• Rebel Ideas

    Matthew Syed

    THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A master of the genre' The Times Success is no longer just about talent, or knowledge or skill. Today, it is also about freeing ourselves from the blinkers and blind spots that beset us all, and harnessing a critical new ingredient: cognitive diversity. In this bold and inspiring new book, Matthew Syed - the bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking - offers a radical new approach to success and a route map to how we can tackle our most complex challenges, such as obesity, terrorism and climate change. Rebel Ideas draws upon cutting-edge research in psychology, economics and anthropology, and takes lessons from a dazzling range of case studies, including the catastrophic intelligence failings of the CIA before 9/11, a communication breakdown at the top of Mount Everest and a moving tale of deradicalisation in America's Deep South. It is a book that will strengthen any institution or team, but also offers dozens of individual applications too: the art of personal reinvention, the extraordinary benefits of personalised nutrition and how to break free of the echo chambers that surround us all. Rebel Ideas offers a radical blueprint for the future. It challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about how success really happens.

    @BorisZR @malouie @ireneau May I suggest you read this wonderful book about the value of diverse experiences and how the idea of "meritocracy" is often a fundamentally flawed argument. https://t.co/sODXolWH3D

  • Devil Take the Hindmost

    Edward Chancellor

    Examines stock market speculation since the seventeenth century, discussing the range of motivations of investors and the effects on economies throughout history.

    Reco reading for the long weekend. Both works are intricately related. Speculation drives debt drives speculation. The former is an imp work in the context of crypto which gets a bad rap as v speculation driven. Turns out propensity to trade & speculate are as old as civilisation https://t.co/CT07jGlpPc

  • Debt

    David Graeber

    Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. --

    Reco reading for the long weekend. Both works are intricately related. Speculation drives debt drives speculation. The former is an imp work in the context of crypto which gets a bad rap as v speculation driven. Turns out propensity to trade & speculate are as old as civilisation https://t.co/CT07jGlpPc

  • This book gives an introduction to the mathematics and applications comprising the new field of applied topology. The elements of this subject are surveyed in the context of applications drawn from the biological, economic, engineering, physical, and statistical sciences.

    PPS: his book is absolutely wonderful too (but it is a bit advanced reading) https://t.co/IS9zamAgcn

  • Written in 1925, On Resistance to Evil by Force is one of the most important tracts composed by white émigré philosopher Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin. Responding to the pacifist pretentions of Count Leo Tolstoy, Ilyin mounts a tenacious defence of the Orthodox tradition of physical opposition to evil. As he explains, in the face of evil which can be contained by no other means, a forceful response is not only permissible, but becomes a knightly duty. Further, heroic courage consists not only in recognising this duty, but in bearing its heavy moral burden without fear. In his own time, Ilyin penned this guide for the exiled Russian White Army in its continued resistance against the godless Bolsheviks, yet while the world has developed since the civil war which he lived through, Christians everywhere can still find great relevance in his words, for the same evil continues its designs through other means and under other names. Translated here into English for the first time, On Resistance to Evil by Force is destined to become a classic of Christian ethics.

    A relevant book https://t.co/Qu4lnD0mYa

  • Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all--his fortune, his reputation, and his job--in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors. This book--winner of a 2014 Axiom Business Book award gold medal--begins with the unbroken string of successes that helped Paul achieve a jet-setting lifestyle and land a key spot with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It then describes the circumstances leading up to Paul's $1.6 million loss and the essential lessons he learned from it--primarily that, although there are as many ways to make money in the markets as there are people participating in them, all losses come from the same few sources. Investors lose money in the markets either because of errors in their analysis or because of psychological barriers preventing the application of analysis. While all analytical methods have some validity and make allowances for instances in which they do not work, psychological factors can keep an investor in a losing position, causing him to abandon one method for another in order to rationalize the decisions already made. Paul and Moynihan's cautionary tale includes strategies for avoiding loss tied to a simple framework for understanding, accepting, and dodging the dangers of investing, trading, and speculating.

    @danielcrosby What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars https://t.co/GSGbtHJL9o

  • The Genetic Lottery

    Kathryn Paige Harden

    Currently reading this by @kph3k. Out Sept. 21st anywhere fine books are sold. She and I will be chatting for Pull Request in a couple of weeks. https://t.co/lchZPkWIF4

  • These eleven spellbinding stories often focus on Israel s Mizrahi Jews, featuring mothers and children, soldiers and bohemians, lovers and best friends, all searching for their place in the world.

