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Rafat Ali. Rafat is the CEO/founder of Skift, an early-stage travel intelligence startup that offers news, data, and and services to the travel industry and business travelers. Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010.
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Bottle of Lies
The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom
Katherine Eban - May 14, 2019
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019New York Public Library Best Books of 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Health and Science Books of 2019Science Friday Best Books of 2019 New postscript by the authorFrom an award-winning journalist, an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-t...
Rafat Ali
Mar 14, 2021
I loved "Bottle of Lies" book, wanted similar biz investigation books, but Amazon is so useless/overloaded on recommendation now, a joke from collaborative filtering field it pioneered. I was "recommended" 320 books in total in paid & unpaid links.      source
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An American saga
Juan Trippe and his Pan Am empire
Robert Daley - Jan 01, 1980
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This is the story of the man who virtually single-handedly open up the world to commercial flight. Teeming with adventure, international intrigue, and financial manipulations, the book reveals how a sky-struck young man of immense ambition and vision took a single-engined seaplane carrying mail 90 miles from Key West to Havana and expanded the oper...
Rafat Ali
Dec 13, 2020
In pantheon of airline books, “Hard Landing” deservedly gets top spot, but this long history of Juan Trippe & PanAm deserves as much praise, fascinating early history of commercial aviation & legacy of sea planes (now you know why most older airports are next to water bodies.)      source
Up All Night
Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News
Lisa Napoli - May 12, 2020
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The wild inside story of the birth of CNN and dawn of the age of 24-hour news   How did we get from an age of dignified nightly news broadcasts on three national networks to the age of 24-hour channels and constantly breaking news? The answer—thanks to Ted Turner and an oddball cast of cable television visionaries, big league rejects, and nonunion ...
Rafat Ali
Oct 22, 2020
I don’t have anything interesting left to say on present/future of media, but have lots to learn about history of media to keep sense of wonder alive. Read this book on birth of live TV by @lisanapoli, so fascinating on why we’re where we are in context      source
Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
Adam Minter - Nov 12, 2019
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Downsizing. Decluttering. A parent's death. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.In Second...
Rafat Ali
Jan 09, 2020
Anyone in B2B or business media, want to learn how to make your subject and writing interesting and big picture, read this. Certainly the most interesting book I have read in a while.      source
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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein - May 28, 2019
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What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. ...
Rafat Ali
Oct 17, 2019
I avoid all modern pop psychology books, but this contrarian book is really good & actually eye-opening. Highly recommend. Range by @DavidEpstein      source
Grand Tours and Cook's Tours
A History of Leisure Travel, 1750-1915
Lynne Withey - Feb 01, 1997
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This history of leisure travel from the middle of the eighteenth century to the start of World War I is a record of remarkable changes - in technology, the size of the traveling public, choices of destination, even beliefs about what was worth seeing. What begins as a description of the Grand Tour of the European continent for sons of wealthy Briti...
Rafat Ali
Oct 02, 2019
Complaining about too many tourists has a history going back a few centuries, right from the birth of leisure tourism. Via this fascinating book.      source
Let My People Go Surfing
The Education of a Reluctant Businessman--Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
Yvon Chouinard - Sep 06, 2016 (first published in 2005)
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In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, amb...
Rafat Ali
Sep 07, 2019
“Work toward simplicity, replace complex technology with knowledge. The more you know, the less you need.” A very profound closing paragraph in Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s excellent book “Let my people go surfing”      source
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The Asian Mystique
Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls, and Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient
Sheridan Prasso - Apr 05, 2005
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Few Westerners escape the images, expectations and misperceptions that lead us to see Asia as exotic, sensual, decadent, dangerous, and mysterious. Despite — and because of — centuries of East-West interaction, the stereotypes of Western literature, stage, and screen remain pervasive icons: the tea-pouring, submissive, sexually available geisha gir...
Rafat Ali
Jun 23, 2019
On the orientalism of Asian airlines, the contrast with local/domestic airlines is telling. From the excellent though slightly dated book “The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls, and Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient”.      source
India Moving
A History of Migration Tumbe, Chinmay
Chinmay Tumbe - Jul 20, 2018
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From adventure to indenture, martyrs to merchants, Partition to plantation, from Kashmir to Kerala, Japan to Jamaica and beyond, the many facets of the great migrations of India and the world are mapped in India Moving, the first book of its kind. To understand how millions of people have moved-from, to and within India-the book embarks on a journe...
Rafat Ali
Apr 03, 2019
Really enjoyed this book, clarifies and shatters a lot of myths about migration within Indian and fascinating stories of Indian diaspora worldwide. Highly recommend to Indophiles....      source
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Land of Desire
Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture
William R. Leach - Sep 06, 1994 (first published in 1993)
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This monumental work of cultural history was nominated for a National Book Award. It chronicles America's transformation, beginning in 1880, into a nation of consumers, devoted to a cult of comfort, bodily well-being, and endless acquisition. 24 pages of photos....
Rafat Ali
Jun 27, 2018
These three paragraphs explain the history of modern American business better than anything I have ever read before. From the excellent “Land of Desire” book by William Leach.      source
The Victorian Internet
The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
Tom Standage - Feb 24, 2014 (first published in 1998)
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The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and fur...
Rafat Ali
May 29, 2018
The not-Internet Internet of early 20th century and its effect on news/newspapers. From “The Victorian Internet” book, utterly fascinating.      source
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The Invention of News by Andrew Pettegree
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu