Hacker News Books - Week #20
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Hacker News Books Weekly 2021 #20

1. Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (Princeton Studies in Political Behavior, 4)

2. The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalog and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

3. Practical Signal Processing

I've been thinking a lot about how to apply FFTs to neural networks.

4. No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

At Netflix, they say “no brilliant jerks” because they will “rip your organization apart from the inside”.

5. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

6. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces

Looks at the history of how the war on drugs, among other things, has contributed to the rise in military equipment and tactics being used at the local level.

7. Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (P.S.)

This book helped change the way I think about technology... it's about the Amish.

8. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

9. Inner Game Of Tennis

Whilst it's technically a tennis coaching book, the tennis is really just an example to explain bigger things.

10. The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas: Illustrated Adventures along the West Coast's Historic Highways

A beautifully drawn book... I've spent so many blissful hours daydreaming/researching about road trips.

11. Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World

12. The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War

13. A Philosophy of Walking

14. The Future of Fusion Energy

A good summary of the current state of the field. It's written by two fusion researchers and is legit.

15. Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup

16. The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics

17. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Explains the method of science.

18. UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

I found this book to be a good take that avoids hyperbole and tries to stick to the evidence and facts.

19. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

I highly recommend the techniques in the book. You may even find yourself a job you're excited about through the process of talking to people about what they do.

20. New Horizons in Geometry (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions)

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