40 Recommended Books — Sam Altman

Samuel H. “Sam” Altman is an American entrepreneur, programmer, venture capitalist and blogger. He is the president of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI. Wikipedia

  1. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  2. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  4. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos, Leo Janos
  5. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure) by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel
  6. Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor: The complex history of a simple reactor technology, with emphasis on its scientific bases for non-specialists by Charles E. Till, Yoon Il Chang
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions) by Oscar Wilde
  8. Powering the Future: How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow by Robert B. Laughlin
  9. Call Me by Your Name: A Novel by André Aciman
  10. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
  11. Einstein — His Life And Universe by Walter Isaacson
  12. Anna Karenina (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) by Leo Tolstoy, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky, John Bayley
  13. Hacking Sales: The Playbook for Building a High Velocity Sales Machine by Max Altschuler
  14. The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  15. The Trial of Socrates by I.F. Stone
  16. Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
  17. A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life by J. Craig Venter
  18. Zero to One by Peter Thiel , Blake Masters
  19. Fundamentals of Plasma Physics by Paul M. Bellan
  20. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  21. Hunger of Memory : The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard Rodriguez
  22. The Fall by Albert Camus, Justin O’Brien
  23. Pandaemonium: The Coming of the Machine As Seen by Contemporary Observers, 1660–1886 by Humphrey Jennings, Mary-Lou Jennings, Charles Madge
  24. Legend of Henry Ford by Keith Sward
  25. The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer by Charles J. Murray
  26. The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (Modern Library Classics) by James Madison
  27. Molecular Biology of the Cell by Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff
  28. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  29. The Principia : Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton
  30. Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael A. Hiltzik
  31. Republic (Hackett Classics) by Plato
  32. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Munro
  33. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
  34. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh
  35. Winning by Jack Welch
  36. The ART OF WAR FOR LOVERS by Connell Cowan
  37. Solution Selling: Creating Buyers in Difficult Selling Markets by Michael Bosworth
  38. Hold ’em Poker: For Advanced Players by David Sklansky
  39. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
  40. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard






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