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Alan Cooper

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Alan Cooper is an American software designer and programmer. Widely recognized as the “Father of Visual Basic", Cooper is also known for his books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity.
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Кровавые земли
Европа между Гитлером и Сталиным
Timothy Snyder - 2010-10-12
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Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America’s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war’s end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness. Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history. From Booklist If there is an explanation for the political killing perpetrated in eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, historian Snyder roots it in agriculture. Stalin wanted to collectivize farmers; Hitler wanted to eliminate them so Germans could colonize the land. The dictators wielded frightening power to advance such fantasies toward reality, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: to break down the number into the various actions of murder that comprise it, from liquidation of the kulaks to the final solution; to restore humanity to the victims via surviving testimony to their fates; and to deny Hitler and Stalin any historical justification for their policies, which at the time had legions of supporters and have some even today. Such scope may render Snyder’s project too imposing to casual readers, but it would engage those exposed to the period’s chronology and major interpretive issues, such as the extent to which the Nazi and Soviet systems may be compared. Solid and judicious scholarship for large WWII collections.
Alan Cooper
I just finished reading @TimothyDSnyder's amazing book "Bloodlands." I underlined about a third of the text. Not only was it relatively easy to read, I'd argue that it was the most important book of 20th Century history yet written. Awesome!!      источник
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The Big Goodbye
Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood
Sam Wasson - 2020-02-04
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"The Big Goodbye" is a riveting account of the making of the iconic 1970s film, Chinatown. Sam Wasson delves into the fascinating and often scandalous world of Hollywood's most colorful characters, including Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, director Roman Polanski, and legendary producer Robert Evans. From the script's creation to the film's twist ending, this book peels back the layers of myth to reveal the true story behind the making of a modern American masterpiece. A must-read for film buffs and anyone interested in the golden age of Hollywood.
Alan Cooper
I'm reading @WassonSam's wonderful book "The Big Goodbye" about the making of the movie "Chinatown" and I LOVE IT!! Funny thing, some book seller mailed the copy to me by mistake. I'd thank the book seller if I knew who it was.      источник
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The White War
Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919
Mark Thompson - 2008-01-01
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This gripping historical account covers Italy's devastating war with the Habsburg Empire in 1915, resulting in nearly 750,000 Italian casualties. General Luigi Cadorna’s brutal punishment of decimation amplified the already hopeless fighting. Author Mark Thompson eloquently depicts the nationalistic fervor, political intrigue, and prominent figures entangled in the conflict. The White War is an epic, heart-wrenching read that inspired Hemingway’s acclaimed A Farewell to Arms.
Alan Cooper
And I have to agree. While packed with historical minutiae, the book was a real page-turner, filled with both geopolitical and cultural insight. As with all books about WWI, it is a story of generals trying to fight this war with the weapons of the last war. 6      источник
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Son of the Century
Antonio Scurati - 2018-09-12
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This epic historical novel takes readers on a journey through the birth and rise of fascism in Italy, seen through the eyes of its infamous founder, Benito Mussolini. Set in 1919, the nation is exhausted from the Great War and disillusioned with democracy. Mussolini, the director of a small opposition newspaper and a political agitator, offers hope and change to the masses. Written by Antonio Scurati, this masterful saga explores the seductive power of nationalism and idolatry, revealing how authoritarianism took hold and a nation bent to the will of one ruthless strongman. M is a chilling reminder that the past holds urgent lessons for us today.
Alan Cooper
I'm in the middle of 2 fascinating books both about the origins of fascism. One is non-fiction and the other is a novel. "M, Son of the Century" by Antonio Scurati; and "The White War" by Mark Thompson. 1      источник
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How Cities Work
Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken (Constructs Series)
Alex Marshall - 2001-01-01
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Discover how transportation systems, industry and business, and political decision making shape our cities and why they don't feel like real communities anymore. Alex Marshall explores how these forces have created four very different urban environments and argues that to build better cities, we must intelligently direct the forces that shape them. This highly readable book defines the key issues facing all concerned citizens who are trying to control urban sprawl and build real communities.
