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The Robber Barons
Discover the fascinating story of the financiers and industrialists who rose to vast wealth and influence during the Gilded Age. This classic work explores the lives and legacies of infamous figures like Rockefeller, Morgan, and Vanderbilt, providing an in-depth look at the era that shaped the future of the United States. Not just a series of biographies, but a genuine history that still resonates today.
This modern classic explores the idea that man's ego is the source of human progress. Follow the story of young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity is unyielding, as he navigates love and societal condemnation. With a philosophy that continues to challenge readers today, this groundbreaking novel is a must-read for anyone seeking thought-provoking literature.
As a kid, I wanted to be an architect. That's before I read The Fountainhead. I mean it is hard to find a profession that pays worse than architecture. – source
Also recommended byEmma WatsonMark CubanJesse WilliamsBryan CallenAnkur WarikooTim UrbanTravis KalanickJimmy WalesKevin Kelly2 others
High Output Management
Learn from the former CEO of Intel, Andrew S. Grove, on how to build and run a successful business in his book about management, High Output Management. This Silicon Valley staple outlines techniques for creating highly productive teams and motivating individuals for peak performance. The practical handbook is applicable for everyone from sales managers to startup founders and has the power to revolutionize the way we work. Don't miss out on this legendary management manifesto.
Larry Ellison considers High Output Management his bible when it comes to management concepts. – source
Also recommended byMark ZuckerbergMarc AndreessenBen HorowitzBrian ArmstrongBrian CheskyDrew HoustonRyan SarverHiten ShahKeith RaboisJustin Kan8 others
The Mythical Man-Month
Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
A must-read for those in software project management, this influential book offers a blend of engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions from Fred Brooks, drawing from his experience on the IBM System/360 and OS/360 software system. Revisited 20 years later, the new chapters include a crisp summary of the original propositions, Brooks' current view on them, a reprint of his classic 1986 paper, and his thoughts on the assertion that "there will be no silver bullet within ten years." Discover insightful advice on managing complex projects and achieving conceptual integrity.
Larry had given this book to every software executive whom he met within the company. – source
Also recommended byJeff BezosPaul GrahamMarc BenioffJeff AtwoodAlan KayPeter RexAlan Cooper
This book explores the life and legacy of one of history's greatest military leaders. From his humble beginnings to his reign as Emperor of France, this biography delves into the political and personal life of Napoleon. Vincent Cronin's writing brings the complex figure to life, giving readers an inside look at the man behind the legend. With some wear on the cover and edges, this book is a great reading copy for anyone interested in history or military strategy.
I think it’s interesting to read about him for a couple reasons: to see what one man of modest birth can do with his life, and to see how history can distort the truth entirely. – source
The Jordan Rules
The Inside Story of One Turbulent Season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
This compelling read takes readers inside the world of Michael Jordan and the 1990-1991 Chicago Bulls team. Author Sam Smith was there for the ride as the Bulls finally broke through and won their first NBA championship, and he reveals a candid and provocative picture of Jordan's relationships with coaches, teammates, and management. From power struggles to obsessions, this book provides nonstop excitement, tension, and thrills for sports fans. Get ready to discover the team behind the man, and the man behind the living legend.
Fate Is the Hunter
A Pilot's Memoir
Experience the thrilling and treacherous early days of commercial aviation through the eyes of a pilot with this classic memoir. Ernest K. Gann's vivid storytelling takes you into the cockpit, giving you an intimate look at the triumphs and terrors of those who flew when flying was far from routine. The New York Times Book Review raves that Gann is "truly the artist" when it comes to drawing readers into the "shielded sanctum" of the cockpit. This is not just one man's story, but the story of all men who fly.
The Last Lion
Winston Spencer Churchill
This biography covers the first 58 years of Winston Spencer Churchill, the adventurer, soldier, aristocrat, and statesman whose courageous vision guided the destiny of Imperial Britain during troubled times. It explores the captivating story of a remarkable man who looms today as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century.
Also recommended byChris Young
The Age of Napoleon
A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 (The Story of Civilization, Volume 11)
This captivating volume covers the amazing series of events that shifted Europe from the Enlightenment to the age of democracy. Delve into the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise and fall, and the birth of Romanticism and active democracy in this remarkable work by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.
Larry’s favorite history book, which he had read several times. – source
Also recommended byElon Musk