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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)
by Neal Stephenson (May 02, 2000)
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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
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...
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
by Timothy Snyder (Oct 02, 2012)
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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)
by Rene Girard (Jan 01, 2012)
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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
by 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
by Norman Angell (Jul 25, 2018)
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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)
by 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
How Non-Conformists Move the World
by 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...
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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
by Edward Shepherd Creasy (Feb 16, 2016)
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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
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...
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Ben Horowitz has written the first true guide for protecting a startup from self-sabotage.     source
Conversations with Trevor Cribben Merrill (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)
by 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
The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Aug 14, 2012)
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The 50th anniversary one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged t...
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The classic novel I always give.     source
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How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith
by Sonia Arrison (Aug 22, 2011)
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Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will you be healthy? Will your marriage need a sunset clause? How long will you have to work? Will you finish one career at sixty-five only to go back to schoo...
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Its message is evergreen: how scientists are directly attacking the problem of aging and death and why we should fight for life instead of accepting decay as inevitable.     source
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand (Aug 01, 1999)
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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the worlds motor and the motive power of every man? Y...
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When I first read Ayn Rand's books in the late 80s, it felt pretty crazy. And in the last decades, it's in many ways felt much more correct.     source
Discourses on Livy
by Niccolo Machiavelli (Jul 15, 1996)
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Discourses on Livy is the founding document of modern republicanism, and Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov have provided the definitive English translation of this classic work. Faithful to the original Italian text, properly attentive to Machiavelli's idiom and subtlety of thought, it is eminently readable. With a substantial introduction, ext...
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Something in these pages planted itself deep into Peter Thiel’s mind when he first read it long ago.     source
The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov (Mar 19, 1996)
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The first complete, annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakov's comic masterpiece.An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel's vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not ...
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The devil shows up in Stalinist Russia, and gives everybody what they want, and everything goes haywire.     source
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World
by René Girard (May 31, 1987)
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An astonishing work of cultural criticism, this book is widely recognized as a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature, anthropology, religion, and psychoanalysis. In its scope and itnerest it can be compared with Freud's Totem and Taboo, the subtext Girard refutes with polemic daring, vast erudition, and a persuasiv...
The American Challenge
by Jean Jacques. Servan-Schreiber (Jun 01, 1968)
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“The signs and instruments of power are no longer armed legions or raw materials or capital… The wealth we seek does not lie in the earth or in numbers of men or in machines, but in the human spirit. And particularly in the ability of men to think and to create.” -- Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber in his international bestseller, The American Challen...