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An Introduction to Statistical Learning: with Applications in R (Springer Texts in Statistics)

Gareth James , Daniela Witten , et al.

4.8 on Amazon

72 HN comments

Mastering Regular Expressions

Jeffrey E. F. Friedl

4.6 on Amazon

72 HN comments

Game Programming Patterns

Robert Nystrom

4.8 on Amazon

68 HN comments

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson, Dylan Baker, et al.

4.6 on Amazon

67 HN comments

Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series)

Kevin P. Murphy

4.3 on Amazon

66 HN comments

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Cliff Stoll, Will Damron, et al.

4.7 on Amazon

61 HN comments

Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ (2nd Edition)

Bjarne Stroustrup

4.5 on Amazon

58 HN comments

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon, et al.

4.6 on Amazon

55 HN comments

Modern Operating Systems

Andrew Tanenbaum and Herbert Bos

4.3 on Amazon

54 HN comments

Head First Design Patterns: Building Extensible and Maintainable Object-Oriented Software 2nd Edition

Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson

4.7 on Amazon

52 HN comments

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

Ray Kurzweil, George Wilson, et al.

4.4 on Amazon

51 HN comments

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone, Pete Larkin, et al.

4.6 on Amazon

51 HN comments

Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools

Alfred Aho, Monica Lam, et al.

4.1 on Amazon

50 HN comments

Test Driven Development: By Example

Kent Beck

4.4 on Amazon

45 HN comments

Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture

Martin Fowler

4.5 on Amazon

43 HN comments

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ryandrakeonJan 21, 2021

I remember when that goddamn Steve Jobs book came out. For a good while every founder and CEO suddenly thought they were some kind of product wizard and started trying to imitate Jobs’s hands-on micro-detailed product design meddling.

hashtreeonOct 24, 2013

Besides what everyone else has already mentioned, I find great computer science presentations and story/interview based computer science-ish books to be great motivators.

Book examples: In the Plex, Masters of Doom, Steve Jobs, Founders at Work, Coders at Work

dmakonNov 18, 2013

After reading the Steve Jobs book, the biggest emphasis was focus on making a great product. He was never in it for the money; He was making $1 a year at one point.

gordon_freemanonNov 29, 2017

Thanks for sharing. I read Steve Jobs by Isaacson and it was great and very in-depth! I also want to desperately read his latest biography on Leonardo da Vinci before the year end as heard it is awesome.

cm2187onAug 4, 2019

I remember reading Steve Jobs was doing that to his kids. But hey, it’s the golden rule of the trade, don’t get high on your own product.

mneumegenonMar 8, 2013

I found the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson deeply inspiring.

m463onNov 20, 2019

I remember reading Steve Jobs used a "different" technique to figure out if someone was good.

He would go around to people and say "I heard Joe sucks". If the people strongly defended Joe, he was probably pretty good. If nobody stuck up for him, Joe might indeed suck.

infinotizeonDec 28, 2013

I have to name two in a tie: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and Masters of Doom by David Kushner. Both Jobs and John Carmack have been huge sources of inspiration since I've read these books, and in very different ways. And that effect has lasted long since I finished the books, which is rare.

lutusponFeb 5, 2014

> If you've read Steve Jobs bio and know enough about him, you could surmise that he is "full of shit".

I knew Steve, I happen to agree, but de mortuis nil nisi bonum, as they say. :)

RBerenguelonDec 25, 2012

All my 2012 reads http://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/336049

The best? Probably Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, but I can't say all the other books (most non-fiction) weren't great

momentmakeronAug 20, 2019

Would highly recommend reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

It goes way in depth about the journey surrounding Steve Jobs.

kaipakartikonNov 15, 2012

I quite liked the following
1) Angelmaker
2) Gone away world
3) The Hobbit
4) Fables the comic seriers
Non fiction
1) Steve Jobs
2) Thinking fast and slow

Have a look http://blog.kaipakartik.com for the books I enjoyed reading

rigatoni1onDec 21, 2011

I know this is pretty generic and typical, but the Steve Jobs book was a very interesting read.

daviddavisonAug 22, 2013

One thing that sticks out to me is the price. Where did you choose $24.99 from? Recently I read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (which is a more reputable book) for $13.60. I'm not saying that you're book isn't worth it but I don't see anything on this page to justify the cost.

hboschonDec 20, 2016

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is generally considered the definitive biography.


