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TITLEThe folks from highlyreco.com put together a list of more than 80 books recommended by Marc Andreessen on Twitter. Considering the Netscape founder learned to program from a library book, it might be worth paying attention.
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Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered RealityNeal GablerA favorite book
http://amzn.to/1rckEhJ
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Oh Yeah?Edward AnglyLong out of print: One of my favorite books, ‘Oh Yeah?’ from 1931, experts speak heading into the Great Depression.
http://amzn.to/1rcjQcz
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Confessions of an Economic Hit ManJohn PerkinsYes, very good book.
http://amzn.to/1RWHoZ1
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And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out) Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of ArgentinaPaul BlusteinAnother excellent book, on currency crises and bailouts
http://amzn.to/1tg01mA
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American HippopotamusJon MooallemAmazing story/book by @jmooallem on American hippopotamus industry that never was.
http://amzn.to/25L32MN
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Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionDaniel Okrentyou read it and think, those fools, then oops, that’s us today with pot.
http://amzn.to/28j0zrX
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Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle EastChristopher M. SchroederChris’s book is excellent if you haven’t read it
http://amzn.to/24xOQ40
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Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American JournalismEric BurnsOutstanding book on this topic(media thriving on manufactured outrage) in colonial America
http://amzn.to/1RWHGPF
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Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation, 2nd EditionAndrew MetrickGrad school made me partial to texts.
http://amzn.to/28j0u7r
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How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in BusinessDave HitzYep, great book! (context – how to survive a market crash. how netflix, google survived…)
http://amzn.to/24xOEBS
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Me and Ted Against the World : The Unauthorized Story of the Founding of CNNReese SchonfeldThat was the original business plan for CNN(a TV station which just presented a bunch of viewpoints + getting cameras into good places).
http://amzn.to/24xOPNw
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Cybernation: The Silent Conquest: A Report to the Center for the Study of Democratic InstitutionsDonald N. MichaelThank you @patrickc for introducing me to this marvelous book
http://amzn.to/1UeePft
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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)Nassim Nicholas TalebYep. Why Nassim Taleb’s book “Antifragility” resonates so much with VCs; that’s what we do.
http://amzn.to/1TYhzPS
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The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson, Sr. and the Making of IBMKevin ManeyKevin Maney talks about this in his book:– transcripts of IBM exec staff meetings are spellbinding.
http://amzn.to/1RWNk4i
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The Way We Never Were: American Families And The Nostalgia TrapStephanie CoontzOutstanding book on how we misremember the past
http://amzn.to/1TYhED6
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Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?Karen DawishaRemarkable book on the current political situation in Russia: — sparked controversy pre-pub
http://amzn.to/1TYhGLb
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Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal InvestmentDavid F. SwensenSwensen is great. 2 books. One tells pros how to invest. The other [this title], for individuals, says ‘Don’t do any of that, you can’t win’ … Both are completely honest and correct. His advice for individual investors is largely identical to Bogle, and Buffett
http://amzn.to/1WEhWPT
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Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment, Fully Revised and UpdatedDavid F. SwensenVC is sub-S&P500 return w/ far higher risk overall, but top 5-10 firms do extremely well over full cycles. … David Swensen, probably the leading venture LP of his generation, talks about this in his book
http://amzn.to/1Uef5uV
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Keynes and the Market: How the World’s Greatest Economist Overturned Conventional Wisdom and Made a Fortune on the Stock MarketJustyn WalshFascinating – what the managers of endowment funds can learn from Keynes doing the same job
http://amzn.to/1WEig0X
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Marketing High TechnologyWilliam H. DavidowUnderappreciated classic.
http://amzn.to/1UeewBi
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The Ultimate Resource 2Julian Lincoln SimonPeople and studies I referenced onstage at #WSJDLive today… Economist Julian Simon and his book ‘Ultimate Resource II'
http://amzn.to/1OcMi9F
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The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do BusinessClayton M. ChristensenThere is also a third kind, discontinuous innovation. Read the Christensen book :-).
http://amzn.to/1tgjYtD
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The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic OrderPaul Vigna, Michael J. CaseyThis book by @mikejcasey and @paulvigna is a new must-read on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency!
http://amzn.to/1WEixkH
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The Other Path: The Economic Answer to TerrorismHernando De SotoA legendary book on that topic from another time and place
http://amzn.to/1UeeWrd
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The Myth of America’s Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False PropheciesJosef JoffeRelated to this excellent post http://csen.tumblr.com/post/92162504654/why-the-21st-century-may-be-more-of-an-american … is this equally excellent book
http://amzn.to/1OcMmWX
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Crossing the ChasmGeoffrey A. MooreThe classic tech business book ‘Crossing the Chasm’ goes through this in some detail.
