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Vinod Khosla is an Indian American billionaire businessman and venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and the founder of Khosla Ventures. In 2014, Forbes named him amongst the 400 richest people in the United States.
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Against Empathy
The Case for Rational Compassion
by Paul Bloom (Jan 08, 2018)
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New York Post Best Book of 2016We often think of our capacity to experience the suffering of others as the ultimate source of goodness. Many of our wisest policy-makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers agree that the only problem with empathy is that we dont have enough of it.Nothing could be farther from the truth, argues Yale researcher P...
Elegant Defense, An
The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System
by Matt Richtel (Mar 23, 2020)
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National BestsellerA grand tour of the human immune system and the secrets of health, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalistA terminal cancer patient rises from the grave. A medical marvel defies HIV. Two women with autoimmunity discover their own bodies have turned against them. Matt Richtel's An Elegant Defense uniquely entwines ...
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Explains for the lay reader the intricate biology of our immune system.     source
Inflamed Mind, The
by Edward Bullmore (Dec 30, 2019)
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As seen on "CBS This Morning" Worldwide, depression will be the single biggest cause of disability in the next twenty years. But treatment for it has not changed much in the last three decades. In the world of psychiatry, time has apparently stood still...until now with Edward Bullmore's The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression.A Sun...
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Reveals the new breakthrough on the link between depression and inflammation of the body and brain.     source
What You Do Is Who You Are
How to Create Your Business Culture
by Ben Horowitz (Oct 28, 2019)
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Ben Horowitz, a leading venture capitalist, modern management expert, and New York Times bestselling author, combines lessons both from history and from modern organizational practice with practical and often surprising advice to help executives build cultures that can weather both good and bad times. Ben Horowitz has long been fascinated by histor...
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Shows the value of having principles an organization and its leaders believe in and can stick with when it gets hard to do so and real tradeoffs are involved.     source
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Winners Take All
The Elite Charade of Changing the World
by Anand Giridharadas (Sep 30, 2019)
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The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today's news.Anand Giridharadas takes us into th...
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While today’s rich and powerful are fighting for equality and justice, Winners Take All argues that it is being done in a way that will preserve their position at the top of society.     source
Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To
by David A. Sinclair PhD (Sep 09, 2019)
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Its a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything weve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan? In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: Aging is a disease, and ...
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Reveals incredible scientific breakthroughs about aging and ways we can slow down, or even reverse, the process.     source
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The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff (Aug 19, 2019)
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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable BookBloomberg Best Book of 2018The New York Times bestseller!Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak hon...
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Dives into the new problem on college campuses, Safetyism.     source
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari (Aug 19, 2019)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today's most pressing issues."Fascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century."--Bill Gates...
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An important examination into today’s most pressing political, technological, social, and existential issues as we move into the unchartered territory of the future.     source
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein (May 27, 2019)
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What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think.
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Discovers that in most fields , generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Every high school and college student should read it.     source
This book is also recommended by
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How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan (May 13, 2019)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
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A fun exploration of psychedelic drugs, especially for someone who has never tried them.     source
How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
by Safi Bahcall (Mar 18, 2019)
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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 o...
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A key to understanding why Silicon Valley culture is changing the world.     source
The Third Pillar
How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind
by Raghuram Rajan (Feb 25, 2019)
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A Fareed Zakaria GPS Book of the Week From one of the most important economic thinkers of our time, a brilliant and far-seeing analysis of the current populist backlash against globalization.Raghuram Rajan, distinguished University of Chicago professor, former IMF chief economist, head of India's central bank, and author of the 2010 FT-Goldman-Sach...
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Provides a solid framework as to why things begin to deteriorate, and how society can successfully find their way back to a secure and stable plane.     source
The Line Becomes a River
Dispatches from the Border
by Francisco Cantú (Feb 04, 2019)
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For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to...
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Provides a different world view for those of us protected from some 'reality'.     source
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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
by Shoshana Zuboff (Jan 14, 2019)
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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon t...
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Dives into the largest act of capitalist colonisation ever attempted - the colonisation of our minds, our behaviour, our free will, our very selves.     source
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The Future of Capitalism
Facing the New Anxieties
by Paul Collier (Dec 03, 2018)
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Bill Gates's Five Books for Summer Reading 2019From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of the United States and other Western societies: thriving cities versus rural counties, the highly skil...
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Outlines ethical ways of healing the deep new rifts that are tearing apart the fabric of the United States and other Western societies.     source
This book is also recommended by
Bill Gates
Silicon Valley's Coming of Age
by Leslie Berlin (Nov 19, 2018)
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Acclaimed historian Leslie Berlin’s “deeply researched and dramatic narrative of Silicon Valley’s early years…is a meticulously told…compelling history” (The New York Times) of the men and women who chased innovation, and ended up changing the world.Troublemakers is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in...
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Tells the story of the world I have always lived, loved and believed in, despite the recent techlash.     source
The Breakthrough
Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
by Charles Graeber (Nov 12, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Nurse comes an empowering and accessible story of the discoveries of the tricks cancer uses to avoid the immune system, and the important new therapies already unleashing the immune system to fight -- and beat -- the disease. Four years in the writing, The Breakthrough is an "exciting read" abo...
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Guides readers through the scientific research transforming immunotherapy.     source
The Formula
The Universal Laws of Success
by Albert-László Barabási (Nov 05, 2018)
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In this pioneering examination of the scientific principles behind success, a leading researcher reveals the surprising ways in which we can turn achievement into success.Too often, accomplishment does not equate to success. We did the work but didn't get the promotion; we played hard but weren't recognized; we had the idea but didn't get the credi...
