Keith Rabois
Book Recommendations

  • Andy Grove

    Andy Grove

    Andy Grove

    Richard S. Tedlow
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.97 (111)

    Andy grove, the ceo of intel during its years of explosive growth, is on the shortlist of america's most admired business people. this is an inspiring biography of the highly respected business legend that will enthral anyone who cares about technology or leadership.

    Keith Rabois

    "Highly recommended" title among the books he recommends on Quora

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  • The Art of the Start

    The Art of the Start

    The Art of the Start

    Guy Kawasaki
    Business & Economics
    3.87 (27,162)

    It begins with a dream that just won’t quit, the once-in-a-lifetime thunderbolt of pure inspiration, the obsession, the world-beater, the killer app, the next big thing. everyone who wants to make the world a better place becomes possessed by a grand idea.but what does it take to turn your idea into action? whether you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or not-for-profit crusader, there’s no shortage of advice available on issues such as writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital, and branding. in fact, there are so many books, articles, and web

    Keith Rabois

    For a first time entrepreneur, an excellent introduction to many key issues

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  • The Vision of the Anointed

    The Vision of the Anointed

    The Vision of the Anointed

    Thomas Sowell
    Political Science
    4.37 (2,314)

    The vision of the anointed is a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. thomas sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and other social pathology. in this book, "politically correct" theory is repeatedly confronted with facts -- and sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a whole set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political

    Keith Rabois

    It changed the course of my life

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  • The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    Atul Gawande
    4.02 (58,941)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. longer training, ever more advanced technologies‚neither seems to prevent grievous errors. but in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer atul gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.first introduced decades ago by the u.s. air force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses

    Keith Rabois

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  • In the Company of Giants

    In the Company of Giants

    In the Company of Giants

    Ortiz Rafael,Rama Dev Jager
    Business & Economics
    3.8 (40)

    In the company of giants presents groundbreaking conversations conducted with 16 of the digital world's most successful personalities: bill gates, steve jobs, t. j. rodgers, gordon eubanks, steve case, scott cook, sandy kurtzig, john warnock and charles geschke, michael dell, charles wang, andy grove, trip hawkins, ed mccracken, ken olsen, and bill hewlett. in order to write in the company of giants, the authors sat down with silicon valley's greatest visionaries in intimate, face-to-face discussions without corporate filters or interference. each spoke for hours, answering the authors' probing questions about

    Keith Rabois

    Highly recommended on Keith Rebois' Reading list

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  • Get Back in the Box

    Get Back in the Box

    Get Back in the Box

    Douglas Rushkoff
    Business & Economics
    3.79 (131)

    On a landscape that seems to be transforming itself with every new technology, marketing tactic, or investment strategy, businesses rush to embrace change by trading in their competencies or shifting their focus altogether. all in the name of innovation.but this endless worrying, wriggling, and trend watching only alienates companies from whatever it is they really do best. in the midst of the headlong rush to think "outside the box," the full engagement responsible for true innovation is lost. new consultants, new packaging, new marketing schemes, or even new ceos are

    Keith Rabois

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  • The Method Method

    The Method Method

    The Method Method

    Adam Lowry,Eric Ryan,Lucas Conley
    4.19 (231)

    Founded ten years ago by childhood pals eric ryan and adam lowry, method has been making headlines and profits with a revolutionary blend of culture and commerce, style and substance. today, method's ecofriendly soaps, detergents, and cleaners are ubiquitous in stores, capturing valuable shelf space long dominated by the tired old products of giants p&g and unilever. ryan and lowry obsess over seven principles at the heart of method's business philosophy, including: * kick ass at fast: use small size to your advantage; by bringing innovations to market faster, you

    Keith Rabois

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  • The Success Equation

    The Success Equation

    The Success Equation

    Michael J. Mauboussin
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (1,246)

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  • The Upside Of Stress / Headspace Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness / Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics / 10% Happier

    The Upside Of Stress / Headspace Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness / Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics / 10% Happier

    The Upside Of Stress / Headspace Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness / Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics / 10% Happier