KemejiionMay 22, 2019

Both biography and autobiography

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
by Richard Feynman

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

My Life and Work by Henry Ford

My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla by Ben Johnston and Nikola Tesla

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

ryandrakeonApr 8, 2016

Like when the Steve Jobs book came out and every CEO in the valley all of a sudden thought they were a product design genius.

antavianaonAug 17, 2020

It is explained in Steve Jobs book. Steve wanted a 30% share on all deals where he has distribution.

The challenge was to massage the numbers of the deal so he could see his 30% and approve it.

Also the 30% is often the budget for the Sales and Marketing operation in a typical organization.

mandeepjonMay 18, 2018

> behaving like Jobs would quickly receive a warning from HR if not shown the door

Jobs was constantly called by HR for meetings during late 80's due to his behavior. Source - Steve Jobs book

ashleynonJune 29, 2018

That buying thing extended all the way up to cars. I recall reading Steve Jobs never registered his cars. He'd simply buy one in cash from the dealer, drive on the temporary registration period, then sell the vehicle for a new one when that was up.

tcbascheonDec 16, 2019

Some highlights of the year:

Children of Time - (Tchaikovsky)

Steve Jobs (Isaacson) - as an aside, I've started reading his daughters (Lisa) book Small Fry

The Colour out of Space - (Lovecraft)

iWoz (Wozniak)

The Design of Everyday Things (Norman)

amaksonNov 18, 2013

Steve Jobs' advice was not (only) to maximize profits, but to consolidate the products, reduce the number of products "because Google was all over the place". That's from the Steve Jobs autobiography by Walter Isaacson. So far, it looks like Larry Page took Steve Jobs advice to his heart and executes precisely on that vision: all products get integrated together (including through the Google+), innovation rate is still high and growing, company is super successful in post PC world.

SuperChihuahuaonAug 22, 2013

That's the recommended price. But the Steve Jobs book is older, and when it was new, it was like $34,99.

dkuralonFeb 12, 2015

citation: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, authorized by Steve Jobs. What political agenda? I run a company and work a lot, but I think working is only one aspect of human existence and we should try to strike some semblance of balance.

my5thaccountonMar 5, 2016

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Strategy Rules - Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs by David B. Yoffie, Michael A. Cusumano

These are all timely books and recently written.

donaldiljazionMar 6, 2017

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Not because of his life. But because of his thinking (and other people's thinking in the book).

lloekionDec 22, 2016

Fiction, mostly:

- Reamde, by Neal Stephenson. What a let down, very formulaic.

- Vortex, by Robert Charles Wilson (sequel to Spin and Axis). Spin is a must-read, Vortex was quite pleasant and brings a satisfying closure to the series.

- Permanence, by Karl Schroeder (re-read). Lots of awesome tidbits (property, rights, AR, anthropocentrism) scattered through an entertaining semi-hard sci-fi space opera.

- La Zone du Dehors, by Alain Damasio. A spiritual sequel to 1984.

- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (finally!)

- The Affinities, by Robert Charles Wilson

- La Horde du Contrevent, by Alain Damasio (in progress). A fantastic, ontologic, poetic story about the wind.

As well as a couple non-fiction:

- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! This is made of pure awesomesauce and perfectly captures the kind of spirit at the root of hackerdom.

- Pale Blue Dot, by Carl Sagan (in progress). Humbling.

- Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. Surprised me in many ways.

aloukissasonDec 29, 2019

A few stand out:

- Vagabonding (Potts): made me travel more than ever

- Steve Jobs (Isaacson): amazing life story, beautifully described

- The Mom Test: required reading for any young founder/PM IMO, I've gifted this more than any other book

- It doesn't have to be crazy at work (DHH/Fried): best advice on how to run a company in a sustainable way to maximize team happiness & output

- Masters of Doom: epically entertaining, super nostalgic

rdsnscaonMay 3, 2015

The only way Intel will get Apples business is to make ARM chips for it.

If you read the iPad chapter in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, you would see that Intel was Jobs original pick for the iPad CPU. They fell out over a few issues, power consumption and control of the chip design being but two of them.

wdr1onJune 1, 2018

I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I enjoyed Masters of Doom.

