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Ryan Holiday is an American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer.
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The Psychology of Money
Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness
Morgan Housel - 2020-09-08
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Explore the fascinating and often perplexing world of money and personal finance with this insightful read. Award-winning author Morgan Housel takes readers on a journey through 19 engaging short stories that delve into the psychological factors influencing our financial decisions. In The Psychology of Money, you'll learn how to navigate the intersection of ego, personal history, marketing, and odd incentives that can make managing money a challenge. Gain a better understanding of how behavior impacts financial outcomes and how to make informed decisions about investing, business ventures, and other financial matters. Whether you're a seasoned financial professional or just starting out, this book offers valuable insights that can help you make sense of one of life's most important topics.
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6/ The Psychology of Money by @morganhousel This year began with a booming economy, and is ending in recession. If you’re looking to navigate the unpredictable nature of the global economy as an individual who hopes to plan (and be secure) for the future, this book is great.      source
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Marcus Aurelius - 2006-04-27 (first published in 180)
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Explore the wisdom of a great Stoic philosopher with this pocket-sized classic. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, this beautifully-crafted edition features personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius on how to live virtuously in an unpredictable world. Translated by A. S. L. Farquharson and with an introduction by John Sellars, this book showcases the clarity of writing and uprightness that made Aurelius one of Stoicism's finest advocates. Discover his aphorisms on keeping a calm and rational mind even in the face of life's vicissitudes.
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The private thoughts of the most powerful man in the world, admonishing himself on how to be better, more just, more immune to temptation, wiser.      source
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A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark
Julia Baird - 2020-03-23
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This inspiring memoir delves into what helps us survive during tough times. After experiencing heartbreak and cancer, the author reflects on what makes us bloom in darkness. She explores the natural phenomenon of phosphorescence, which allows creatures to give off light in the darkness, and how it can apply to our lives. Through candid personal experiences and interviews with experts, the author offers insights on embracing awe, nature, spirituality, and other habits to light up our lives, even in the darkest times.
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3/ Phosphorescence: A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark by @bairdjulia This is a powerful, inspiring book about resilience and powering through. I found myself marking dozens of pages in this one and just continually smiling throughout.      source
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Death Be Not Proud
John J. Gunther - 1998-08-05 (first published in 1949)
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Discover the inspiring story of a young boy's unrelenting strength in the face of terminal illness. Told from a father's perspective, this memoir details the bravery, intelligence, and kindness of a seventeen-year-old boy who faced his illness with remarkable courage and humor. A captivating testament to the immeasurable power of the human spirit.
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2/ Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther This book is deeply moving and profound. It’s written in 1949 by the famous journalist John Gunther about the death of his genius son Johnny at 17 from a brain tumor.      source
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A Calendar of Wisdom
Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World's Sacred Texts
Leo Tolstoy - 1997-10-14 (first published in 1906)
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Discover a timeless gem with A Calendar of Wisdom. Tolstoy's most important contribution to humanity is finally available in English, offering a day-by-day guide to living a life worth living. Widely read in prerevolutionary Russia, banned under Communism, and recently rediscovered, this profound work will never stop teaching us what truly matters in this world.
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1/ A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy “Daily study,” Tolstoy wrote, is “necessary for all people.” Tolstoy dreamed of creating a book with “a wise thought for every day of the year, from the greatest philosophers of all times and all people.”      source
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In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2018-09-18
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Explore the nature of leadership and the qualities that make a great leader through the lens of four of America's most iconic presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. In this insightful book, Goodwin examines the factors that contribute to leadership, including ambition, adversity, and morality. By delving into these presidents' personal and professional journeys, she shows how they overcame obstacles and used their talents to make a positive impact on history. Discover the secrets of effective leadership and be inspired by the stories of these legendary figures.
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy - 2006-10-02
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In a desolate, post-apocalyptic America, a father and son trek towards an unknown West Coast in a desperate attempt to survive. Armed only with a pistol, scavenged supplies, and each other, they encounter danger and uncertainty at every turn. The Road is a heart-wrenching story of love and endurance in the face of catastrophic destruction. Cormac McCarthy's vivid prose paints a stark portrait of humanity's best and worst qualities.
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Pillar of Fire
America in the King Years 1963-65
Taylor Branch - 1999-01-20 (first published in 1998)
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Discover the zenith of America's Civil Rights movement with this epic trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch. In the second volume, "Pillar of Fire," Branch showcases the movement at its height, capturing the climactic struggles as they take over the national stage. A must-read account of a pivotal moment in American history.
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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison - 1995-02-01 (first published in 1952)
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This groundbreaking novel tells the journey of an unnamed protagonist navigating through the racial divide, shedding light on the effects of bigotry on both victim and perpetrator. With a voice that captures the full range of the American language, the story takes us from the Deep South to Harlem, throwing our own reality into harsh relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, Invisible Man is an audacious and dazzling masterpiece that redefines American literature.
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Parting the Waters
America in the King Years 1954-63
Taylor Branch - 1990-01-01 (first published in 1988)
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"Parting the Waters" by Taylor Branch is a masterful account of Martin Luther King Jr.'s rise to greatness during the American Civil Rights Movement. The book weaves together a vivid tapestry of America, depicting the fiery political baptism of King, the Kennedy brothers' struggles for justice, and the private conflicts that shaped history. With stunning courage and compelling storytelling, Branch illuminates the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that led to boycotts, sit-ins, freedom rides, and even murder. This epic chronicle captures one of the nation's most crucial passages and is destined to endure for generations.
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