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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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To Kill A Democracy
India's Passage to Despotism
Debasish Roy Chowdhury, John Keane - 2021-06-24
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India is heralded as the world's largest democracy. Yet, in recent years there has been growing alarm about its democratic health. ...
Rafat Ali
Definitely amongst the best modern about-the-state-of-India books you will read, brings a lot of coherence, brings receipts and puts lots of numbers into context. “To Kill A Democracy”, by @Planet_Deb      source
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Born in Blackness
Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War
Howard W. French - 2021-10-12
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Traditional accounts of the making of the modern world afford a place of primacy to European history. Some credit the fifteenth-century Age of Discovery and the maritime connection it established between West and East; others the accidental unearthing of the “New World.” Still others point to the development of the scientific method, or the spread ...
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If there is one history book you read, this by @hofrench should be the one, so detailed, so readable, so sweeping in its scope, is reframing my understanding of world history for sure.      source
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The World for Sale
Money, Power, and the Traders Who Barter the Earth's Resources
Javier Blas, Jack Farchy - 2021-03-01
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Meet the traders who supply the world with oil, metal and food - no matter how corrupt, war-torn or famine-stricken the source. 'The definitive, eye-opening story of the most powerful and secretive traders in the world.' Bradley Hope, co-author of Billion Dollar Whale_____The modern world is built on commodities - from the oil that fuels our cars t...
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Hugely enjoying “The World For Sale”, as good a business non-fiction book as it gets, would put it in “Hard Landing” category for those who know that. Great reporting & writing by @JavierBlas & @jfarchy.      source
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Bottle of Lies
The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom
Katherine Eban - 2019-05-14
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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...
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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 - 1980-01-01
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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...
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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
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Up All Night
Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News
Lisa Napoli - 2020-05-12
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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 ...
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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
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Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
Adam Minter - 2019-11-12
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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...
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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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Helene Meisler
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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein - 2021-04-27 (first published in 2019)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more."The most important business--and parenting--book of the year." --Forbes"Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares...
Rafat Ali
I avoid all modern pop psychology books, but this contrarian book is really good & actually eye-opening. Highly recommend. Range by @DavidEpstein      source
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Grand Tours and Cook's Tours
A History of Leisure Travel, 1750-1915
Lynne Withey - 1997-02-01
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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...
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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
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Let My People Go Surfing
The Education of a Reluctant Businessman--Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
Yvon Chouinard - 2016-09-06 (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...
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“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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India Moving
Chinmay Tumbe - 2018-07-20
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The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage
The Asian Mystique by Sheridan Prasso
Land of Desire by William R. Leach