Barbarians Led by Bill Gates is an older book, but interesting to get a sense of MS was like in earlier times.

Isaacson's Steve Jobs is obviously focused on Job, but gives a good sense of the companies he ran while he was there.

Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made is a good view into the Mac specifically.

angelohuangonDec 25, 2012

"Mastery" by Robert Greene
"Emotional Equations" by Chip Conley
"The startup owner manual" by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
"Steve Jobs"

alexanderbermanonDec 27, 2011

In no particular order:

* Boomerang by Michael Lewis

* Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

* The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

* The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

el_fuseronJuly 15, 2013

Again, not the Steve Jobs I've read about.

Having your factory retool weeks before you launch an unproven product because you don't like the glass? Not very pragmatic.

ncoatsonOct 8, 2011

It's especially amazing that Steve, being a techie, was able to understand and forecast the synergies that would develop as a result of integrating a holistic environment between sectors. I find it even more impressive that Steve implemented his tactics with out the social trends and Zappos-like books that exist now to guide people in realizing the benefits of cross department relationships--> Steve Jobs = Visionary.

jkchuonDec 22, 2016

The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg (highly recommended)

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson (recommended)

Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari (audiobook recommended)

Boomerang - Michael Lewis (great if you have a light interest in macroeconomics)

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (recommended)

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell (recommended)

Joyland - Stephen King (great, short read)

Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull (Parts on the history of Pixar were interesting)

corylonMar 26, 2012

Well you should probably define what you mean by "producing". What do you expect to be able to produce? More code work? Art work? Photography? Blog posts and articles?

Without an iPad, I wouldn't understand touch interface design and UX. I probably wouldn't have read Steve Jobs biography, or Mark Cuban's ebook. But I did, and they inspired me to create. I successfully learned to program through Xcode and my iPad, because making something that you can touch right before your eyes is amazingly delightful and encouraging. Sometimes I read fantastic articles on Flipboard, or HN, and I get great ideas. Sometimes the first thing I do in the morning is check my app sales from the day before while in bed. I look at my sales graph and rankings. Regardless of whether the number is good or bad, my brain starts firing off on how I can do better, or why such and such is happening.

All these things inherently require me to consume, but lead to some form of productivity. Most HN'ers don't channel surf or watch TV for the sake of killing time. We're productivity freaks, so we only watch things we're really interested in, or things we think we can learn from. Consumption on the iPad seems to be exactly the same.

shawnpsonDec 23, 2018

Favorites that I read in 2018:

* Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34466963-why-we-sleep)

* Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4806.Longitude)

* Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26156469-never-split-the...)

* Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25852784-evicted)

* Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11084145-steve-jobs)

PSA: if you use an e-reader or like audiobooks, check out Libby: https://meet.libbyapp.com/

I'm not affiliated with them. Nice app for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks from your local library.

dansoonJuly 26, 2016

From Isaacson's biography of Jobs:

> An early showdown came over employee badge numbers. Scott assigned #1 to Wozniak and #2 to Jobs. Not surprisingly, Jobs demanded to be #1. “I wouldn’t let him have it, because that would stoke his ego even more,” said Scott. Jobs threw a tantrum, even cried. Finally, he proposed a solution. He would have badge #0. Scott relented, at least for the purpose of the badge, but the Bank of America required a positive integer for its payroll system and Jobs’s remained #2.

Isaacson, Walter (2011-10-24). Steve Jobs (p. 83). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

ramraj07onSep 22, 2020

Brilliant article,but I'll give a simpler factor as well - people read too many damn books! Not reading too much per se but just too many books! That combined with the fact that most books are bloated crap (because the author is incentivized to make a book out of what should be a New Yorker article at best), means that most people can't even see the point because they've been ricocheted around a concept by a single opinionated person for way too long.

For this reason I avoid reading books for the most part, and probably read one book a year at best. My to-read list is short and highly scrutinized - I probably spend days making sure a book is worth the time and memory investment. Once I apply that logic, every book I've read has been extremely rewarding and I can at least write a few thousand word summary of each. I also constantly find instances in real life when I can use anecdotes from these books and people are surprised that I remember them. It also helps that for almost every book I deliberately sought out the best tome in the topic I wanted to learn more from.

