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Hatching Twitter

If you're interested in Twitter, or just tech start-ups in general, this is a great, and pretty easy, read. It proves that if you have an idea that really meets some broad demand, you can have terrible management, no business plan, and no revenue, and still do quite well. The subtitle says it all. read more

Hatching Twitter

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If you're interested in Twitter, or just tech start-ups in general, this is a great, and pretty easy, read. It proves that if you have an idea that really meets some broad demand, you can have terrible management, no business plan, and no revenue, and still do quite well. The subtitle says it all.

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Bleak House

You should read Dickens. Don't be put off by the fact that he was writing a long time ago, or that you were forced to read him in high school; this is easy, accessible reading, and every bit as entertaining today as when it was written. We recommend starting with Bleak House, the most autobiographical of Dickens' novels. But there are many great novels by Dickens, such as The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens was a very prolific writer, and once you have discovered how easy he is to read, you will have discovered the source of a lifetime of entertainment. Bleak House is the story of a lawsuit over an inheritance, and all the people involved in the inheritance; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Among other things, it is a savage indictment of the English legal system of the time - an indictment that is relevant to the American legal system today. But it's also a romance, a family drama, and more, filled with Dickens' usual assortment of fascinating characters. read more

Bleak House

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You should read Dickens. Don't be put off by the fact that he was writing a long time ago, or that you were forced to read him in high school; this is easy, accessible reading, and every bit as entertaining today as when it was written.

We recommend starting with Bleak House, the most autobiographical of Dickens' novels. But there are many great novels by Dickens, such as The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens was a very prolific writer, and once you have discovered how easy he is to read, you will have discovered the source of a lifetime of entertainment.

Bleak House is the story of a lawsuit over an inheritance, and all the people involved in the inheritance; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Among other things, it is a savage indictment of the English legal system of the time - an indictment that is relevant to the American legal system today. But it's also a romance, a family drama, and more, filled with Dickens' usual assortment of fascinating characters.

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North and South

More than anything else, this is an intelligent and moving romantic story. But it's also a book about business, and about the early clashes between industrialists and the laborers who worked for them. A brilliantly crafted work, just as easy to read today as in 1855. Gaskell pits the agricultural south of England against the industrializing north, and does a very fair job of contrasting the virtues and vices of each; she also has an excellent understanding of business, and gives a fair rendering of the issues for the working class, particularly through the character Higgins, and the "masters", in the form of her love interest, Mr. Thorton. North and South is a mix of Austen, without the gentleness or humor, but Mr. Thorton is very much a Mr. Darcy character, hard and resolute in his class, but becoming gentler as the story develops. And as in Pride and Prejudice, the heroine, in this case Margaret, provides a rude and summary refusal, which humiliates the hero. Both this book and Pride and Prejudice have a pretty woman as the protagonist, but Margaret is much haughtier, more serious, and more religious, than Elizabeth Bennett. There is an element of Rand too with Mr. Thornton, much like Rearden in The Fountainhead. read more

North and South

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More than anything else, this is an intelligent and moving romantic story. But it's also a book about business, and about the early clashes between industrialists and the laborers who worked for them.

A brilliantly crafted work, just as easy to read today as in 1855. Gaskell pits the agricultural south of England against the industrializing north, and does a very fair job of contrasting the virtues and vices of each; she also has an excellent understanding of business, and gives a fair rendering of the issues for the working class, particularly through the character Higgins, and the "masters", in the form of her love interest, Mr. Thorton.

North and South is a mix of Austen, without the gentleness or humor, but Mr. Thorton is very much a Mr. Darcy character, hard and resolute in his class, but becoming gentler as the story develops. And as in Pride and Prejudice, the heroine, in this case Margaret, provides a rude and summary refusal, which humiliates the hero.

Both this book and Pride and Prejudice have a pretty woman as the protagonist, but Margaret is much haughtier, more serious, and more religious, than Elizabeth Bennett. There is an element of Rand too with Mr. Thornton, much like Rearden in The Fountainhead.

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Shogun

The greatest adventure book ever written. This is the first serious book I ever read when I was 13 years old and started both my lifelong love of reading and my interest in Japanese culture. James Clavell is a 20th century English writer who wrote a number of excellent adventure stories based in Asia, including Tai-Pan and Noble House. But Shogun is the best, and the first one you should read because this story is chronologically the first in the series. Shogun is a great and gripping story on many levels. As an adventure novel about the Portuguese crew that gets shipwrecked off the coast of Japan and has to survive. About the culture of Japan in the time of the Shogunate. It's a series of great love stories, especially the one between Blackthorne and Mariko. But more than anything else this is a book about philosophy, about learning to see the world in a different way, based on a code of behavior and morals completely different than what you have been exposed to. This is the book to give your son. read more

Shogun

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The greatest adventure book ever written. This is the first serious book I ever read when I was 13 years old and started both my lifelong love of reading and my interest in Japanese culture.

