• Mike Nichols

    Mark Harris

    "A magnificent biography of one of the most protean creative forces in American entertainment history, a life of dazzling highs and vertiginous plunges--some of the worst largely unknown until now--by the acclaimed author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back. Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind without parallel: while still in his 20's, he was half of a lucrative hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four hit Broadway plays, picking up the Best Director Tony for three of them, and by his mid-30's the first two films he directed, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Graduate, were the highest-grossing movies of 1966 and 1967 respectively, and The Graduate had won him an Oscar for Best Director. Well before his 40th birthday, Nichols lived in a sprawling penthouse on Central Park West, drove a Rolls Royce, collected Arabian horses, and counted the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Avedon and the Aga Khan as good friends. Where he had arrived is even more astonishing given where he began: born Igor Peschkowsky to a Jewish couple in Berlin in 1931, he and his younger brother were sent alone to America on a ship in 1939. Their father, who had gone ahead to find work, was waiting for them; their mother would follow, in the nick of time. His name changed by his father to "Michael Nichols," the young boy caught very few breaks: his parents were now destitute, and his father died when Mike was just 11, leaving his mentally unstable mother alone and overwhelmed. Perhaps most cruelly, Nichols was completely bald: as a small child an allergic reaction to an immunization shot had caused total and permanent hair loss. His parents claimed they could not afford to buy him even a cheap wig until he was almost in high school. Mark Harris gives an intimate and even-handed accounting of success and failure alike; the portrait is not always flattering, but its ultimate impact is to present the full story of one of the most richly interesting, complicated, and consequential figures the worlds of theater and motion pictures have ever seen. It is a triumph of the biographer's art"--

    I tried to read this as slowly as possible because I didn’t want to get to the end, and when I finally reached the epilogue tonight I cried like a baby. Beautiful book about a beautiful person. https://t.co/bV0D7SmtJK

  • Working Backwards is an insider's breakdown of Amazon's approach to culture, leadership, and best practices from Colin Bryar and Bill Carr, two long-time, top-level Amazon executives...

    @tech_month Working Backwards the book

  • @MoronCapitlst For that detail, check out their book: https://t.co/7EmhFWBnS2

  • The Daily Stoic

    Ryan Holiday

    There are some amazing resources on this topic. The Daily Stoic by @RyanHoliday is at the top of this list. It is an incredible repository of short, daily insights from Stoic philosophy. https://t.co/J9wqoVFTGg

  • The Prize

    Daniel Yergin

    Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

    Thanks everyone. Starting Yergins new book because of this thread, which I didn’t know existed before. “The Prize” remains my favorite history book.

  • @patrick_oshag 500-page book on common challenges that founders face (and how to solve them). https://t.co/lp289bioDz

  • Natural

    Alan Levinovitz

    "The widespread confusion of Nature with God and "natural" with holy has far-reaching negative consequences, from misinformation about everyday food and health choices to mistaken justifications of sexism, racism, and flawed economic policies"--

    @pravieen @KitchenChemProf Get him this excellent book by @AlanLevinovitz https://t.co/rpOUr3Z7Jw

  • The 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics states that freedom is the most efficient means of sustaining economic life and securing welfare throughout the world, explaining how his theories can be applied today. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

    Some are asking me here about my views on different aspects of development goals. My view is pretty much the view of Amartya Sen as he lays it out in Development as Freedom. If you haven’t read it yet, I really recommend it. It is the book that made me want to study economics. https://t.co/S8ELgwoCDc

  • Braille edition of the popular bestseller. "Let go of the idea that gentle, relaxed people can't be super-achievers," advises Dr. Richard Carlson in his widely popular self-help book, DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. In 100 chapters--each only a few pages long--Dr. Carlson shares his ideas for living a calmer, richer life. This book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 38 weeks and is No. 3 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. Two small volumes in braille.

    @iferminm It is such a great book! You will not regret reading it! (It’s also very very short)

  • A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the beloved PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved American figure. An inspiring collection of stories, anecdotes, and insights--with sections devoted to love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty, The World According to Mister Rogers reminds us that there is much more in life that unites us than divides us. Culled from Fred Rogers' speeches, program transcripts, books, letters, and interviews, along with some of his never-before-published writings, The World According to Mister Rogers is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions.