My reading list from the past 5 years or so:

1. Making of the atomic bomb by Richard Rhodes
2. Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman
3. On Writing by Stephen King
4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson
5. The Logic of Chance by Eugene Koonin
6. GEB (gave up on this one though)

victork2onJuly 23, 2012

I have read Steve Jobs biography and this is definitively a cautionary tale and a great warning for anybody, but for other reasons that stated in this article.

I am no Apple fan, as a matter of fact I don't like the look and feel of their product but I gained a great admiration for Steve Jobs because he seemed like a man in immense suffering. I'm not talking about the obvious physical pain of cancer and all his crazy diets ( we share something in common ) but mentally he seemed like a sad sad person. I don't want to do bar stool psychology but it seemed pretty obvious that he was missing something in his life and he probably never found it.

But he's the paragon of the self made man, in the Ayn Rand sense and people ( especially here, where there's something approaching a cult ) look up to that and as soon as they encounter problems they imagine themselves in the shoes of this man and try to act tough... or act Steve Jobs.

If there's one paradoxical lesson that should be taken from his biography it is that you should never to listen to anybody that tells you how to act, don't try to fit in a mold, even in the mold of a great man, because you fundamentally don't have the same substance and thus you won't come out the same way: ie successful nor happy. Be your own man, forge your own mold and challenge the statu quo.

somepersononFeb 16, 2021

It's been a few years but I also found Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography to be terrible.

I was looking for deeper analysis of what made Steve Jobs' tick, and how he approached building products. Walter Isaacson didn't have a technological understanding of Apple's products of the time, so I found his history pretty superficial.

I learned much more about Steve Jobs approach from listening to the interviews he did over the years.

jholmanonApr 11, 2014

I am absolutely bored of Steve Jobs stories in general, and I'm quite surprised at myself that I bothered to read this one.

This one in particular, though, was a human enough perspective that it would have been interesting to read if every single mention of the particular terrifying-and-respected-CEO were redacted. So I'm glad I read it.

napoleondonDec 25, 2012

These are the ones I remember, but not necessarily for being the best.

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson. I thought it was interesting; an honest attempt at cataloguing the life of a fascinating and complex person.

How To Win Friends And Influence People - Dale Carnegie. I'd skimmed through it in high school, and decided it was full of obvious/cheesy platitudes, but was somehow convinced to take another look this year and I'm very glad I did. It is mostly full of very basic "don't be an ass" advice, but I needed it.

Never Eat Alone - Keith Ferrazzi. I'm not sure what to think of this one. It's pretty low on actionable advice, but it did help me (together with HTWFAIF, above) reframe the way I approach interpersonal relationships.

The Cat's Table - Michael Ondaatje. I haven't finished this one yet, but it's part of a recent concerted effort to read more fiction. I've always loved Ondaatje's work, and this latest novel is no different.

Freakonomics - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner. I just started reading this last night, and I'm already 100 pages in. It's an addicting read, and is already causing me to re-evaluate the incentive systems that are everywhere.

Napoleon Bonaparte - Alan Schom. I've been reading this one slowly for a while (it's a hefty book). It's a very well written account of Napoleon's entire life story--highly recommended.

Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore. Just started this one last night as well (Christmas presents!) and so far it seems like it will live up to the hype.

The Education of Millionaires - Michael Ellsberg. This one, I can't recommend. As always, though, YMMV :)

aprdmonApr 11, 2020

I would actually recommend reading Steve Jobs biography. I know it seems weird but the guy launched products that changed the world. I think seeing how his brain worked with products could help a lot.

I believe a big problem for getting a good product roadmap is very fundamental... we don't truly believe on the products we are working on or in the company we are working for. Is just a bunch of people with no real vision trying to influence one another over ego.

And then you have Sales of course who can actually talk smooth and influence better those who aren't sure about why they do what they do...

fraserharris (1) is about bigger vision. That's what I think makes a good product road map. A vision, extreme focus and caring about it.

emehrkayonNov 12, 2011

I am at this point in the Steve Jobs book. Apple was considering using Windows as well. Bill Gates was furious when Apple bought NeXT, he really wanted Apple to run windows.