    Andy Puddicombe,Dan Harris,Kelly McGonigal
    Self-Help
    4.57 (7)

    The upside of stress, headspace guide to meditation and mindfulness, meditation for fidgety skeptics, 10% happier 4 books collection set. description:- the upside of stress: why stress is good for you in this new book, health psychologist dr kelly mcgonigal reveals the new science of stress, showing that by embracing stress and changing your thinking, your stress response could become your most powerful ally. drawing on the latest research and practical brain-training techniques, the upside of stress shows you how to do stress better, to improve your health and resilience,

    Keith Rabois

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  • Becoming Steve Jobs

    Becoming Steve Jobs

    Becoming Steve Jobs

    Brent Schlender,Rick Tetzeli
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.06 (17,144)

    #1 new york times bestseller there have been many books—on a large and small scale—about steve jobs, one of the most famous ceos in history. but this book is different from all the others.becoming steve jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about steve jobs. the conventional, one-dimensional view of jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. becoming steve jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the apple cofounder

    Keith Rabois

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  • Viral Loop

    Viral Loop

    Viral Loop

    Adam L. Penenberg
    Business
    3.63 (869)

    Many of the most successful web 2.0 companies, including myspace, youtube, ebay, and rising stars like twitter and flickr, are prime examples of what journalist adam l. penenberg calls a "viral loop"--to use it, you have to spread it. after all, what's the sense of being on facebook if none of your friends are? the result: never before has there been the potential to create wealth this fast, on this scale, and starting with so little. in this game-changing must-read, penenberg tells the fascinating story of the entrepreneurs who first

    Keith Rabois

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  • Behind the Cloud

    Behind the Cloud

    Behind the Cloud

    Carlye Adler,Marc Benioff
    3.76 (4,504)

    How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? for the first time, marc benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and ceo of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change. showing how salesforce.com not only survived the dotcom implosion of 2001, but went on to define itself as the leader of the cloud computing revolution and spark a $46-billion dollar

    Keith Rabois

    Highly recommended on Keith Rebois' Reading list

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  • Architects of the Web

    Architects of the Web

    Architects of the Web

    Robert H. Reid
    Business & Economics
    3.69 (16)

    "a terrific book that captures the explosion of creativity and business evolution at the center of the internet phenomenon. a tantalizing mix of diverse players with utopian visions, animated by equal parts aggression and delight. a true saga of our time."-james f. moore author, the death of competition; chairman, geo partners research inc. architects of the web presents the dynamic history of the web's creation and evolution-as well as its emergence as a dynamic business tool-through revealing profiles of its architects, the brilliant minds who have helped thrust the web

    Keith Rabois

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  • The Intel Trinity

    The Intel Trinity

    The Intel Trinity

    Michael S. Malone
    Business & Economics
    4.18 (703)

    Based on unprecedented access to the corporation’s archives, the intel trinity is the first full history of intel corporation—the essential company of the digital age— told through the lives of the three most important figures in the company’s history: robert noyce, gordon moore, and andy grove.often hailed the “most important company in the world,” intel remains, more than four decades after its inception, a defining company of the global digital economy. the legendary inventors of the microprocessor-the single most important product in the modern world-intel today builds the tiny “engines”

    Keith Rabois

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  • On Intelligence

    On Intelligence

    On Intelligence

    Jeff Hawkins,Sandra Blakeslee
    4.12 (6,505)

    Jeff hawkins, the man who created the palmpilot, treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.hawkins develops a powerful theory of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines.the brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure

    Keith Rabois

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  • The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature

    The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature

    The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature

    Richard Koch
    Business & Economics
    3.77 (327)

    In this sequel to the bestselling "the 80/20 principle", richard koch reveals how things really work - the universal, powerful patterns in nature, society, organizations and markets, the power laws - that can be applied successfully to life and business in the early 21st century. in this rich and kaleidoscopic synthesis of science and business, richard koch has given us fresh, powerful and unique accomplishmen - he has provided something never before codified, the actual science of success.

