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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 Aeneid
by Virgil (Apr 07, 2020)
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The Aeneid – thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure – has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians.Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition...
Ryan Holiday
There’s no other way to put: the story is AMAZING. Better than the Odyssey, better than Juvenal’s Satires. Inspiring, beautiful, exciting, and eminently readable, I loved this.     source
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Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius (Apr 07, 2020)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collectors Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful b...
Ryan Holiday
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
My Bondage and My Freedom
by Frederick Douglass (Feb 02, 2020)
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Ex-slave Frederick Douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison-catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave. Written during his celebrated career as a spe...
Ryan Holiday
One of the most inspiring men of the last 150 years.     source
Fight Club
A Novel
by Chuck Palahniuk (May 01, 2018)
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Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." T...
Ryan Holiday
I’m amazed how many young people haven’t read this book. Truly life-changing.     source
Candide
by Voltaire (Apr 21, 2017)
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Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disa...
Ryan Holiday
A light hearted satire that pokes fun at optimism, philosophy, politics, and power.     source
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare (Aug 23, 2016)
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Categories: ClassicsFiction
Among Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. Three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom...
Ryan Holiday
Philosophy runs through this play.     source
Asylum
by William Seabrook (Sep 16, 2015)
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"Perhaps the most honest and haunting accounts of the struggle for mental health in literature." — ObserverThis dramatic memoir recounts an eight-month stay at a Westchester mental hospital in the early 1930s. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for treatment of acute alcoholism. His sinc...
Ryan Holiday
I actually ended up helping get Asylum back in print.     source
Epic of Gilgamesh
by Morris Jastrow (Aug 20, 2015)
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Andrew George's "masterly new translation" (The Times) of the world's first truly great work of literatureMiraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man E...
Ryan Holiday
I read this on my honeymoon (probably the only person on the beach reading it, if I had to guess).     source
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Letters From a Self-made Merchant to his Son
by George Horace Lorimer (Aug 08, 2015)
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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...
Ryan Holiday
The supposedly preserved correspondence between Old Gorgon Graham, a self-made millionaire in Chicago, and his son who is coming of age and entering the family business.     source
War of Art, The
by Steven Pressfield (Jun 16, 2015)
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Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it....
Ryan Holiday
A book I give out as a gift.     source
Endurance
Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing (Apr 28, 2015)
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The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling ...
Ryan Holiday
This book and his life were living proof of his family motto: 'Fortitudine vincimus' (By endurance we conquer).     source
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Selected Epigrams
by Martial (Dec 03, 2014)
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This lively translation accurately captures the wit and uncensored bawdiness of the epigrams of Martial, who satirized Roman society, both high and low, in the first century CE. His pithy little poems amuse, but also offer vivid insight into the world of patrons and clients, doctors and lawyers, prostitutes, slaves, and social climbers in ancient R...
Ryan Holiday
Hilarious. I have one hanging on the gate in front of my house.     source
Average Is Over
Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
by Tyler Cowen (Aug 26, 2014)
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Renowned economist and author of Big Business Tyler Cowen brings a groundbreaking analysis of capitalism, the job market, and the growing gap between the one percent and minimum wage workers in this follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Great Stagnation. The United States continues to mint more millionaires and billionaires than any countr...
Ryan Holiday
Changes how you see the future and help explain real pain points in our new economy–both good and bad.     source
Mastery
by Robert Greene (Oct 29, 2013)
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The #1 New York Timesbestselling sequel to The 48 Laws of PowerMastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analyzing the lives of such past ...
Ryan Holiday
Read Mastery so that you can figure your life’s task and how to dedicate yourself to it.     source
The Fish That Ate the Whale
The Life and Times of America's Banana King
by Rich Cohen (Jun 04, 2013)
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Named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Times-Picayune The fascinating untold tale of Samuel Zemurray, the self-made banana mogul who went from penniless roadside banana peddler to kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in ...