http://amzn.to/1tgk84g
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Up Your Game: 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the TopDavid BradfordNew book from my friend David Bradford — great gift for any recent or upcoming college grads :-).
http://amzn.to/22OkVVR
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Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern WorldDeirdre N. McCloskeyYes! An outstanding book.
http://amzn.to/1tgk1pl
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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant TechnologiesErik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfeeOne of the most interesting topics in modern times is the ‘robots eat all the jobs’ thesis; best book on topic
http://amzn.to/1UefD3L
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Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture CapitalistBrad FeldThird aspect of valuation of tech companies often misunderstood–this time private valuations set by VCs and other private investors
http://amzn.to/1TYhzzb
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Debt – Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 YearsDavid GraeberYep a very interesting book.
http://amzn.to/1TYhXh9
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More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New EliteSebastian MallabyYes very good book
http://amzn.to/1Uefpdd
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The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information EmpiresTim WuRe-reading Tim Wu (@superwuster) book ‘The Master Switch’ — really outstanding history of communication tech. … Overall an outstanding book and well worth reading to understand where we came from and maybe where we are going
http://amzn.to/1TYiijU
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The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration DateSamuel ArbesmanTo get deeper than that, the best book I’ve read is ‘The Half Life of Facts’. Very interesting questions.
http://amzn.to/1UefM7j
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Millionaire: The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist Who Invented Modern FinanceJanet GleesonExcellent book on John Law’s life is ‘Millionaire’ by Janet Gleeson
http://amzn.to/22OlGOL
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy AnswersBen HorowitzBut @bhorowitz’s book still makes great gift for entrepreneurs & future entrepreneurs (ages 8-108) in your life :-).
http://amzn.to/1RWP1hS
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Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the StateDr William H. JanewayWith reference to VCs raising money from universities. Read Bill Janeway’s book — he’s brilliant — great VC + great economist.
http://amzn.to/1OcMTrG
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Emanuel Goldberg and His Knowledge Machine: Information, Invention, and Political ForcesMichael BucklandThe best rule of thumb is that if something looks truly original, one just doesn’t know all the precedents.
http://amzn.to/22OlHlC
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Chase, Chance, and Creativity: The Lucky Art of NoveltyJames H. AustinIt’s the best book I’ve read on the role of luck, chance, and serendipity in medical research — or, for that matter, any creative endeavor.
http://amzn.to/1TYhHyS
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Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun!Kevin C. Pyle, Scott CunninghamAh HAH! My new favorite book. Thank you @doctorow.
http://amzn.to/1RWNNDl
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Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege, and SuccessArt KleinerIn my experience, financial models get constructed to validate the CEO’s preferences more than otherwise.This is the book that really crystallized it for me
http://amzn.to/1WEj2Lm
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Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations: A Story of Economic DiscoveryDavid WarshHow does innovation correlate to wealth of a nation?
http://amzn.to/1Uef7D6
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Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of JapanAlex KerrSystematic wiring of the microeconomy and business culture, designed as if that were the goal. An awful lot of it is in this book: Dogs and Demons
http://amzn.to/1TYjbsI
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The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White HouseMcKay CoppinsGreatly enjoying @mckaycoppins book ‘The Wilderness’–timely and informative.
http://amzn.to/1WEiLZ6
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The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street’s Bullish 60sJohn BrooksHistory related to 1960 crash.
http://amzn.to/1OcMS75
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A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic GrowthAlexander J. Field Ph.D.this book made a huge impact on how I think about the 1930s-1950s
http://amzn.to/1TYi7oQ
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Infinite LoopMichael MaloneInfinite Loop is great.
http://amzn.to/1RWOE7b
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Head First PythonPaul BarryThe book that opened the world to me in ~1981
http://amzn.to/1TYicZx
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Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox…How It Will Happen and What It Will MeanDavid GelernterRecommend reading David Gerlenter’s ‘Mirror Worlds’, on how our virtual & physical worlds improve one another
http://amzn.to/1t7OtRP
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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit FactoryJohn SeabrookI have (seriously) always wondered how they do this. Can’t wait to read this book.
http://amzn.to/1RWP9Oo
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The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720William N. Goetzmann, Catherine Labio, K. Geert Rouwenhorst Ph.D., Timothy Young, Robert ShillerAnd this one I *really* recommend, it’s a gorgeous, amazing book about an enormous crash in 1720
http://amzn.to/1OcMXI9
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The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect StormRobert F. BrunerAnd the time one man (JP Morgan) saved the US economy single-handedly
http://amzn.to/1RWOPiM
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This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial FollyCarmen M. ReinhartAlso this is a good book on the historical perspective
http://amzn.to/1RWPctA
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Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929 (Pivotal Moments in American History)Maury KleinI love that book.