    Thursday morning book rec: “The Best Place on Earth,” Ayelet Tsabari’s collection of short stories and her first(!) book, is excellent.

  • This collection includes the major writings of General Giap, who, on the evidence of his record as well as his theoretical work, has long been recognized as one of the military geniuses of modern times. The book includes writings from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s.

    This is a great book https://t.co/JspXMM9qje

  • 2034

    Elliot Ackerman

    The book 2034 by @elliotackerman (fmr USMC) explores near-future cyberwar. It's good at illustrating a well-known fact: cyberwar defense is very poor. On-chain code is a paradigmatically different alternative, due to surviving constant economic attack. https://t.co/1oLpnCZist

  • The New York Times-bestselling author of Rise of the Robots shows what happens as AI takes over our lives Imagine it's 2030. You call a bank to discuss your loan application, but you don't get to talk to a person. The bank's AI has spoken: you are denied. At home, feeling stressed, you take pills both invented and prescribed by AI to keep your blood pressure in check. You stream a video starring "actors" generated by machine. And before you turn in, you wonder if collaboration between Big Tech and China means you should choose a new AI provider for your home. As Martin Ford shows in Rule of the Robots, AI will soon flow through our lives like electricity does today, remaking every sphere of human activity. Yet even as Ford maps out AI's disquieting future, he shows how we can prepare for it, advocating for policies such as universal basic income and educational reform. It's crucial that we take his words to heart.

    “There is no technology more important today than AI. Martin Ford continues his tradition of clear insights and observations about this important topic in a well-researched page-turner. A delightful book!” -- @erikbryn https://t.co/zR9k741n4J https://t.co/XZLXMx4C1d

  • Doom

    Niall Ferguson

    "Setting the great crisis of 2020 in broad historical perspective, Niall Ferguson challenges the conventional wisdom that our failure to cope better with disaster was solely a crisis of political leadership, as opposed to a more profound systemic problem. Disasters are by their very nature hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. But when disaster strikes, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Italians when the Black Death struck. We have science on our side, after all. Yet the responses of a number of developed countries, including the United States, to a new pathogen from China were badly bungled. Why? The facile answer is to blame poor leadership. While populist leaders have certainly performed poorly in the face of the pandemic, more profound problems have been exposed by COVID-19. Only when we understand the central challenge posed by disaster in history can we see that this was also a failure of an administrative state and economic elites that had grown myopic over much longer than just a few years. Why were so many Cassandras for so long ignored? Why did only some countries learn the right lessons from SARS and MERS? Why do appeals to "the science" often turn out to be magical thinking? Drawing from multiple disciplines, including history, economics, public health, and network science, Doom is a global postmortem for a plague year. In books going back nearly twenty years, including Colossus, The Great Degeneration, and The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson has studied the pathologies that afflict modern America, from imperial hubris to bureaucratic sclerosis and online schism. Doom is the lesson of history that this country--indeed the West as a whole--urgently needs to learn--if we want to avoid the doom of irreversible decline"--

    Doom by @nfergus is a super interesting book. going to ask Niall about it on an upcoming World of DaaS https://t.co/13fsJYwFwU

  • Code

    Charles Petzold

    A discussion of the history and future of coding theory celebrates the ingenuity of language systems and their uses from Braille and Morse code through binary codes to 32-bit operating systems.

    @TKPullinger Big fan of https://t.co/wXsOZSsBGS

  • Where did we come from? What is our connection with other life forms? What are the mechanisms of mind that define what it means to be a human being? Evolutionary psychology is a revolutionary new science, a true synthesis of modern principles of psychology and evolutionary biology. Since the publication of the award-winning first edition of Evolutionary Psychology, there has been an explosion of research within the field. In this book, David M. Buss examines human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, providing students with the conceptual tools needed to study evolutionary psychology and apply them to empirical research on the human mind. This edition contains expanded coverage of cultural evolution, with a new section on culture-gene co-evolution, additional studies discussing interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals, expanded discussions of evolutionary hypotheses that have been empirically disconfirmed, and much more! Evolutionary Psychology features a wealth of student-friendly pedagogy including critical-thinking questions and case study boxes designed to show how to apply evolutionary psychology to real-life situations. It is also accompanied by a thoroughly updated companion website featuring PowerPoints for each chapter, test bank questions, and links to web resources and videos. Evolutionary Psychology is an invaluable resource for undergraduates studying psychology, biology and anthropology.