Alan Cooper
@ddt I finished it last night. Excellent book. Lots of Aha! moments. It was written in 2000 and I'm curious what he would write today. BTW, I just ordered Alex Marshall's, other book The Surprising Design of Market Economies.      источник
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Red Famine
Stalin's War on Ukraine
Anne Applebaum - 2017-10-10
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A shocking and revelatory history of Stalin's devastating policy of agricultural collectivization, which led to one of the deadliest famines in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR, with more than three million of those deaths deliberately inflicted on Ukrainians. Anne Applebaum's Red Famine documents the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first century.
Alan Cooper
A more readable book about Ukrainian history is “Red Famine” by Anne Applebaum. In order to tell the story of Stalin’s oppression, she gives a much abbreviated but far more digestible history of the country. 4      источник
Garry KasparovMark HertlingColleen Doran
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Confessions of a Recovering Engineer
Transportation for a Strong Town
Charles L. Marohn Jr. - 2021-08-26
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Explore the flaws and secrets of America's transportation system with Charles L. Marohn Jr.'s Confessions of a Recovering Engineer. Discover how poor design choices have catastrophic consequences, but also how improvements can revitalize communities and enhance safety. This accessible guide delves into the values and priorities of transportation professions versus those of the public, as well as techniques for spending less and getting higher returns on transportation projects. A must-read for anyone interested in transportation systems and their impact on society.
Alan Cooper
I’m reading this book "Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town” by Charles L. Marohn Jr. and it has turned out to be one of the better books on UX design I’ve read in a while.      источник
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A Novel
David Benioff - 2008-05-15
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Эти двое ни при каких обстоятельствах не стали бы друзьями. Они встречаются, когда обоих ожидает расстрел. В тюрьме. В блокадном Ленинграде. В 1942 году. Один – задумчивый, не очень храбрый, немного угрюмый подросток Лев, сын репрессированного поэта. И второй – беспечный покоритель женских сердец Николай. И вдруг им выпадает неожиданный шанс выжить… Динамичный, хлесткий, кинематографичный роман о блокадном Ленинграде, который написал голливудский сценарист Дэвид Бениофф. Это новый взгляд современного молодого человека на прошлое своей семьи, на войну – и, несмотря на ирреальность происходящего, очень искренняя история о настоящей дружбе и настоящей любви.
Alan Cooper
@Joshumah I read that book years ago. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Thanks!      источник
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Первые 5000 лет истории
David Graeber - 2011-07-12
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Масштабное и революционное исследование истории товарно-денежных отношений с древнейших времен до наших дней, предпринятое американским антропологом, профессором Лондонской школы экономики и одним из «антилидеров» движения Occupy Wall street, придумавшим слоган «Мы – 99 %». Гребер, опираясь на антропологические методы, выдвигает тезис, что в основе того, что мы традиционно называем экономикой, лежит категория долга, которая на разных этапах развития общества может принимать формы денег, бартера, залогов, кредитов, акций и так далее. Один из императивов книги - вырвать экономику из лап «профессиональных экономистов», доказавших свою несостоятельность во время последнего мирового кризиса, и поместить ее в более широкий контекст истории культуры, политологии, социологии и прочих гуманитарных дисциплин. Для широкого круга читателей.
Alan Cooper
I am deep into David Graeber’s incredible book, “Debt: The First 5,000 Years,” and I have to say that it has blown my mind repeatedly with incredible insights & connections about civilization, religion, geopolitics, history, money, human nature, slavery, marriage, war, military,      источник
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - 2010-01-05
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This groundbreaking book has had a massive impact on the criminal justice reform movement. Written by Michelle Alexander, it argues that America has simply redesigned racial caste instead of ending it. With citations in judicial decisions, adoption in community-wide reads, and the inspiration for the creation of the Marshall Project and the Art for Justice Fund, this book has won prestigious prizes and spent over 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. A new 10th-anniversary edition includes a preface by the author discussing the book's impact and the state of criminal justice reform today.
Alan Cooper
I’m reading Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow and my blood is boiling.      источник
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The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew B. Crawford
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The Systems Bible by John Gall
Тигр! Тигр! by Alfred Bester
Мифический человеко-месяц или как создаются программные системы by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.