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"The Age of Pandemics" takes readers on a fascinating journey through the devastating cholera, plague, and influenza pandemics that claimed over 70 million lives between 1817 and 1920. With India as the epicentre of these episodes, the book documents the scale of devastation, resilience of people, likely causes, and consequences, and the world's greatest demographic disaster during the influenza pandemic of 1918. This comprehensive coverage is not only informative but also relevant to tackling contemporary challenges, like COVID-19.
Illuminating book. Startling claim by @ChinmayTumbe, backed up by deep research: The Indian subcontinent has accounted for 60%+ of global pandemic-related deaths (plague, cholera, malaria etc.) over the past few hundred years. – source
Explore the history of the American information industry and discover how each new medium became dominated by monopolies and cartels. From the telephone to radio to film, each industry was once open and chaotic, inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians. But will the same fate befall the Internet? In "The Master Switch," Tim Wu examines the strategic maneuvers of today’s information giants, Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T. He warns that a battle royale for the Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.
@deepakabbot Would recommend reading this for tug of war between government and communications monopolies over the past century. The Master Switch by @superwuster – source
Generations is a thought-provoking study of America's history as a succession of generational biographies, with each generation belonging to one of four types that repeat in a fixed pattern. This theory allows us to plot a cycle of spiritual awakenings and secular crises throughout American history, from its founding colonists to today. This book is a refreshing historical narrative that reorders our expectations for the twenty-first century.
Why does this matter for founders? Because different generations have different propensities (to consume, save, live life in general) and will adopt products differently. Ideas adapted from awesome (but dense) book by William Strauss - – source
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