    Keith Rabois

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  • Troublemakers

    Troublemakers

    Troublemakers

    Leslie Berlin
    History
    4.11 (621)

    The narrative of the silicon valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years, laying the foundation for today’s technology-driven world.at a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of americans say they cannot live without their cell phones, troublemakers reveals the untold story of how we got here. this is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of silicon valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. together, they worked across generations, industries, and companies to

    Keith Rabois

    Highly recommended on Keith Rebois' Reading list

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  • Swimming Across

    Swimming Across

    Swimming Across

    Andrew S. Grove
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.02 (428)

    Set in the cruel years of hungary's nazi occupation and subsequent communist regime, the bestselling swimming across is the stunning childhood memoir of one of the leading thinkers of our time, legendary intel chairman, andrew s. grove. photos throughout.

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    Highly recommended on Keith Rebois' Reading list

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  • Steve Jobs & the NeXT Big Thing

    Steve Jobs & the NeXT Big Thing

    Steve Jobs & the NeXT Big Thing

    Randall E. Stross
    3.75 (112)

    Originally published in 1993, this is the story of steve jobs’s ambitious attempts after he left apple in 1985 to create a new company, next computer. this period was the nadir of jobs’s professional life, as next’s products failed to find a welcome in the marketplace. the company burned through more than $250 million without managing to eke out a profit. it would eventually be rescued by apple and jobs would return there after the close of the book’s narrative. when he did, he took with him lessons learned during

    Keith Rabois

    Highly recommended on Keith Rebois' Reading list

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  • Planet Google

    Planet Google

    Planet Google

    Randall Stross
    Business & Economics
    3.7 (939)

    Based on unprecedented access he received to the highly secretive "googleplex," acclaimed new york times columnist randall stross takes readers deep inside google, the most important, most innovative, and most ambitious company of the internet age. his revelations demystify the strategy behind the company's recent flurry of bold moves, all driven by the pursuit of a business plan unlike any other: to become the indispensable gatekeeper of all the world's information, the one-stop destination for all our information needs. will google succeed? and what are the implications of a single

    Keith Rabois

    Highly recommended on Keith Rebois' Reading list

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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Ben Horowitz
    Business & Economics
    4.23 (72,998)

    A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only ben horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.in the hard thing about hard things, ben horowitz, cofounder of andreessen horowitz and one of silicon valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. his blog has garnered a devoted following

    Keith Rabois

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  • Insanely Simple

    Insanely Simple

    Insanely Simple

    Ken Segall
    Business & Economics
    3.87 (5,602)

    To steve jobs, simplicity was a religion. it was also a weapon.simplicity isn’t just a design principle at apple—it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. the obsession with simplicity is what separates apple from other technology companies. it’s what helped apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on earth in 2011.thanks to steve jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see simplicity in everything apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.it’s by

    Keith Rabois

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  • World War 3.0

    World War 3.0

    World War 3.0

    Ken Auletta
    Business & Economics
    3.51 (78)

    The internet revolution, like all great industrial changes, has made the world's elephantine media companies tremble that their competitors-whether small and nimble mice or fellow elephants-will get to new terrain first and seize its commanding heights. in a climate in which fear and insecurity are considered healthy emotions, corporate violence becomes commonplace. in the blink of an eye-or the time it has taken slogans such as "the internet changes everything" to go from hyperbole to banality-"creative destruction" has wracked the global economy on an epic scale. no one has been

    Keith Rabois

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  • Revolution in The Valley

    Revolution in The Valley

    Revolution in The Valley

    Andy Hertzfeld
    Business & Economics
    4.2 (2,269)

    There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. revolution in the valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of apple, where the groundbreaking macintosh computer was born. the book traces the development of the macintosh, from its inception as an underground skunkworks project in 1979 to its triumphant introduction in 1984 and beyond.the stories in "revolution in the valley" come on extremely good authority. that's because author

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  • Hackers & Painters

    Hackers & Painters

    Hackers & Painters

    Paul Graham
    Computers
    4.06 (8,526)

