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Tyler Cowen is an American economist, who is an economics professor at George Mason University, where he holds the Holbert L. Harris chair in the economics department. He hosts the economics blog Marginal Revolution, together with co-author Alex Tabarrok.
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Working Backwards
Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
Colin Bryar - Feb 09, 2021
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Working Backwards is an insider's breakdown of Amazon's approach to culture, leadership, and best practices from two long-time, top-level Amazon executives.Colin started at Amazon in 1998; Bill joined in 1999. In Working Backwards, these two long-serving Amazon executives reveal and codify the principles and practices that drive the success of one ...
Tyler Cowen
Apr 06, 2021
One of the very best management books of recent times:      source
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The Infinite Machine
How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum
Camila Russo - Jul 14, 2020
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Written with the verve of such works as The Big Short, The History of the Future, and The Spider Network, here is the fascinating, true story of the rise of Ethereum, the second-biggest digital asset in the world, the growth of cryptocurrency, and the future of the internet as we know it.Everyone has heard of Bitcoin, but few know about the second ...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 16, 2020
Yes, this is the story of Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum. Very useful, and I am glad there is now a good book on this topic      source
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The Glass Hotel
A novel
Emily St. John Mandel - Mar 24, 2020
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From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 16, 2020
I am a big fan of Emily St. John Mandel's novels Station Eleven (about a pandemic, by the way, I promise you that is a coincidence), and the new forthcoming The Glass Hotel.      source
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Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel - Jun 02, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 16, 2020
I am a big fan of Emily St. John Mandel's novels Station Eleven (about a pandemic, by the way, I promise you that is a coincidence), and the new forthcoming The Glass Hotel.      source
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The Power Notebooks
Katie Roiphe - Mar 03, 2020
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Katie Roiphe, culture writer and author of The Morning After, shares a timely blend of memoir, feminist investigation, and exploration of famous female writers lives, in a bold, essential discussion of how strong women experience their power. Told in a series of notebook entries, Roiphe weaves her often fraught personal experiences with divorce, si...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 10, 2020
Power, sex, dating, and romance, but surprisingly substantive. Much of it is written in paragraph-long segments, and willing to be politically incorrect. “Rebecca West: “Since men don’t love us nearly as much as we love them that leaves them a lot more spare vitality to be wonderful with.      source
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The Inside Story
Steven Levy - Feb 25, 2020
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He has had unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for three years. And now renowned tech writer Steven Levy delivers the definitive history of one of America's most powerful and controversial companies: Facebook.In his sophomore year of college, Mark Zuckerberg created a simple website to serve as a campus social network. The s...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 10, 2020
Probably the best history of the company we're are going to get, at least for the earlier years of the company. Even the jabs at the company seem perfunctory, for the most part this is quite objective as a treatment.      source
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Wicked City
The Many Cultures of Marseille
Nicholas Hewitt - Dec 01, 2019
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Marseille is a thoroughly ambiguous place. France's second city and its major sea-port, its impact on the national imagination is unparalleled. Yet it is also a frontier city, arguably capital of the Mediterranean, and with a traditionally suspect allegiance to the French nation. This apartness, and the city's long and rich history as home to migra...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 10, 2020
Every city should have a good book about it, and now Marseille does. I would say you have to already know the city, however, to appreciate this one.      source
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The Cure That Works
How to Have the World's Best Healthcare -- at a Quarter of the Price
Sean Masaki Flynn - Jun 18, 2019
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What’s the Most Important Fact About the Heathcare Crisis? That We Already Know the Cure!  Whole Foods Markets, the State of Indiana, and innovators around the world have used forgotten American ideas to slash healthcare costs by 75 percent while simultaneously delivering true universal access, coverage for preexisting conditions, and an ironclad s...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 10, 2020
A look at how to translate ideas from Singapore’s health care system into the United States. It overreaches, but still a useful overview and analysis.      source
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Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959
Peter Johnson - Nov 15, 2013
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Winner (third place), 2014 BC Historical Federation Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical WritingVancouver Island in the late nineteenth century was a major port of entry for people from all walks of life. But for many, the sense of hope that had sustained them through rough sea voyages came to an abrupt halt as soon as they reached land. Quar...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 10, 2020
British Columbia had a quarantine station that late, and this is its story. Leprosy, smallpox, and meningitis are a few of the drivers of the narrative. It continues to startle me how much pandemics and quarantines are a kind of lost history, though they are extremely prominent in 19th century fiction.      source
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New Atlantis Revisited
Paul R. Josephson - Jul 07, 1997
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In 1958 construction began on Akademgorodok, a scientific utopian community modeled after Francis Bacon's vision of a "New Atlantis." The city, carved out of a Siberian forest, 2,500 miles east of Moscow, was formed by Soviet scientists with the full support of Nikita Khrushchev. They believed that their rational science, liberated from ideological...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 10, 2020
Imagine the Soviets trying to build a “city of science,” and meeting problem after problem. Yet “Marchuk acknowledged that in a number of fields researchers had contributed to…the speeding up of scientific technological progress. The physicists built synchroton radiation sources with broad applications; the biologists tacked plant and animal husbandry with vigor; the mathematicians, computer specialists, and economists were engaged in modeling and management systems.      source
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The Origins of You
How Childhood Shapes Later Life
Jay Belsky - Aug 11, 2020
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After tracking the lives of thousands of people from birth to midlife, four of the world's preeminent psychologists reveal what they have learned about how humans develop.Does temperament in childhood predict adult personality? What role do parents play in shaping how a child matures? Is day care bad--or good--for children? Does adolescent delinque...
Tyler Cowen
Mar 07, 2020
That is the new forthcoming book by Jay Belsky, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, and Richie Poulton, which will prove one of the best and most important works of the last few years. Imagine following one thousand or so Dunedin New Zealanders for decades of their lives, up through age 38, and recording extensive data, and then doing the same for one thousand or so British twins through age 20, and 1500 American children, in fifteen different locales, up through age 15. Just imagine what you would learn! You merely have to buy this book.       source
Very Important People by Ashley Mears
The Idealist by Samuel Zipp
The American Dream Is Not Dead by Michael R. Strain
Conviction Machine by Harvey Silverglate
Booze Control by Professor David Nutt
The Qur'an and the Bible by Gabriel Said Reynolds
Free to Move by Ilya Somin
Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price
Sunnis and Shi'a by Laurence Louër
Dante by John Took
The Bomb by Fred Kaplan
Social Democratic Capitalism by Lane Kenworthy
Leonhard Euler by Ronald S. Calinger
The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium by Martin Gurri
A Treatise on Northern Ireland, Volume I by Brendan O'Leary
A Treatise on Northern Ireland, Volume III by Brendan O'Leary
A Treatise on Northern Ireland, Volume II by Brendan O'Leary
The Industrialists by Jennifer A. Delton
Golden Gates by Conor Dougherty
The Age of Entitlement by Christopher Caldwell
The Senkaku Paradox by Michael E. O'Hanlon
Generation Priced Out by Randy Shaw
The Decadent Society by Ross Douthat
Fully Grown by Dietrich Vollrath
Confessions of a Sociopath by M. E. Thomas
Cognitive Gadgets by Cecilia Heyes
The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann
Against the Grain by James C. Scott
The Ideas Industry by Daniel Drezner
Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
Wikinomics by Don Tapscott
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
Everything Is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
Individualism and Economic Order by F. A. Hayek