    In every age, the scientists making the major advances that will only be recognized later are often hidden in plain sight. Today it's evolutionary psychologists - the people who really understand how society works and why but are shut out by ideology. https://t.co/ufcQJdoUs6

  • The Gun

    C. J. Chivers

    @cjchivers Just to fanboy on Chivers a bit, his book 'The Gun' is a fascinating history of one of the most impactful inventions of the 20th-century, the AK-47, and how it completely changed the nature of ground war. https://t.co/s7hNLlr0t8

  • The Fighters

    C. J. Chivers

    “A classic of war reporting...The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.” —The New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers’s unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars. More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant. Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared. The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.

    Reading @cjchivers' excellent 'The Fighters', which is just spectacular war reporting on the 'forever wars'. Such sacrifice for such an undeserving and confused leadership class. https://t.co/ehHRvgIdXH

  • An extract from Amartya Sen's memoirs, about a book shop on College Street. Struck such a chord! My favourite was Das Gupta, established in 1886, which I used as a kind of library. https://t.co/mUYQbsQIl2

  • Reinventing Discovery

    Michael Nielsen

    "Reinventing Discovery argues that we are in the early days of the most dramatic change in how science is done in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by new online tools, which are transforming and radically accelerating scientific discovery"--Provided by publisher.

    Late addition, from someone without a Twitter account: https://t.co/nJ6FpYTCvs https://t.co/Jx47Fsz9gW

  • Masters of Scale

    Reid Hoffman

    Huge congrats and excited to read Masters of Scale from @reidhoffman https://t.co/xW7NyEZ2Dn

  • The Code Breaker

    Walter Isaacson

    "A gripping account of how the pioneering scientist Jennifer Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and enhance our children"--

    I found the book to be valuable on a number of levels and will have more to say about it soon! https://t.co/Ur2aE81FyV

  • The Power of Us

    Jay J. Van Bavel

    Check it out and grab your copy today! https://t.co/kSWf339R7t

  • This landmark study of the Vietnamese conflict, examined through the lens of the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the rural province of Long An up until American intervention in the area, offers a human, balanced, penetrating account of war. Two new forewords by Robert K. Brigham of Vassar College and Jeffrey Record of the Air War College explore the book's enduring influence. A new end chapter offers previously unpublished scholarship on the conflict.

    One of the most important books about Vietnam was "War Comes to Long An." Published in 1972, it was a deep look at the war from the rural Vietnamese perspective. Too much media had been in the cities, near elites & the U.S. Army, for this perspective. https://t.co/yizvp0EWvz

  • Expectations Investing

    Michael Mauboussin

    "Expectations investing is a stock-selection process that uses the market's own pricing model, the discounted cash flow model, with an important twist. Rather than forecast cash flows, expectations investing starts by reading the expectations implied by a company's stock price. This work builds on chapter 7 in coauthor Al Rappaport's seminal book, Creating Shareholder Value, called "Stock Market Signals to Management." That chapter told executives that they needed to be able to read the expectations built into the stock price of their company in order to understand how to generate superior stock price performance. Expectations Investing tailors that message to investors. The book is unique because rather than calculating a value for a business, as most investment books and textbooks suggest, expectations investing provides the tools to understand the expectations embedded in share price and to judge whether those expectations are reasonable. Gaps between fundamentals and expectations create opportunities to buy or sell a stock. This revised and updated edition will contain new frameworks, data, and case studies that reflect how these ideas still apply in today's investing world, which has changed greatly since the first edition's publication in 2001"--

    One fantastic thing about one day delivery is you can receive the new Michael Mauboussin book quickly if you act now. If you have heard him speak at places like Capital Camp or have read his essays and other books you know. The book drops tomorrow. https://t.co/fCPVajafQJ

  • Billionaire investors. If we think of them, it's with a mixture of awe and suspicion. Clearly, they possess a kind of genius - the proverbial Midas Touch. But are the skills they possess transferable? And would we really want to be them? Do they have anything to teach us besides making money? In Richer, Wiser, Happier, award-winning journalist William Green has spent nearly twenty-five years interviewing these investing wizards and discovered that their talents expand well beyond the financial realm and into practical philosophy. Green ushers us into the lives of more than forty of the world's super-investors, visiting them in their offices, vacation homes, and even their places of worship - all to share what they have to teach us. Green brings together the thinking of some of the best investors, from Warren Buffet to Howard Marks to John Templeton, and provides gems of insight that will enrich you not only financially but also professionally and personally.

