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Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson is an American analyst, author, journalist, historian, and professor. Positions that he's held include serving as the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., as well as the chairperson and CEO of CNN and as the managing editor of Time.
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Editing Humanity
The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing
Kevin Davies - Oct 06, 2020
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One of the world's leading experts on genetics unravels one of the most important breakthroughs in modern science and medicine.If our genes are, to a great extent, our destiny, then what would happen if mankind could engineer and alter the very essence of our DNA coding? Millions might be spared the devastating effects of hereditary disease or the ...
Walter Isaacson
Mar 09, 2021
@UrnovFyodor @HankGreelyLSJU And speaking of good books on CRISPR, another good one is @KevinADavies "Editing Humanity," which tackles both the science and the ethical questions.      source
CRISPR People
The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans
Henry T. Greely - Feb 16, 2021
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What does the birth of babies whose embryos had gone through genome editing mean--for science and for all of us?In November 2018, the world was shocked to learn that two babies had been born in China with DNA edited while they were embryos--as dramatic a development in genetics as the cloning of Dolly the sheep was in 1996. In this book, Hank Greel...
Walter Isaacson
Mar 09, 2021
@UrnovFyodor For a book that also really drills down on these ethical issues, see @HankGreelyLSJU 's "CRISPR People."      source
Begin Again
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. - Jun 30, 2020
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James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle?"Searing, provocative, and ultimately hopeful . . . Begin Again challenges, illuminates, and points us toward if not a more perfect union then at least a more just on...
Walter Isaacson
Jun 19, 2020
“History, the story we tell ourselves about what the country is, shapes the world we make going forward.” ⁦@esglaude⁩ brilliant essay on Baldwin, King, Washington, Woodrow Wilson, and monuments. From his must-read new book. #JuneteenthDay reading.      source
The Internet Is Not the Answer
Andrew Keen - Jan 12, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Since its creation during the Cold War, the Internet, together with the Web, personal computers, tablets and smartphones, has ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. The Digital Revolution has contributed to the world in many positive ways, but we are less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects.The...
Walter Isaacson
Jan 10, 2015
I found this @ajkeen book fascinating, provocative. Oh dear. I'm debating him @intelligence2      source
The Odyssey
Homer - Jul 15, 2020 (first published in 700)
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The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other Homeric epic. The Odyssey is a fundamental work in the modern Western canon, being the oldest extant piece of Western literature, second to the Iliad. Scholars believe the Odyssey was composed near the end of the 8th centur...
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There’s something beautiful about The Odyssey because Ulysses is on the boat and then he’ll have this incredible adventure. But then he gets to get back on the boat and move on. It allows him to be both engaged, but also a bit distracted.      source
Tools and Weapons
The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Brad Smith - Sep 10, 2019
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With a foreword by Bill Gates From Microsoft's President and one of the tech industry's wisest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: when your technology changes the world, you...
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This is a colorful and insightful insiders’ view of how technology is both empowering and threatening us. From privacy to cyberattacks, this timely book is a useful guide for how to navigate the digital future.      source
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin - Mar 01, 2019 (first published in 1791)
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influen...
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Cast as a letter to his son. It’s not some deep ruminations and things. It’s about how you make your way through this world.      source
Destined for War
Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
Graham Allison - Aug 07, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR | SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 LIONEL GELBER PRIZE | NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES (LONDON) * AMAZON  “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.”— JOE BIDEN, former vice president of the United States   China and the United States are heading towar...
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When a new power arises in the world, it results in a clash with the dominant power. This important and fascinating book extracts lessons for how we can avoid such a confrontation.      source
Measure What Matters
How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
John Doerr - Apr 24, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth--and how it can help any organization thrive. ...
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The most important venture capitalist of our era reveals a key to business innovation and success.      source
Fantasyland
How America Went Haywire
Kurt Andersen - Sep 05, 2017
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A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe . . . to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that whats happening in our country todayt...
Walter Isaacson
I think it helps you understand the wackiness happening in our country today.      source
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The Only Game in Town
Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse
Mohamed A. El-Erian - May 09, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A roadmap to what lies ahead and the decisions we must make now to stave off the next global economic and financial crisis, from one of the world's most influential economic thinkers and the author of When Markets Collide - With a new introduction by the author "The one economic book you must read now . . . If you want t...
Walter Isaacson
A must-read from one of the most astute financial analysts of our time.      source
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