virtual reality game where he searches for clues left behind by the game's creator, with a promise of immense wealth and power for the one who solves it. Soon, Wade becomes embroiled in a dangerous race with other players, who will stop at nothing to win. As he strives to survive, he must also confront the harsh realities of the real world he has always sought to avoid.
@NicolasCatard book was incredible. officially book will go down as one of the greats and the movie will just be another good cgi movie. – source
Also recommended byBen SchwartzBill GurleyBrian ArmstrongBarry RitholtzAusten AllredJenn ImChris MessinaMark RussinovichBerci Meskó3 others
The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
This gripping non-fiction book tells the true story of a 26-year-old programmer who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom. Using a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web, the Silk Road, anyone - from teenage weed dealers to terrorists - could buy and sell contraband detection-free. When the media caught wind of the site, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the elusive Dread Pirate Roberts, the site's proprietor. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and 2 billion digital words left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent Nick Bilton presents a thrilling tale filled with twists, lucky breaks, and unbelievable close calls.
Everything here is factual, but it reads like the Da Vinci Code. It is unbelievably riveting. It does that thing, where in the end of every chapter it leaves you with just enough for "ah" and you have to read the first paragraph of the next chapter, and then before you know it, it is a downward spiral and you end up finishing this book. – source
Also recommended byAnkur WarikooThomas Frank
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
This autobiography is a powerful testament to the extraordinary life and message of Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, anti-integrationist, and "most dangerous man in America." Written with veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley, the searing pages take us on a journey from Malcolm X's childhood poverty to his growth as the Nation's foremost spokesman for Islam and the Black Muslim movement. His message of power, pride, and self-determination is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.
That book is written in such a brilliant way that’s so relatable, even today, that I can’t think of another piece of writing that’s impacted me the way that book has. – source
Also recommended bySteve AokiCory BookerFatima BhuttoSonny Bill WilliamsRyan HolidayBianca BelairStuart McMillan
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be
The world's best selling book
Discover a pocket bible for the talented and timid alike, offering wisdom on how to succeed in the world. This handbook covers topics ranging from problem solving and communication to creativity and making mistakes. The world's top advertising guru brings a unique insight to modern life and business through a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit, and wisdom. If you want to make the impossible possible, this uplifting and humorous book is a must-read.
The book I’ve gifted the most is a book called "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be". The reason why I gift that book is because you can read it in 40 minutes. Each page has like 20 words on it, and each one of them captures these really big, lofty ideas. I just think it’s a magnificent book that you can sit down and will shake anybody up who reads it. – source
The Second World War
A renowned military historian offers new insights into World War II with a focus on five crucial battles. With eloquent and perceptive analysis, the author examines the strategic dilemmas faced by leaders and the consequences of their decisions on the course of the war. This book provides a fascinating look at modern warfare and its unique methods and motivations.
Probably my favorite, or at least my second-favorite book in the world: it’s a textbook, and it’s called The Second World War, by John Keegan. And it’s literally just 1200 pages at size 6 font about the Second World War. And I remember getting in trouble showing up to work tired because I would be up all night long reading this textbook about World War II; it was so riveting to me. I read it cover to cover probably three times. – source
Learn how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to your business and life with this gripping narrative from two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, this book challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win. Revolutionize your leadership development with Extreme Ownership.
My favorite Jocko book. – source
Also recommended byTim FerrissMarc AndreessenAlexis OhanianMark HertlingVictor AsemotaTom BilyeuAlok Kejriwal