The Best Books I Read in the 2nd Half of 2017

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Ok, I’ve recently started reading 2-3 books per week (Audible at 3x speed, 2.5x if the narrator naturally talks decently fast). Here’s the top ones from the past few months:

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
- Read this entire book in 1 day on a Visa run to Myanmar from Chiang Mai and I can point to that exact day as the one I decided to up my reading (go through the books below among many others) and learn to code

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
- One of the few books I can say had an immediate and lasting effect on my thinking and shortly thereafter my results. I can honestly say I’d recommend EVERYONE read from my entrepreneur friends like y’all to my mother

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
- A very interesting biography on an unbelievably powerful man from the early 1900s who literally helped shape America as we know it (his policies in New York were the inspiration for the vast majority of cities in the US that followed, ie almost all of them)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (mentioned by @BriceGump above)
- Learn about yo’ people, yo

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis
- On the first man to build 3 billion companies and how he looks at the world/approaches life. He’s eccentric, to say the least

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper
- Decided to get into Crypto because I needed to get Bitcoin to buy modafinil online (this is completely legal, mom) and figured I’d take a few hours to learn the history and why it was significant. Very interesting and different than the usual stuff you see on Crypto most places

Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown
- This book has helped me to stay committed to learning Polish and Coding, as well as retain more info by changing some of my learning strategies

80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshal
- I was introduced to the 80/20 rule by Tim Ferriss 10 years ago when the Four Hour Work Week (another book I highly recommend) first released. I was a bit skeptical about this one by Perry Marshal but figured I’d start it as it was a quick read (less than a Joe Rogan podcast episode when I sped it up). I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend it to my entrepreneur friends

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton
- Well written true story on the man who started the biggest drug marketplace in history. Was making $10k a day rather early on and being paid in Bitcoin so were he still alive he’d probably be worth multiple billion by now (was killed under highly questionnable circumstances in prison after being caught). His motivations for starting the Silk Road will surprise you.

The Upstarts: How Uber, AirBNB, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone
- This book certainly didn’t make me like Travis K. more but holy shit, it gave me some respect for the dude

Of the books above I plan to re-read the following (at some point):

Make It Stick
80/20 Sales and Marketing

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