Archive for January, 2010


The Accidental Billionaires

Title: The Accidental Billionaires
Author: Ben Mezrich
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing
ISBN: 9780385529372

 

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The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leagues, trying to increase their chances with opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends, outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a less-than-smooth with female population.

Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance and sexual success was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order, which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom. One lonely night, Mark hacked into the university’s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympics rowers makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship, faint cracks which soon ruptured. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.

The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocent lost and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

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Title: The Accidental Billionaires
Author: Ben Mezrich
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing
ISBN: 9780385529372

 

Back Cover text
The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leagues, trying to increase their chances with opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends, outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a less-than-smooth with female population.

Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance and sexual success was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order, which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom. One lonely night, Mark hacked into the university’s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympics rowers makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship, faint cracks which soon ruptured. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.

The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocent lost and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

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Title: A Gift To My children
Author: Jim Rogers
Publisher: John Wiley
ISBN: 9780470742686

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When I was a boy, my father often pulled me aside to convey lessons intended to build what we generally refer to as “character”. Often his advice was very simple, work hard, think for yourself, do right by others but I believe those lessons provided the foundation for everything that has followed in my life. Now that I’m dad myself, I wanted to put them down in one place, with examples of my own experiences, as a guide to life, adventure, and investing, both for my young daughters and for anyone seeking success in his or her chosen field. I hope that parents will be inspired to give this book to their children, and vice versa, as many of the lessons that I have learned apply not just to young people but to all adults, for example, question everything, never follow the crowd, and beware of boys!

How To Save Your Own Life

Title: How To Save Your Own Life
Author: Michael Gates Gill
Publisher: Gotham Books
ISBN: 9781592405213



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The author of the New York Times bestseller How Startbucks Saved My Life shares inspiring lessons on finding true happiness at any age and any stage of life.

 In his heartwarming memoir How Starbucks Saved My Life, Michael Gates Gill shared the story of starting life over in his fifties. As he travelled the country speaking about his first book. he found that certain parts of his story especially resonated with readers. the response he got wan overwhelming and some people even thanked him bu saying, “mike, your story literally saved my life.”

In How to Save Your Own Life, Michael has distilled his wisdom into fifteen meaningful lessons on weathering downturns at any age, including:

  • Leap…with Faith – When Crystal, a young Starbucks manager, approached Michael as he was hiding behind his briefcase in her store and offered him a job he replied “Yes!” without thinking. That very small word was the key to turning his life around. 
  • Look..with Respect at Every Individual You See – As a a boy growing up in Mew York City, Mike was told, “Don’t make eye contact.” But Mike’s Starbucks experience opened his eyes to the possibility that every individual you meet, no matter how outwardly different, has the potential to uplift your life. 
  • Lose..Your Watch (and Cell Phone and PDA) – Many of us literally never stop working, checking the PDA for e-mails and surfing the Web for news that affects our businesses at all times of the day. Slow down! Our time on earth is limited and we need to find balance.

Michael shows readers how he discovered true happiness and how they can do the same. It lies not in yielding to ‘fate’, but in finding the strength to reach out and help others and to start our lives anew.

Michael Gates Gill also wrote the book How Starbucks Saved My Life

Title: How To Save Your Own Life
Author: Michael Gates Gill
Publisher: Gotham Books
ISBN: 9781592405213



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The author of the New York Times bestseller How Startbucks Saved My Life shares inspiring lessons on finding true happiness at any age and any stage of life.

 In his heartwarming memoir How Starbucks Saved My Life, Michael Gates Gill shared the story of starting life over in his fifties. As he travelled the country speaking about his first book. he found that certain parts of his story especially resonated with readers. the response he got wan overwhelming and some people even thanked him bu saying, “mike, your story literally saved my life.”

In How to Save Your Own Life, Michael has distilled his wisdom into fifteen meaningful lessons on weathering downturns at any age, including:

  • Leap…with Faith – When Crystal, a young Starbucks manager, approached Michael as he was hiding behind his briefcase in her store and offered him a job he replied “Yes!” without thinking. That very small word was the key to turning his life around. 
  • Look..with Respect at Every Individual You See – As a a boy growing up in Mew York City, Mike was told, “Don’t make eye contact.” But Mike’s Starbucks experience opened his eyes to the possibility that every individual you meet, no matter how outwardly different, has the potential to uplift your life. 
  • Lose..Your Watch (and Cell Phone and PDA) – Many of us literally never stop working, checking the PDA for e-mails and surfing the Web for news that affects our businesses at all times of the day. Slow down! Our time on earth is limited and we need to find balance.