James Clavell is a 20th century English writer who wrote a number of excellent adventure stories based in Asia, including Tai-Pan and Noble House. But Shogun is the best, and the first one you should read because this story is chronologically the first in the series.

Shogun is a great and gripping story on many levels. As an adventure novel about the Portuguese crew that gets shipwrecked off the coast of Japan and has to survive. About the culture of Japan in the time of the Shogunate. It's a series of great love stories, especially the one between Blackthorne and Mariko.

But more than anything else this is a book about philosophy, about learning to see the world in a different way, based on a code of behavior and morals completely different than what you have been exposed to.

This is the book to give your son.

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The 12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

This is probably the best book ever written, at least that we know of, about the business of contemporary art. Loaded with great facts and tidbits, and just as interesting as it is informative. Don’t buy any more art until you’ve read this. Highly recommended. What is shows in factual depth is the process by which high end art is actually valued; whose opinion matters and how values are manipulated by insiders. read more

The 12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

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This is probably the best book ever written, at least that we know of, about the business of contemporary art. Loaded with great facts and tidbits, and just as interesting as it is informative. Don’t buy any more art until you’ve read this. Highly recommended. What is shows in factual depth is the process by which high end art is actually valued; whose opinion matters and how values are manipulated by insiders.

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Dune

We're not normally huge science fiction fans here at AM, and you'll find this is the only science fiction title we recommend thus far. But it's a great one. Herbert created a world where water is an extremely precious commodity and life to a large extent revolves around this scarcity. One would think that this is a book that would be seized on my environmentalists, especially given the pending issue of massive water shortages in the world. But the real reason to read this book has nothing to with the environment - it's simply a great romantic novel in a wild and exotic setting. The world of Dune is to a large extent a universe created in the mind of the author, based on the future, but with enough ideas from the past - like royalty based on birth - to provide reference points. read more

Dune

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We're not normally huge science fiction fans here at AM, and you'll find this is the only science fiction title we recommend thus far. But it's a great one. Herbert created a world where water is an extremely precious commodity and life to a large extent revolves around this scarcity.

One would think that this is a book that would be seized on my environmentalists, especially given the pending issue of massive water shortages in the world. But the real reason to read this book has nothing to with the environment - it's simply a great romantic novel in a wild and exotic setting.

The world of Dune is to a large extent a universe created in the mind of the author, based on the future, but with enough ideas from the past - like royalty based on birth - to provide reference points.

Explore

Hatching Twitter

If you're interested in Twitter, or just tech start-ups in general, this is a great, and pretty easy, read. It proves that if you have an idea that really meets some broad demand, you can have terrible management, no business plan, and no revenue, and still do quite well. The subtitle says it all. read more

Hatching Twitter

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If you're interested in Twitter, or just tech start-ups in general, this is a great, and pretty easy, read. It proves that if you have an idea that really meets some broad demand, you can have terrible management, no business plan, and no revenue, and still do quite well. The subtitle says it all.

Explore

Bleak House

You should read Dickens. Don't be put off by the fact that he was writing a long time ago, or that you were forced to read him in high school; this is easy, accessible reading, and every bit as entertaining today as when it was written. We recommend starting with Bleak House, the most autobiographical of Dickens' novels. But there are many great novels by Dickens, such as The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens was a very prolific writer, and once you have discovered how easy he is to read, you will have discovered the source of a lifetime of entertainment. Bleak House is the story of a lawsuit over an inheritance, and all the people involved in the inheritance; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Among other things, it is a savage indictment of the English legal system of the time - an indictment that is relevant to the American legal system today. But it's also a romance, a family drama, and more, filled with Dickens' usual assortment of fascinating characters. read more

Bleak House

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You should read Dickens. Don't be put off by the fact that he was writing a long time ago, or that you were forced to read him in high school; this is easy, accessible reading, and every bit as entertaining today as when it was written.

We recommend starting with Bleak House, the most autobiographical of Dickens' novels. But there are many great novels by Dickens, such as The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens was a very prolific writer, and once you have discovered how easy he is to read, you will have discovered the source of a lifetime of entertainment.

Bleak House is the story of a lawsuit over an inheritance, and all the people involved in the inheritance; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Among other things, it is a savage indictment of the English legal system of the time - an indictment that is relevant to the American legal system today. But it's also a romance, a family drama, and more, filled with Dickens' usual assortment of fascinating characters.

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