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This book transforms how our success-obsessed society approaches their professional careers and long-term goals.     source
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Friday Black
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Oct 22, 2018)
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In the stories of Adjei-Brenyahs debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enra...
Vinod Khosla
Reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country.     source
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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...
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A decent book on self-help tools, not a category I am generally a fan of.     source
The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
by Reid Hoffman (Oct 08, 2018)
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Foreword by Bill Gates LinkedIn cofounder, legendary investor, and host of the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast reveals the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies.What entrepreneur or founder doesn't aspire to build the next Amazon, Facebook, or Airbnb? Yet those who actually manage to do so are exceedingly rare. So what ...
Vinod Khosla
An insightful book on how to scale at a very fast pace​ and more importantly WHEN.     source
This book is also recommended by
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The Jungle Grows Back
America and Our Imperiled World
by Robert Kagan (Sep 17, 2018)
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"An incisive, elegantly written, new book about America's unique role in the world." --Tom Friedman, The New York Times A brilliant and visionary argument for America's role as an enforcer of peace and order throughout the world--and what is likely to happen if we withdraw and focus our attention inward.Recent years have brought deeply disturbing d...
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A powerful, urgent essay into why American withdrawal would be the worst possible response.     source
Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari (Sep 03, 2018)
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Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans...
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Not that I agree with all of it, but it is still mind-bending speculation about our future.     source
The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies
by Geoffrey West (May 14, 2018)
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The former head of the Sante Fe Institute, visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly compl...
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The physics behind biology, cities, economics and companies.     source
The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
by Robert M. Sapolsky (Apr 30, 2018)
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The New York Times bestseller"It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read." --David P. Barash, The Wall Street Journal "It has my vote for science book of the year." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times"Hands-down one of the best books I've read in years. I loved it." --Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington...
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Among the best insights into our brain and behavior.     source
This book is also recommended by
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From Bacteria to Bach and Back
The Evolution of Minds
by Daniel C. Dennett (Feb 19, 2018)
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How did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. Disciples of Darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C. Dennett builds on recent discoveries...
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Long but worth every page.     source
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The Last Days of Night
A Novel
by Graham Moore (May 22, 2017)
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New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history--and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, Geor...
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I don’t read fiction, but this almost historical fiction is fun especially for Silicon Valley types.     source
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson (May 01, 2017)
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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth su...
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Great, very quick overview of astrophysics.     source
Master Algorithm, The
by Pedro Domingos (Jan 23, 2017)
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Algorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. More and more, these algorithms work by learning from the trails of data we leave in our newly digital world. Like curious children, they observe us, imitate, and experiment. And in the world’s top research labs an...
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If you want speculation about what the master AI might need (one view).     source
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The Case Against Sugar
by Gary Taubes (Dec 26, 2016)
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From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% ...
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Not surprising but explicit description of the American psych on sugar and fat by the sugar industry. I would not have believed this much influence is possible.     source
Deep Learning
by Ian Goodfellow (Nov 17, 2016)
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An introduction to a broad range of topics in deep learning, covering mathematical and conceptual background, deep learning techniques used in industry, and research perspectives.Deep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the compu...
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For a slightly more technical read on AI.     source
This book is also recommended by
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Life on the Edge
The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
by Johnjoe McFadden (Jul 25, 2016)
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New York Times bestseller - Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics through the use of quantum mechanics.Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything livin...
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Each chapter illustrates one of life’s puzzles and makes you think differently about the world.     source
Brand Flip, The
Why customers now run companies and how to profit from it (Voices That Matter)
by Marty Neumeier (Aug 08, 2015)
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Best-selling brand expert Marty Neumeier shows you how to make the leap from a company-driven past to the consumer-driven future. You'll learn how to flip your brand from offering products to offering meaning, from value protection to value creation, from cost-based pricing to relationship pricing, from market segments to brand tribes, and from cus...
Vinod Khosla
A very well done book on branding and new brand values. It will be the death of many incumbents.     source
Drunk Tank Pink
And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
by Adam Alter (Feb 24, 2014)
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A revelatory look at how our environment unconsciously yet dramatically shapes the judgments and decisions we make every dayMost of us go through life believing that we are in control of the choices we makethat we think and behave almost independently from the world around us. But as Drunk Tank Pink illustrates, the truth is our environment shapes ...
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Fun read about our biases and how our brain functions.     source
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by Sam Harris (Nov 04, 2013)
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As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.In Lying, best-selli...
Vinod Khosla
One of my favorite one hour reads about intellectual honesty. I wish more people were this honest!     source
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Mindfulness in Plain English
by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (Sep 05, 2011)
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“A masterpiece.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Easy access to meditation.     source
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
by Don Thompson (Apr 12, 2010)
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Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million?Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why wer...
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A look at the economics and the marketing strategies that enable the modern art market to generate such astronomical prices.     source
A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld
by Misha Glenny (Apr 06, 2009)
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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the deregulation of international financial markets in 1989, governments and entrepreneurs alike became intoxicated by dreams of newly opened markets. But no one could have foreseen that the greatest success story to arise from these events would be the worldwide rise of organi...
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Fun though older book.     source
This Is Your Brain on Music
The Science of a Human Obsession
by Daniel J. Levitin (Aug 27, 2007)
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Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life—even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of mu...
Vinod Khosla
Fascinating though older book.     source
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