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Allow Me to Retort
A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution
According to commentator and lawyer Elie Mystal, Republicans are wrong when they tell you the First Amendment allows religious fundamentalists to discriminate against gay people who like cake. They're wrong when they tell you the Second Amendment protects the right to own a private arsenal. They're wrong when they say the death penalty isn't cruel ...
If you read this book it'll turn your head around. – source
Also recommended byDon WinslowMelissa MurrayPatrick Strother
The Many Lives of Stewart Brand
Told by one of our greatest chroniclers of technology and society, the definitive biography of iconic serial visionary Stewart Brand, from the Merry Pranksters and the generation-defining Whole Earth Catalog to the marriage of environmental consciousness and hacker capitalism and the rise of a new planetary culture--the story behind so many other s...
I remember reading it at my uncle's house in florida, totally off the grid little geodesic he made himself. i loved the Whole Earth book because it seemed like my uncle. an engineer and hippie. he was another big influence in my eclectic, jumping where my mind wanted to go. – source
Also recommended byTim O’ReillyChris Fralic
At computer giant Microsoft, Dan, Susan, Abe, Todd and Bug are struggling to get a life in a high-speed high-tech environment. The job may be super cool, the pay may be astronomical, but they're heading nowhere, and however hard they work, however many shares they earn, they're never going to be as rich as Bill. And besides, with all the hours they...
BTW, the best Silicon Valley novel ever imho was Microserfs. After you read the book, it programs you to think you're *in* the book. Amazing how complete the virtuality was. – source
How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft
The year is 1997, and despite the machinations of its rivals, Microsoft is master of the digital universe and the darling of corporate America. Windows and Office generate staggering profits, the company's share price is stratospheric, and Bill Gates is the preeminent icon of the information age. No outsider could guess what Gates knew -- that the ...
The best book on Microsoft was written by David Bank, and unfortunately almost no one read it because it came out the week of 9/11. But if you want to know what really happened it's authoritative imho. – source
How the South Won the Civil War
Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America
While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and there established a foothold. It was a natural fit. Settlers from ...
Heather Cox Richardson's book, which I'm just starting, appears to be the history of America that they didn't teach us in school. – source
Klara and the Sun
@om I just finished it, loved the book. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesJenny LawsonBerci MeskóSusan J. FowlerAdrienne Porter Felt
A People's History of the United States
I started reading People's History of America and it was just what I was looking for. After this, I want to read the equivalent book about the Jews in Europe. I have very little idea what that was about other than it was rough and didn't end well. ;-) – source
Also recommended byMichael MooreJohn LeguizamoLisa LingAlex HonnoldAmy CuddyAndreas Klinger
The Art of Computer Programming, Vol. 1
Fundamental Algorithms, 3rd Edition
When I was a grad student, Knuth's book on algorithms was our handbook. His "boundary tag method" was the design I used for Frontier's object database. – source
Also recommended byMax LevchinDez Blanchfield