Austen Allred

Austen Allred

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30+ Book Recommendations by Austen Allred

  • A First-Rate Madness

    S. Nassir Ghaemi

    @ricburton @Keith_Wasserman https://t.co/xsPnI8nFXp is absolutely incredible

  • The Greatest

    Muhammad Ali

    The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali: 4/5 stars. Fascinating to hear things from Ali's point of view instead of a biographer. https://t.co/wTZHtQMqQX

  • Winning

    Tim S. Grover

    Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness: 5/5 stars. Incredible book. Will be coming back again and again. https://t.co/QH9E2J9ZA7

  • A First-Rate Madness

    S. Nassir Ghaemi

    A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness. 5/5 stars. While the author was IMO too objective about what was bad leadership, the (+ and -) effects that mental illness (and drugs) have had is absolutely fascinating. https://t.co/c1YTrQh4tR

  • Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder. 3/5 stars. Started this long ago. Finally finished it. https://t.co/LZZHVdEKsp

  • Project Hail Mary: 5/5 stars. I have no idea why this book was so much fun, but it was really, really good. The science was clever, the story was great. https://t.co/TshAhBkWJL

  • Arnold

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Five-time Mr. Universe, seven-time Mr. Olympia, and Mr. World, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the name in bodybuilding. Here is his classic bestselling autobiography, which explains how the “Austrian Oak” came to the sport of bodybuilding and aspired to be the star he has become. I still remember that first visit to the bodybuilding gym. I had never seen anyone lifting weights before. Those guys were huge and brutal….The weight lifters shone with sweat; they were powerful looking, Herculean. And there it was before me—my life, the answer I'd been seeking. It clicked. It was something I suddenly just seemed to reach out and find, as if I'd been crossing a suspended bridge and finally stepped off onto solid ground. Arnold shares his fitness and training secrets—demonstrating with a comprehensive step-by-step program and dietary hints how to use bodybuilding for better health. His program includes a special four-day regimen of specific exercises to develop individual muscle groups—each exercise illustrated with photos of Arnold in action. For fans and would-be bodybuilders, this is Arnold in his own words.

    From this book https://t.co/arNoMym95Z

  • The Wright Brothers

    David McCullough

    Wright Brothers is one of my favorite books because after reading it you fully understand why new things like truly successful manned flight are more likely to come from two brothers who own a bike shop than from supposed experts in that field https://t.co/3wFh96k63b

  • Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen? First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: what doesn't kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths are incompatible with basic psychological principles, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. They interfere with healthy development. Anyone who embraces these untruths--and the resulting culture of safetyism--is less likely to become an autonomous adult able to navigate the bumpy road of life. Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to produce these untruths. They situate the conflicts on campus in the context of America's rapidly rising political polarization, including a rise in hate crimes and off-campus provocation. They explore changes in childhood including the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines

    This weekend’s reading https://t.co/xyzDsADeeB https://t.co/Q2v4MLICg8

  • Amazon Unbound

    Brad Stone

    From the bestselling author of The Everything Store, an unvarnished picture of Amazon’s unprecedented growth and its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, revealing the most important business story of our time. Almost ten years ago, Bloomberg journalist Brad Stone captured the rise of Amazon, an internet pioneer quietly changing the way we shop online, in his bestseller The Everything Store. But ever since, Amazon has expanded exponentially, inventing novel products like Alexa and disrupting countless industries, while its workforce has quintupled in size and its valuation has soared to well over a trillion dollars. Jeff Bezos’s empire, once housed in a garage, now spans the globe. Between services like Whole Foods, Prime Video, and Amazon’s cloud computing unit, AWS, plus Bezos’s ownership of The Washington Post, it’s impossible to go a day without encountering its impact. We live in a world run, supplied, and controlled by Amazon and its iconoclast founder. In Amazon Unbound, Brad Stone presents a deeply reported, vividly drawn portrait of how a retail upstart became one of the most powerful and feared entities in the global economy. With unprecedented access to current and former executives, employees, regulators, and critics, Stone shows how seismic changes inside the company over the past decade led to dramatic innovations, as well as to missteps that turned public sentiment against its sharp-elbowed business practices and gameshow treatment of its search for a second headquarters. Stone also probes the evolution of Bezos himself—who started as a geeky technologist totally devoted to building Amazon, but who transformed to become a fit, disciplined billionaire with global ambitions; who ruled Amazon with an iron fist, even as he found his personal life splashed over the tabloids. As his empire expands, the book investigates how Bezos gradually pulled away from day-to-day activities at Amazon to focus on his many interests outside of it, announcing his momentous transition from CEO to executive chairman. Definitive, timely, and revelatory, Stone has provided an unvarnished portrait of a man and company that we couldn’t imagine modern life without.

