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David Heinemeier Hansson is a Danish programmer, racing driver and the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki. He is also a partner at the web-based software development firm Basecamp.
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Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl (Jun 01, 2006)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five books that taught me about myself - Finding Flow: Happiness is absorption - Meditations: Reactions are a choice - Punished by Rewards: Only intrinsic motivation lasts - Man’s Search for Meaning: Fortune is finding a purpose - On the shortness of Life: Life is long enough     source
How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan (May 14, 2019)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
David Heinemeier Hansson
I’m also reading How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan about the history and escape from freedom - David Heinemeier Hanssonlessons of psychedelics. I never did drugs in my youth (besides a single encounter with marijuana), and to be honest, I kinda regret that! I think there’s something deeply fascinating about the altered states of consciousness that drugs give us access to. And none more so than psychedelics. But right now, I’m not really in a great place to experiment, as a father of small children, business owner, and a litany of other responsibilities. So I live vicariously through the accounts of Pollan’s personal journey and that of others in the books.     source
The Daily Stoic
366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
by Ryan Holiday (Oct 18, 2016)
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A beautifully packaged, gifty daily devotional of Stoic wisdom, from the author of The Obstacle is the Way. Modern readers praise Stoic philosophy for its unique blend of practicality and wisdom. But it's admittedly hard for the average reader to decipher the Dover Thrift edition of Marcus Aurelius' work. The antiquated, needlessly formal language ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Q: What are some books that you think the Daily Stoic audience will enjoy and learn from? DHH: I’d start with A Guide to the Good Life, then On the Shortness of Life by Seneca, then Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, then The Daily Stoic.     source
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A Guide to the Good Life
The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
by William B. Irvine (Nov 04, 2008)
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One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Oct 27, 2016
In terms of Stoicism, I think what really got me turned on to that originally was sort of an introductory text that summarizes a lot of the work, which is A Guide to the Good Life.     source
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Turn the Ship Around!
A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
by L. David Marquet (May 16, 2013)
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"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers." David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-s...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jul 17, 2012
The other book is called Turn the Ship Around! which is a wonderful book about a naval, not Commander, but Admiral or something that was running one of the worst performing U.S. nuclear submarines and turned it around to be the best performing U.S. submarine by infusing his staff with basically saying they’re not waiting for a command, they’re saying what they intend to do. It ties into many of the same topics, but it’s very actionable and very approachable.      source
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On the Shortness of Life
by Seneca (Mar 30, 2018)
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The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each oth...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five books that taught me about myself - Finding Flow: Happiness is absorption - Meditations: Reactions are a choice - Punished by Rewards: Only intrinsic motivation lasts - Man’s Search for Meaning: Fortune is finding a purpose - On the shortness of Life: Life is long enough     source
On Writing Well
The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William Zinsser (May 09, 2006)
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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, b...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
If you consider programming to be a subset of writing, and I certainly do, then you would also do well to read Elements of Style and On Writing Well. I’ve found reading those made me a better programmer as well.     source
Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius (Apr 07, 2020)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collectors Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful b...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Q: What are some books that you think the Daily Stoic audience will enjoy and learn from? DHH: I’d start with A Guide to the Good Life, then On the Shortness of Life by Seneca, then Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, then The Daily Stoic.     source
Blue Ocean Strategy
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim (Jan 20, 2015)
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A global phenomenon now published in a record 43 languages. Over 3.5 million copies sold. A bestseller across five continents.Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for dif...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five business books that lit a bulb 💡 - Blue Ocean Strategy: Build something novel. - Maverick: You can be different. - The Intelligent Investor: Fundamentals are eternal. - The Effective Executive: You’re wasting most moments. - Drive: How to keep going.     source
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The Intelligent Investor
The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)
by Benjamin Graham (Feb 21, 2006)
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More than one million hardcovers soldNow available for the first time in paperback!The Classic Text Annotated to Update Graham's Timeless Wisdom for Today's Market ConditionsThe greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields invest...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five business books that lit a bulb 💡 - Blue Ocean Strategy: Build something novel. - Maverick: You can be different. - The Intelligent Investor: Fundamentals are eternal. - The Effective Executive: You’re wasting most moments. - Drive: How to keep going.     source
