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Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser; co-founder of Netscape; and co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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EARLY HISTORY OF INDUSTRY & SCIENCE. Imagine holding history in your hands. Now you can. Digitally preserved and previously accessible only through libraries as Early English Books Online, this rare material is now available in single print editions. Thousands of books written between 1475 and 1700 can be delivered to your doorstep in individual vo...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
Written in 1685. Some things never change!     source
Golden Gates
Fighting for Housing in America
by Conor Dougherty (Feb 18, 2020)
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A stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
On why we can't build in great American cities like San Francisco today and what we need to do about it.     source
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Edison
by Edmund Morris (Oct 22, 2019)
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history.Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an international name today, he is mostly remembered only for the gift of universal electric light. His invention of t...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
On perhaps the greatest American builder of all, the builder who brought electricity to us all, Thomas Edison.     source
Tycoons
by Charles R. Morris (Oct 03, 2006)
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“Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary.”—The Christian Science Monitor...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
On how four great builders of the 19th century built the world we live in today.     source
Recapturing the Spirit of Enterprise
by George Gilder (Oct 01, 1992)
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The wellspring of capital will not be found on Wall Street or in the stuffy halls of corporate America, but instead in the hopes and dreams of people who want to create new products and new approaches to problem solving. It is this wellspring that will ultimately cleanse the soul of corporate America corrupted by power and age. George Gilder's 1984...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
On how economic systems that encourage aggressive entrepreneurship build the most for the benefit of the most.     source
The Power of Productivity
Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability
by William W. Lewis (Oct 01, 2005)
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The disparity between rich and poor countries is the most serious, intractable problem facing the world today. Chronic poverty affects more than the citizens and economies of these nations; it threatens global stability as the pressures of immigration become unsustainable and rogue nations seek power and influence through extreme political and terr...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
On how technology-driven productivity growth improves human welfare and creates more jobs and higher wages.     source
Whole Earth Discipline
Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary
by Stewart Brand (Sep 28, 2010)
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"Incredible book . . . Best I've read this year." --Jack Dorsey, via Twitter...
Marc Andreessen
Apr 18, 2020
On why even environmentalists should be pro building, pro cities, pro nuclear, and pro genetic engineering.     source
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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. ...
Marc Andreessen
Feb 11, 2020
So the number one piece of advice that I have ever read and that I tell people on these kind of topics is always from the comedian Steve Martin, who I think is an absolute genius, wrote a great book on the start of his career, which obviously was very successful. The book is called “Born standing up”, it's a short little book and it describes how he became Steve Martin. And the part of the book is, he says what is the key to success? The key to success is be so good they can't ignore you.     source
Triumph of the City
How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
by Edward Glaeser (Jan 30, 2012)
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A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities.America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser -- How cities drive the development of civilization, by putting people together. Highly relevant to the future of the Internet!     source
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The Rational Optimist
How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)
by Matt Ridley (Jun 07, 2011)
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“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles TimesIn a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by @mattwridley -- Sparkling explanation of how the economy evolves, producing the glorious cornucopia of goods and services available all around us. How to feel good about the future even in dark times.     source
A Spy Among Friends
Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
by Ben Macintyre (May 12, 2015)
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Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date brings to life thetwentieth century’s greatest spy story.Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And no...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by @BenMacintyre1 -- True, chilling saga of straight up, profoundly deep treason and betrayal. Sociopaths in high positions of power and influence. Hair curling.     source
Extreme Ownership
How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink (Jan 01, 2018)
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MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLDAn updated edition of the blockbuster leadership book that took America and the world by storm. In Extreme Ownership , Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life.Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most hig...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
I hand out more copies of this book than any other. How to take responsibility for yourself and for those around you. Modern Stoicism, as applied in the military, business, and life.     source
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
by Sarah Bakewell (Sep 20, 2011)
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Mon...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by @Sarah_Bakewell -- "How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—All versions of a bigger question: How do you live?"     source
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Lone Survivor
The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
by Marcus Luttrell (May 01, 2008)
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The inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg: A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan. On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious a...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by @MarcusLuttrell -- The film was fine but the book is unreal; incredibly vivid story of superlative American heroes.     source
A Very Expensive Poison
The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
by Luke Harding (Jan 24, 2017)
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1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia.Based on the best part of a decade's reporting, as well as extensive interviews with those ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko by @lukeharding1968 -- The astonishing story of the Litvinenko and Perepilichnyy assassinations in the UK; reads like a Lee Child thriller; plenty topical now.     source
The Myth of the Rational Voter
Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies - New Edition
by Bryan Caplan (Aug 24, 2008)
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The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters. This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering assessment in this provocative and eye-opening book. Caplan argues that voters continually elect politician...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
The Myth of the Rational Voter by @bryan_caplan -- "The median American is a moderate national socialist – statist to the core on both economic and social policy. Given public opinion, the policies of First World democracies are surprisingly libertarian."     source
Living with a SEAL
31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
by Jesse Itzler (Nov 01, 2016)
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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler chronicles his month of living and extreme fitness training with a Navy SEAL in the New York Times and #1 LA Times bestseller LIVING WITH A SEAL, now with two bonus chapters. Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. His life is about being bold and risky. So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hire...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by @the100MileMan -- What's it like to train with a Navy SEAL in winter in New York for a whole month? Featuring the truly remarkable American hero @davidgoggins.     source
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Shattered
Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
by Jonathan Allen (Apr 18, 2017)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by @jonallendc & @amieparnes -- Best (?) book so far on the Democratic side of the 2016 race, most provocatively on the impact of the press coverage of the email hacks on the last stages of the race.     source
Devil's Bargain
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency
by Joshua Green (Jul 18, 2017)
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From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history....