    Ah yes here we go https://t.co/BfeTX6dFDw

  • An investigation into the correlation between mental illness and successful leadership reveals the disorders of notable leaders and explains how their struggles enabled them to empathize, recognize threats, and respond appropriately during a crisis.

    Huge thank you to whoever recommended this book; I can’t remember who you are. It’s fascinating.

  • 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...

    I can’t believe Amazon allowed this book to be published. It’s so, so good. https://t.co/cBTUCcooYI https://t.co/55B5c6w71I

  • Lying

    Sam Harris

    Identifies how the human willingness to lie is behind most acts of betrayal, fraud, and corruption, arguing that radical societal improvements can be enabled by merely telling the truth where others often lie.

    You want a comms strategy that wins in 2021? 1. Read this book https://t.co/ixy7BvIIPA 2. Be very kind but always completely 100% honest in every conversation. Even when the truth is uncomfortable or confrontational. We forgive all kinds of vice. We do not forgive deceit.

  • Reality Is Broken

    Jane McGonigal

    A visionary game designer explains how video games are increasingly fulfilling genuine human needs, revealing how to use the lessons of game design to address pressing real-world issues, from mental illness to social disparities. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

    From Reality is Broken https://t.co/7mzK94dW1s

  • 'Essential for any leader in any industry' Kim Scott, bestselling author of Radical Candor In 2018 Amazon became the world’s second trillion dollar company after Apple: a remarkable success story for a company launched out of a garage in 1994. How did they achieve this? And how can others learn from this extraordinary success and replicate it? Colin started at Amazon in 1998; Bill joined in 1999. Their time at Amazon covered a period of unmatched innovation that brought products and services including Kindle, Amazon Prime, Amazon Echo and Alexa, and Amazon Web Services to life. Through the story of these innovations they reveal and codify the principles and practices that have driven the success of one of the most extraordinary companies the world has ever known, from the famous 14-leadership principles, the bar raiser hiring process, and Amazon’s founding characteristics: customer obsession, long-term thinking, eagerness to invent, and operational excellence. Through their wealth of experience they offer unprecedented access to the Amazon way as it was refined, articulated, and proven to be repeatable, scalable, and adaptable. Working Backwards shows how success is not achieved by the genius of any single leader, but rather through commitment to and execution of a set of well-defined, rigorously-executed principles and practices that you can apply at your own company, no matter the size.

    Working Backwards is the best book I have read in a long time https://t.co/1Y7uYn1EYi

  • 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...

    From “Working Backwards” by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr, two early Amazon execs. Just an astoundingly good book. https://t.co/nl0RI8v7Ue

  • The Wright Brothers

    David McCullough

    If anybody can find a book I enjoy more than Wright Brothers by McCullough I’ll buy you 10 books in return

  • Steinbeck records his emotions and experiences during a journey of rediscovery in his native land

    @tommycollison I love that book so freaking much

  • Counsels business professionals on how to achieve success through a combination of focus and discipline strategies, in a guide that advises readers against following trends and taking on too many projects while making recommendations on marketing effectively and perfecting the art of the sale. Reprint.

    Edit: someone recommended I read about the “Dream 100” in that book, was interesting. Talked about how to exactly identify the 100 dream customers and focus intensely on them. Very YC-like advice.

  • Snow Crash

    Neal Stephenson

    In twenty-first-century America, a teenaged computer hacker finds himself fighting a computer virus that battles virtual reality technology and a deadly drug that turns humans into zombies.

    Edit: Snow Crash is now one of my favorite books of all-time https://t.co/HFJXKggAra

  • Masters of Doom

    David Kushner

    Presents a dual biography of John Carmack and John Romero, the creators of the video games Doom and Quake, assessing the impact of their creation on American pop culture and revealing how their success eventually destroyed their relationship.

    @spakhm Amazing book

  • Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about. This ancient secret is fasting. In The Complete Guide to Fasting, he has teamed up with international bestselling author and veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore to explain what fasting is really about, why it's so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health.

    If you’re curious/looking for a place to start start here: https://t.co/YAEWnZjTbI or listen to Jason Fung or Peter Attia podcasts

  • Can't Hurt Me

    David Goggins

    "For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare. Poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him 'The Fittest (Real) Man in America.'. In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential"--Publisher's description.

