Recommendations

  • Dune

    Dune

    Dune

    Frank Herbert
    Fiction
    4.24 (1,014,265)

    Set on the desert planet arrakis, dune is the story of the boy paul atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for...when house atreides is betrayed, the destruction of paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. and as he evolves into the mysterious

    Jeff Bezos

    I love Dune.

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  • Rework

    Rework

    Rework

    David Heinemeier Hansson,Jason Fried
    Business & Economics
    3.96 (152,733)

    Most business books give you the same old advice: write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. if you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. the truth is, you need less than you think. you don't need to be a workaholic. you don't need to

    Jeff Bezos

    Unperturbed by conventional wisdom, Jason and David start fresh and rewrite the rules of business. Their approach turns out to be as successful as it is counter-intuitive.

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  • The Player of Games

    The Player of Games

    The Player of Games

    Iain M. Banks
    Fiction
    4.27 (65,369)

    The culture - a humanoid/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great game players. one of the best is jernau morat gurgeh, player of games, master of every board, computer and strategy. bored with success, gurgeh travels to the empire of azad, cruel & incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game, a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, gurgeh accepts the game and with it the challenge of his life, and very possibly his death.

    Jeff Bezos

    a huge personal favorite

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  • Built to Last

    Built to Last

    Built to Last

    James C. Collins,Jerry I. Porras
    4.03 (67,897)

    "this is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. it is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. nor is it about just having a corporate vision. this is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. this is a book about visionary companies." so write jim collins and jerry porras in this groundbreaking book that shatters myths, provides new insights, and gives practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time.drawing upon a six-year

    Jeff Bezos

    My favorite business book

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  • Consider Phlebas

    Consider Phlebas

    Consider Phlebas

    Iain M. Banks
    Fiction
    3.86 (82,146)

    The war raged across the galaxy. billions had died, billions more were doomed. moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. the idirans fought for their faith; the culture for its moral right to exist. principles were at stake. there could be no surrender.within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a planet of the dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive mind. both the culture and the idirans sought it. it was the fate of horza,

    Jeff Bezos

    a huge personal favorite

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