http://amzn.to/1OcMyoZ
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Rainbows EndVernor VingeHighly recommended: Vernor Vinge’s novel ‘Rainbows End’ — will prove to be quite prescient.
http://amzn.to/1TYiQ9D
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The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge EconomyJoel MokyrI highly recommend Mokyr’s books
http://amzn.to/1TYiHmq
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The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 (The New Economic History of Britain seri)Joel MokyrI highly recommend Mokyr’s books
http://amzn.to/22Om8MU
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The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic ProgressJoel MokyrI highly recommend Mokyr’s books
http://amzn.to/1OcNz08
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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of AmericaRick PerlsteinThree highly recommended books!
http://amzn.to/1t7OWDC
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Anti-Intellectualism in American LifeRichard HofstadterThree highly recommended books!
http://amzn.to/1TYiArd
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Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon JohnsonRobert A. CaroThree highly recommended books!
http://amzn.to/1OcNhqe
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Born Standing Up: A Comic’s LifeSteve MartinRead Steve Martin’s book ‘Born Standing Up’. Seriously. ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.
http://amzn.to/22Omwek
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The Big Score: The Billion Dollar Story of Silicon ValleyMichael S. MaloneWhen I arrived in Silicon Valley in Jan 1994, I sought out all of the written material I could on startups & venture capital… Actually I later discovered that the best book of all was out of print: Michael Malone’s ‘The Big Score’.
http://amzn.to/1OcNv0A
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In All His Glory: The Life and Times of William S. Paley and the Birth of Modern BroadcastingSally Bedell SmithIn a great market – a market with lots of real pottential customers – the market pulls product out of the startup. Another great book very much in the same vein
http://amzn.to/1OcMRA5
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The Weightless WorldDiane CoyleFantastically prescient book on the increasingly weightless economy, free from @diane1859!
http://amzn.to/1WEiQvV
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Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable BusinessMark RobichauxA good book about John Malone
http://amzn.to/1OcNl9l
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No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and HomeJim CampFavorite book on negotiation. Definitely recommend! Some people are thrown by the title. But it’s really good.
http://amzn.to/1OcNidK
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The Paranoid Style in American PoliticsRichard HofstadterTrump is just the latest in a long line of demagogues selling paranoia in American politics. Highly recommend book
http://amzn.to/1t7PpWl
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The Halo Effect: . . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive ManagersPhil RosenzweigHalo Effect is a very, very, very, very good book.
http://amzn.to/1Ueh9D4
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High Output ManagementAndrew S GroveOur standard recommendation is high output management
http://amzn.to/1TYiwaO
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We Were Burning: Japanese Entrepreneurs And The Forging Of The Electronic AgeBob JohnstoneOutstanding book, highly recommended, tells stories of great Japanese entrepreneurs and innovators in 1960s-1970s
http://amzn.to/1Uehh5B
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The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass MovementsEric Hoffer‘The True Believer’ by Eric Hoffer, 1951
http://amzn.to/1TYigbY
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The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a FortuneConor O’ClerySecretive and one of the world’s most amazing philanthropists. This book is extraordinary and the story is unbelievable but true. Highly recommended.
http://amzn.to/1WEjHwk
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Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood YearsCari BeauchampAlso highly highly recommended
http://amzn.to/1t7PDga
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Breaking The News: How the Media Undermine American DemocracyJames Fallowsthe book ‘Breaking The News’ by @JamesFallows is thought provoking and recommended
http://amzn.to/1TYiDTQ
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Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street’s BluffChristine S. RichardRereading ‘Confidence Game’. Valeant in so many ways could have been a classic Ackman short.
http://amzn.to/1UyRyAy
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Nostalgia for the AbsoluteGeorge SteinerReligion used to be about religion. Now, in the West, religion is about politics, economics, and science/technology.
http://amzn.to/1WEj6em
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Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True FulfillmentGregory BernsHappiness is overrated. Satisfaction is underrated. One of the most important books I’ve ever read
http://amzn.to/1t7QgWU
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Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific RevolutionLisa JardineSad to hear of passing of great historian Lisa Jardine. Read in her honor ‘Ingenious Pursuits’!
http://amzn.to/1UyS5T9
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The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global StabilityWilliam W. LewisThe route to higher wages is higher productivity, which mainly happens through application of technology.This is quite an excellent book on the topic.
http://amzn.to/1t7QltI
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The Four Steps to the EpiphanySteve BlankSteve Blank is a super-experienced Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur… a dude with serious street cred…
http://amzn.to/1TYjWlH
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