    “the computer world is like an intellectual wild west, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you’re willing to risk the consequences.” —from hackers & painters: big ideas from the computer age, by paul grahamwe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers. who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care?consider these facts: everything around us is turning into computers. your typewriter is gone,

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  • Trade-Off

    Trade-Off

    Trade-Off

    Kevin Maney
    Technology & Engineering
    3.82 (285)

    Why did the razr ultimately ruin motorola? why does wal-mart dominate rural and suburban areas but falter in large cities? why did starbucks stumble just when it seemed unstoppable?the answer lies in the ever-present tension between fidelity (the quality of a consumer’s experience) and convenience (the ease of getting and paying for a product). in trade-off, kevin maney shows how these conflicting forces determine the success, or failure, of new products and services in the marketplace. he shows that almost every decision we make as consumers involves a trade-off between

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  • 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

    Keith Rabois

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  • Cultural Strategy

    Cultural Strategy

    Cultural Strategy

    Douglas Cameron,Douglas Holt
    4.1 (181)

    How do we explain the breakthrough market success of businesses like nike, starbucks, ben & jerry's, and jack daniel's? conventional models of strategy and innovation simply don't work. the most influential ideas on innovation are shaped by the worldview of engineers and economists - build abetter mousetrap and the world will take notice. holt and cameron challenge this conventional wisdom and take an entirely different approach: champion a better ideology and the world will take notice as well. holt and cameron build a powerful new theory of cultural innovation. brands

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  • The Innovator's Solution

    The Innovator's Solution

    The Innovator's Solution

    Clayton M. Christensen,Michael E. Raynor
    Business & Economics
    4.02 (12,879)

    In his international bestseller the innovator's dilemma, clayton m. christensen exposed this crushing paradox behind the failure of many industry leaders: by placing too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers, these firms actually paved the way for their own demise by ignoring the disruptive technologies that aggressively evolved to displace them. in the innovator’s solution, christensen and coauthor michael e. raynor help all companies understand how to become disruptors themselves.clay christensen (author of the award-winning harvard business review article, “how will you measure your life?”) and raynor not

    Keith Rabois

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  • 7 Powers

    7 Powers

    7 Powers

    Hamilton Helmer
    Business & Economics
    4.33 (1,094)

    What are the secrets to making a company enduringly valuable? 7 powers breaks fresh ground by constructing a comprehensive strategy toolset that is easy for you to learn, communicate and quickly apply.drawing on his decades of experience as a business strategy advisor, active equity investor and stanford university teacher, hamilton helmer develops from first principles a practical theory of strategy rooted in the notion of power, those conditions which create the potential for persistent differential returns.using rich real-world examples, helmer rigorously characterizes exactly what your business must achieve to create

    Keith Rabois

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  • Zero to One

    Zero to One

    Zero to One

    Blake Masters,Peter Thiel
    4.17 (261,394)

    If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.the great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. in zero to one, legendary entrepreneur and investor peter thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason

    Keith Rabois

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  • The Score Takes Care of Itself

    The Score Takes Care of Itself

    The Score Takes Care of Itself

    Bill Walsh,Craig Walsh,Steve Jamison
    Business & Economics
    4.25 (3,616)

    Bill walsh is a towering figure in the history of the nfl. his advanced leadership transformed the san francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty that won three super bowls. in the process, he changed the way football is played-pushing it into the twenty-first century. walsh is famous for his strategic brilliance and innovations, such as the west coast offense, but his enlightened philosophy of leadership was just as crucial, if not more so, to the unprecedented success of his teams. and that philosophy of

    Keith Rabois

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  • Loonshots

    Loonshots

    Loonshots

    Safi Bahcall
    Business & Economics
    4 (6,837)

    What do james bond and lipitor have in common? what can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water?in loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur safi bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs.drawing on the science of phase transitions, bahcall shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change

    Keith Rabois

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  • Googled

    Googled

    Googled

    Ken Auletta
    Business & Economics
    3.67 (3,146)

