Books

A collection of book reviews and notes

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Extreme Privacy: What it Takes to Disappear by Michael Bazzell
Recently ‘read’ this book about how to be extremely private online and offline. I didn’t know what to expect when reading this book. At first I thought it was a book about stories of anonymous people and how they disappeared from extremely popular public life based on the preface but this book was more of a manual for how to become extremely private…
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The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow
Rereading the house of morgan. I think I have read it before in 2021 but I only have vague recollections of the non-crypto stuff I did that year. Everything else seems like it was a blur in some insane fever dream. Previously I read it and watched a couple documentaries and didn't take notes but really learned a lot and the stories about The House of Mor…
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8 Years of Reading using StoryGraph (2015 to 2022)
Recently discovered StoryGraph from watching Jack Edwards' yearly book review video. Cool to see that he still uploads interesting videos and pivoted to fully focusing on books instead of other random stuff. sharvenium’s profile on The StoryGraph I used to use Goodreads to track my books but stopped sometime in 2019 or 2020. The UI was just …
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Blitzed by Norman Ohler
Blitzed, written by Norman Ohler, is a thought-provoking and well-researched exploration of the role of drugs in Nazi Germany during World War II. Through extensive interviews and historical research, Ohler presents a compelling argument about the widespread use of drugs in the Nazi regime, including stimulants, opiates, and other substances, and the im…
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A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi
Just finished reading this book about the links between great leaders in history and their mental illness. The main conclusion of this book is that mentally ill leaders perform better during crisis and suffer during peace time while mentally healthy leaders perform better during peace time while they suffer during crisis…
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The Everything Store by Brad Stone
The Everything Store is a book about the founding of Amazon which is the world’s biggest online store founded by Jeff Bezos who is now also the world’s richest man with a net worth of over 200 billion dollars…
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Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most impressive and fascinating people I have read about. He came to the United States of America from Austria and then become the greatest bodybuilder of all time, revolutionizing the industry…
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming is the memoir of Michelle Obama, the First African American First Lady of the United States of America. This book was really eye opening into the life of Michelle Obama whom I only knew as the wife of Barack Obama and an advocate for healthier food for children across America…
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The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
The Ride of a Lifetime is a memoir by the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger. I listened to this at 3x speed on Libby, learned many lessons and got a tiny glimpse into what life as a CEO is like in a huge coroporation. This book is mainly about leadership and the situations that Bob Iger faced while being the CEO of Disney and ABC Television and the subsequent less…
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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
Everyone loves Harry Potter but sometimes you think the decisions that Harry makes are weird and irrational. There’s where Harry Potter and the methods of rationality comes in. This is a Harry Potter Fanfiction written by author Eliezer Yudkowsky. In this alternate universe, Harry’s Aunt Petunia marries an Oxford University Professor Micheal Verres inste…
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
I have seen Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell being quoted many times for its 10,000 hour rule to master a skill and I was intrigued. The Wikipedia description convinced me further. “In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success”. As a self-help junkie, I jumped right on and finished this book in two days. I was going i…
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Timeriders Series by Alex Scarrow
Rating: 5/5 Recommendation: READ ALL NINE BOOKS Intro Wow. Just wow. I finished reading this book half an hour ago and I have been day dreaming since. It is that weird feeling you get after finishing a fiction book series. I have not felt this ever since I read the Harry Potter series back in 2017…
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Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
Thoughts about the book So far when I read books about a certain company or about how to start a business, it starts off as a story of a brilliant idea by the founder who later shared it with a group of friends in a small apartment or coffee shop, this idea later funded by the local billionaire or friend starts to grow rapidly and facing tons of problems…
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Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
Make Time is another one of those epic productivity books like Getting Things Done by David Allen or Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport…
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Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
Have you ever realised that our mobile phones are like slotmachines in our pockets. The moment you open your phone, all your apps are inviting you to click on them due to the colourful icons and bright red notifications so that you spend more time using their service…
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