    I knew I had to speak with @williamgreen72 after reading his book RICHER, WISER, HAPPIER. He spent thousands of hours interviewing the world’s greatest investors and lays out his learning in such an entertaining way. https://t.co/kePy2w08ut

  • The Deep Places

    Ross Douthat

    This is his latest, out next month. https://t.co/2DfW2e4zsb

  • Intentional

    David Amerland

    Live your life the way you want to. Manage stress better. Be more resilient and enjoy meaningful relationships and better health. We all want that. Such life leads to better choices, better jobs, loving romantic partners, more rewarding careers and decisions that are fully aligned with our aims. What stops us from getting all that is the complexity of our brain and the complicated way in which the external world comes together. The misalignment between the internal states we experience and the external circumstances we encounter often leads to confusion, a lack of clarity in our thinking and actions that are not consistent with our professed values. Intentional is a gameplan. It helps us connect the pieces of our mind to the pieces of our life. It shows us how to map what we feel to what has caused those feelings. It helps us understand what affects us and what effects it has on us. It makes it possible for us to determine what we want, why we want it and what we need to do to get it. When we know what to do, we know how to behave. When we know how to behave we know how to act. When we know how to act, we know how to live. Our actions, each day, become our lives. Drawn from the latest research from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral and social psychology and evolutionary anthropology, Intentional shows how to add meaning to our actions and lead a meaningful, happier, more fulfilling life on our terms.

    This is the book I'm reading now and I'm enjoying it a lot. If you're looking for a soft, sentimental work, look elsewhere. This exploration is unflinching. It demands a deep look at your life, and that requires work. If you're willing, this is a great read from @DavidAmerland. https://t.co/jZyJ3VLsau

  • @jagowing Single sets to failure can definitely build muscle Multiple sets can build more muscle though Your exercise selection must be optimal though Id strongly recommend adopting the exercises from this book https://t.co/TFARLEwo0w

  • @gadgetmad Amazing book. Famous decades ago, but it seems to have gradually become obscure. I wonder how much of modern tech culture has its origins in this book?

  • AI Superpowers

    Kai-Fu Lee

    @FredCheHampton Read AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee. Written just before the pandemic broke out in 2019, it's an important time capsule that shows (in an IMO convincing way) that China was pulling ahead in certain areas of applied AI even then. https://t.co/lIwFbQufnU

  • Why Startups Fail

    Tom Eisenmann

    If you want your startup to succeed, you need to understand why startups fail. "Whether you're a first-time founder or looking to bring innovation into a corporate environment, Why Startups Fail is essential reading."--Eric Ries, founder and CEO, LTSE, and New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Startup and The Startup Way Why do startups fail? That question caught Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann by surprise when he realized he couldn't answer it. So he launched a multiyear research project to find out. In Why Startups Fail, Eisenmann reveals his findings: six distinct patterns that account for the vast majority of startup failures. * Bad Bedfellows. Startup success is thought to rest largely on the founder's talents and instincts. But the wrong team, investors, or partners can sink a venture just as quickly. * False Starts. In following the oft-cited advice to "fail fast" and to "launch before you're ready," founders risk wasting time and capital on the wrong solutions. * False Promises. Success with early adopters can be misleading and give founders unwarranted confidence to expand. * Speed Traps. Despite the pressure to "get big fast," hypergrowth can spell disaster for even the most promising ventures. * Help Wanted. Rapidly scaling startups need lots of capital and talent, but they can make mistakes that leave them suddenly in short supply of both. * Cascading Miracles. Silicon Valley exhorts entrepreneurs to dream big. But the bigger the vision, the more things that can go wrong. Drawing on fascinating stories of ventures that failed to fulfill their early promise--from a home-furnishings retailer to a concierge dog-walking service, from a dating app to the inventor of a sophisticated social robot, from a fashion brand to a startup deploying a vast network of charging stations for electric vehicles--Eisenmann offers frameworks for detecting when a venture is vulnerable to these patterns, along with a wealth of strategies and tactics for avoiding them. A must-read for founders at any stage of their entrepreneurial journey, Why Startups Fail is not merely a guide to preventing failure but also a roadmap charting the path to startup success.

    "Pursuing novel opportunity while lacking resources," Interesting definition of entrepreneurship from the book Why Startups Fail. https://t.co/5U6W6cwSm9