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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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Bitcoin Billionaires
A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
by 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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Pity the Reader
On Writing With Style
by 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)
by Kurt Vonnegut (Jan 12, 1999)
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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
Dust
by Hugh Howey (Mar 22, 2016)
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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
by Hugh Howey (Mar 22, 2016)
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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
by Hugh Howey (Mar 12, 2013)
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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
by 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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Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel (Jun 02, 2015)
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
James Altucher
Mar 29, 2020
Best dystopian books? I'm going with - "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy - "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel You?     source
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb (Apr 02, 2019)
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One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will ...
James Altucher
Mar 25, 2020
my QUARANTINE BOOK GIVEAWAY. I'm giving away to 6 people 6 of my favorite "quarantine books". All u have to do is share your favorite books in the comments to my IG post here: (going to start doing this every month). Lots of good suggestions already.     source
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War of Art, The
by Steven Pressfield (Jun 16, 2015)
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Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it....
James Altucher
Mar 25, 2020
my QUARANTINE BOOK GIVEAWAY. I'm giving away to 6 people 6 of my favorite "quarantine books". All u have to do is share your favorite books in the comments to my IG post here: (going to start doing this every month). Lots of good suggestions already.     source
Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed (Jul 10, 2012)
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you cant pay the billsand it can be great: youve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugarthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wildis th...
James Altucher
Mar 25, 2020
my QUARANTINE BOOK GIVEAWAY. I'm giving away to 6 people 6 of my favorite "quarantine books". All u have to do is share your favorite books in the comments to my IG post here: (going to start doing this every month). Lots of good suggestions already.     source
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Powershift
Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome
by Daymond John (Mar 10, 2020)
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Bestselling author and Shark Tank star Daymond John reveals the secrets to cultivating influence, building relationships, and negotiating your way to any deal or outcome.Getting what you want in life is all about relationships: establishing them, leveraging them at the right time, and continuing to nurture them long afterwards. In Powershift, bests...
James Altucher
Mar 11, 2020
The ONLY way to get permission to do what you want in life is to give yourself permission. KEY lesson from @TheSharkDaymond new book #POWERSHIFT     source
Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
by Steve Martin (Sep 02, 2008)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
James Altucher
Feb 11, 2020
I love any book where someone took their passion, documented it, and shared it with us. That’s when you can see the subleties, the hard work, the luck, the talent, the skill, all come together to form a champion.     source
Atomic Habits
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear (Oct 16, 2018)
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The instant New York Times bestseller. Over 1 million copies sold! Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad o...
James Altucher
Jan 06, 2020
@BPhril @iamsumitchhabra @AtomicHabits Atomic Habits is a great book. @JamesClear super smart.     source
Win Bigly
Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
by Scott Adams (Oct 30, 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The New York Times bestseller that explains one of the most important perceptual shifts in the history of humankindScott Adams was one of the earliest public figures to predict Donald Trump's election. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a lucky clown, but Adams - best known as "the guy who created Dilbert" -- recognize...
James Altucher
Jan 06, 2020
@_KevinAGC Best book on writing persuasively: @ScottAdamsSays "Win Bigly" and @RobertCialdini "Influence".     source
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
by Robert B. Cialdini (Aug 07, 2008)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
James Altucher
Jan 06, 2020
@_KevinAGC Best book on writing persuasively: @ScottAdamsSays "Win Bigly" and @RobertCialdini "Influence".     source
The Laws of Human Nature
by Robert Greene (Oct 23, 2018)
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Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.We are social animals. Our very l...
James Altucher
Jan 06, 2020
@BrettSSimon Any book by @RobertGreene is great so pick up his latest: "The Laws of Human Nature".     source
The War on Normal People
The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
by Andrew Yang (Apr 02, 2019)
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From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. N...
James Altucher
Jan 01, 2020
@hallofwonders He's appealing to you and me. In any case, I highly recommend a great book, 'The War on Normal People' , by a brilliant young man named @AndrewYang     source
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Tools of Titans
The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
by Timothy Ferriss (Dec 06, 2016)
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The latest groundbreaking book from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  From the author:   For the last two years, Ive interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icon...
James Altucher
Aug 21, 2019
This week, book of the week that I recommended is the one by Tim Ferris! It’s not 4 hours work week though! Also, check out the podcast episode(s) that we have Tim on! We had such a great conversation! Additional mentioned: Bryan Caplan, Art Spiegelman, Chase Jarvis     source
Bold
How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (Exponential Technology Series)
by Peter H. Diamandis (Feb 23, 2016)
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A visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the worldand invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to help them do it. President Bill ClintonA radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponen...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
Basically if you want to know the future, read this     source
Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Jan 28, 2014)
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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
On my podcast Nassim discusses “Antifragility” – building a system, even on that works for you on a personal level, where you if you harm your self in some way it becomes stronger. That podcast changed my life. He discusses Antifragility throughout history, up to our current economic situation, and even in our personal situations.     source
Mastery
by Robert Greene (Oct 29, 2013)
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The #1 New York Timesbestselling sequel to The 48 Laws of PowerMastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analyzing the lives of such past ...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
This book is like a curated version of 1000 biographies all under the guise, “how to become a master at what you love”.     source
Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
by Steven Johnson (Oct 03, 2011)
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A fascinating deep dive on innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedThe printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough tech...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
The connections Johnson makes are brilliant. For instance, The Gutenberg Press (which, in itself, was invented because of improvements in sewing looms), made everyone realize they had bad vision. So the science of lenses was created. So microscopes were eventually created. So germs were eventually discovered. So modern medical science was discovered. And so on. Johnson is a thinker and a linker and tells a good story.     source
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Outliers
The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell (Jun 07, 2011)
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to w...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
Gladwell is not the first person to come up with the 10,000 hour rule. Nor is he the first person to document what it takes to become the best in the world at something. But his stories are so great as he explains these deep concepts.     source
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck (Dec 26, 2007)
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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
Again, I am fascinated by the field of mastery. Not self-improvement (eat well, sleep well, etc) but on how can you continue a path of improvement so that you can really enjoy the subtleties at a very deep level of whatever it is you love. Carol Dweck, through massive research and storytelling, shows the reader how to continue on the path of improvement and why so many people fall off that path.     source
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel (Sep 16, 2014)
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
James Altucher
Sep 12, 2014
There’s a lot of business books out there. 99% of them are BS. Read this one. So many concepts really changed my attitude about not only business but capitalism.     source
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...
James Altucher
Jul 14, 2011
I’m at a loss for words here. Just read it. Don’t read it for the Holocaust. Or psychological theory. Read it because when you’re about halfway through you will realize your life is no longer the same. And next time you get a chance to whisper in the ear of someone about to kill himself, whisper words from this book.     source
The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday (May 01, 2014)
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obst...
James Altucher
My life has been beset with obstacles. It takes practice (and pain) to surmount them and achieve success. This author’s book is a how-to guide for just that.     source
Jesus' Son
Stories (Picador Modern Classics)
by Denis Johnson (Feb 17, 2009)
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Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literat...
James Altucher
There was a movie about it and it's a beautiful collection of short stories about this total drug addict.     source
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini (Nov 25, 2008)
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After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved c...
James Altucher
Excellent novel.     source
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Brain Rules
12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
by John Medina (Mar 07, 2008)
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Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy ...
James Altucher
Discusses how to keep your brain healthy.     source
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The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini (Jun 02, 2003)
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Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion. Despite their class differences, Amir, the s...
James Altucher
Excellent novel.     source
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