    There are companies that create waves and those that ride or are drowned by them. this is a ride on the google wave, and the fullest account of how it formed and crashed into traditional media businesses. with unprecedented access to google's founders and executives, as well as to those in media who are struggling to keep their heads above water, ken auletta reveals how the industry is being disrupted and redefined.auletta goes inside google's closed-door meetings, introducing google's notoriously private founders, larry page and sergey brin, as well as

    Keith Rabois

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  • Naked Statistics

    Naked Statistics

    Naked Statistics

    Charles Wheelan
    Mathematics
    3.94 (11,818)

    Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline hal varian, chief economist at google, has actually called “sexy.” from batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. how can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? how does netflix know which movies you’ll like? what is causing the rising incidence of autism? as best-selling author charles wheelan shows us in naked statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen

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  • The City in History
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  • Return to the Little Kingdom

    Return to the Little Kingdom

    Return to the Little Kingdom

    Michael Moritz
    Computer engineers
    3.99 (1,088)

    In 1984, the little kingdom: the private story of apple computer told the story of apple's first decade alongside the histories of steve jobs and steve wozniak. now, completely revised and expanded, return to the little kingdom is the definitive biography of apple and its founders from the very beginning moritz brings readers inside the childhood homes of jobs and wozniak and records how they dropped out of college and founded apple in 1976. he follows the fortunes of the company through the mid-1980s, and in new material, tracks the

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  • Drawing Life

    Drawing Life

    Drawing Life

    David Gelernter
    3.79 (57)

    On june 24, 1993, david gelernter opened a package that exploded, blowing off most of his right hand and damaging his hearing, eyesight, and chest. ironically, the perpetrator, the technology-phobic "mad genius" we know as the unabomber, managed to punish one of the very few people who are deeply skeptical about computers and openly critical of technology. perhaps the greater irony is that the bomb meant to destroy a man's life remade it, and the wounds meant to break his spirit only strengthened it. now, in this haunting memoir, gelernter

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  • Warfighting (Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1)

    Warfighting (Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1)

    Warfighting (Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1)

    U.S. Marine Corps
    History
    4.21 (854)

    Very simply, this publication describes the philosophy which distinguishes the u.s. marine corps. the thoughts contained here are not merely guidance for action in combat but a way of thinking. this publication provides the authoritative basis for how we fight and how we prepare to fight. this book contains no specific techniques or procedures for conduct. rather, it provides broad guidance in the form of concepts and values. it requires judgment in application. warfighting is not meant as a reference manual; it is designed to be read from cover to

    Keith Rabois

    This is useful for a consumer Internet entrepreneur

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  • The Monk and the Riddle

    The Monk and the Riddle

    The Monk and the Riddle

    Kent L. Lineback,Randy Komisar
    Business & Economics
    3.87 (2,599)

    This book describes how one silicon valley insider has blazed a path of professional - and personal - success playing the game by his own rules. silicon valley is filled with garage-to-riches stories and hot young entrepreneurs with big ideas. yet even in this place where the exceptional is common, randy komisar is a breed apart. currently a "virtual ceo" who provides "leadership on demand" for several renowned companies, komisar was recently described by the "washington post" as a "combined professional mentor, minister without portfolio, in-your-face investor, trouble-shooter and door

    Keith Rabois

    A classic book to read

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  • Creative Selection

    Creative Selection

    Creative Selection

    Ken Kocienda
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (3,621)

    Hundreds of millions of people use apple products every day; several thousand work on apple's campus in cupertino, california; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. creative selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a highly-respected software engineer who worked in the final years the steve jobs era--the golden age of apple.ken kocienda offers an inside look at apple's creative process. for fifteen years, he was on the ground floor of the company as a specialist, directly responsible for experimenting with

    Keith Rabois

    An indispensable books of 2018

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  • Spent

    Spent

    Spent

    Geoffrey Miller
    Business & Economics
    3.85 (1,210)

    A leading evolutionary psychologist probes the hidden instincts behind our working, shopping, and spending evolutionary psychology-the compelling science of human nature-has clarified the prehistoric origins of human behavior and influenced many fields ranging from economics to personal relationships. in "spent" geoffrey miller applies this revolutionary science's principles to a new domain: the sensual wonderland of marketing and status seeking that we call american consumer culture. starting with the basic notion that the goods and services we buy unconsciously advertise our biological potential as mates and friends, miller examines the hidden