BluesteinonJune 21, 2021

"[...] That moving anecdote is one of several that will quicken the pulse of even obsessive Apple watchers. 'Becoming Steve Jobs' enters a crowded body of work devoted to Apple and its idiosyncratic co-founder, dominated of course by Walter Isaacson’s 2011 best seller, 'Steve Jobs.' Although it drags and feels unnecessary for large stretches, this new addition to the Apple pantheon redeems itself with access to key players and their previously untold accounts, thereby presenting a layered portrait of the mercurial Jobs, whose style and personality, the book argues, were constantly evolving, right up to his early death."

SamReidHughesonAug 28, 2017

Also, I got an email because at one point I had tweeted about Shannon:

Dear Sam,

I hope this note finds you well. I noticed that you had tweeted in the past about James Gleick's book "The Information." As it happens, that book inspired a book I've just finished: the first-ever full length biography of the late Bell Labs engineer Claude Shannon.

The book was recently published by Simon & Schuster. I figured I would reach out, given your interest in Bell Labs. We were fortunate to have worked with Alice Mayhew, the editor behind A Beautiful Mind, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, and other books in that genre.

I think you'll enjoy the book and hope you get a chance to check it out!




My new book, A Mind At Play (Simon & Schuster), is available now. It's the story of Claude Shannon, one of the founders of the information revolution—and one of the reasons we can exchange these emails.

andreygrehovonMay 25, 2018

No way?! How confident are you? Anyways, I mentioned Steve Jobs just as an interesting fact. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't personally believe that anybody should be cautious recommending a book. It's a whole separate topic, but in short, can't help one if he's stupid enough to try whatever is on the internet, but I'm glad to share useful information with the smarter one. Otherwise there is no neither progress nor evolution.

DogamondoonOct 14, 2013

Hmmm, I enjoyed this article. Maybe its because it validated potential failure by being able to blame it on not coming from the 'right' background or having the opportunities the article uses as an argument for his success. Upon reflection it's a bit depressing too. After reading Steve Jobs biography the one ingredient in common between both entrepreneurs I seem to lack is that inherent harshness to call a spade a spade and not care about offending people in the process. I can't help but default to finding praise in mediocrity rather than coming down as a tyrant on anything less than perfect. Which behaviour is more outlierish, and is that a trait of the most successful in reality?

aikonDec 26, 2012

Few books from this year:

The New Solution Selling -- The first sales book I ever read and extremely enlightening. It demystified much of the sales process for me.

The Intelligent Investor -- Timeless ideas on investing.

Steve Jobs -- I had no intention of reading this book but found it incredibly interesting. Very insightful.

The Intelligent Entrepreneur -- This book followed 3 HBS grads from pre-HBS to entrepreneur success, and attempted to draw some overarching conclusions on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Very interesting.

Name of the Wind -- The only fully fiction book I read this year. Great book. Waiting on the 3rd to come out before I read the second in the series.

Dreaming in Code -- I'd heard great things about this book but I felt it was very lacking in insight. Some interesting moments but overall a disappointment. Perhaps it is because I read it after ~6 years of professional programming experience + 4 years of school + a number of other programming books?

Teaching Minds -- Roger Schank's latest book on education. In this one he outlines key cognitive abilities that education should be centered around rather than subjects. Very interesting.

A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics -- I had read very little macroeconomics, and this book provided a very readable and quick guide on the basics.

Bounce (by Matthew Syed) -- Great book about how great performers became great performers. This goes back to the nurture vs nature debate, and sides very heavily on the nurture side. Syed was an olympic ping pong player from the UK.

The Willpower Instinct -- I'm still reading this one (with my wife), and find it to be unbelievably insightful. If you have any desires to change any habits or behaviors, this book is incredible.

The Innovator's Solution -- The book after The Innovators Dilemma. Very insightful, just like the previous one.

stevenjonNov 5, 2017


-I loved this book for its humor, everyday practicality, how relatable it felt even without having a background in physics or knowledge about the pranks and experiments he conducted. As well as the book being well-written in the sense that it reads as if you're sitting on the couch with him as he's telling you stories about his life, all with a child-like sense of wonder and enthusiasm about the world.


-I'm interested in the high-finance and fine-art worlds and this book discussed how they both go together - money and art - in an informative, quick-paced way.