The Big Short
Inside the Doomsday Machine (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Movie Tie-in Editions)
by Michael Lewis (Nov 16, 2015)
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From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else. The film adaptation by Adam McKay (Anchorman I and II, The Other Guys) features Academy Award® winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
A good one.     source
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Understanding Exposure
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
by Bryan Peterson (Mar 14, 2016)
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This newly revised edition of Bryan Peterson's most popular book demystifies the complex concepts of exposure in photography, allowing readers to capture the images they want.With his trademark accessible style, Peterson instructs readers on how to achieve successful images in almost any situation, explaining the fundamentals of exposure and its co...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Probably one of the first primers I read on improving my photography.     source
Escape from Freedom
by Erich Fromm (Sep 15, 1994)
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If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism. This is the central idea of Escape from Freedom, a landmark work by one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time, and a book that is as timely now as when first published in 1941. Few books have thrown such light upon ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
I just completed Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm. That’s probably one of my favorite books from the last few years. It’s written in 1941, and traces the psychological evolution of going from feudal, primary bonds of old to our modern age of being disconnected yet “free”. It’s obviously influenced heavily by the Fascist regimes at the time, but its diagnosis feels as timely today as it did then. Truly a spectacular and imminently readable book.     source
The Effective Executive
The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
by Peter F. Drucker (Jan 03, 2006)
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What makes an effective executive?The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five business books that lit a bulb 💡 - Blue Ocean Strategy: Build something novel. - Maverick: You can be different. - The Intelligent Investor: Fundamentals are eternal. - The Effective Executive: You’re wasting most moments. - Drive: How to keep going.     source
Debt - Updated and Expanded
The First 5,000 Years
by David Graeber (Oct 28, 2014)
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Before there was money, there was debtEvery economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systemsto relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? Theres not a shred of evidence to support it.Here anthropologist David Graeber presents...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
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Refactoring
Improving the Design of Existing Code
by Martin Fowler (Jul 07, 1999)
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As the application of object technologyparticularly the Java programming languagehas become commonplace, a new problem has emerged to confront the software development community. Significant numbers of poorly designed programs have been created by less-experienced developers, resulting in applications that are inefficient and hard to maintain and e...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
The fundamental before/after book. Here’s some code that could be better, here’s how to make it better. The trick to reading this book is to carefully read through every single refactoring pattern and then try to apply it on your code base (you don’t have to commit if it doesn’t fix things). You can’t just blow through it or you won’t really learn it. And you can’t just say “oh, I’ll look up a refactoring when I need it” — because then you don’t know what to look for.     source
The Manual
A Philosopher's Guide to Life
by Epictetus (May 11, 2017)
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Life's Missing Instruction Manual Epictetus (c. 50-135 CE) was brought as a slave to Rome, where he became a great teacher, deeply influencing the future emperor Marcus Aurelius among many others. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical--aimed at relieving human suffering here and now.And Epictetus knew suffering. Besides being a f...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Q: What book have you found most inspiring, what effect did it have on you? DHH: Probably the most powerful books I’ve read have been the great Stoic works. Meditations, On The Shortness of Life and The Manual by Epictetus. They all revolve around the concept of separating perception and reaction, and I’ve found that level of control of your own mind very inspiring.     source
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The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
by William Strunk Jr. (Aug 01, 1999)
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'The Elements of Style' (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of 'The Elements of Style' details eight elementa...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
If you consider programming to be a subset of writing, and I certainly do, then you would also do well to read Elements of Style and On Writing Well. I’ve found reading those made me a better programmer as well.     source
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Political Order and Political Decay
From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
by Francis Fukuyama (Oct 13, 2015)
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The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern stateWriting in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order "magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition." In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as "a major achievement by ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
Maverick
The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace
by Ricardo Semler (Apr 01, 1995)
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Semler turned his family's business, the aging Semco corporation of Brazil, into the most revolutionary business success story of our time. By eliminating uneeded layers of management and allowing employees unprecedented democracy in the workplace, he created a company that challenged the old ways and blazed a path to success in an uncertain econom...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five business books that lit a bulb 💡 - Blue Ocean Strategy: Build something novel. - Maverick: You can be different. - The Intelligent Investor: Fundamentals are eternal. - The Effective Executive: You’re wasting most moments. - Drive: How to keep going.     source