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  • Deep Medicine

    Deep Medicine

    Deep Medicine

    Eric Topol MD
    Health & Fitness
    4.06 (1,736)

    Medicine has become inhuman, to disastrous effect. the doctor-patient relationship--the heart of medicine--is broken: doctors are too distracted and overwhelmed to truly connect with their patients, and medical errors and misdiagnoses abound. in deep medicine, leading physician eric topol reveals how artificial intelligence can help. ai has the potential to transform everything doctors do, from notetaking and medical scans to diagnosis and treatment, greatly cutting down the cost of medicine and reducing human mortality. by freeing physicians from the tasks that interfere with human connection, ai will create space for

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  • 1944

    1944

    1944

    Jay Winik
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.06 (1,370)

    Jay winik brings to life in “gripping” detail (the new york times book review) the year 1944, which determined the outcome of world war ii and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined president roosevelt.1944 was a year that could have stymied the allies and cemented hitler’s waning power. instead, it saved those democracies—but with a fateful cost. now, in a “complex history rendered with great color and sympathy” (kirkus reviews, starred review), jay winik captures the epic images and extraordinary history “with cinematic force” (time).1944

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  • The Breakthrough

    The Breakthrough

    The Breakthrough

    Charles Graeber
    Health & Fitness
    4.29 (1,038)

    For decades, scientists have puzzled over one of medicine's most confounding mysteries: why doesn't our immune system recognize and fight cancer the way it does other diseases, like the common cold?as it turns out, the answer to that question can be traced to a series of tricks that cancer has developed to turn off normal immune responses-tricks that scientists have only recently discovered and learned to defeat. the result is what many are calling cancer's "penicillin moment," a revolutionary discovery in our understanding of cancer and how to beat it.in

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  • How Not to Be Wrong

    How Not to Be Wrong

    How Not to Be Wrong

    Jordan Ellenberg
    Mathematics
    3.96 (16,570)

    —the math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. in how not to be wrong, jordan ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. it’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out

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  • Return to the Little Kingdom

    Return to the Little Kingdom

    Return to the Little Kingdom

    Michael Moritz
    Apple computer
    3.99 (1,088)

    In 1984, the little kingdom: the private story of apple computer told the story of apple's first decade alongside the histories of steve jobs and steve wozniak. now, completely revised and expanded, return to the little kingdom is the definitive biography of apple and its founders from the very beginning moritz brings readers inside the childhood homes of jobs and wozniak and records how they dropped out of college and founded apple in 1976. he follows the fortunes of the company through the mid-1980s, and in new material, tracks the

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    A classic book to read

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  • Talent Wins

    Talent Wins

    Talent Wins

    Dennis Carey,Dominic Barton,Ram Charan
    3.88 (253)

    Most executives today recognize the competitive advantage of human capital, and yet the talent practices their organizations use are stuck in the twentieth century.typical talent-planning and hr processes are designed for predictable environments, traditional ways of getting work done, and organizations where "lines and boxes" still define how people are managed. as work and organizations have become more fluid--and business strategy is no longer about planning years ahead but about sensing and seizing new opportunities and adapting to a constantly changing environment--companies must deploy talent in new ways to remain

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  • Churchill

    Churchill

    Churchill

    Andrew Roberts
    4.12 (10,568)

    A landmark reconsideration of the iconoclastic war leader, based on extensive new material, from private letters to war cabinet meetings, by the bestselling, award-winning author of napoleon and the storm of war.when we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is winston churchill: the visionary leader, immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. but how did young winston become churchill? what gave him the strength to take on the superior force of nazi germany when

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  • Rocket Men

    Rocket Men

    Rocket Men

    Robert Kurson
    History
    4.52 (7,546)

    In early 1968, the apollo program was on shaky footing. president kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the moon was in jeopardy, and the soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. by august 1968, with its back against the wall, nasa decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. with just four months to prepare--a fraction of the normal time--the agency would send the first men in history to the moon. in a year of historic violence and discord--the tet offensive,

