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Paul Graham is an English-born American computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and essayist. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb, co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News
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More Money Than God
Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Penguin Press))
Sebastian Mallaby - May 31, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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"Splendid...the definitive history of the hedge fund, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales." -- The Washington Post Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge fund moguls have become the It Boys of twenty-first- century capitalism. Beating the market was long thought to be impossible, but hedge fund...
Paul Graham
Apr 08, 2021
I've now read about half this book, and it's really good. He really got into the details of how hedge funds work and how they evolved. It's hard to imagine anyone will ever write a better book on the subject.      source
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The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
Robert C. Allen - Apr 09, 2009
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Why did the industrial revolution take place in eighteenth-century Britain and not elsewhere in Europe or Asia? In this convincing new account Robert Allen argues that the British industrial revolution was a successful response to the global economy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He shows that in Britain wages were high and capital an...
Paul Graham
Mar 04, 2021
Since it's World Book Day, here are some of the best books I've read recently: I Want to be a Mathematician, by Paul Halmos Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan From Galileo to Newton, by Rupert Hall The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, by Robert Allen      source
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I Want to be a Mathematician
An Automathography
P. R. Halmos - May 17, 1985
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From the reviews: "...this is a fascinating addition to recent mathematical culture by one of its makers. The main message i absorbed from it was a set of conditions required for success in mathematics: talent, yes; single-mindedness, almost as obvious; sense of humour, essential when the going gets tough; and love, yes that is the right word - you...
Paul Graham
Mar 04, 2021
Since it's World Book Day, here are some of the best books I've read recently: I Want to be a Mathematician, by Paul Halmos Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan From Galileo to Newton, by Rupert Hall The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, by Robert Allen      source
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Apollo's Arrow
The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
Nicholas A. Christakis - Oct 27, 2020
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A piercing and scientifically grounded look at the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and how it will change the way we live — "this year's must-must-read." (Daniel Gilbert)  Apollo's Arrow offers a riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and of how the recovery will unfold in the ...
Paul Graham
Nov 04, 2020
I've just been reading Nicholas Christakis's book about the coronavirus, Apollo's Arrow, and it's a rare combination of broad historical panorama and all-too-topical bestseller. There are interesting insights on every page.      source
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From Galileo to Newton by A. Rupert Hall
A. Rupert Hall - Jan 01, 1800 (first published in 1981)
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The near century (1630–1720) that separates the important astronomical findings of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) and the vastly influential mathematical work of Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) represents a pivotal stage of transition in the history of science. Tracing the revolution in physics initiated by Galileo and culminating in Newton's achievement...
Paul Graham
Oct 18, 2020
From its title and the fact that it's part of series, Rupert Hall's _From Galileo to Newton_ sounds like it would be a boring survey, but actually it's one of the best books I've read on the history of science.      source
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Grain-Mills and Flour in Classical Antiquity
L. A. Moritz - Dec 01, 2002 (first published in 1979)
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Beginning with a review of the milling implements and equipment of Greece and Rome, this study argues that the grain-mill underwent two fundamental changes in its history and that one of these - the invention of the rotary mill - took place in classical antiquity at a time much later than used to be believed. The second part of the study deals with...
Paul Graham
Sep 28, 2020
@whyvert @Peter_Turchin You might like this book, which by an amazing coincidence was written by the father of the VC Mike Moritz:      source
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John McPhee - Jan 01, 1975 (first published in 1967)
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A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Flo...
Paul Graham
Aug 01, 2020
@robahimself I loved that book.      source
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The Mythical Man-Month
Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
Frederick P. Brooks Jr. - Aug 11, 1995 (first published in 1975)
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Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then...
Paul Graham
Jul 17, 2020
@mutazsoliman I am not the best source for recommendations, because I'm so old that most books about programming have been written since I learned how, but I found SICP and The Mythical Man Month useful.      source
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Hard Drive
Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire
James Wallace - Apr 16, 1992
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This biography chronicles William Gates' rise as the most powerful player in the computer industry--a man who has revolutionized the software industry with the incredible growth of his Microsoft company, that now threatens gigantic IBM. Reveals Gates' personal quirks and idiosyncrasies which helped fuel his fierce competitive spirit. Interviews Gat...
Paul Graham
Jun 20, 2020
@ribas_artur @LauraHuangLA I know of no other collections of interviews with founders. The closest you can get is probably books about specific startups. Hard Drive, about Microsoft, is good.      source
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Born Red
A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution
Gao Yuan - May 31, 1987
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Born Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years 1966-1969, when the author was a young teenager at middle school. It was in the middle schools that much of the fury of the Cultural Revolution and Red Guard movement was spent, and Gao was caught up in very dramatic events, which he rec...
Paul Graham
Jun 19, 2020
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Small Wonder
The amazing story of the Volkswagen
Walter Henry Nelson - Jan 01, 1965
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Marked First Edition - photo illustration sections - 271 pages...
Paul Graham
Jun 14, 2020
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Space Settlements by N. A. S. A.
The Launch Pad by Randall Stross
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Richard Feynman by John Gribbin
Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
The Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen
A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee
Albert Einstein by Banesh (With the Collaboration of Helen Dukas) Hoffmann
The Quest for El Cid by Richard Fletcher
Medieval Technology and Social Change by Lynn White
The Double Helix by James D. Watson
The German Generals Talk by Basil H. Liddell Hart
Wing Leader by J. E. Johnson
Life in the English Country House by Mark Girouard
Making of Europe by Robert Bartlett
The Government of the Tongue by Richard Allestree
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Startup Way by Eric Ries
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Iliad by Homer
A Mathematician's Apology by G. H. Hardy
Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
How to Be Topp by Ronald Searle
The Black Riders by Violet Needham
Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
Sea Flight by Hugh Popham
Moorish Spain by Richard Fletcher
The Kings Depart by Richard M Watt
The Ancient City by Peter Connolly
Wheels for the World by Douglas Brinkley
Autobiographies by Charles Darwin
An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope
Memoirs of My Life and Writings by Edward Gibbon
The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
An Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
Fillets of Plaice by Gerald Durrell
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan
A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston
Land of Promise by Michael Lind
To Explain the World by Steven Weinberg
Towns, Villages and Countryside of Celtic Europe by Francoise Audouze
Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy
Kelly by Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson
Clocks and Culture by Carlo M. Cipolla
Guns, Sails, and Empires by Caro M. Cipolla
Flying Start by Hugh Dundas
Marriage by Susan Ferrier
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
Maisy Mouse Collection 10 Books Set Series 2 Lucy Cousins Early Learner Children by Lucy Cousins
Diocletian and the Roman Recovery by Stephen Williams
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Original Illustrated 'Strand' Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
To Conquer the Air by James Tobin
The Oxford History of Britain by Peter Salway
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With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
In The Plex by Steven Levy
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Mohammed and Charlemagne by Henri Pirenne
The Art of War in the Middle Ages by Charles Oman
The Golden Trade of the Moors by E. W. Bovill
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
Mathematician's Delight by W. W. Sawyer
Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of Constantinople by De Geoffrey Villehardouin
The Old Way by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
My Forty Years with Ford by Charles E Sorensen
The World We Have Lost by Peter Laslett
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History by Colin McEvedy
Euclid's Elements by Euclid
The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson
The Copernican Revolution by Thomas S. Kuhn
The Fall of Constantinople 1453 by Steven Runciman
The Harmless People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
The Extension of Man by J. D. Bernal
Civilisation by Kenneth Clark
A History of Rome from its Origins to 529 A.D. as told by the Roman Historians by Moses Hadas