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The Foundation Trilogy

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Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation trilogy—one of the cornerstones of modern speculative fiction—in a single hardcover volume. More than fifty years after their original publication, the three Foundation novels stand as classics of thrilling, provocative, and inspired world-building.

The Foundation Trilogy

by Isaac Asimov
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Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation trilogy—one of the cornerstones of modern speculative fiction—in a single hardcover volume. More than fifty years after their original publication, the three Foundation novels stand as classics of thrilling, provocative, and inspired world-building.
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What Elon Musk says

In terms of sci-fi books, I think Isaac Asimov is really great. I like the Foundation series, probably one of the all-time best.

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What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life through an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence.
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What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life through an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence.
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What Elon Musk says

Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.

The Box

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The Box is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. It recounts the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

The Box

by Marc Levinson
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The Box is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. It recounts the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.
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What Bill Gates says

You might think you don’t want to read a whole book about shipping containers. And Levinson is pretty self-aware about what an unusual topic he chose. But he makes a good case that the move to containerized shipping had an enormous impact on the global economy and changed the way the world does business. And he turns it into a very readable narrative. I won’t look at a cargo ship in quite the same way again.

The Remains of the Day

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A compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career. But lurking in his memory are grave doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

The Remains of the Day

by Kazuo Ishiguro
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A compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career. But lurking in his memory are grave doubts about his own faith in the man he served.
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What Jeff Bezos says

If you read ‘The Remains of the Day’, which is one of my favorite books, you can’t help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret.

Business Adventures

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From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America. Each of these tales are an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety. These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Business Adventures

by John Brooks
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From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America. Each of these tales are an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety. These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
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What Bill Gates says

More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read . . . Brooks’s deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.

What Glenn Hubbard says

While Brooks died in 1993, this recently rereleased collection of business stories from his New Yorker articles decades ago brings classic explanations of growth (Xerox Corp.’s early years) and poor decisions (Ford Motor Co.’s problematic launch of the Edsel) that should inform and captivate business executives and students of business alike.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series, originally conceived as a radio series for BBC Radio 4. It was later written as a series of novels by the author. This edition collects in in one complete paperback volume the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series, originally conceived as a radio series for BBC Radio 4. It was later written as a series of novels by the author. This edition collects in in one complete paperback volume the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.
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What Elon Musk says

I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy when I was around 14 or 15. It highlighted an important point which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer. And if you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part.

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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions, JE Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions, JE Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
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What Elon Musk says

It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design.

Getting Things Done

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Getting Things Done, or GTD as it is popularly known, provides tips, techniques, and tricks for attaining maximum efficiency through a two-step plan - capture all the things that need to get done into a workable, dependable system; and discipline oneself to make front-end decisions for all items in the system - In short, do it (quickly), delegate it (appropriately), or defer it.

Getting Things Done

by David Allen
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Getting Things Done, or GTD as it is popularly known, provides tips, techniques, and tricks for attaining maximum efficiency through a two-step plan - capture all the things that need to get done into a workable, dependable system; and discipline oneself to make front-end decisions for all items in the system - In short, do it (quickly), delegate it (appropriately), or defer it.
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What Gina Trapani says

Getting Things Done was one of the seeds that started Lifehacker. It’s a personal productivity book. David Allen was targeting corporate executives, but his ideas struck a chord with the coder community. Software started popping up to help you implement the GTD protocols. After that this idea for life hacks began to float around the web. We launched Lifehacker soon.