Ben Horowitz
Book Recommendations

  • The Black Jacobins

    The Black Jacobins

    The Black Jacobins

    C.L.R. James
    4.36 (4,814)

    A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the third world.this powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the haitian revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the bastille but became the model for the third world liberation movements from africa to cuba. it is the story of the french colony of san domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. and it is the story of a barely literate slave named toussaint l'ouverture, who

    Ben Horowitz

    my favorite leadership book ever and one of the great stories in human history

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  • Skin in the Game

    Skin in the Game

    Skin in the Game

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    3.88 (20,757)

    From the new york times bestselling author of the black swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility in his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. citing examples ranging from hammurabi to seneca, antaeus the giant to donald trump, nassim nicholas taleb shows

    Ben Horowitz

    Belongs to top 5 reading list.

    Apr 7, 2020 — Source

  • High Output Management

    High Output Management

    High Output Management

    Andrew S. Grove
    Business & Economics
    4.29 (15,216)

    The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. in high output management, andrew s. grove, former chairman and ceo (and employee number three) of intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. born of grove’s experiences at one of america’s leading technology companies, this legendary management book is a silicon valley staple, equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as ceos and startup founders. grove covers techniques for creating

    Ben Horowitz

    A true masterpiece, and there are at least three core aspects to its genius.

    Nov 13, 2015 — Source

  • The Lean Startup

    The Lean Startup

    The Lean Startup

    Eric Ries
    Business & Economics
    4.11 (269,111)

    Eric ries defines a startup as . this is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a fortune 500 boardroom. what they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.the lean startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on "validated learning," rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of

    Ben Horowitz

    I think if it’s a little company, Eric Ries’s book is great, The Lean Startup.

    Oct 24, 2019 — Source

  • My Years with General Motors

    My Years with General Motors

    My Years with General Motors

    Alfred Sloan
    3.92 (829)

    My years with general motors became an instant bestseller when it was first published in 1963. it has since been used as a manual for managers, offering personal glimpses into the practice of the discipline of management by the man who perfected it. this is the story no other businessman could tell--a distillation of half a century of intimate leadership experience with a giant industry and an inside look at dramatic events and creative business management.only a handful of business books have reached the status of a classic, having withstood

    Ben Horowitz

    Was very interesting particularly on scale issues.

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  • Only the Paranoid Survive. Lessons from the CEO of INTEL Corporation

    Only the Paranoid Survive. Lessons from the CEO of INTEL Corporation

    Only the Paranoid Survive. Lessons from the CEO of INTEL Corporation

    Andrew Grove
    American fiction
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (8,344)

    The president and ceo of intel, the world's largest chipmaker, reveals how to identify and exploit the key moments of change in any industry that generates either drastic failure or incredible success. under andrew grove's leadership, intel has become the world's largest computer chipmaker, the 5th most admired company in america, and the 7th most profitable company among the fortune 500. few ceos can claim this level of success. grove attributes much of it to the philosophy and strategy he has learned the hard way as he steered intel through

    Ben Horowitz

    a great book on strategy

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  • Lenin the Dictator

    Lenin the Dictator

    Lenin the Dictator

    Victor Sebestyen
    4.24 (1,561)

    Victor sebestyen's intimate biography is the first major work in english for nearly two decades on one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. in russia to this day lenin inspires adulation. everywhere, he continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and who created a new kind of state that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world.lenin believed that the 'the political is the personal', and while in no way ignoring his political life, sebestyen focuses on lenin the man -

    Ben Horowitz

    A thrilling biography that provides great insight into how Communism works in practice.

    Apr 7, 2020 — Source

  • Focus

    Focus

    Focus

    Al Ries
    Business & Economics
    4.03 (591)

    What's the secret to a company's continued growth and prosperity? internationally known marketing expert al ries has the answer: focus. his commonsense approach to business management is founded on the premise that long-lasting success depends on focusing on core products and eschewing the temptation to diversify into unrelated enterprises.using real-world examples, ries shows that in industry after industry, it is the companies that resist diversification, and focus instead on owning a category in consumers' minds, that dominate their markets. he offers solid guidance on how to get focused and how

    Ben Horowitz

    excellent on branding, naming, and marketing.

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  • Writing My Wrongs

    Writing My Wrongs

    Writing My Wrongs

    Shaka Senghor
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (3,742)

    In 1991, at the age of nineteen, shaka senghor shot and killed a man. he was a young drug dealer with a quick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of detroit. for years, as he served out his sentence for second degree murder, he blamed everybody else but himself for the decision he made to shoot on that fateful night. it wasn't until shaka started writing about the pain from his childhood and his life on the streets that he was

    Ben Horowitz

    The memoir of a man who went to prison for 19 years, then became an author and MIT fellow.

    Apr 7, 2020 — Source

  • My American Journey

    My American Journey

    My American Journey

    Colin Powell,Joseph E.,Persico
    4.06 (6,313)

    Colin powell is the embodiment of the american dream. he was born in harlem to immigrant parents from jamaica. he knew the rough life of the streets. he overcame a barely average start at school. then he joined the army. the rest is history—vietnam, the pentagon, panama, desert storm—but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. here, for the first time, colin powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and

    Ben Horowitz

    Very, very interesting on leadership.

    Oct 24, 2019 — Source

  • Black Spartacus

    Black Spartacus

    Black Spartacus

    Sudhir Hazareesingh
    History
    3.92 (364)

    The haitian revolution began in the french colony of saint-domingue with a slave revolt in november 1791, and culminated a dozen years later in the proclamation of the world's first independent black republic. after the abolition of slavery in 1793, toussaint louverture became the leader of the colony's black population, commander of its republican army and eventually its governor. treacherously captured by napoleon's invading army a year later and imprisoned, he ended his days as the revolution's most eminent martyr. louverture confronted the mighty forces of his age - slavery,

    Ben Horowitz

    A surprising and complex story of ex-slave Toussaint Louverture, who led Haitis slave uprising

    Aug 27, 2020 — Source

  • The Innovator's Dilemma

    The Innovator's Dilemma

    The Innovator's Dilemma

    Clayton M. Christensen
    Business & Economics
    4.03 (47,127)

    Harvard professor clayton m. christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership -- or worse, disappear completely. and he not only proves what he says, he tells others how to avoid a similar fate.focusing on "disruptive technology" -- the honda super cub, intel's 8088 processor, or the hydraulic excavator, for example -- christensen shows why most companies miss "the next great wave." whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional

    Ben Horowitz

    a great book on strategy.

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