Peter Thiel
Book Recommendations

  • Psychopolitics

    Psychopolitics

    Psychopolitics

    Byung-Chul Han
    Philosophy
    4.09 (2,682)

    Exploring how neoliberalism has discovered the productive force of the psychebyung-chul han, a star of german philosophy, continues his passionate critique of neoliberalism, trenchantly describing a regime of technological domination that, in contrast to foucault’s biopower, has discovered the productive force of the psyche. in the course of discussing all the facets of neoliberal psychopolitics fueling our contemporary crisis of freedom, han elaborates an analytical framework that provides an original theory of big data and a lucid phenomenology of emotion. but this provocative essay proposes counter models too, presenting a

    Peter Thiel

    try Jean-Michel Oughourlian's "Psychopolitics," a brief, freewheeling 2012 work by one of Mr. Girard's closest collaborators.

    Dec 14, 2012 — Source

  • The Sovereign Individual

    The Sovereign Individual

    The Sovereign Individual

    James Dale Davidson,William Rees-Mogg
    4.25 (1,846)

    The sovereign individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of western civilization. few observers of the late twentieth century have their fingers so presciently on the pulse of the global political and economic realignment ushering in the new millennium as do james dale davidson and lord william rees-mogg. their bold prediction of disaster on wall street in blood in the streets was borne out by black tuesday. in their ensuing bestseller, the great reckoning, published just weeks before the coup attempt against gorbachev, they analyzed the

    Peter Thiel

    One of the books that tremendously influenced me when I started PayPal.

    Jul 10, 2020 — Source

  • The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    Mikhail Bulgakov
    Fiction
    4.29 (281,575)

    An audacious revision of the stories of faust and pontius pilate, the master and margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern russian literature. the novel's vision of soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common russian speech.one hot spring, the devil arrives in moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a

    Peter Thiel

    If you want something a little more intellectual, it's probably the Bulgakov novel The Master and Margarita.

    Jun 10, 2015 — Source

  • Bloodlands

    Bloodlands

    Bloodlands

    Timothy Snyder
    History
    4.31 (11,945)

    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

    Peter Thiel

    Included in Peter Thiel's book list

    Dec 14, 2012 — Source

  • The Decadent Society

    The Decadent Society

    The Decadent Society

    Ross Douthat
    3.81 (1,634)

    Today the western world seems to be in crisis. but beneath our social media frenzy and reality-television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. the decadent society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational malaise that could endure for longer than we think..

    Peter Thiel

    Choosing agency over boomer complacency, The Decadent Society sets the stakes for the most urgent public debate of the 2020s: How do we get back to the future?

    Mar 1, 2020 — Source

  • The Great Illusion

    The Great Illusion

    The Great Illusion

    Sir Norman Angell
    3.58 (105)

    First published in 1909, the great illusion sets out to answer one of the greatest questions in human history: why is there war? specifically, angell wishes to discuss why there is war between the countries of europe, which seem to always be at one another's throats. angell refutes the belief that military power results in greater wealth and instead proposes that advanced economies based on trade and contract law can only generate value in the absence of military upset. war destroys any wealth that conquerors may have wanted to obtain,

    Peter Thiel

    I like the genre of past books written about the future, e.g.: ...The Great Illusion...

    Sep 12, 2014 — Source

  • Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand
    Fiction
    3.69 (371,342)

    Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? what is the world’s motor — and the motive power of every man? you will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story. tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life — from the productive genius who becomes

    Peter Thiel

    It felt pretty crazy

    Sep 13, 2018 — Source

  • The Reasonableness of Christianity with a Discourse of Miracles & Part of a Third Letter Concerning Toleration (Library of Modern Religious Thought)

    The Reasonableness of Christianity with a Discourse of Miracles & Part of a Third Letter Concerning Toleration (Library of Modern Religious Thought)

    The Reasonableness of Christianity with a Discourse of Miracles & Part of a Third Letter Concerning Toleration (Library of Modern Religious Thought)

    I. T. Ramsey,John Locke
    3.59 (92)

    A new and manageable edition of locke has been badly needed. professor ramsey's judicious editing of these important texts fills the need and greatly enhances the value of the texts for the modern reader. included are the reasonablesness of christianity, a discourse on miracles, a further note on miracles, and some passages from a third letter concerning toleration. each work is prefaced by an introduction,giving the background of its writing and indicating its contemporary significance.

    Peter Thiel

    Recommended in Convrsations with Tyler

    Apr 6, 2015 — Source

  • Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

    Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

    Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

    Rene Girard
    4.32 (554)

    An astonishing work of cultural criticism, this book is widely recognized as a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature, anthropology, religion, and psychoanalysis. in its scope and itnerest it can be compared with freud's totem and taboo, the subtext girard refutes with polemic daring, vast erudition, and a persuasiveness that leaves the reader compelled to respond, one way or another.this is the single fullest summation of girard's ideas to date, the book by which they will stand or fall. in a dialogue with two psychiatrists (jean-michel oughourlian

    Peter Thiel

    It's a portal to the past, on the human origins, and our history

    Jul 20, 2019 — Source

  • The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age

    Neal Stephenson
    Humorous stories
    4.15 (89,645)

    The diamond age: or, a young lady's illustrated primer is a postcyberpunk novel by neal stephenson. it is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. the novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence.

    Peter Thiel

    Recommended on Reddit

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  • Resurrection from the Underground

    Resurrection from the Underground

    Resurrection from the Underground

    James G. Williams,Rene Girard
    4.2 (161)

    First published in france in 1963, this is the first publication in english of the author's analysis of dostoevsky's themes, revealing girard's combination of mimetic-literary and religious approaches. no index. annotation c. by book news, inc., portland, or.

    Peter Thiel

    There is no better way to think about human irrationality than to read Dostoevsky, and there is no better reader of Dostoevsky than Mr. Girard.

    Dec 14, 2012 — Source

  • 100 Plus

    100 Plus

    100 Plus

    Sonia Arrison
    Medical
    3.38 (175)

    Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. the first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. what will your life look like when you live to be over 100? will you be healthy? will your marriage need a sunset clause? how long will you have to work? will you finish one career at sixty-five only to go back to school to learn a new one? and then, will you be happily working for another sixty years? maybe you’ll be a parent to a

    Peter Thiel

    Included in Peter Thiel's book list

    Dec 14, 2012 — Source

  • The American Challenge

    The American Challenge

    The American Challenge

    J. Servan-Schreiber
    3.73 (63)

    “the signs and instruments of power are no longer armed legions or raw materials or capital… the wealth we seek does not lie in the earth or in numbers of men or in machines, but in the human spirit. and particularly in the ability of men to think and to create.” -- jean-jacques servan-schreiber in his international bestseller, the american challenge. the american challenge was 50 years ahead of its time in its appraisal of europe, industrialization, the global economy and digital future, and the sclerosis of french politics. the

    Peter Thiel

    Recommended on Reddit

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  • The New Atlantis
    Peter Thiel

    Recommended on Reddit

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