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The Doctor Stories

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This volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography. These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge.

The Doctor Stories

by William Carlos Williams
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The Book
This volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography. These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge.
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What Atul Gawande says

The Doctor Stories is a collection of factual pieces by William Carlos Williams about his life as a doctor in New Jersey; the stories themselves are incredibly vivid and revealing.

Zero to One

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Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. In 'Zero to One', legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Zero to One

by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
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Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. In 'Zero to One', legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh

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Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. He uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, and in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh

by John Allen Paulos
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The Book
Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. He uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, and in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

A great book for a refresher in analytical philosophy: pleasant, clear. Go buy this book!

Bull!

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Noted journalist Maggie Mahar writes on the remarkable bull market that began in 1982 and ended in the early 2000s. This inside look at that 17-year cycle of growth, provides investors with historical perspective and an understanding of financial cycles.

Bull!

by Maggie Mahar
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The Book
Noted journalist Maggie Mahar writes on the remarkable bull market that began in 1982 and ended in the early 2000s. This inside look at that 17-year cycle of growth, provides investors with historical perspective and an understanding of financial cycles.
What Warren Buffett says

Well-reported and well-written. Investors can learn much from ‘Bull!’

What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

Read this book now; wait a while, then read it again.

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Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, such as Darwin, Buffett, Montaigne etc., Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?
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Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, such as Darwin, Buffett, Montaigne etc., Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

A wonderful book on wisdom and decision-making written by a wise decision-maker. This is the kind of book you read first, then leave by your bedside and re-read a bit every day, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom. It is sort of Montaigne but applied to business, with a great investigation of the psychological dimension of decision-making. I like the book for many reasons –the main one is that it was written by a practitioner who knows what he wants, not by an academic. Enjoy it!

The Tartar Steppe

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Often likened to Kafka's ‘The Castle’, The Tartar Steppe tells of young Giovanni Drogo, who is posted to a distant fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe, waiting for an enemy invasion. Years pass, and Giovanni's ambitions begin to fade, until the day the enemy begins massing on the desolate steppe.

The Tartar Steppe

by Dino Buzzati
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The Book
Often likened to Kafka's ‘The Castle’, The Tartar Steppe tells of young Giovanni Drogo, who is posted to a distant fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe, waiting for an enemy invasion. Years pass, and Giovanni's ambitions begin to fade, until the day the enemy begins massing on the desolate steppe.
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

I never understood why this book never made it in the Anglo-Saxon world. This is one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.

Destiny and Desire

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Carlos Fuentes is at the height of his powers in this stunning new novel—a magnificent epic of passion, magic, and desire in modern Mexico, a rich and remarkable tapestry set in a world where free will fights with the wishes of the gods. Destiny and Desire is a monumental achievement from one of the masters of contemporary literature.

Destiny and Desire

by Carlos Fuentes
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The Book
Carlos Fuentes is at the height of his powers in this stunning new novel—a magnificent epic of passion, magic, and desire in modern Mexico, a rich and remarkable tapestry set in a world where free will fights with the wishes of the gods. Destiny and Desire is a monumental achievement from one of the masters of contemporary literature.
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What Thomas Piketty says

One of my favorite books in 2014 was Carlos Fuentes’s novel. It is a wonderful meditation about contemporary capitalism in Mexico.

Creativity, Inc.

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From Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, comes an incisive book about creativity in business. This is the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation. here, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable. It is, also in many ways, a book about how to build a creative culture in any company.

Creativity, Inc.

by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
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The Book
From Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, comes an incisive book about creativity in business. This is the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation. here, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable. It is, also in many ways, a book about how to build a creative culture in any company.
What Mohamed El-Erian says

The inspiring story of Pixar, what has become the world-leading animation studio. By discussing the good, the bad and the ugly, it provides valuable insights into the management of transformational companies.

What Dominic Barton says

How managers can build a “creative culture” that brings out the best in their employees. Two of his tips were especially resonant for me. 1) A manager’s job is not to prevent risks, but to make it safe for others to take them and 2) A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organization structure -– everybody should be able to talk to anybody.