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Sahil is the founder and CEO of Gumroad
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How to Win Friends and Influence People
Updated For the Next Generation of Leaders
Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio - 1998-01-01 (first published in 1936)
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Discover the secrets to effective communication, building relationships, and achieving success in Dale Carnegie's timeless bestseller, How to Win Friends and Influence People. This updated edition, carefully restored and edited by Dale's daughter, Donna, offers readers priceless material from the original 1936 text. With practical advice and engaging storytelling, Carnegie teaches readers how to make people like them, increase their influence, and navigate any social situation. Learn from one of history's most influential motivational guides and transform your personal and professional life.
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@taylorotwell Same! Loved that book. At the top of my list, literally.      source
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Future Shock
Alvin Toffler - 1971-01-01 (first published in 1970)
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"Future Shock" is an illuminating read about the present, and how we are being overwhelmed by change. It explores how change affects not only our products and communities but even our patterns of love and friendship. The book describes tomorrow's emerging global civilization, covering subcultures, temporary human relationships, new businesses, and life-styles. This book is an excellent read for those who want to be intrigued, provoked, frightened, encouraged, and most importantly, changed.
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Another book worth reading (or listening to) right now: Future Shock. Written in 1970, it predicted many things about today and has great tips on how to combat "information overload" (a term the author coined).      source
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Isaac-Asimov - 2004-06-01 (first published in 1951)
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In a dying Galactic Empire, only Hari Seldon can see the dark age ahead. To preserve knowledge and humanity, he gathers the best minds on a bleak planet to create the Foundation. But they are soon at the mercy of corrupt warlords, facing an agonizing choice between submission or destruction.
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@elonmusk My #1 book recommendation.      source
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Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (first published in 1965)
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Explore a unique and captivating world in this bestselling science fiction novel, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. Set on the harsh desert planet Arrakis, the story follows the young Paul Atreides as he navigates a treacherous political landscape where the only valuable resource is a coveted drug called "spice." As Paul's family is betrayed and destroyed, he embarks on a journey that will lead him to a destiny beyond his wildest dreams. With a stunning blend of adventure, mysticism, and politics, Dune is a triumph of the imagination and a true masterpiece of science fiction.
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
Richard P. Feynman - 2018-02-06 (first published in 1985)
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Join the outrageous adventures of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist in this New York Times bestseller. In his own unmistakable voice, he recounts trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr, cracking uncrackable safes guarding nuclear secrets, and even painting a naked female toreador. Feynman's life is an eccentric mix of high intelligence, curiosity, and chutzpah that is not to be missed.
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
A Novel
Taylor Jenkins Reid - 2017-06-13
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Explore the glamour and scandal of Hollywood's golden age through the eyes of aging movie star, Evelyn Hugo. In her highly-anticipated biography, Evelyn selects unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to document her life story. From ruthless ambition to unexpected friendships and a forbidden love, Monique is captivated by Evelyn's tale of seven husbands and old Hollywood. As the story nears its conclusion, Monique realizes her own life is intertwined with Evelyn's in tragic ways. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a mesmerizing journey through Hollywood's splendor and the realities of facing the truth.
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On Trails
An Exploration
Robert Moor - 2016-07-12
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Discover the world beneath your feet in this award-winning exploration of how trails shape our understanding of the world. Combining adventure, science, history, philosophy, and nature writing, the author takes us on a seven-year journey, tracing the origins of trail networks and shedding light on age-old questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, this is the best book for nature enthusiasts looking to broaden their horizons.
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Nnedi Okorafor - 2015-09-22
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Follow Binti, the first from the Himba tribe to attend the galaxy's finest university, but at a cost of leaving her customs and family behind. Journey with her through the stars and navigate the dangerous tension between her university and the terrifying Meduse. Will Binti make it out alive and ultimately thrive?
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Anything You Want
Derek Sivers - 2015-09-15 (first published in 2011)
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Learn essential lessons on becoming an entrepreneur from Anything You Want, an iconic manifesto by Derek Sivers. Discover that you don't need a grand plan, loads of funding, or a genius team to start a business. All you really need is generosity. Take a cue from Derek's own success story with CD Baby, where he started by selling his music online and grew the business by helping his friends sell their CDs too. Without a formal business plan, he managed to sell CD Baby for $22 million. Let Anything You Want inspire you to run your business with passion, care for your customers, and act like you don't need the money.
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The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin - 2015-08-04
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In a world familiar with struggle, a land known as the Stillness is torn apart when three terrible events occur in a single day. A schoolteacher, Essun must navigate through the fall of an empire, a world-changing rift, and the kidnapping of her daughter. Armed with the power of the earth and willing to break the world apart to save her child, Essun is a force to be reckoned with in this riveting tale.
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