Book Summaries

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Working Backwards

Working Backwards is the first book that explains how Amazon really works.

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Range

Range is a mediocre 2019 book by David Epstein that argues for the merits of being a generalist. Read this summary instead of the book, and subscribe to Epstein's newsletter instead.

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What The CEO Wants You To Know

Ram Charan's 2001 book on business principles is probably the best concise introduction to how a business works.

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How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World

Neil Irwin's 2019 book How to Win is a tactical book on career planning in a the face of macro-economic change.

  
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Follow Your Nose

Why it's probably a good idea to keep a list of questions in your head. Also how I find topics to write about.


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The Base Rate Is A Hell of A Thing

Respecting the base rate means figuring out what the odds of an outcome is, and assuming that it applies to you. Here's what that looks like when used as a thinking technique.


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What's Your Time Preference?

Why thinking long term can lead to a competitive advantage, and what that looks like in business and in careers.