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Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca • Ford Motor Company • auto industry

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biography ● inspirtion ● company

Recommendation 4 / 5

This is an excellent and insightful autobiography by Lee Iacocca, the man who was a president at Ford Motor Company and, later, at Chrysler Motors. The book describes the workings of the auto industry, covering its advantages and disadvantages. It details the politics and external influences that affect the industry.

In addition, Lee Iacocca is a charismatic, business-savvy leader who cuts through the office nonsense and prioritises his family above all else. His lessons and…

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen • fiction novel • communist regime

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history ● novel ● society

Recommendation 4 / 5

It took me a while to finish this fiction novel, mostly because of its advanced idiomatic language. In addition, novels that cover ideological conflict require super-patience.

Nguyen succeeds in describing Oriental and Occidental stereotypes, the false promises and hypocrisy of both communist and democratic regimes. He also succeeds in capturing the angst and disappointment of refugees and their indomitable will to survive. The sell-out of ideology….

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Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu • prosperity • economic institutions

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politics ● economy ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

Why Nations Fail is a masterpiece of historical study. It describes the causes of the failure and prosperity of a dozen countries in the world. To some extent the book reviews and rebukes, through counterexamples, well-settled theories that focus on geography, resources, tech coincidences etc. Alternatively, its thesis concentrates on the value of inclusive political and economic institutions, conjoined with states powerful enough to enact state rules. The authors scrutinize examples from almost every continent, by taking into consideration countries such as the US, China…

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Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek • team motivation • leadership skills

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inspirtion ● leadership ● psychology

Recommendation 2 / 5

I wish I hadn’t read it because my whole impression has evaporated. Its redundancy, often repetitions of the same examples to make precisely the same point as the first time the example was used. I dare say the book might have the same value by condensing it to 10 pages. When I am reading a book I try to make notes, and I found myself marking almost the same sentences every 50 pages.

A year ago I watched the TED talk on YT where Simon Sinek presented his ideas about the internal circle, Millenials and the concept of trust in organizations…

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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore • communism • Soviet Union

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biography ● history ● crime

Recommendation 5 / 5

This book does much more than simply telling you a vivid (and astonishingly true) story of how Stalin, his relatives and immediate surroundings operated in one of the most lethal periods in Russian history. It exposes the way the Soviet brass thought, behaved and treated each other. The book depicts the way the whole Soviet system treated average people. The author doesn’t say it but having read the book, you’d understand why Soviet communism (and nowadays Russia) had never had and will never have a chance in competition with the West, simply because of the …

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari • history of humans • world history

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history ● violence ● civilisation

Recommendation 5 / 5

I was highly impressed by this book. It describes the story of humankind which was pioneered by Paleolithic proto-humans. Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the book, focusses on the three major revolutions of our history – cognitive, agricultural and scientific. The book describes why we are the chosen ones by explaining the role of domestication of fire which played a gigantic role in our evolution. It explains how we have mastered our surroundings, increased food production, built cities, established and ruined empires and created trade networks. I don’t want to spoil the content ..

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Shoe Dog by Phil Knight • history of Nike • Michael Jordan Nike

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biography ● inspirtion ● company

Recommendation 5 / 5

I am so glad I bumped into this book. Explaining what Nike is would be just beating a dead horse. Nevertheless, my knowledge concerning Nike shoes was rather limited even though I had a few pairs when I was a teenager.

The book tells a brilliant, absolutely amazing, story of the Nike company (Blue Ribbon Sports), its founder – Phil Knight, and its Execom members who were also called butt-faces. I don’t want to spoil the plot so I’m not going to talk anything specific, because, actually…

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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker • history of violence

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history ● violence ● civilisation

Recommendation 5 / 5

I grabbed this book when I found out that Bill Gates mentioned that, for him, it was the most inspiring book he has ever read.

The book contradicts everything that we hear on TV or we read on the Internet. It is a rich, earnest source of information about the history of violence and an insightful and comprehensive analysis of factors which created the modern world…

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Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull • Pixar Animation • creative company

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biography ● inspirtion ● company

Recommendation 5 / 5

The book tells a story about how to run a company (Pixar) in the film industry. It covers three major elements: creativity, leadership and business. The whole plot is presented in an intriguing and inspiring form which can be easily digested by non-business related readers.

In the first 4 chapters, Ed Catmull The book is a collection of wisdoms and stories that Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar Animation, has accumulated over his long career of establishing and maintaining a successful creative company. It tells a story about how to run a company (Pixar) in the film industry. It covers three major elements: creativity, leadership and business. The whole plot is presented in an intriguing and inspiring form which can be easily digested by non-business related readers…