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  • The Splendid and the Vile

    The Splendid and the Vile

    The Splendid and the Vile

    Erik Larson
    History
    4.24 (86,875)

    On winston churchill's first day as prime minister, adolf hitler invaded holland and belgium. poland and czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. for the next twelve months, hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 britons. it was up to churchill to hold his country together and persuade president franklin roosevelt that britain was a worthy ally--and willing to fight to the end.in the splendid and the vile, erik larson shows how churchill taught the british people "the art of being fearless."

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  • Range

    Range

    Range

    David Epstein
    4.14 (47,223)

    What's the most effective path to success in any domain? it's not what you think. plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. if you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. but a closer look at research on the world's top performers, from professional athletes to nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the

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  • The New New Thing

    The New New Thing

    The New New Thing

    Michael Lewis
    3.73 (8,737)

    In the weird glow of the dying millennium, michael lewis set out on a safari through silicon valley to find the world’s most important technology entrepreneur. he found this in jim clark, a man whose achievements include the founding of three separate billion-dollar companies. lewis also found much more, and the result—the best-selling book the new new thing—is an ingeniously conceived history of the internet revolution.

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  • Who Is Michael Ovitz?

    Who Is Michael Ovitz?

    Who Is Michael Ovitz?

    Michael Ovitz
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.18 (1,526)

    As the co-founder of creative artists agency, michael ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy, and fierce loyalty to his clients. he reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of a-list entertainers, directors, and writers, including steven spielberg, martin scorsese, meryl streep, sean connery, bill murray, robin williams, and david letterman. but this personal history is much more than a fascinating account of celebrity friendships and bare-knuckled dealmaking. it's also an underdog's story: how did a middle-class kid from encino work his

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  • Quirky

    Quirky

    Quirky

    Melissa A Schilling
    3.87 (481)

    What really distinguishes the people who literally change the world -- those creative geniuses who give us one breakthrough after another? what differentiates marie curie or elon musk from the merely creative, the many one-hit wonders among us? melissa schilling, one of the world's leading experts on innovation, invites us into the lives of eight people -- albert einstein, benjamin franklin, elon musk, dean kamen, nikola tesla, marie curie, thomas edison, and steve jobs -- to identify the traits and experiences that drove them to make spectacular breakthroughs, over and

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  • The Organized Mind

    The Organized Mind

    The Organized Mind

    Daniel J. Levitin
    Business & Economics
    3.66 (11,920)

    The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. at the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. no wonder, then, that the average american reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.but somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. in the organized mind, daniel j. levitin, phd, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use

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  • The Book of Why

    The Book of Why

    The Book of Why

    Dana Mackenzie,Judea Pearl
    Computers
    3.95 (3,894)

    "correlation is not causation." this mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. today, that taboo is dead. the causal revolution, instigated by judea pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality -- the study of cause and effect -- on a firm scientific basis. his work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like

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    An indispensable books of 2018

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  • Powerful

    Powerful

    Powerful

    Patty McCord
    Business & Economics
    4.05 (6,098)

    When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, patty mccord says most companies have it all wrong. mccord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at netflix, where she was chief talent officer. in her new book, powerful: building a culture of freedom and responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in silicon valley.mccord advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying good-bye to employees who don’t fit the company’s emerging needs, and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks, and bonus plans. mccord argues that

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  • The Model Thinker

    The Model Thinker

    The Model Thinker

    Scott E. Page
    Computers
    3.93 (601)

    From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. but as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. in the model thinker, social scientist scott e. page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models—from linear regression to random walks and far beyond—that can turn anyone into a genius. at the core of the book is page's "many-model paradigm,"

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  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Neil Postman
    Social Science
    4.13 (24,983)

    Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. in this eloquent, persuasive book, neil postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to withstand the media onslaught. before we hand over politics, education, religion, and journalism to the show business demands of the television age, we must recognize the ways in which the media shape our lives and the

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    This book is in his recommended list

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