Ryan Holiday
Sucked me in completely. Everyone I’ve recommended it to loves it.     source
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Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed (Jul 10, 2012)
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you cant pay the billsand it can be great: youve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugarthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wildis th...
Ryan Holiday
Contains some of the most cogent insights on life, pain, loss, love, success, youth that I have ever seen.     source
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Totto-Chan
The Little Girl at the Window
by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Mar 23, 2012)
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This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi--who was a firm believer in freedom of expression a...
Ryan Holiday
Has sold something like 5 million copies in Japan alone (an insane number). Totto-Chan is a special figure in modern Japanese culture—she is a celebrity on par with Oprah or Ellen.     source
Ryan Holiday
The author wrote his letters to his illegitimate son, tutoring him on how to learn, how to think, how to act, how to deal with important people. I don’t agree with all his advice but most of it is great.     source
How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
by Sarah Bakewell (Sep 20, 2011)
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Mon...
Ryan Holiday
A series of essays about Montaigne, who invented the essay.     source
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The Tiger
A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures)
by John Vaillant (May 03, 2011)
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Categories: NonfictionHistory
A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator. Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know t...
Ryan Holiday
Holy shit, this book is good. Just holy shit.     source
The Moral Sayings Of Publius Syrus
A Roman Slave (1855)
by Publius Syrus (Sep 10, 2010)
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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worl...
Ryan Holiday
A Syrian slave in the first century BC, Publius Syrus is a fountain of quick, helpful wisdom that you cannot help but recall and apply to your life.     source
The Score Takes Care of Itself
My Philosophy of Leadership
by Bill Walsh (Jun 29, 2010)
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Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. In the process, he changed the way football is played. Prior to his death, Walsh granted a series of exclusive interviews to bestselling author Steve Jamison. These became ...
Ryan Holiday
Even if you’ve never watched a down of football, you’ll get something out of this book.     source
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Founders at Work
Stories of Startups' Early Days
by Jessica Livingston (Sep 16, 2008)
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Now available in paperback--with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator!Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a c...
Ryan Holiday
Interviews with technology founders from one of the best investors of all time.     source
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Plutarch's Lives
Vol. 2
by Plutarch (Aug 30, 2008)
"Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans", commonly called "Parallel Lives" or simply "Plutarch's Lives", is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. The work contains pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single...
Ryan Holiday
I strongly recommend Plutarch's Lives Volume 1.     source
The Harder They Fall
by Budd Schulberg (Nov 14, 2007)
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Budd Schulberg's celebrated novel of the prize ring has lost none of its power since its first publication almost fifty years ago. Crowded with unforgettable characters, it is a relentless expose of the fight racket. A modern Samson in the form of a simple Argentine peasant is ballyhooed by an unscrupulous fight promoter and his press agent and the...
Ryan Holiday
About boxing and loosely based on the Primo Carnera scandal.     source
The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard (Oct 10, 2006)
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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. I...
Ryan Holiday
I thought I knew about Theodore Roosevelt. This book opens with him stranded in the Amazon jungle begging his son to let him kill himself so he wouldn’t be a burden on their exploring party any longer. And then it gets better from there.     source
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl (Jun 01, 2006)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Ryan Holiday
Looks at how we find purpose by dedicating ourselves to a cause, learning to love and finding a meaning to our suffering.     source
A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. ...
Ryan Holiday
A friend and peer of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael Titian and all the other great minds of the Renaissance sat down in 1550 and wrote biographical sketches of the people he knew or had influenced him.     source
On Sparta
by Plutarch (Dec 26, 2005)
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Plutarch's vivid and engaging portraits of the Spartans and their customs are a major source of our knowledge about the rise and fall of this remarkable Greek city-state between the sixth and third centuries BC. Through his Lives of Sparta's leaders and his recording of memorable Spartan Sayings he depicts a people who lived frugally and mastered t...
