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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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Leadership
In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Oct 01, 2019
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Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil ri...
The Road
Cormac McCarthy - Mar 28, 2006
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The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, ...
Pillar of Fire
America in the King Years 1963-65
Taylor Branch - Jan 20, 1999
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement.In the second volume of his three-part history, a monumental trilogy that began with Parting the Waters, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Taylor Branch portrays the Civil Rights Movement...
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison - Jan 01, 1995 (first published in 1952)
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First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators...
Parting the Waters
America in the King Years 1954-63
Taylor Branch - Nov 15, 1989 (first published in 1988)
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In Parting the Waters, the first volume of his essential America in the King Years series, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a “compelling…masterfully told” (The Wall Street Journal) account of Martin Luther King’s early years and rise to greatness.Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American Civil Rights Movement, Parting t...
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Jan 01, 2021 (first published in 1925)
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Here is a novel, glamorous, ironical, compassionate – a marvelous fusion into unity of the curious incongruities of the life of the period – which reveals a hero like no other – one who could live at no other time and in no other place. But he will live as a character, we surmise, as long as the memory of any reader lasts.It is the story of this Ja...
Ryan Holiday
Jul 03, 2020
Some books I’ve read and re-read many times: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius The Moviegoer by Walker Percy The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene The Little Girl at the Window by Totto-Chan      source
The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli - May 24, 2021 (first published in 1532)
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Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatis...
Ryan Holiday
Jun 29, 2020
Books on strategy that stand the test of time: - History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - All the works of BH Liddell Hart - The Book of Five Rings by Musashi - The Prince by Machiavelli - 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene      source
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The Book of Five Rings
Miyamoto Musashi - Dec 14, 2012 (first published in 1645)
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There are various Ways. There is the Way of salvation by the law of Buddha, the Way of Confucius governing the Way of learning, the Way of healing as a doctor, as a poet teaching the Way of Waka, tea, archery, and many arts and skills. Each man practises as he feels inclined. It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he shou...
Ryan Holiday
Jun 29, 2020
Books on strategy that stand the test of time: - History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - All the works of BH Liddell Hart - The Book of Five Rings by Musashi - The Prince by Machiavelli - 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene      source
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Lincoln
The Biography of a Writer
Fred Kaplan - Feb 02, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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“Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincoln’s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.” — James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books“A fine, invaluable book. . . . Certain to become essential to our understanding of the 16th president. . . . Kaplan meticulously analyz...
Ryan Holiday
Feb 12, 2020
Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents--maybe human beings--who ever lived. These are my three favorite books about him. Especially Lincoln's Virtues. MUST READ.      source
President Lincoln
The Duty of a Statesman
William Lee Miller - Feb 05, 2008
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The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world—and back in the nineteenth century a great man held that office. William Lee Miller’s new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office: Abraham Lincoln as president.Wars waged by American presidents have come to be pivotal historical events. Here Mil...
Ryan Holiday
Feb 12, 2020
Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents--maybe human beings--who ever lived. These are my three favorite books about him. Especially Lincoln's Virtues. MUST READ.      source
Lincoln's Melancholy
How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
Joshua Wolf Shenk - Oct 02, 2006
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A thoughtful, nuanced portrait of Abraham Lincoln that finds his legendary political strengths rooted in his most personal struggles.  Giving shape to the deep depression that pervaded Lincoln's adult life, Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy reveals how this illness influenced both the president's character and his leadership. Lincoln forged ...
Ryan Holiday
Feb 12, 2020
Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents--maybe human beings--who ever lived. These are my three favorite books about him. Especially Lincoln's Virtues. MUST READ.      source
Lincoln's Virtues by William Lee Miller
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
Xenophon's Cyrus the Great by Xenophon
Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Range by David Epstein
The Second Mountain by David Brooks
Keep Going by Austin Kleon
The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss
American Caesar by William Manchester
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
Lone Star by T. R. Fehrenbach
Fishing for fun--and to wash your soul by Herbert Hoover
The Aeneid by Virgil
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Asylum by William Seabrook
Epic of Gilgamesh by Morris Jastrow
Letters From a Self-made Merchant to his Son by George Horace Lorimer
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Selected Epigrams by Martial
Average Is Over by Tyler Cowen
Mastery by Robert Greene
The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Totto-Chan by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by The Earl of Chesterfield
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
The Tiger by John Vaillant
The Moral Sayings Of Publius Syrus by Publius Syrus
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Candide by Francois Voltaire
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch
Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
The Harder They Fall by Budd Schulberg
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
On Sparta by Plutarch
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Boyd by Robert Coram
Titan by Ron Chernow
Fragments by Heraclitus
Edison - A Biography by Matthew Josephson
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 by Plutarch
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Ulysses S. Grant by Brooks D. Simpson
Tough Jews by Rich Cohen
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
Sixteen Satires by Juvenal
Sex on the Brain by Deborah Blum
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
Essays by Plutarch
Sherman by B. H. Liddell Hart
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Reveille for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The Makers of Rome by Plutarch