These are personal notes taken from books I have read. They are not summaries or reviews of the books, but rather they contain points that I found interesting. I rework these points for my own understanding and, at times, include my own thoughts.
I continuously update my notes.
Date finished: 12 Apr 2023
Amazing book written by a couple who studied History for their entire lives. The Durants present what History taught them about topics like Equality, Religion, Economics, and Government in short chapters. While compact, I found it incredibly insightful and powerfully calming to read. The most profound realization for me was that human society is in constant flux and that we have been in social-economic-political situations similar to today's many times in the past.
Date finished: 05 Apr 2023
Opinionated book on startups, companies, businesses. An inspiring read with a positive outlook on the future, that encourages taking ownership of your life and making the best out of it. A refreshing contrast to the "accept what is" western-neobuddhism style that seems to be popular the past decade.
Date finished: 26 Feb 2023
Showing your work publicly is the best way to connect with people who are passionate about the same things as you. It helps you invent yourself, lets your fans find you, and helps you improve at what you do. People who you look up to probably share their work as part of their routine.
Date finished: 15 Nov 2022
A very short, easy to read, beautiful, honest book. Derek shares some of the lessons he learned through his journey of creating, growing, and finally selling his company CD Baby. The book feels incredibly honest and simple. Just read it. You will smile many times, and nod your head in agreement several others.
Date finished: 14 Nov 2022
A charming and witty narration of various events from Franklin's life, with nuggets of wisdom often hidden among light-hearted puns and jokes.
Date finished: 06 Nov 2022
This book takes a classic problem in Game Theory, the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, and uses it to examine how cooperation emerges in societies. It is a very enjoyable read since there is no fluff in it. The author explains the experiments he did, presents the outcomes, and then tries to interpret and explain them. Incredible insights arise from this simple approach, including how cooperation can emerge among egoists, what can we do to encourage cooperation, and when you shouldn't even try to cooperate.