Ryan Holiday
A collection of biographies and aphorisms from the famous Spartans.     source
Shadow Divers
The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson (Jun 29, 2004)
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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery–and make history themselves.For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against...
Ryan Holiday
A work of art.     source
Boyd
The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
by Robert Coram (May 10, 2004)
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John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever -- the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft -- the F-15 and F-16. Sti...
Ryan Holiday
Probably the greatest post-WWII military strategist; he developed the F-15 and F-16, revolutionized ground tactics in war and covertly designed the US battle plans for the Gulf War.     source
Titan
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow (Mar 30, 2004)
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul "etched with uncommon objectivity a...
Ryan Holiday
I found Rockefeller to be strangely stoic, incredibly resilient, and, despite his reputation as a robber baron, humble and compassionate.     source
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Fragments
by Heraclitus (Oct 28, 2003)
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Fragments of wisdom from the ancient worldIn the sixth century b.c.-twenty-five hundred years before Einstein-Heraclitus of Ephesus declared that energy is the essence of matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. His great book, On Nature, the world's first coherent philosophical treatise and touchstone for Plato, Aristotle, an...
Ryan Holiday
A bit poetic. But those beautiful lines are really the same direct advice and timeless, perspective-changing observations.     source
Edison - A Biography
by Matthew Josephson (Jan 01, 2003)
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Outstanding in his methods, Edison was also a significant transitional figure, a man halfway between the tihkerer and the theorethical scientist......
Ryan Holiday
A really good biography.     source
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
by Edmund Morris (Nov 01, 2001)
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeDescribed by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming ...
Ryan Holiday
Spectacular. He’s my favorite president.     source
Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2
by Plutarch (Apr 10, 2001)
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Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victo...
Ryan Holiday
I strongly recommend Plutarch's Lives Volume 2.     source
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene (Sep 01, 2000)
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This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages....
Ryan Holiday
Critical for anyone trying to accomplish anything.     source
Ulysses S. Grant
Triumph over Advcersity, 1822-1865
by Brooks D. Simpson (Feb 21, 2000)
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Washington, Lincoln, Grant--these were once the triumvirate of American nationalism. But, like his tomb on the Hudson, Grant's reputation has fallen into disrepair. The image many Americans hold of him is a caricature: someone "uniquely stupid," an insensitive butcher as a general, an incompetent mediocrity as president, and a drunk. Several effort...
Ryan Holiday
I loved Ulysses S. Grant a lot.     source
Tough Jews
Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams
by Rich Cohen (Apr 20, 1999)
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Categories: HistoryNonfiction
In an L.A. delicatessen, a group of Brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the Jewish gangsters of yesteryear. Meyer Lansky. Bugsy Siegel. Louis Lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of Murder, Inc. Red Levine, the Orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the Sabbath. Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, who looked ...
Ryan Holiday
Amazing book about Jewish gangsters.     source
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
by Mordecai Richler (Mar 01, 1999)
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From Mordecai Richler, one of our greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, Duddy Kravitz -- in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. Duddy -- the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family in Montreal -- is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious. From his st...
Ryan Holiday
What a book.     source
Sixteen Satires
by Juvenal (Feb 01, 1999)
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Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. AD 55-138) captures the splendour, the squalor, and the sheer energy of everyday Roman life. In The Sixteen Satires he evokes a fascinating world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. A member of the traditional land...
Ryan Holiday
Bitter, sarcastic attacks on Rome.     source
Sex on the Brain
The Biological Differences Between Men and Women
by Deborah Blum (Jul 01, 1998)
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Go beyond the headlines and the hype to get the newest findings in the burgeoning field of gender studies. Drawing on disciplines that include evolutionary science, anthropology, animal behavior, neuroscience, psychology, and endocrinology, Deborah Blum explores matters ranging from the link between immunology and sex to male/female gossip styles. ...
