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Principles (Summary)
4.17
it was ok
Looks like I’m in the minority as many people rated this highly. I’m not sure why. Some personal peeves:

First, 95% of the book is straight common
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Aug 11, 2018
Mar 17, 2018
 
The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships
4.18
really liked it
Strauss is an excellent writer, and this book is raw, entertaining and enlightening. My only criticism is that the ending wrapped up a little too ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 09, 2016
 
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
3.95
really liked it
Machine intelligence and automation are major forces that will increasingly shape society and impact the economy. There is increasing buzz about these ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
4.07
really liked it
I was looking for books from which I could learn from the wisdom of older, more experienced people. It struck me that many issues I struggle with, ...more
Jan 18, 2016
Jan 20, 2016
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.77
liked it
This book was on my radar as a classic for a long time, and I finally got through it this year. I would love to say that it met my high expectations, ...more
Apr 09, 2019
Apr 09, 2019
 
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
3.87
really liked it
This book tackles an important issue, and helped bring it to a wider audience (especially once Elon Musk recommended it). It also seems to have helped ...more
not set
Feb 29, 2016
 
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
4.17
really liked it
While you will find some of the research summarized elsewhere, the overall thrust of the book is novel. People commonly believe success leads to ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
 
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
4.17
it was amazing
I'm surprising myself by giving this five stars, given that it's a relatively short book that largely reflects one man's observations and opinions. ...more
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
 
Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power
3.50
really liked it
This is a well-written and engaging look at the science of cognitive enhancement. It includes a wide-ranging overview of research and the scientists ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
 
Snow Crash
4.03
really liked it
A gripping story that has only lost some of its freshness and foresight in the decades since publication. Can't believe I only just got around to ...more
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 06, 2015
 
The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge
3.92
liked it
This may be a good book if you’re interested in either (a) a history of developments tangentially related to evolution or (b) arguments in favor of ...more
Sep 23, 2018
Sep 23, 2018
 
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
3.94
liked it
As someone who works in technology, and startups, I feel that it’s heresy to say anything bad about this book. But it is not a book. It is a ...more
not set
Aug 12, 2016
 
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
3.85
really liked it
The book starts strong, and feels as if it will deliver on its promise. But midway through, it deviates from exploring addictive technology in general ...more
Dec 25, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
The Mind is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth and The Improvised Mind
3.83
liked it
The author has a strong perspective but little fresh evidence. Rather, this is a collection of research studies narrated by the perspective that the ...more
Jul 16, 2019
Apr 01, 2018
 
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
4.08
liked it
I feel bad leaving a 3-star review because I liked the book, and found it well-written and comprehensive. I did not, however, learn much that was new ...more
Mar 27, 2019
Mar 28, 2019
 
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
4.15
really liked it
This was both an enlightening and frustrating read. It was enlightening because it changed my understanding of debt and money, and their origins; ...more
Sep 24, 2018
Aug 12, 2018
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.98
it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn’t have high expectations, as I felt Silver had received a lot of media attention, yet had failed in ...more
Oct 20, 2018
Dec 24, 2017
 
Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
3.85
liked it
Maybe I’ve just been reading too much Taleb recently, but I found this book to be the weakest entry in the incerto. Taleb tends to ramble, but these ...more
Dec 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018
 
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: Guidance on the Path to Mindfulness from a Spiritual Leader
4.06
it was ok
I can understand why some people like it, and there are certainly things to like. But it’s not what I was expecting. Think of it as a book of ...more
Oct 2018
Oct 01, 2018
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.62
liked it
I respect the work but found it a challenging read, with some parts barely coherent. I understand this is intentional, but cannot rate it more highly ...more
not set
Nov 27, 2019
 
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
4.09
liked it
I’m a Tyson fan, but was expecting much more from this book. Perhaps that’s why I was disappointed. It’s not that the book is bad, it’s just that it ...more
Feb 23, 2019
Feb 05, 2019
 
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
3.95
liked it
I struggle to rate this book because it does contain some golden nuggets. Unfortunately, the writing is not my style, and the content dances around ...more
Aug 31, 2019
Apr 23, 2019
 
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
4.16
really liked it
Way better than I feared! When I saw that the book was a summary of interviews from Ferriss' podcast, I was expecting to be disappointed, feeling this ...more
Sep 12, 2017
Dec 16, 2016
 
Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
3.95
really liked it
A good summary of the impact of AI on business for anyone who hasn’t already been following it closely. If you have, you won’t find much that’s novel ...more
Oct 20, 2018
Apr 12, 2018
 
The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life When Robots Rule the Earth
3.44
really liked it
Yes, it can get a bit long-winded and even technical in parts, but I went with a rating of 4 versus 3 because of (a) its unabashedly ambitious scope ...more
Jul 10, 2018
Aug 04, 2016
 
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
3.95
really liked it
Important topic that’s well-described, offsetting some of the self-indulgent material—though only just.
Apr 24, 2019
Apr 24, 2019
 
The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
3.92
really liked it
Familiar ideas packaged into a highly readable, memorable set of instructions for being happier.
Dec 30, 2017
Dec 30, 2017
 
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
4.27
really liked it
A phenomenal, thought-provoking book that’s no letdown after reading Sapiens. I was planning to give it five stars but was disappointed in the ending. ...more
Aug 23, 2018
Sep 02, 2016
 
The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
3.85
liked it
While it covers a lot of ground, this is a fairly rudimentary book with obvious advice for anyone working in business today. It felt more like a ...more
Dec 21, 2015
Nov 04, 2015
 
Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)
4.17
it was amazing
The framework presented in this book, and the observations made about the modern business world, feel quite accurate and useful. However, I imagine ...more
Mar 24, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
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