    Also: literally any of the Mister Rogers books. The little ones that are always in the bargain section of bookstores. If you open yourself up to what he’s saying, it will change your life. It’s crazy amazing stuff. https://t.co/GFWhigPsiR

  • "From celebrity hairstylist, social media influencer, and entrepreneur Jen Atkin comes a book not just about hair and fame, but how to forge your own path and succeed in business and in life"--

    Okay so if you haven’t read @jenatkinhair’s new book yet, I highly recommend it. It is such a great guide to making your way in the world, to being a professional, to being an adult, and to just being a good person and getting the most out of life. https://t.co/pULVZsTcqM

  • Money from Thin Air

    O. Casey Corr

    A portrait of visionary entrepreneur Craig McCaw discusses his seminal role in the development of the cellular communications industry and his latest work with Teledesic, a satellite network providing fast, economical worldwide Internet access. 20,000 first printing.

    @trmcdonald @chrisamccoy https://t.co/eltLynCCRy

  • @BecomingCritter @eigenrobot Impro is the other book in my rec list that produces the same revelatory reaction in nearly everyone who reads it. I think those two really stand out. But would love to hear other ppl’s recs!

  • Black Spartacus

    Sudhir Hazareesingh

    Ben's book choice #2: https://t.co/VhCzqb2W6S

  • Ben's book choice #1 by @JoHenrich, which I also highly recommend: https://t.co/ZvVjYjHmG9

  • Dream Park

    Larry Niven

    Marc's science fiction novel #3: https://t.co/pJ9JXHKcI0

  • Rainbows End

    Vernor Vinge

    Marc's science fiction novel #2: https://t.co/gW5qN6CYx5

  • Marc's science fiction novel #1: https://t.co/4nLQSPhHCm

  • The Righteous Mind

    Jonathan Haidt

    Presents a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind cultural clashes that are polarizing America.

    On morality and politics, and on the two kinds of fairness, I can't recommend this book by @JonHaidt too highly: https://t.co/1cMGkWbdGq

  • Zac Bissonnette explores what happened when a stuffed animal took over America and turned a college dropout into a billionaire. Beanie Babies drove millions of people into a greed-fuelled frenzy as they chased the rarest Beanie Babies, whose values escalated weekly in the late 1990s. The Great Beanie Baby Bubble tells the inspiring yet tragic story of Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies and one of America's most enigmatic self-made tycoons. Sometimes called the 'Steve Jobs of plush' by his employees, he obsessed over every detail of every animal.

    At the height of the mania Beanie Babies made up as much as 10% of eBay's revenue This book by Zac Bissonnette is excellent on crowd psychology, persuasion and sales tactics https://t.co/oPTzIJYjGd

  • Troublemakers

    Leslie Berlin

    A narrative history of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years details the specific contributions of seven technical pioneers and how they established the foundation for today's tech-driven world.

    Book 3 Lesson: Set the goal, hire the right technical people, and then step in only when necessary. https://t.co/ueyr8Zhb6D

  • Whether you’re designing consumer electronics, medical devices, enterprise Web apps, or new ways to check out at the supermarket, today’s digitally-enabled products and services provide both great opportunities to deliver compelling user experiences and great risks of driving your customers crazy with complicated, confusing technology. Designing successful products and services in the digital age requires a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in interaction design, visual design, industrial design, and other disciplines. It also takes the ability to come up with the big ideas that make a desirable product or service, as well as the skill and perseverance to execute on the thousand small ideas that get your design into the hands of users. It requires expertise in project management, user research, and consensus-building. This comprehensive, full-color volume addresses all of these and more with detailed how-to information, real-life examples, and exercises. Topics include assembling a design team, planning and conducting user research, analyzing your data and turning it into personas, using scenarios to drive requirements definition and design, collaborating in design meetings, evaluating and iterating your design, and documenting finished design in a way that works for engineers and stakeholders alike.

    I attended the launch party for this book 12 years ago, and I am still not aware of a single book better at laying out digital product design. I consider it 'canonical.' https://t.co/o1KGTDhco4

  • The Great Risk Shift

    Jacob S. Hacker

    We are witnessing a massive transfer of economic risk from broad structures of insurance onto the fragile balance sheets of American families. This text explains the causes and consequences of 'The Great Risk Shift' and what can be done to reverse it.