-For its humor, honesty, and how well written it was in terms of it being a page turner while also providing you with an insightful account about the high-finance industry.


-It was an entertaining, quick-paced read about the private, high-stakes poker industry with an assortment of participants.


-I thought they were all entertaining reads, while also being insightful about their respective subjects.


-It was an illuminating read to me.

- - -

Separately, these books are on my list to read if anyone has opinions about them:

-Ghost in the Wires by Kevin

-Principles by Ray Dalio

-A Man For All Markets by Edward Thorp

tcbascheonDec 1, 2019

* Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
* Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
* Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

acjonDec 23, 2015

"Chasing the Scream" - a timely and interesting summary of the war on drugs and its (in)effectiveness.

"Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard" - a fun book about fungi from a mycologist with a solid sense of humor.

"On the Move" - Oliver Sacks's biography. Insightful and uplifting, especially if you enjoy writing.

"Ready Player One" - a dystopian cyber thriller. Reminded me of Snow Crash. Good stuff.

"The Last Place on Earth" - a good (if labored) summary of the races to the north and south poles and their geopolitical impacts.

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" - been on my list for years. Long but good.

"Steve Jobs" - needs no introduction. Got me interested in Isaacson's other books.

"Hallucinations" (Oliver Sacks) - insightful analysis of the prevalence and for-reaching effects of hallucination. It's a lot more common (and puzzling) than most of us realize.

vo1donDec 19, 2017

- The Innovator's Dilemma by Clay Christensen

- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

- A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

- The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

- Start with No by Jim Camp

- How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

- The Everything Store by Brad Stone

- The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

justshashankonFeb 5, 2019

+1 to Autobiography of a Yogi. Made lasting impact on my life. This book has a lot of magnetism to it, some agree and some disagree but here are some of my favorite quotes in the book:

"Wisdom is the greatest cleanser."

"Continual intellectual study results in vanity and the false satisfaction of an undigested knowledge"

"In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle."

Other notable books that had an impact on the way I think are:

On The Shortness of Life - Lucius Seneca

Steve Jobs Biography - This was way back before I moved to states and gave me an intro to states as well as S.V

MrTonyDonFeb 16, 2019

What is interesting is that most of Schein's book was based on Steve Jobs (the original draft was almost all Steve, but got rewritten to emphasize Steve much less and other executives much more when Steve complained that the book was just about him. But even when using other executives for his examples, Schein was usually talking about Steve.) And at the time of that book we did none of the things in the article. Really, the book is excellent, but hard to interpret well. If I hadn't been working there at the time I would probably be misinterpreting it too.

craydandyonMay 22, 2019

Here are some that I've enjoyed reading:

Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Kevin Mitnick - Ghost In The Wires

Kenneth Roman - The King of Madison Avenue: David Ogilvy and the Making of Modern Advertising

Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs

Alan Deutschman - The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

James Wallace - Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire

Alice Schroeder - The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Richard Branson - Losing My Virginity

maxxxxxonDec 7, 2017

There is a ton of really detailed technical books about Apollo and the Space Shuttle. Have people stopped writing this kind of book or are there any on the market that look at more modern technology not just from the people's angle but go into the tech? I was deeply disappointed by the Steve Jobs book because it didn't really give any insight how Jobs influenced product development. I would love to read about how the iphone was started and how it was developed and what technical decisions they made. I don't'really care about the people that much.

krelianonJan 25, 2012

As someone who used Windows all their life I can appreciate the unified hardware/software/simplicity model that Apple is offering and can easily see how why the average user would prefer it. After reading Steve Jobs biography I am baffled as to why Apple didn't succeed earlier (at the magnitude they are succeeding now). Were their earlier products really just "not there yet" or was it a marketing problem that got solved by the ipod introducing the Apple way to the masses?

kiryklonJuly 9, 2019

Removal of the function keys actually dates back to Jobs

"When I invited Jobs to take some time away from NeXT to speak to a group of students, he sat in the lotus position in front of my fireplace and wowed us for three hours, as if leading a séance. But then I asked him if he would sign my Apple Extended Keyboard. He burst out: “This keyboard represents everything about Apple that I hate. It's a battleship. Why does it have all these keys? Do you use this F1 key? No.” And with his car keys he pried it right off. “How about this F2 key?” Off they all went. “I'm changing the world, one keyboard at a time,” he concluded in a calmer voice."
[Steve Jurvetson on Steve Jobs 2011-10-06 By Steve Jurvetson.]

