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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
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...
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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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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
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...
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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...
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A must-read from one of the most astute financial analysts of our time.     source
On the Road
Jack Kerouac - Nov 20, 2012 (first published in 1957)
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Jack Kerouac's groundbreaking novel—soon to be a major motion picture with a star-studded castIn what is sure to be one of the major cinematic events of 2012, Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat classic, On the Road, will finally hit the big screen. Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries; Paris, Je T'Aime) and with a cast of some of Hollywood'...
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Read On the Road.     source
The 4-Hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Timothy Ferriss - Dec 15, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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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
Mark Twain - Oct 27, 2006 (first published in 1884)
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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...
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Read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.     source
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