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James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, author, venture capitalist and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies. He has published 20 books, and he is a contributor to publications including The Financial Times and The Huffington Post
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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Kind of the Story of My Life
Scott Adams - Dec 30, 2014
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Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strate...
James Altucher
Oct 07, 2020
@ApgDiscovery @ScottAdamsSays Yeah, definitely a great book. Plus "Win Bigly" to master the art of persuasion.      source
Die with Zero
Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life
Bill Perkins - Jul 28, 2020
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A Common-Sense Guide to Living Rich….Instead of Dying Rich Imagine if by the time you died, you did everything you were told to. You worked hard, saved your money, and looked forward to financial freedom when you retired.   The only thing you wasted along the way was…your life.  Die with Zero presents a startling new and provocative philosophy as w...
James Altucher
Oct 06, 2020
#1 book for a unique view on personal finance, retirement, enjoying life, etc is @bp22 book: "Die With Zero". I am following his advice in terms of money to kids, etc.      source
How I Built This
The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Guy Raz - Sep 15, 2020
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Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, ...
James Altucher
Sep 10, 2020
Choose Yourself Book of the Day - "How I Built This" by Guy Raz (being released Sep 15). MUCH more accurate than other books about the unique building blocks to be a great entrepreneur. Guy has interviewed 100s of entrepreneurs on his excellent podcast.      source
Bitcoin Billionaires
A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Ben Mezrich - May 21, 2019
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The fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric charact...
James Altucher
Jul 16, 2020
@pravin310 @benmezrich Great book by a great writer. Always have fun speaking with Ben on the podcast.      source
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How Innovation Works
And Why It Flourishes in Freedom
Matt Ridley - May 19, 2020
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Innovation is the main event of the modern age, the reason we experience both dramatic improvements in our living standards and unsettling changes in our society. Forget short-term symptoms like Donald Trump and Brexit, it is innovation itself that explains them and that will itself shape the 21st century for good and ill. Yet innovation remains a ...
James Altucher
May 23, 2020
This is an incredibly valuable book for anyone looking to expand their creativity and innovation. The first read of it I just wanted to absorb the stories and new ideas. The 2nd was taking detailed notes on everything I didn't know. TONS of notes. The third read...ongoing now!      source
Pity the Reader
On Writing With Style
Kurt Vonnegut - Nov 05, 2019
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The art and craft of writing by one of the few grandmasters of American literature, a bonanza for writers and listeners written by Kurt Vonnegut's former student.Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course, he has given us glimpses in his aphorisms, short essays, articles, and speeches. But, never befo...
James Altucher
Mar 30, 2020
@ericarhodes You'd maybe like this excellent recent book breaking down Kurt Vonnegut's writing style: This and "Consider This" by @chuckpalahniuk my all-time favorite books on writing.      source
Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - Jan 12, 1999 (first published in 1969)
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Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, because h...
James Altucher
Mar 30, 2020
@ericarhodes Slaughterhouse 5 in my top 10 books ever. I have a story about "Catch 22" and the Heller family if we run into each other again. Also one of my favorites.      source
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Dust
Hugh Howey - Mar 22, 2016 (first published in 2013)
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Wool  introduced the world of the silo.  Shift  told the story of its creation.  Dust  will describe its downfall. Juliette, now mayor of Silo 18, doesnt trust Silo 1, especially its leader, Donald. But in the world of the Silos, there is no black and white everything is shades of gray. Donald may not be the monster Juliette thinks he is, and may ...
James Altucher
Mar 29, 2020
@BobMuir @hughhowey Love the entire series. Great books.      source
Shift
Hugh Howey - Mar 22, 2016 (first published in 2013)
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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platforms that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A sim...
James Altucher
Mar 29, 2020
@BobMuir @hughhowey Love the entire series. Great books.      source
Wool
Hugh Howey - Mar 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect the...
James Altucher
Mar 29, 2020
@BobMuir @hughhowey Love the entire series. Great books.      source
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy - Mar 28, 2006
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The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, ...
James Altucher
Mar 29, 2020
@jonmaimon I am an optimist. But I love the book, "The Road". Do I think we get there? Not at all. But still a good read.      source
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Win Bigly by Scott Adams
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
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Clean Meat by Paul Shapiro
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