    @EnergySRE I'm reminded of The Great Risk Shift, which is about the movement of volatility and risk from government and business down to individuals and families: https://t.co/M6kEMhl5eW

  • The Delusions Of Crowds

    William J. Bernstein

    From the award-winning author of A Splendid Exchange, a fascinating new history of financial and religious mass manias over the past five centuries

    Here's another good one from The Delusions of Crowds: "The more compelling the story, the more it erodes our critical-thinking skills." https://t.co/8wrsNBIf4P

  • The Well-Trained Mind

    Susan Wise Bauer

    Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education--the trivium--which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage."

    @ben_m_somers @chrismanfrank There’s actually a book on this! “The Well-Trained Mind: a Classical Education at Home.”

  • The Economics of Poverty

    Martin Ravallion

    While there is no denying that the world has made huge progress against absolute poverty over the last 200 years, until recent times the bulk of that progress had been made in wealthy countries only. The good news is that we have seen greater progress against poverty in the developing world in recent times-indeed, a faster pace of progress against extreme poverty than the rich world saw over a period of 100 years or more of economic development. However, continuing progress is far from assured. High and rising inequality has stalled progress against poverty in many countries. We are seeing generally rising relative poverty in the rich world as a whole over recent decades. And even in the developing world, there has been less progress in reaching the poorest, who risk being left behind, and a great many people in the emerging middle class remain highly vulnerable to falling back into poverty. The Economics of Poverty strives to support well-informed efforts to put in place effective policies to assure continuing success in reducing poverty in all its dimensions. The book reviews critically the past and present debates on the central policy issues of economic development everywhere. How much poverty is there? Why does poverty exist? What can be done to eliminate poverty? Martin Ravallion provides an accessible new synthesis of current knowledge on these issues. It does not assume that readers know economics already. Those new to economics get a lot of help along the way in understanding its concepts and methods. Economics lives though its relevance to real world problems, and here the problem of global poverty is both the central focus and a vehicle for learning.

    @JodiKoberinski Have a nice day Jodi! If you are interested this is a very good book on it https://t.co/0y26NroVca

  • New York Times Editors' Choice 2017 Forbes Top 10 Best Environment, Climate, and Conservation Book of 2017 As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside “scenes of the crime,” from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record—which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish—and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light.

    @docbaty One of the best books I read last decade. Seriously.

  • Self-organized criticality, the spontaneous development of systems to a critical state, is the first general theory of complex systems with a firm mathematical basis. This theory describes how many seemingly desperate aspects of the world, from stock market crashes to mass extinctions, avalanches to solar flares, all share a set of simple, easily described properties. "...a'must read'...Bak writes with such ease and lucidity, and his ideas are so intriguing...essential reading for those interested in complex systems...it will reward a sufficiently skeptical reader." -NATURE "...presents the theory (self-organized criticality) in a form easily absorbed by the non-mathematically inclined reader." -BOSTON BOOK REVIEW "I picture Bak as a kind of scientific musketeer; flamboyant, touchy, full of swagger and ready to join every fray... His book is written with panache. The style is brisk, the content stimulating. I recommend it as a bracing experience." -NEW SCIENTIST

    Self organized criticality- The snowmobiler's death marks the latest in a series of deadly avalanches that have killed 29 people across the US this winter. The deadliest avalanche years occurred in 2008 and 2010, when there were 36 avalanche fatalities. https://t.co/VT2Hnc9dFQ

  • The books: https://t.co/cHCa2Jd0Y7 and https://t.co/7QVwg5fh08

  • The Origin of Wealth

    Eric D. Beinhocker

    What is wealth?How is it created? And how can we create more of it for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and societies?In The Origin of Wealth,Eric Beinhocker provides provocative new answers to these fundamental questions. Beinhocker surveys the cutting-edge ideas of economists and scientists and brings their work alive for a broad audience. These researchers, he explains, are revolutionizing economics by showing how the economy is an evolutionary system, much like a biological system. It is economic evolution that creates wealth and has taken us from the Stone Age to the $36.5 trillion global economy of today. By better understanding economic evolution, Beinhocker writes, we can better understand how to create more wealth. The author shows how “complexity economics” is turning conventional wisdom on its head in areas ranging from business strategy and organizational design to investment strategy and public policy. As sweeping in scope as its title,The Origin of Wealthwill rewire our thinking about the workings of the global economy and where it is going.

    @hillsteps I forgot one of the most important ones, the Origin of Wealth.