Ryan Holiday
One of the better books on evolutionary biology that focuses almost entirely on the biological and psychological differences between men and women.     source
The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy (Apr 14, 1998)
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The dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback. The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot brin...
Ryan Holiday
The novel that every young kid stuck in their own head needs to read.     source
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott (Aug 31, 1995)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Ryan Holiday
Ostensibly about the art of writing, but really it too is about life and how to tackle the problems, temptations and opportunities life throws at us.     source
The Moral Animal
Why We Are, the Way We Are
by Robert Wright (Aug 29, 1995)
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Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics--as well as their implications for our mo...
Ryan Holiday
The definitive beginner text on evolutionary psychology and one of the easiest to get into.     source
What Makes Sammy Run?
by Budd Schulberg (Dec 06, 1993)
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The classic book that shaped two generations' view of the movie business and introduced the archetypal Hollywood player Sammy Glick. He's got a machete mouth and a genius for double-cross. As Budd Shulberg--author of the screenplay On the Waterfront--follows Sammy's relentless upward progress, he creates a virtuoso study in character that manages t...
Ryan Holiday
Ari Gold before Ari Gold existed.     source
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Essays
by Plutarch (Apr 06, 1993)
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One of the greatest essayists of the Graeco-Roman world, Plutarch (c. AD 46 -120) used an encyclopedic knowledge of the Roman Empire to produce a compelling and individual voice. In this superb selection from his writings, he offers personal insights into moral subjects that include the virtue of listening, the danger of flattery and the avoidance ...
Ryan Holiday
I strongly recommend Essays.     source
Sherman
Soldier, Realist, American
by B. H. Liddell Hart (Mar 22, 1993)
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When Liddell Hart's Sherman was first published in 1929, it received encomiums such as these:"A masterly performance . . . one of the most thorougly dignified, one of the most distinguished biographies of the year."--Henry Steele Commager, New York Herald Tribune"It is not often that one comes upon a biography that is so well done as this book. Nea...
Ryan Holiday
This was someone I knew little about before I read the book, and by the end of it found myself referencing and thinking of him constantly.     source
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X (Sep 29, 1992)
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With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passion...
Ryan Holiday
One of the most inspiring men of the last 150 years.     source
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Reveille for Radicals
by Saul Alinsky (Oct 23, 1989)
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Legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky inspired a generation of activists and politicians with Reveille for Radicals, the original handbook for social change. Alinsky writes both practically and philosophically, never wavering from his belief that the American dream can only be achieved by an active democratic citizenship. First published in 19...
Ryan Holiday
This is the '48 Laws of Power' written in more of an idealist, activist tone.     source
Rules for Radicals
A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
by Saul D. Alinsky (Oct 23, 1989)
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First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one. Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this vo...
Ryan Holiday
This is the '48 Laws of Power' written in more of an idealist, activist tone.     source
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
by Robert A. Caro (Jul 12, 1975)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
Ryan Holiday
One of the most magnificent books I’ve ever read.     source
Essays and Aphorisms
by Arthur Schopenhauer (May 30, 1973)
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One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, Parerga and Paralipo...
Ryan Holiday
A brilliant composer of quick thoughts that will help us with our problems.     source
History of the Peloponnesian War
by Thucydides (Jan 01, 1972)
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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied...
Ryan Holiday
An obligation for every student of history.     source
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Letters from a Stoic
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Jul 30, 1969)
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. - A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's...
Ryan Holiday
After Marcus Aurelius, this is one of my favorite books.     source
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The Makers of Rome
Nine Lives (Penguin Classics)
by Plutarch (Oct 30, 1965)
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These nine biographies illuminate the careers, personalities and military campaigns of some of Rome's greatest statesmen, whose lives span the earliest days of the Republic to the establishment of the Empire. Selected from Plutarch's Roman Lives, they include prominent figures who achieved fame for their pivotal roles in Roman history, such as sold...
Ryan Holiday
I strongly recommend The Makers of Rome.     source