    Stumbled upon @davidgoggins’s book recently (can’t remember how) and this is some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever read. https://t.co/VbdjQXBtQy

  • Absolutely incredible book. Probably in my top five all-time. https://t.co/iw5aA1aNNn https://t.co/TR0rkff2CF

  • Rework

    Jason Fried

    @abhishekdesai I’m gonna have to read the book now aren’t I

  • The Goal

    Eliyahu M. Goldratt

    This book is very, very good, and I should have listened to the people who encouraged me to read it sooner https://t.co/IS6ePqRywL

  • @pueokeffer https://t.co/YcfyQ0VAhx

  • Matt Mochary coaches the CEOs of many of the fastest-scaling technology companies in Silicon Valley. With The Great CEO Within, he shares his highly effective leadership and business-operating tools with any CEO or manager in the world. Learn how to efficiently scale your business from startup to corporation by implementing a system of accountability, effective problem-solving, and transparent feedback. Becoming a great CEO requires training. For a founding CEO, there is precious little time to complete that training, especially at the helm of a rapidly growing company. Now you have the guidance you need in one book.

    Most startup advice for scaling companies comes from people who have no idea what they’re talking about. The Great CEO Within is now available and is one of the rare exceptions https://t.co/x3PRBJiGZH. Look at the list of who @mattmochary has coached. Insane.

  • Examines colonial society and the transformations in colonial life that resulted from the republican tendencies brought to the surface by the Revolution

    I’ve found myself recommending this book a lot recently: the radicalism of the American revolution https://t.co/xAZFB1ty5P The revolution changed how we see: Aristocracy vs merchant class Old money vs new money Educated vs laborer (The same themes and attitudes exist today.)

  • @mongoosenewyork @ChrisJBakke https://t.co/6gl4W1m8Lr

  • Les Miserables

    Victor Hugo

    This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

    (Mine is still Les Miserables, for the record)

  • In this classic text, the inventor of the Toyota Production System and lean manufacturing combines his candid insights with a rigorous analysis of Toyota's attempts at lean production to explain how lean principles can improve any production-oriented endeavor.

    Yessss it’s finally here https://t.co/vlErhI1BfV

  • Bad Blood

    John Carreyrou

    'I couldn’t put down this thriller . . . the perfect book to read by the fire this winter.' Bill Gates, '5 books I loved in 2018' WINNER OF THE FINANCIAL TIMES/MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018 The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. In Bad Blood, John Carreyrou tells the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley. Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star. 'Chilling . . . Reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men.' New York Times Book Review

    My wife is reading Bad Blood today https://t.co/NEAAvhu6sE

  • The Buy Side

    Turney Duff

    The Buy Side is Turney Duff's high-adrenaline journey through the trading underworld, as well as a searing look at an after-hours Wall Street culture where sex and drugs are the quid pro quo and a billion isn't enough. In the mid-2000's, Turney Duff was, to all appearances, the very picture of American success. One of Wall Street's hottest traders, he was a rising star with Raj Rajaratnam's legendary Galleon Group before forging his own path. What few knew was that the key to Turney's remarkable success wasn't a super-genius IQ or family connections but rather a winning personality - because the real money wasn't made on the trading floor or behind a computer screen, but in whispered deals in the city's most exclusive nightspots, surrounded by the best drugs and hottest women. For Turney, this created a perilously seductive cycle: the harder he partied, the more connected and successful he became, which meant he could party even harder. In time, he became a walking paradox, an addictive mess after hours, and King of the Street from nine to five. Along the way, he learned some important lessons about himself, and the too-wild-to-believe world of Wall Street trading. In The Buy Side, the money is plentiful and the after-hours indulgence even more so, which has proved to be a bestselling and box office winning combination, as the success of The Wolf of Wall Street attests. Fans of Martin Scorsese's film and Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker and The Big Short will want to take a walk on The Buy Side.

    Looking for a book along the lines of: The Buyside Straight to Hell American Kingpin Wolf of Wall Street Basically things falling into chaos and degeneracy because there’s way too much money. Ideas?

  • Featuring a new preface, afterword and Radically Candid Performance Review Bonus Chapter, the fully revised & updated edition of Radical Candor is packed with even more guidance to help you improve your relationships at work. 'Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives.' Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In. If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all . . . right? While this advice may work for home life, as Kim Scott has seen first hand, it is a disaster when adopted by managers in the work place. Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google before moving to Apple where she developed a class on optimal management. Radical Candor draws directly on her experiences at these cutting edge companies to reveal a new approach to effective management that delivers huge success by inspiring teams to work better together by embracing fierce conversations. Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism – delivered to produce better results and help your employees develop their skills and increase success. Great bosses have a strong relationship with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get stuff done, and understand why it matters. Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Drawing on years of first-hand experience, and distilled clearly to give practical advice to the reader, Radical Candor shows you how to be successful while retaining your integrity and humanity. Radical Candor is the perfect handbook for those who are looking to find meaning in their job and create an environment where people love both their work and their colleagues, and are motivated to strive to ever greater success.

    Has anyone read “Radical Candor” or something of that genre? Trying to make our org more honest and not pull punches to be nice