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"if you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking" — Haruki Marukami"Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking" — Albert Einstein
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies: by Jared DiamondHistory, Political ScienceCharlie Munger
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The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (Audible)Folklore & MythologyNeal Stephenson
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The Holy Bible (English Standard Version)Religion
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The Idealist's Survival Kit: 75 Simple Ways to Avoid BurnoutJen
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Alain de BottonAlice
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Noonday Demon by Andrew SolomonMental Health
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The PowerTiffany Ho
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Guide to The Good LifeSpiritualityArram
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7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleAlice
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Positive Discipline by Jane NelsonParenting, Early Childhood DevelopmentAlanna Beebe
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15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim DethmerLeadershipAgape
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Why Buddhism is True by Robert WrightMaura
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Superintelligence by Nick BostromAITom, Arram
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Half the SkyTina
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Community by Peter BlockDan Morse
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The Screwtape Letters by CS LewisSpiritualityChristina Li
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Amartya SenSpiritualityChristina Li
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Toddler Brain by Laura JanaEarly ChildhoodLaura Jana
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The Longevity Diet by Valter LongoLongevityKanjun
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Destiny DisruptedHistory of IslamChristina Li
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Difficult Conversatons by Douglas StoneErika Ji
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The PrizeDustin
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Empire of the Summer MoonDustin
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The book on rental property investing by brandon turnerEmily
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Ready Player OneScience FictionDan
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter FrankopanHistory
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Work Rules! by Laszlo BockPeople OpsDaria
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The Power of Myth by Joseph CampbellFolklore & Mythology
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Ethical Life Fundamental ReadingsScott Wu
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Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and ComplexityCharlie Munger
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Ice Age by John and Mary GribbinCharlie Munger
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How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It by Arthur HermanCharlie Munger
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Models of My Life by Herbert SimonCharlie Munger
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A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe by Gino SegreCharlie Munger
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Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Frazier WallCharlie Munger
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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared DiamondCharlie Munger
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Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Poplulation Taboos by Garrett HardinCharlie Munger
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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron ChernowCharlie Munger
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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So PoorCharlie Munger
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt RidleyCharlie Munger
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Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information by Robert WrightCharlie Munger
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Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy GroveCharlie Munger
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Daring Greatly by Brene BrownAshley Beckner, Tarun
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Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages by Carlota PerezEconomic HistoryShilpi
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Age of AmbitionKanjun
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Another Country by James BaldwinRaceJulia
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Color of Law: The Forgotten History by Richard RothsteinHistoryIsaac Rosenberg
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ParentpowerEarly Childhood Education
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The Story FactorStorytellingAndrew
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Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Land by Lauret SavoyHistoryJess
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Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the WorldActivismKara
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My Documents by Alexandra ZambraJess
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The Warmth of Other SunsHistory of Migration
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What I Talk About When I About Running by Haruki MurakamiEdSurge Summer List
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Street of Eternal HappinessChinaKenn Ross
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The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellEdSurge Summer List
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A Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaFiction
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Happy City by Charles MontgomeryUrban DesignKroner
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Story of Philosophy by Will DurantHistory of Philosophy
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The Forty Rules of Love by Elif ShafakLoveIbrahim
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Kid Letters to President ObamaEdSurge Summer List
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Machine Platform Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee and Erik BrynjolfssonAutomation & AI
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John GottmanDan Morse
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Dark Money Koch Brothers
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Radical CandorManagement / CommuniationKanjun, Arram
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Designing Interactions from IDEOProduct Design
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The Honourable Schoolboy by John La CarreHistory of Hong Kong, Fiction
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Running Lean by Ash MauryaEducation
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More than Good DeedsGlobal PovertyLevy
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End of PovertyGlobal PovertyLevy
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White Man's BurdenGlobal PovertyLevy
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The Vital QuestionEnergyBill Gates
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Emile, or On Education by RousseauEducation
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Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States (Kindle)Early Education
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The Moon and SixPence by W. Somerset MaughamJosh Fost
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The Awesome Country and the Middle KingdomKenn Ross
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad DragonKenn Ross
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Asia's CauldronKenn Ross
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Kissinger On ChinaKenn Ross
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Looking Down on Human Intelligence by Ian DrearyLearningStephen Kosslyn
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Beijing ConsensusKenn Ross
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Crazy Rich AsiansKenn Ross
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China Crony CapitalismKenn Ross
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Evan OsnosKenn Ross
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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieArthur Brookshttps://www.hubspot.com/sales/how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people-summary
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House of Leaves
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48 Laws of Power by Robert GreeneStrategy
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The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt (Audible)Stopping Authoritarianismdo not listen to this on audiobook. Too dense.
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The Road to Character80,000 hours, Bill Gates
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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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How to Measure Anything80,000 hours
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The Charisma Myth80,000 hours
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Understanding ComicsArt HistoryJosh Fost, Daniel Windham
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Gutenberg Galaxy by Marshall Mcluhen (Kindle)History of MediaDaniel Windhamm
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It Came From BentonvilleDemographics + political economyAlex B
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The Power of the Powerless by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.Stopping Trump
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A Heart So White by Javiar MariasWorld literature - SpainHeidi via Barcelona bookstore
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Invisible HandDemographics + political economyAlex B
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