jppopeonJune 5, 2021

  - The Charisma Myth. It focuses more on meta skills like projecting presence, but is useful to start seeing non-verbal communication as effective as well
- The Presentation Skills of Steve Jobs. The books is really about presentation skills and then the author layered Steve Jobs on top, but it's a very useful book.
- A quick overview of Amazon's approach to written communication. One thing I will say about Bezos, he understands the overhead of communication in a corporation and focused on streamlining it, there are a bunch of articles but this one is useful: https://networkcapital.substack.com/p/the-amazon-way-of-writing
- I've spent a lot of time reading the sale literature out there and its rough to recommend a book given the way the question is formed but understanding a sales mindset is extremely useful to becoming a better communicator. Zig Zigler "Secrets to closing the sale", Jeffery Gitomer's work, and SPIN selling all come to mind as valuable reads.

jernfrostonMay 24, 2017

Everything is relative I guess. Compared to Norwegian workplace Americans are usually very dressed up even in the tech industry. In our case it had nothing to do with tech industry norms or trying to be efficient. Actually I am highly sceptical to the premise of the article. I think it is wrong. The Bay Area was full of hippies. I'd rather say it was the political movement against conservatism which killed the company dresscode. That would be a more fitting description of what happened in Norway. It was political radicalism among the young in the early 70s. Silicon valley was full of young people heavily indpired by this movement. Just read Steve Jobs biography ;-)

diegoonDec 27, 2011

* Thinking Fast, Slow by Daniel Kahneman

* Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

* Slack, by Tom DeMarco (also re-read Peopleware). Both of these books are fundamental to anyone developing software within an organization.

* Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh. It's not fantastic but it's helpful if you are trying to build a business.

* Tribal Leadership - recommended by the above. Not great but interesting.

* Rework - short read, worth the time.

* Managing Humans by Rands - very entertaining, useful if you manage people.

Other stuff I read is not worth mentioning in a "best books" list.

good_vibesonMar 21, 2017

Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra. Cosmos by Carl Sagan. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

I am Indian-American and know exactly what you mean. I'm currently writing stuff for my 'science project' that hopes to synthesize Eastern and Western, Ancient and Modern schools of thought.

onebaddudeonDec 13, 2013

>"Is he saying that sometimes he does choose what's on the bestseller list?"

Is that a problem for you? Does it make your hipster friends angry?

Let's see what I read from the bestseller's list this year, off the top of my head: Quiet, Thinking Fast and Slow, Devil in the White City, Steve Jobs, and yes, 1 or 2 of the Game of Thrones books. I also read The Corrections, which wasn't on the best-seller list this year, but was definitely hyped in its day (Oprah Book Club! How mainstream!)

In fact, I make an effort to read the bestsellers lists for ideas. It makes me more well-read, not less.

sciguy77onNov 24, 2015

When I was in middle school a kid got suspended for bringing a paper mache firework to class (basically just a fist-sized cylinder with a wick). It turns out it was completely hollow and didn't contain any black powder, but he still got a suspension since it looked like a bomb. The kid was white.
Islamophobia is very much a real problem, but it seems reasonable that any kid in the same situation might get in trouble as well.
I haven't read the Steve Jobs book in awhile, but didn't Wozniak bring a metronome to his high school that they mistook for a bomb?
Again, I'm not saying racism and Islomophobia in our school system don't exist, but there's a long history of educators mistaking harmless devices for explosives, and I think its a tad presumptuous to say that this issue is only about race.
Just my 2c.

stevenjonDec 25, 2012

"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Walter-Isaacson/dp/14516485...

"Liar's Poker" by Michael Lewis http://www.amazon.com/Liars-Poker-Michael-Lewis/dp/039333869...

"Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" by Edwin Lefevre http://www.amazon.com/Reminiscences-Stock-Operator-Commentar...

"The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods" by Hank Haney http://www.amazon.com/Big-Miss-Years-Coaching-Tiger/dp/03079...

"The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time" by Michael Craig http://www.amazon.com/Professor-Banker-Suicide-King-Richest/...

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