10 books on the list
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The Devil's Chessboard
Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
Unveil the dark truths of America's past with The Devil's Chessboard. Written by the founder of Salon.com, this explosive portrayal of Allen Dulles reveals the man who transformed the CIA into a powerful and secretive colossus. Discover how Dulles saw himself above elected law and manipulated American presidents, colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German war criminals, and Mafiosi. From assassination attempts on foreign leaders to subverting nationalist governments, this book offers a new perspective on America's rise to world dominance. Get ready for a shocking exposé of American power.
@EBjorseth @BigBonghorn Already read it. Great book, BTW. – source
Also recommended byGlenn Greenwald
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Discover the science of compliance in this captivating book that uncovers the factors that influence people to say "yes" to a request. Scholarly research is combined with real-life techniques and strategies gathered from sales, fundraising, advertising, and other positions that commonly use compliance tactics. The author has organized the tactics into six categories based on psychological principles: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. Widely used in both classes and the business world, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of persuasion.
@DeonOpperman1 Also, in the brilliant book, "Influence", the author emphasizes the profound importance of doing favors for people and leaving them with a sense of emotional debt to you. – source
Also recommended byGuy KawasakiNaval RavikantScott AdamsDaniel PinkAlexis OhanianDerek SiversKirk BorneHiten ShahSteve BurnsMax Levchin12 others
The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
Learn how to adapt financially to the next phase of Western civilization with The Sovereign Individual. Renowned investment advisors James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg provide strategies for navigating the radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The book explores the shift from an industrial to an information-based society and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of disaster. This insightful read replaces false hopes and fictions with new understanding and clarified values.
@Michael_P_USA I am reading "The Sovereign Individual". It is one of those books that gets in your skull and rattles around. Although 1997, it is in no way a dated explanation of what is happening 25 years later. – source
Also recommended byNaval RavikantBalaji SrinivasanBrian ArmstrongSahil LavingiaErik TorenbergJason A. WilliamsRyan SheaAmeer Rosic
The True Believer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
The True Believer delves into the theme of political fanaticism, examining how individuals become extremists. Written by San Francisco dock worker, Eric Hoffer, this book is a landmark in the field of social psychology. With praise from Arthur Schlesinger Jr., it offers a visionary, provocative look into the mind of a fanatic, and is an essential read for understanding today's world. This is the first and most famous book within the Harper Perennial Resistance Library series, a collection of excellent classic works that reveal the nature of truth, resistance, and authoritarianism.
@TonyClimate I think you would massively appreciate Eric Heller's, "The True Believer." It is about mass movements--how they start, where they get their fuel from (fanatics), and why people join in. The book climbed into my brain and camped out. Climate changers are a classic. – source
Also recommended byMarc AndreessenMark MansonPatrick OShaughnessySusan J. FowlerGeorge Raveling
This eye-opening book uncovers how Big Pharma's profit pursuits corrupts medical knowledge, to the detriment of doctors, American healthcare, and our health. The author, Dr. John Abramson, reveals the systematic dysfunction of our healthcare system, which spends an excessive amount annually while ranking lowly in the world for good health. With patient stories and years of research and access to the medical-industrial complex, Sickening boldly exposes the financial interests at the core of the problem and offers a path towards meaningful reform.
For those who liked "The Real Anthony Fauci" or those who skipped it, I highly recommend "Sickening" by @DrJohnAbramson. Brilliant. Only weakness is he was too busy writing his book to notice the covid vax was more of the same. Be happy to chat, John. – source
Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson exposes how partisan bias and gullibility have sabotaged American journalism. She reveals the struggles inside newsrooms where journalism used to rule and how facts that don't fit the narrative are ignored. Attkisson features insider accounts from dozens of current and former top national news executives, producers, and reporters who speak candidly about the media's devolution. She finds hope in the potential for courageous, counter-narrative news reporting to revive journalism.
[email protected] talks about corrupted narratives in the media. Her book, "Slanted" is excellent... – source
The Rise and Fall of American Growth
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
Discover the revolution that transformed American households and workplaces in The Rise and Fall of American Growth. With historical anecdotes and economic analysis, this critical read weaves a vivid narrative that challenges the belief that economic growth will continue relentlessly. Economist Robert Gordon argues that escalating inequality, a stagnant education system, an aging population, and rising debt will hold back productivity growth. As we face an uncertain future, this book is a tribute to a century of remarkable change and a warning that tougher times may be on the horizon.
@NewLowObserver Try Robert Gordon's book. It's really great... – source
Also recommended byBill GatesSatya NadellaPatrick CollisonBen CarlsonDan Price
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Discover the power and purpose of slumber with this international sensation of a book. Sleep expert Matthew Walker examines every aspect of our physical and mental well-being, from learning and mood to regulating hormones and preventing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. In this “compelling and utterly convincing” read, Walker explains how to improve our lives by harnessing the benefits of sleep.
Hey @APompliano: "Why We Sleep" might be an answer to your question about most important book. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesManu GinobiliAmanda PalmerDavid Heinemeier HanssonAlexis OhanianJason FriedTrevor NcubeKeith RaboisBen GoldsmithTobi Lutke9 others
Spy the Lie
Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
Learn the proven techniques of three former CIA officers on uncovering lies in "Spy the Lie". This captivating book reveals how to recognize verbal and nonverbal deceptive behaviors, and how to ask questions that elicit the truth in everyday situations. With fascinating anecdotes from their careers, the authors showcase the life-altering consequences of unmasking a lie in hiring, investing, parenting, relationships, and more. A game-changer, this book has a dramatic impact on your future.
@verity_douglas I've seen a ton of Gates videos. He was like a teenager trying to explain the dent in the car. It was non-stop waffling. If you read a book or two on this, you'd see all the tells. Try "Spy the Lie". – source
The Great Influenza
The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
Explore the deadliest influenza virus in history that killed as many as 100 million people worldwide after erupting in Kansas during WWI. Follow the collision of science and epidemic disease in 1918 and the triumph amid tragedy that ensued. With a newly revised section on avian flu, John M. Barry's The Great Influenza provides a precise and sobering model as we approach epidemics looming on our own horizon.
I guess it is a good time to point out that "The Great Influenza" is a great book. If you think modern medicine would have mitigate this one, you haven't read the book. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesKiran Mazumdar-ShawHugh HewittKyle BassNorman OrnsteinBen CarlsonMark HertlingGreg Dworkin