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by @JoshuaGreen -- Best (?) book so far on the Republican side of the 2016 race, and a deep dive into the intellectual origins of Bannonism and to some extent Trumpism.     source
The Rise of Superman
Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
by Steven Kotler (Mar 04, 2014)
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An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow” In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-ha...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by @steven_kotler -- Startling walk through a series of domains where peak human performance is rising at remarkable rates due to "flow state". Thought provoking and then some.     source
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Civilian Warriors
The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror
by Erik Prince (Oct 28, 2014)
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The founder ofBlackwater offers thegripping true storyof the world’s mostcontroversial militarycontractor.In 1997, former Navy SEAL Erik Prince started a business that would recruit civiliansfor the riskiest security jobs in the world. As Blackwater’s reputation grew, demandfor its services escalated, and its men eventually completed nearly 100,000...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater by Erik Prince -- The founding and growth of military contractor Blackwater as told by its founder and CEO; newly relevant due to the Mueller investigation.     source
Days of Rage
America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
by Bryan Burrough (Apr 05, 2016)
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From the bestselling author of Public Enemies & The Big Rich , anaccount of the battle between the FBI & revolutionary movements of the '70s: Weathermen, The Symbionese LiberationArmy, The FALN, The Black Liberation Army.The names seem quaint now, but then bombings by domestic underground groups were daily occurrences. The FBI combated these & othe...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 06, 2018
Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence by @BryanBurrough -- How 1960s racial politics descended into 1970s terrorist bombings, thanks to privileged college students breaking very bad.     source
Hacks
The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
by Donna Brazile (Nov 07, 2017)
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From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.In the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House by @donnabrazile -- Visceral, raw, you-are-there recounting of living through the hack attacks and resulting meltdown of the DNC in 2016.     source
Slugfest
Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC
by Reed Tucker (Oct 03, 2017)
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The most bruising battle in the superhero world isn't between spandex-clad characters; it's between the publishers themselves. For more than 50 years, Marvel and DC have been locked in an epic war, tirelessly trading punches and trying to do to each other what Batman regularly does to the Joker's face. Slugfest, the first book to tell the history o...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC by @reed_tucker -- Spellbinding creative and business history of the incredibly imaginative comic book industry in the decades before it ate Hollywood.     source
12 Rules for Life
An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan B. Peterson (Jan 23, 2018)
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What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys an...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by @jordanbpeterson -- A bracing disassembly and reconstruction of a theory of individual progress in the modern world. Fascinating compare and contrast with The Courage To Be Disliked     source
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Skin in the Game
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Feb 27, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibilityIn his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Skin in the Game by @nntaleb -- Skin in the game as conflict of interest, or as attaching one's livelihood to one's speech? Who to listen to, and why. Ideal counterpart to @PTetlock's Expert Political Judgment     source
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Conspiracy
Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
by Ryan Holiday (Feb 27, 2018)
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In the tradition of Janet Malcolm's THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER and Robert Greene's THE 48 LAWS OF POWER, author Ryan Holiday examines the case that rocked the media world--and the billionaire mastermind behind itIn 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Pe...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by @RyanHoliday -- Startlingly deep cultural history of conspiracies, examined through the lens of the brutally effective Gawker takedown, with full access to the main players.     source
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A Higher Loyalty
Truth, Lies, and Leadership
by James Comey (Apr 17, 2018)
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Former FBI Director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remark...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by @Comey -- Certainly the story is well known, but given author's propensity to post photos of himself wearing running shoes in Iowa, potentially relevant again starting next year?     source
The Strange Death of Europe
Immigration, Identity, Islam
by Douglas Murray (Jun 12, 2018)
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The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and a culture caught in the act of suicide, now updated with new material taking in developments since it was first published to huge acclaim. These include rapid changes in the dynamics of global politics, world leadership and terror attacks across Europe.Douglas...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