Michael shows readers how he discovered true happiness and how they can do the same. It lies not in yielding to ‘fate’, but in finding the strength to reach out and help others and to start our lives anew.

Michael Gates Gill also wrote the book How Starbucks Saved My Life

Googled

Title: Googled
Author: Ken Auletta
Publisher: Virgin Books
ISBN: 9780753522424

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There are companies that create waves and those that ride or are drowned by them. Bestselling author, Ken Auletta, takes readers for a ride on the Google wave, telling the story of how it formed and crashed into traditional media businesses from newspapers to books, to television, to movies, to telephones, to advertising, to Microsoft and how hopes to become the world’s first $100 billion media company.

Auletta gained unprecedented access to Google’s notoriously private founders, Larry Page and Sergery Brin, as well as to those who work with and against, them. Using Google as a stand in for the fullest account ever told of Google’s rise, shares the recipe of their ‘secret sauce’ and shows why the worlds of ‘new’ and ‘old’ media often communicate as if residents of different planets.

Yet there are many obstacles that threaten Google’s future, and opposition from media companies and government regulators may be the least of these. Google faces internal threats too, from its burgeoning size to losing focus to hubris. In the coming years, Google faith in mathematical formulas and slide rule logic will be tested to limit.

Distilling the knowledge accrued from a career covering media, Auletta presents a revealing, forward looking examination of the outsized influence Google has had on the changing media landscape and offers insights into what we know, and don’t know, about what the future holds for an imperiled industry.

What I’ve Bought!!

1. The Secrets of Happiness, Richard Schoch
2. The Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich
3. A Gift To My Children, Jim Rogers
4. How To Save Your Own Life, Michael Gates Gill
5. The Princess And The Frog: Graphic Novel
6. Googled : The End of The World As We Know It, Ken Auletta

Title: The Success Principles
Author: Jack Canfield
Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780060594893

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Jack Canfield, cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, turns to the principles he’s studied, taught, and lived for more than 30 years in this practical and inspiring guide that will help any aspiring person get from where they are to where they want to be.

The Success Principles will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life beyond your wildest dreams!

Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEOs, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people. The success Principles will give you the proven blueprint you need to achieve any goal you desire.
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Fiction 

1. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
2. Path of Glory, Jeffrey Archer
3. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
4. Between The Assassinations, Aravind Adiga
5. Have A Little Faith, Mitch Albom
6. Ford County, John Grisham
7. Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
8. Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella
9. The Gift, Cecelia Ahern
10. Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Non-Fiction

1. Superfreakonomics, Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
2. Wristwatch Annual 2010: The Catalog, Peter Braun & Elizabeth Doerr
3. What The Dog Saw, and Other Adventures, Malcolm Gladwell
4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink
5. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage: Elizabeth Gilbert
6. Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success: Richard Templar
7. Stones Into Schools, Greg Mortenson & Mike Bryan
8. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollen
9. Happiness Perscription: The Seven Keys To A Life of Joy And Fulfillment, Deepak Chopra
10. The Tropical House: Cutting Edge Design In The Philippines, Elizabeth Reyes & Luca Invernizzi

Kinokuniya, Kuala Lumpur
Fiction 

1. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
2. Path of Glory, Jeffrey Archer
3. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
4. Between The Assassinations, Aravind Adiga
5. Have A Little Faith, Mitch Albom
6. Ford County, John Grisham
7. Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
8. Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella
9. The Gift, Cecelia Ahern
10. Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Non-Fiction

1. Superfreakonomics, Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
2. Wristwatch Annual 2010: The Catalog, Peter Braun & Elizabeth Doerr
3. What The Dog Saw, and Other Adventures, Malcolm Gladwell
4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink
5. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage: Elizabeth Gilbert
6. Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success: Richard Templar
7. Stones Into Schools, Greg Mortenson & Mike Bryan
8. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollen
9. Happiness Perscription: The Seven Keys To A Life of Joy And Fulfillment, Deepak Chopra
10. The Tropical House: Cutting Edge Design In The Philippines, Elizabeth Reyes & Luca Invernizzi