Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

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5 Book Recommendations by Fred Wilson

  • Out

    Natsuo Kirino

    After strangling her husband, Masako Katori, a middle-aged wife and mother working the night shift at a Tokyo factory, enlists the aid of four co-workers to conceal the crime. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

    @mayarodale @aweissman @naomics2 I'm digging into the Japanese Crime Thriller genre this year on the beach https://t.co/z4ev2EuC9i

  • Slugfest

    Reed Tucker

    @albertwenger @pmarca Several of which are now on my Kindle. I'm particularly excited about Slugfest https://t.co/R1NNNYmyGP

  • Grit

    Angela Duckworth

    In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People). The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. “Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (The New York Times Book Review). Among Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal; grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).

    we have a new colleague at @usv this week and i have some books to read. "Grit by Angela Duckworth, Decision Traps by J. Edward Russo, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Shantaram" https://t.co/2wSvl0VgIy

  • In this Second Edition of this radical social history of America from Columbus to the present, Howard Zinn includes substantial coverage of the Carter, Reagan and Bush years and an Afterword on the Clinton presidency. Its commitment and vigorous style mean it will be compelling reading for under-graduate and post-graduate students and scholars in American social history and American studies, as well as the general reader.

    we have a new colleague at @usv this week and i have some books to read. "Grit by Angela Duckworth, Decision Traps by J. Edward Russo, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Shantaram" https://t.co/2wSvl0VgIy

  • Decision Traps

    Edward Russo

    Two experts in business management show how to avoid the ten common pitfalls that ensanre decision makers. The very latest research in the fields of business and psychology has been distilled into practical training methods that will save readers from ever making a bad decision again.

    we have a new colleague at @usv this week and i have some books to read. "Grit by Angela Duckworth, Decision Traps by J. Edward Russo, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Shantaram" https://t.co/2wSvl0VgIy