The Strange Death of Europe by @DouglasKMurray -- One perspective on the politics of immgiration in Europe, playing out in real time, e.g. Merkel almost getting deposed days ago. Confusing on multiple levels from US perspective.     source
Chasing Hillary
Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
by Amy Chozick (Apr 24, 2018)
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“The Devil Wears Prada meets The Boys on the Bus”—New York Times The dishy, rollicking, and deeply personal story of what really happened in the 2016 election, as seen through the eyes of theNew York Timesreporter who gave eight years of her life to covering the First Woman President who wasn't.For a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling by @amychozick -- On the bus/in the plane with the Hillary campaign. Revealing in many dimensions at once, and highly entertaining. Best book on the 2016 campaign so far?     source
But What If We're Wrong?
Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
by Chuck Klosterman (Apr 25, 2017)
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New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by @CKlosterman -- Wide-ranging meditation on how to think about the reality that we're probably wrong about most things we believe. Hard to read and not emerge humbled.     source
When the Wolves Bite
Two Billionaires, One Company, and an Epic Wall Street Battle
by Scott Wapner (Apr 24, 2018)
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The inside story of the clash of two of Wall Street's biggest, richest, toughest, most aggressive players--Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman--and the little company caught in the middle.With their unprecedented amounts of capital and their savvy understanding of business, activist investors Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman have the ability to move markets and c...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
When the Wolves Bite: Two Billionaires, One Company, and an Epic Wall Street Battle by @ScottWapnerCNBC -- "Wall Street"-esque battle between Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn over unlikely target Herbalife. Sip a delicious Herbal Aloe Shake while reading.     source
All Out War
The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class
by Tim Shipman (Nov 03, 2016)
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'Tim Shipman's dispatches from the political front line are a must read’ NICK ROBINSONPolitics was turned upside down during 2016. This book by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman is the first to tell the full story of how and why Britain voted to leave the European Union and how the vote shattered the political status quo.Based on unrivalled...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class by @ShippersUnbound -- Inside story of how Britain decided to exit the EU. Economic self-destruction or national liberation? Repercussions to play out for decades.     source
The Courage to Be Disliked
The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
by Ichiro Kishimi (May 08, 2018)
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for the mind, The Courage to Be Disliked is the Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself from the shackles of past experiences and others’ expectations to achieve real happiness.The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous bestseller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga -- Smash hit in Japan, and easy to see why. Adlerian psychology meets Stoic philosophy in Socratic dialogue. Compelling from front to back. Highly recommend.     source
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 ...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine -- Best (?) walk through the ancient/current philosophy of Stoicism. You can't control other people but you can control yourself, so do that.     source
The Spider Network
The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History
by David Enrich (Mar 21, 2017)
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In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated administrators, and that they could reap huge profit...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
The Spider Network by @davidenrich -- "Billions"-esque saga of global financial market manipulation, at mind-boggling scale and hiding in plain sight, by a small cabal of bankers in London.     source
Thinking in Bets
Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
by Annie Duke (May 07, 2019)
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Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result.In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a p...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Thinking in Bets by @AnnieDuke -- Compact guide to probabilistic domains like poker, or venture capital. Best articulation of "resulting", drawing bad conclusions from confusing process and outcome. Recommend for people operating in the real world.     source
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman (Apr 02, 2013)
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman -- Captivating dive into human decision making, marred by inclusion of several/many? psychology studies that fail to replicate. Will stand as a cautionary tale?     source
Expert Political Judgment
How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
by Philip E. Tetlock (Aug 20, 2006)
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The intelligence failures surrounding the invasion of Iraq dramatically illustrate the necessity of developing standards for evaluating expert opinion. This book fills that need. Here, Philip E. Tetlock explores what constitutes good judgment in predicting future events, and looks at why experts are often wrong in their forecasts. Tetlock first dis...
