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James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, author, venture capitalist and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies. He has published 20 books, and he is a contributor to publications including The Financial Times and The Huffington Post
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Pity the Reader
On Writing With Style
by Kurt Vonnegut (Nov 04, 2019)
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The art and craft of writing by one of the few grandmasters of American literature, a bonanza for writers and listeners written by Kurt Vonnegut's former student.Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course, he has given us glimpses in his aphorisms, short essays, articles, and speeches. But, never befo...
Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
by Kurt Vonnegut (Jan 11, 1999)
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Shift
by Hugh Howey (Mar 21, 2016)
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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platforms that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A sim...
Dust
by Hugh Howey (Mar 21, 2016)
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Wool  introduced the world of the silo.  Shift  told the story of its creation.  Dust  will describe its downfall. Juliette, now mayor of Silo 18, doesnt trust Silo 1, especially its leader, Donald. But in the world of the Silos, there is no black and white everything is shades of gray. Donald may not be the monster Juliette thinks he is, and may ...
Wool
by Hugh Howey (Mar 11, 2013)
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For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect the...
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The Road
by Cormac McCarthy (Mar 27, 2006)
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The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, ...
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Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel (Jun 01, 2015)
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb (Apr 01, 2019)
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One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will ...
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Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed (Jul 09, 2012)
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you cant pay the billsand it can be great: youve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugarthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wildis th...
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The War of Art
Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield (Jan 10, 2012)
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Powershift
Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome
by Daymond John (Mar 09, 2020)
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Bestselling author and Shark Tank star Daymond John reveals the secrets to cultivating influence, building relationships, and negotiating your way to any deal or outcome.Getting what you want in life is all about relationships: establishing them, leveraging them at the right time, and continuing to nurture them long afterwards. In Powershift, bests...
Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
by Steve Martin (Sep 01, 2008)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
James Altucher
Feb 11, 2020
I love any book where someone took their passion, documented it, and shared it with us. That’s when you can see the subleties, the hard work, the luck, the talent, the skill, all come together to form a champion.     source
Atomic Habits
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear (Oct 15, 2018)
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The instant New York Times bestseller. Over 1 million copies sold! Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad o...
Win Bigly
Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
by Scott Adams (Oct 29, 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The New York Times bestseller that explains one of the most important perceptual shifts in the history of humankindScott Adams was one of the earliest public figures to predict Donald Trump's election. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a lucky clown, but Adams - best known as "the guy who created Dilbert" -- recognize...
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
by Robert B. Cialdini (Aug 07, 2008)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
The Laws of Human Nature
by Robert Greene (Oct 22, 2018)
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Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.We are social animals. Our very l...
The War on Normal People
The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
by Andrew Yang (Apr 01, 2019)
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From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. N...
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Tools of Titans
The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
by Timothy Ferriss (Dec 05, 2016)
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The latest groundbreaking book from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  From the author:   For the last two years, Ive interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icon...
Bold
How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (Exponential Technology Series)
by Peter H. Diamandis (Feb 22, 2016)
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A visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the worldand invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to help them do it. President Bill ClintonA radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponen...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
Basically if you want to know the future, read this     source
Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Jan 27, 2014)
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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
On my podcast Nassim discusses “Antifragility” – building a system, even on that works for you on a personal level, where you if you harm your self in some way it becomes stronger. That podcast changed my life. He discusses Antifragility throughout history, up to our current economic situation, and even in our personal situations.     source
Mastery
by Robert Greene (Oct 28, 2013)
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The #1 New York Timesbestselling sequel to The 48 Laws of PowerMastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analyzing the lives of such past ...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
This book is like a curated version of 1000 biographies all under the guise, “how to become a master at what you love”.     source
Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
by Steven Johnson (Oct 03, 2011)
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A fascinating deep dive on innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedThe printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough tech...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
The connections Johnson makes are brilliant. For instance, The Gutenberg Press (which, in itself, was invented because of improvements in sewing looms), made everyone realize they had bad vision. So the science of lenses was created. So microscopes were eventually created. So germs were eventually discovered. So modern medical science was discovered. And so on. Johnson is a thinker and a linker and tells a good story.     source
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Outliers
The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell (Jun 06, 2011)
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to w...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
Gladwell is not the first person to come up with the 10,000 hour rule. Nor is he the first person to document what it takes to become the best in the world at something. But his stories are so great as he explains these deep concepts.     source
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck (Dec 25, 2007)
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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
James Altucher
Sep 15, 2015
Again, I am fascinated by the field of mastery. Not self-improvement (eat well, sleep well, etc) but on how can you continue a path of improvement so that you can really enjoy the subtleties at a very deep level of whatever it is you love. Carol Dweck, through massive research and storytelling, shows the reader how to continue on the path of improvement and why so many people fall off that path.     source
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel (Sep 15, 2014)
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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 t...
James Altucher
Sep 12, 2014
There’s a lot of business books out there. 99% of them are BS. Read this one. So many concepts really changed my attitude about not only business but capitalism.     source
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl (May 31, 2006)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
James Altucher
Jul 14, 2011
I’m at a loss for words here. Just read it. Don’t read it for the Holocaust. Or psychological theory. Read it because when you’re about halfway through you will realize your life is no longer the same. And next time you get a chance to whisper in the ear of someone about to kill himself, whisper words from this book.     source
The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday (Apr 30, 2014)
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obst...
James Altucher
My life has been beset with obstacles. It takes practice (and pain) to surmount them and achieve success. This author’s book is a how-to guide for just that.     source
Brain Rules
12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
by John Medina (Apr 21, 2014)
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Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know--like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy...
James Altucher
Discusses how to keep your brain healthy.     source
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Jesus' Son
Stories (Picador Modern Classics)
by Denis Johnson (Feb 16, 2009)
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James Altucher
There was a movie about it and it's a beautiful collection of short stories about this total drug addict.     source
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini (Nov 24, 2008)
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After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved c...
James Altucher
Excellent novel.     source
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The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini (Jun 01, 2003)
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Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion. Despite their class differences, Amir, the s...
James Altucher
Excellent novel.     source
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