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Never Mind, We'll Do It Ourselves
The Inside Story of How a Team of Renegades Broke Rules, Shattered Barriers, and Launched a Drone Warfare Revolution
Bierbauer Alec - Jan 26, 2021
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The Inside Story of How a CIA Agent and an Air Force Officer Joined Forces to Develop America’s Most Powerful Tool in the War on Terror. Never Mind, We'll Do It Ourselves is the character-driven story behind the origins of the Predator drone program and the dawn of unmanned warfare. A firsthand account told by an Air Force team leader and a CIA tea...
Chris Anderson
Mar 08, 2021
I really enjoyed this book, which reads like a thriller & tells the story of creating the Predator program before & after 9/11. Although the aircraft already existed, this team had to figure out how to operate it from the other side of the world & arm it      source
The Order of Time
Carlo Rovelli - Dec 10, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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One of TIME's Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 "Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book." --The Sunday Times ...
Chris Anderson
Nov 28, 2020
@smc90 Love that book      source
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More from Less
The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources―and What Happens Next
Andrew McAfee - Oct 08, 2019
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From the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Second Machine Age, a compelling argumentmasterfully researched and brilliantly articulatedthat we have at last learned how to increase human prosperity while treading more lightly on our planet. Throughout history, the only way for humanity to grow was by degrading the Earth: chopping down for...
Chris Anderson
Nov 16, 2019
Something important happened around 1980 to break the energy dependence trend of the economy. Digitization = dematerialization From @amcafee's fascinating new book      source
Skunk Works
A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
Ben R. Rich - Feb 01, 1996 (first published in 1994)
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From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind the high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret & successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk W...
Chris Anderson
Sep 19, 2018
@elidourado @pmarcas_likes What broke was our risk tolerance. The "Skunkworks" book is a great insider story of that. The day that the financial auditors outnumbered the engineers was the day the innovation died:      source
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Linda Xie
Taking the Work Out of Networking
Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections
Karen Wickre - Oct 29, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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For introverts who panic at the idea of networking, Wickres book is a deep, calming breath. Sophia Dembling, author of The Introverts Way Former Google executive, editorial director of Twitter, self-described introvert, and the best-connected Silicon Valley figure youve never heard of (Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal), offers networking advice f...
Chris Anderson
So many of us dislike or even fear the transactional nature of traditional networking. The author has done a great service by showing how it’s possible to make genuine connections that last, that we can nurture across the world for all kinds of purposes.      source
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The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker - Sep 25, 2012 (first published in 2010)
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Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths abou...
Chris Anderson
I recommend anything by this author. He’s one of the clearest thinkers and communicators of our time.      source
The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
David Deutsch - Dec 31, 2011
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge"Dazzling." - Steven Pinker, The GuardianIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe--and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all s...
Chris Anderson
A remarkable argument for the power of knowledge—as not just a human capability but as a force that shapes the universe.      source
The Chronicles of Narnia
C. S. Lewis - Aug 14, 2007 (first published in 1956)
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The hardcover boxed set of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, with cover art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and the full black-and-white original interior art by Pauline Baynes.Journeys into magical realms, battles between good and evil, talking creatures, and more, await readers of all a...
Chris Anderson
As a child, they exploded my imagination.      source
The Fabric of Reality
The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications
David Deutsch - Jul 31, 1998 (first published in 1996)
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For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This multiplicity of universes, according to Deutsch, turns out to be the key to achieving a new worldview, one w...
Chris Anderson
I honestly think it was reading The Fabric of Reality that finally gave me the courage, 18 years ago, to leave my company and take over leadership of TED.      source
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