Marc Andreessen
Jul 05, 2018
Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by @PTetlock -- Is the future knowable, and by whom? All pundits and commentators should publish their prediction track records, yet don't. What to pay attention to and what to ignore.     source
More from Less
The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources―and What Happens Next
by Andrew McAfee (Oct 08, 2019)
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From the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Second Machine Age, a compelling argumentmasterfully researched and brilliantly articulatedthat we have at last learned how to increase human prosperity while treading more lightly on our planet. Throughout history, the only way for humanity to grow was by degrading the Earth: chopping down for...
Marc Andreessen
One of the best books of 2019.     source
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Who Is Michael Ovitz?
by Michael Ovitz (Jul 18, 2019)
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If you're going to read one book about Hollywood, this is the one.As co-founder of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list stars and directors, including Stev...
Marc Andreessen
Learn how to build an empire and transform an industry from the Jedi master of modern Hollywood.     source
Can't Hurt Me
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
by David Goggins (Dec 04, 2018)
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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. Th...
Marc Andreessen
Anytime anybody feels mopey about what's happening in their startup or in their life, this is the book to read to reset all the expectations.     source
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Behave
The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
by Robert M. Sapolsky (Apr 30, 2018)
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The New York Times bestseller"It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read." --David P. Barash, The Wall Street Journal "It has my vote for science book of the year." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times"Hands-down one of the best books I've read in years. I loved it." --Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington...
Marc Andreessen
Robert Sapolsky's magnum opus on human behavior.     source
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Becoming Steve Jobs
The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
by Brent Schlender (Jun 07, 2016)
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Now in paperback, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography of how Steve Jobs became the most visionary CEO in history. With a new foreword by Marc Andreessen and new afterword by the authors, Becoming Steve Jobs is a narrative on Jobs' evolution as a manager and leader, as an astute CEO, as a father, and as a visionary with an unparalled sense o...
Marc Andreessen
In this deeply-researched book, you'll find the most honest portrait of the real Steve Jobs.     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...
Marc Andreessen
The first book any working or aspiring entrepreneur must read—period.     source
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz (Mar 04, 2014)
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Marc Andreessen
Let’s just say, we started out relationship with vigorous disagreement, and we’ve continued that to this day.     source
Kill Decision
by Daniel Suarez (Aug 06, 2013)
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The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez’s status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future. Unmanned weaponized drones already exist—they’re widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author Danie...
Marc Andreessen
It'll keep you up late at night.     source
The Lean Startup
How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries (Sep 13, 2011)
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Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for on...
Marc Andreessen
The author has created a science where previously there was only art. A must read for every serious entrepreneur—and every manager interested in innovation.     source
The Wizard of Menlo Park
How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World
by Randall E. Stross (Mar 25, 2008)
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Thomas Edison’s greatest invention? His own fame.Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion-picture cameras, Thomas Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But this critica...
Marc Andreessen
A great biography of Edison.     source
Schulz and Peanuts
A Biography
by David Michaelis (Oct 16, 2007)
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Charles Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of Schulz: at once a creation story, a portrait of a hidden American genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man ...
Marc Andreessen
Amazing. And, basically, the biographer makes the case that Peanuts was the longest, continuous work of American art ever made.     source
Walt Disney
The Triumph of the American Imagination
by Neal Gabler (Oct 09, 2007)
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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history. Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi....
Marc Andreessen
The best biography on Walt Disney.     source
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Poor Charlie's Almanack
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
by Peter D. Kaufman (Jan 01, 2005)
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EXPANDED THIRD EDITION includes Charlie's 2007 USC Law School Commencement address. Edited by Peter D. Kaufman. Brand New....
Marc Andreessen
Tremendous.     source
Only the Paranoid Survive
How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
by Andrew S. Grove (Mar 16, 1999)
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Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel has become the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy of focusing on a new way of measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads--when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall ...
Marc Andreessen
One of my favorite topics. And so that is also a very good book I recommend.     source
High Output Management
by Andrew S. Grove (Aug 29, 1995)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
Marc Andreessen
The best book on management ever written.     source
Private Truths, Public Lies
The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification by Kuran, Timur published by Harvard University Press (1997)
by aa (Jan 01, 1994)
Marc Andreessen
The book that's had the biggest impact on me.     source