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Simon Kuestenmacher

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Simon Kuestenmacher is the Co-Founder of The Demographics Group based in Melbourne. He is a columnist with The Australian newspaper. Simon is an engaging speaker who backs his opinion with data and evidence.
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The Invention of Nature
Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf - 2016-10-04
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North Ame...
Simon Kuestenmacher
This is a view of Chimborazo in 1810 as recorded by the greatest geographer in history (bold claim, I know...) Alexander von Humboldt. I love reading about his life. Map source: Must read book on Humboldt:      source
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Disunited Nations
The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World
Peter Zeihan - 2020-03-03
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Should we stop caring about fading regional powers like China, Russia, Germany, and Iran? Will the collapse of international cooperation push France, Turkey, Japan, and Saudi Arabia to the top of international concerns?Most countries and companies are not prepared for the world Peter Zeihan says we’re already living in. For decades, America’s allie...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Map by @rhodescartogra1 shows natural barriers that @peterzeihan argues Russia is after in their war. There is no safety in Russia's mind until all these areas are under Russian possession. Zeihan's book "Disunited nations" is a great albeit depressing read. Sorry, Peter...      source
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The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Thor Heyerdahl - 1996-04-30 (first published in 1948)
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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his t...
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Map of the journey the Kon-Tiki raft took in 1947. An amazing story summarized beautifully y by Thor Heyerdahl in his 1948 (1950 in English) book: A book is too long? Here is the Wikipedia link:      source
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Alastair Humphreys
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A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
Stephen Fry - 2019-08-27
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The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus ...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Amazing series of symbol visualises Greek mythology. I just finished @stephenfry's amazing book Mythos and could remember more characters than expected. Icon source: The book: #Greece #mythology #history #booklovers      source
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Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
Tim Marshall - 2016-10-11 (first published in 2015)
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In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments o...
Simon Kuestenmacher
"Prisoners of Geography" is one of my all time favourite geography books. A must for anyone interested in geopolitics or maps. Best book out there to give you a big picture overview of our world. #SimonReadsBooks Amazon: GoodReads:      source
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The Age of Walls
How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World (3) (Politics of Place)
Tim Marshall - 2019-10-15 (first published in 2018)
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Tim Marshall, the New York Times bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, offers “a readable primer to many of the biggest problems facing the world” (Daily Express, UK) by examining the borders, walls, and boundaries that divide countries and their populations.The globe has always been a world of walls, from the Great Wall of China to Hadrian...
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Unsolicited book tips on the topic "Us vs Them" by @ianbremmer "The Age of Walls" by @Itwitius      source
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Us vs. Them
The Failure of Globalism
Ian Bremmer - 2018-04-24
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New York Times bestseller "A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead...a lucid, provocative book." --Kirkus Reviews Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to ...
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Unsolicited book tips on the topic "Us vs Them" by @ianbremmer "The Age of Walls" by @Itwitius      source
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On Writing
A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King - 2002-07-01 (first published in 2000)
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Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly ...
Simon Kuestenmacher
My favorite Stephen King book is "On Writing". It's not a horror story but his reflections about being a writer and a collection of writing tips. In fact it's my favorite book on writing. Here are some writing tips from the book summarized.      source
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Reinventing Organizations
A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness
Frederic Laloux - 2014-02-10
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FROM THE BACKCOVERThe way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Deep inside, we sense that more is possible. We long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose.In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time, in the past, when humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness, it has...
Simon Kuestenmacher
@quasielegance This book blew me away. Very different workplaces and organisations are possible.      source
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2011-10-25
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Fun list of 20 cognitive biases screwing up our decisions. The best book on this topic I ever read was of course Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking, fast and slow". It's one of the few books I would label as essential reading for nearly everyone. Full list here:      source
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The Silk Roads
Peter Frankopan - 2017-03-07