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1/ 2018 was probably my best reading year ever (both in quantity and quality). Here were some of my favorites:
2/ An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume - TL;DR Can we know anything for certain? No. - amzn.to/2AJUGKh
3/ Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter - TL;DR Every system of thought is either useless or incomplete, but can still be really fun to think about. - amzn.to/2RQdXU4
4/ Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility By James P. Carse - TL;DR - A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. - amzn.to/2FxyxSW
5/ Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ By Friedrich Nietzsche - TL;DR - Christ is underrated, Christianity is overrated, and you probably think like a slave. - amzn.to/2AHFtJO
6/ The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874–1932 - William Manchester - TL;DR - Wartime leaders are Bad peace time leaders and vice versa - amzn.to/2smEJFm
7/ The Sovereign Individual By James Dale Davidson - TL;DR - The logic of violence determines the structure of society. - amzn.to/2SZKR1O (See @Naval's Thread Summary - )
8/ Before the Exit: Thought Experiments for Entrepreneurs by @TropicalMBA and @AnythingIan - TL;DR - Selling your business is overrated - amzn.to/2SSvBEf
9/ The Bitcoin Standard by @saifedean - TL;DR - Bitcoin is the soundest money ever created and sound money is the foundation of a health, sustainable economy. - amzn.to/2ALGOPF
10/ The Evolving Self: Problem and Process in Human Development By Robert Kegan - TL;DR - Meaning-making is the most important human activity and your psychological health depends on getting good at it. - amzn.to/2VPQeTl
11/ The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor By @HowardMarksBook - TL;DR - "There are old investors and there are bold investors, but there are no old, bold investors" - amzn.to/2VN8Jrs
12/ The Last Lion: Volume 2: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932–1940, By William Manchester - TL;DR - The Butterfly Effect is for real and there were about a thousand opportunities to avoid WW2 but leaders lacked the courage to seize them. - amzn.to/2M6RUU0
13/ The History of Money By Jack Weatherford - TL;DR - Money has taken many different forms and those forms have big consequences for the rest of a society. - amzn.to/2RKkeAN
14/ Skin in the Game By Nassim Taleb - TL;DR - Fuck Robert Rubin - amzn.to/2M7aGuu
15/ Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction By Arvind Narayanan et al. - TL;DR - Proof of work is a really big deal and you should understand how it works. - amzn.to/2M6HzHt
16/ Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher By Richard Feynman - TL;DR - If your teacher doesn't suck, Physics is pretty amazing. - amzn.to/2Mae3AB
17/ The True Believer By Eric Hoffer - TL;DR - Mass movements are a product of human psychology and are all more similar than different. - amzn.to/2SNk9K0
18/ The Power of Myth By Joseph Campbell - TL;DR - themes and symbols of ancient narratives are not scientific truths, but metaphorical truths that bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. - amzn.to/2ALH7Kj
19/ Cryptoassets By @cburniske - TL;DR - Valuing cryptoassets is hard, but starting with the equation of excghange is pretty good historical footing - amzn.to/2VPQAcD
20/ Atomic Habits by @JamesClear - TL;DR - You don't rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your habits. - amzn.to/2M7XlC9
21/ Buy Then Build by @WalkerDeibel - Buying small busineses is an underrated way to be an entrepreneur and invest your capital and more feasible than you think. - amzn.to/2VNwuzC
22/ Fear and Trembling By Soren Kierkegaard - TL;DR - Fuck Hegel - amzn.to/2VP6YKe
23/ The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Satoshi Nakamoto By @egg_descrambler - TL;DR - "The network is robust in its unstructured simplicity." - amzn.to/2VNVkPP
24/ The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World By @nfergus - TL;DR - Yes, the bankers are as full of shit as you think they are. - amzn.to/2AMucYy
25/ The Master Switch By @SuperWuster - TL;DR - information monopolies are fundamentally different than other types of monopoly because they exercise a chokehold on Culture (Also, Fuck AT&T) - amzn.to/2so6o8T
26/ Exit, Voice, and Loyalty By Albert Hirschman - TL;DR - protest and emigration/leaving can both be powerful tools for effecting organization change but should each be used in the right situations. - amzn.to/2RRDIni
27/ The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin - TL;DR - Mind bendingly complex system can evolve from very simple primitives. - amzn.to/2TTGJkn
28/ Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World By Rene Girard - TL;DR - We fight not because we want different things but because we want the same things (Also, Peter Thiel is smarter than you) - amzn.to/2AHGC44
29/ Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson - TL;DR - Even if the future looks like what we would consider dystopia today, it'll work out fine as long as you have a sense of humor about it. - amzn.to/2VP7ojM
30/ Full Review of my favorite books from 2018 is on Medium - medium.com/the-mission/th…
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