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Peter Thiel

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Peter Thiel is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies and Founders Fund. He was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and No. 328 on the Forbes 400 in 2018, with a net worth of $2.5 billion
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The Diamond Age
Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
Neal Stephenson - May 02, 2000 (first published in 1995)
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The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the ...
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Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
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...
Bloodlands
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Timothy Snyder - Oct 02, 2012 (first published in 2010)
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Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America’s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war’s end, both the German and the Sovie...
Resurrection from the Underground
Feodor Dostoevsky (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)
Rene Girard - Jan 01, 2012 (first published in 1963)
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In a fascinating analysis of critical themes in Feodor Dostoevsky’s work, René Girard explores the implications of the Russian author’s “underground,” a site of isolation, alienation, and resentment. Brilliantly translated, this book is a testament to Girard’s remarkable engagement with Dostoevsky’s work, through which he discusses numerous aspects...
The Decadent Society
How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
Ross Douthat - Feb 25, 2020
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From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our age in human history, so superficially turbulent, is actually defined by stagnation, repetition, deadlocks, and decayToday the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality-television politics, the deeper r...
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Sets the stakes for the most urgent public debate of the 2020s: How do we get back to the future?     source
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The Great Illusion
A Study of the Relation of Military Power to National Advantage
Norman Angell - Jul 25, 2018 (first published in 1909)
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been...
New Atlantis and The City of the Sun
Two Classic Utopias (Dover Thrift Editions)
Francis Bacon - Jul 18, 2018
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In keeping with the inquisitive spirit of their times, two 17th-century writers envisioned their own philosophical and intellectual utopias. Tomasso Campanella, a Calabrian monk, published The City of the Sun in 1623, and Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis appeared in 1627. Campanella was a student of logic and physics; Bacon focused on politics and ...
Peter Thiel
I like the genre of past books written about the future.     source
Originals
How Non-Conformists Move the World
Adam Grant - Feb 07, 2017
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideasand how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option BReading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully ne...
Peter Thiel
It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old before one can try anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.     source
The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World
From Marathon to Waterloo
Edward Shepherd Creasy - Feb 16, 2016 (first published in 1851)
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Each chapter of Creasy's strategy book dissects a different battle. The fifteen chapters are: I - THE BATTLE OF MARATHONII - DEFEAT OF THE ATHENIANS AT SYRACUSE, B.C. 413III - THE BATTLE OF ARBELA, B.C. 331IV - THE BATTLE OF THE METAURUS, B.C. 207V - VICTORY OF ARMINIUS OVER THE ROMAN LEGIONS UNDER VARUS, A.D. 9VI - THE BATTLE OF CHALONS, A.D. 451V...
Peter Thiel
Peter would, at one point, pass me a copy of The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, the book he had read as he’d mulled his options over.     source
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
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...
Peter Thiel
Ben Horowitz has written the first true guide for protecting a startup from self-sabotage.     source
Psychopolitics
Conversations with Trevor Cribben Merrill (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)
Jean-Michel Oughourlian - Oct 01, 2012
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For thousands of years, political leaders have unified communities by aligning them against common enemies. However, today more than ever, the search for “common” enemies results in anything but unanimity. Scapegoats like Saddam Hussein, for example, led to a stark polarization in the United States. Renowned neuropsychiatrist and psychologist Jean-...
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For a fresh application of Mr. Girard’s insights into power politics, that great international theater of irrationality.     source
100 Plus by Sonia Arrison
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Discourses on Livy by Niccolo Machiavelli
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by René Girard
The American Challenge by Jean Jacques. Servan-Schreiber