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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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Begin Again
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
by 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
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Tools and Weapons
The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
by 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
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The Odyssey
by Homer (Nov 06, 2018)
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Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well a...
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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
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Destined for War
Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
by Graham Allison (Aug 07, 2018)
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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
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Measure What Matters
How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
by John Doerr (Apr 24, 2018)
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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
by 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
by Mohamed A. El-Erian (May 09, 2017)
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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 authorOur current economic path is coming to an end. The signposts ...
Walter Isaacson
A must-read from one of the most astute financial analysts of our time.     source
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
by Benjamin Franklin (Feb 02, 2017)
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Unabridged student-sized 8.5-x11- value reproduction of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin . This classic is a must read because Franklin writes as if the reader is right there with him, relating his story, feeling his success and his pains.The writing is an honest self-evaluation of the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence and nego...
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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
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On the Road
by Jack Kerouac (Aug 31, 2011)
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On The Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognized as a modern classic, Kerouac's American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman than F. Scott Fitzgerald's, and the narrative goes r...
Walter Isaacson
Read On the Road.     source
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The 4-Hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss (Dec 15, 2009)
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More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero ma...
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The author has a great curiosity and a great love for things.     source
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain (Oct 27, 2006)
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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the great American humorist Mark Twain follows the escapades of Tom Saywer's best friend on a raft trip down the swirling waters of the Mississippi River. Join Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, on their remarkable adventure, where they meet con artists and slave traders, while learning the power of friendship. Th...
Walter Isaacson
Read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.     source
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On the Bus
The Complete Guide to the Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Birth of
by Paul Perry (Jan 21, 1993)
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The setting is the 1960s with the Psychedelic Revolution as the backdrop. Twenty youths crossed America in a psychedelically painted school bus for an entire month. This legendary trip's 25th anniversary is a rare document of a nation in transition. 16 color, 75 black-and-white photos....
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Read On the Bus.     source