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The Origins of Political Order
From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution
by Francis Fukuyama (Mar 27, 2012)
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleA Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 titleVirtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citiz...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
1984
by George Orwell (Apr 04, 2017)
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
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Domain-Driven Design
Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software
by Eric Evans (Aug 29, 2003)
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"Eric Evans has written a fantastic book on how you can make the design of your software match your mental model of the problem domain you are addressing. "His book is very compatible with XP. It is not about drawing pictures of a domain; it is about how you think of it, the language you use to talk about it, and how you organize your software to r...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
This is probably the least readable book of the bunch. It’s a slug to work through, but the ideas are worth it. It’s a great primer on how to turn a problem space into a beautiful OO domain model. What should your models be called? What logic goes where? How do we reproduce reality into an object model.     source
Punished by Rewards
The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes
by Alfie Kohn (Sep 01, 1999)
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The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way we train the family pet. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a m...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Outlines all the scientific research on why incentive systems don't work.     source
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty (Aug 14, 2017)
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A New York Times #1 Bestseller An Amazon #1 Bestseller A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Sunday Times BestsellerWinner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardWinner of the British Academy MedalFinalist, National Book Critics Circle Award"It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Cen...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
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Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
by Martin Fowler (Nov 14, 2002)
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The practice of enterprise application development has benefited from the emergence of many new enabling technologies. Multi-tiered object-oriented platforms, such as Java and .NET, have become commonplace. These new tools and technologies are capable of building powerful applications, but they are not easily implemented. Common failures in enterpr...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
Great inventory of many of the patterns that underpin Rails itself, as well as descriptions of many of the “new” approaches that people advocate today (like transaction scripts and service layers). You won’t necessarily implement most of these patterns yourself, but it’s an invaluable resource to understanding the differences in architectures and why framework work the way they do. (Funny anecdote: before I created Rails, I redrew many of the diagrams in OmniGraffle for Martin Fowler because I liked the book so much.)     source
Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns
by Kent Beck (Oct 12, 1996)
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This classic book is the definitive real-world style guide for better Smalltalk programming. This author presents a set of patterns that organize all the informal experience successful Smalltalk programmers have learned the hard way. When programmers understand these patterns, they can write much more effective code. The concept of Smalltalk patter...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
Incredibly practical advice for what constitutes good OO code. It’s done in Smalltalk, but the principles are mostly universal. Probably my favorite nuts’n’bolts of programming design book. Very granular.     source
The Halo Effect
. . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers
by Phil Rosenzweig (Jun 17, 2014)
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With two new chapters and a new preface, the award-winning book The Halo Effect continues to unmask the delusions found in the corporate world and provides a sharp understanding of what drives business success and failure.Too many of today’s most prominent management gurus make steel-clad guarantees based on claims of irrefutable research, promisin...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jan 04, 2018
We have a tendency to idolize people and companies who show success in one area and think that everything they do must be wonderful because they’re successful. Not so. The Halo effect clouds our judgment and makes us cargo cult terrible practices and traits of successful people.     source
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Are Your Lights On?
How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is
by Donald C. Gause (Mar 01, 1990)
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Partial ContentsPart 1: What is The Problem?1. A Problem2. Peter Pigeonhole Prepared A Petition3. What's Your Problem?Part 2: What is The Problem?4. Billy Brighteyes Bests The Bidders5. Billy Bites His Tongue6. Billy Back To The BiddersPart 3: What is The Problem Really?7. The Endless Chain8. Missing The Misfit9. Landing On The Level10. Mind Your M...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Dec 26, 2012
This isn’t technically a programming book, but it deals with the biggest problem facing developers none the less: What is the problem we’re trying to solve? Is it the right problem? Could we solve a different problem instead and that would be just as good? Nothing has increased my programming productivity more than being able to restate hard problems as simple ones.     source
An Introduction to General Systems Thinking
by Gerald M. Weinberg (Dec 31, 1974)
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Makes the most generally applicable insights from general systems theorists and from disciplinarians available to the widest audience possible....
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jan 04, 2018
To understand organizations and systems alike, you need to be able to analyze them, examine them, study them. Gerald is a master teacher in just that.     source
Fear and Trembling
by Soren Kierkegaard (May 30, 2006)
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Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, and religious author interested in human psychology. He is regarded as a leading pioneer of existentialism and one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th Century.In Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when God commanded him ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
I always have a handful of books going at the same time. I’m just at the tail end of Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard. It’s the first original text by Kierkegaard that I’ve worked my way through, even though you think that as a Dane I’d be nationally obligated to read the great philosopher. So making up for lost time! What got me interested in Kierkegaard was his position as one of the pivotal figures in the Existentialist branch of philosophy. I had already read Satre and Camus and really enjoyed that perspective, as both a contrast and a compliment to the Stoic philosophy books I’ve spent the last five years diving into so deeply.     source
The Undoing Project
A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
by Michael Lewis (Dec 06, 2016)
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Bestselling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prizewinning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human m...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jan 04, 2018
Half biography of two researchers, half summary of their work on human fallacies and predictable cognitive deficiencies. Kills the idea of “the rational human” and replaces it with a much more nuanced picture of a faulty human that makes mistakes in similar ways, which you can learn to identify and counter.     source
Finding Flow
The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Masterminds Series)
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Apr 06, 1998)
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From one of the pioneers of the scientific study of happiness, an indispensable guide to living your best life.What makes a good life? Is it money? An important job? Leisure time? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes our obsessive focus on such measures has led us astray. Work fills our days with anxiety and pressure, so that during our free time, we t...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five books that taught me about myself - Finding Flow: Happiness is absorption - Meditations: Reactions are a choice - Punished by Rewards: Only intrinsic motivation lasts - Man’s Search for Meaning: Fortune is finding a purpose - On the shortness of Life: Life is long enough     source
The Road to Wigan Pier
by George Orwell (Jun 28, 2008)
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The Road to Wigan Pier authored by George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) was an autobiographical novel by the author written in those days of his life that we say struggling days. He was moving around from one city to the other and it were those days when he left his job at the Booklovers' Corner. A photograph taken by the esteemed photographer 'Ceridw...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Mar 24, 2020
Been reading Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier, and it’s amazing how much of the abusive ideology revealed in his account of the miners is still present in today’s gig economy. Paying for your own equipment (lamps v cars), no compensation for travel (in mine v between passengers).     source
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The 4-Hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss (Dec 15, 2009)
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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...
David Heinemeier Hansson
My key takeaway from The 4-Hour Workweek was the concept of lifestyle design.     source
Drive
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink (Apr 05, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller that gives readers a paradigm-shattering new way to think about motivation Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five business books that lit a bulb 💡 - Blue Ocean Strategy: Build something novel. - Maverick: You can be different. - The Intelligent Investor: Fundamentals are eternal. - The Effective Executive: You’re wasting most moments. - Drive: How to keep going.     source
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Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley (May 09, 2017)
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Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological mani...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
The Trial
by Franz Kafka (Oct 06, 2020)
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Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
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The Stranger
by Albert Camus (Mar 12, 1989)
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Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's first novel, THE STRANGER (L'etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sundrenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with t...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
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The Wealth Of Nations
by Adam Smith (Jan 18, 2018)
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth, and is today a fun...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
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The Myth of the Spoiled Child
Coddled Kids, Helicopter Parents, and Other Phony Crises
by Alfie Kohn (Mar 08, 2016)
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A prominent and esteemed critic challenges widely held beliefs about children and parenting, revealing that underlying each myth is a deeply conservative ideology that is, ironically, often adopted by liberal parents. Somehow a set of deeply conservative assumptions about children—what they’re like and how they should be raised—ha...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Oct 27, 2016
There’s also a great book called The Myth of the Spoiled Child, which is even more specific about nurturing and supporting kids and so forth. That’s been very inspirational.     source
Anxiety Culture
by Michael Foley (Jul 06, 2009)
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The good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of wel...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Another great book on philosophy in the current age.     source
When Prophecy Fails
by Leon Festinger (Apr 03, 2018)
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The study reported in this volume grew out of some theoretical work, one phase of which bore specifically on the behavior of individuals in social movements that made specific (and unfulfilled) prophecies. We had been forced to depend chiefly on historical records to judge the adequacy of our theoretical ideas until we by chance discovered the soci...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jul 09, 2020
The 1964 book When Prophecy Fails covers this phenomenon in detail: Once a person has been ensnared by a false in-group belief, disconfirmation in the form of facts or events, often lead to more fervent beliefs.     source