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Reddit reviews: The best rich & famous biographies

We found 260 Reddit comments discussing the best rich & famous biographies. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 89 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Rich & Famous Biographies:

u/Guidonculous · 1 pointr/audiophile

Dude, please stop.

The Walter Isaacson biography was a complete disaster. If that's the best thing you've read about Apple its very clear why you are so misinformed. Isaacson had never worked with Jobs prior, and had NO understanding of the material he was covering. Many people who knew Steve well guessed he did this intentionally to add to his mystique.

https://daringfireball.net/2012/02/walter_isaacson_steve_jobs

https://daringfireball.net/2011/11/getting_steve_jobs_wrong

If you'd like to read a high quality biography by two journalists who had worked closely with Jobs for over 40 years and watched Jobs grow as a human and CEO, it's called Becoming Steve Jobs.
https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Steve-Jobs-Evolution-Visionary/dp/0385347405

The author which the book is written from the perspective of had spent many a late Sunday night with Jobs processing what had happened the week prior in off the record conversations. It's excellent, and it actually explains why his time with NeXT was necessary, why NeXT is the core of everything Apple has done since, and what happened at Pixar, which were all completely glossed over by Isaacson

How does Chromecast work: "Chromecast acts as a transmitter between your TV and your streaming video provider, like a cable box or an antenna. Netflix (or YouTube, or Hulu, or Google Play) broadcasts content to your Chromecast, which then displays on your TV. To learn how to use it with a mobile device, consult the Tom's Guide how-to." and "Chromecast has access to video and audio content from many services. Google keeps track of many of these on its official site, although there is no comprehensive list. Ever since Google released the software development kit for Chromecast, new apps have been springing up frequently, so keep an eye out for more apps."

In 2014 Google released an SDK which allowed for 3rd parties to develop apps which scan content on your phone and allow you to play stream it locally. None of these Apps are first party, and all of them require developer support.

In contrast, AirPlay works at the OS level, so absolutely any content which can display or playback on my device can be streamed via AirPlay, without support from 3rd parties. In practice, this means I can use my AppleTV as a true second display for my monitor, and can stream games to it to play on my TV, or can be streaming something while also playing the game on my computer.

Additionally, AirPlay will work with content which is explicitly attempting to block streaming, and thus could not work with Chromecast. As an example, prior to HBO Go, HBO attempted to block streaming, but I could use AirPlay anyway. TNT followed suit, and I was able to watch TNT from my iPad for 4 years before they decided to make a proper app.

You are correct that iOS devices only let you stream to 1 device at a time. AirPlay actually has been capable of more, as you've been able to AirPlay to multiple devices at once from iTunes for over a decade. I'm not sure why you are saying Chromecast can do this functionality, because according to reality and Google themselves, you cannot. https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chromecast/K7peQRnrF4Q

AirPlay 2 will play to multiple devices at once, but it actually goes a step further enabling multi-room and scene support through HomeKit. This is not a rumor, as Apple explicitly laid out this functionality in their keynote, which you clearly have not watched.

I have no idea why you are brining up 4k TVs and Chromebooks, I'm glad you enjoy the products. By the way, if you think your pictures look good on a 4k TV, you should see how they look on the P3 5k iMac display which offers a few extra hundred million colors over the nicest OLED 4K TV money can buy.

As for Chromebooks in school, I'm sorry your school has no regards for your students privacy. https://www.thatoldnews.site/news/2017/4/21/the-cost-of-free?rq=chromebooks

Chromebooks are a nice thin client, and I'm very happy your wife is enjoying hers. They can become a much more useful machine if you decide to install linux on them. https://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

Apple still does very well in the education market, and when I was helping teach some 5 year olds to code, we asked them to draw a computer. They all drew iPads. Also, more important than what people are forced to use for free is what they choose to buy with their own money. MacBooks still dominate college campuses and coffee houses, so your fears might be a tad off base. Regardless, you seem to be pulling at straws here though, because this couldn't be more off topic.

So, in summary, no I do not need to rewrite my meticulously researched book which includes an Appendix to the over 1,000 reviews and product breakdowns I link to and source throughout the book. It includes the most in-depth review\breakdown as well as a video review for every major product revision (hardware and software) since 2004.

For someone your age, it is very concerning you have not learned how to grasp when someone is more knowledgeable on a topic than you and be willing to learn from them. I'm not sure how old you think I am, but it's likely far older than you're guessing. That said, it couldn't be a less relevant point in any conversation, so I'm not going to get involved in your pissing contests.

At literally every stage of this conversation you have shown yourself to be well outside of your depth. I will no longer be replying to your comments until it becomes clear you've taken the time to be a rational player in this conversation.

u/7FigureMarketer · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

You should be more specific about what you're hoping to learn. There are thousands of resources out there in regards to entrepreneurship, marketing, website development & eCommerce. You could find pretty much anything you want if you phrase it correctly.

Example Searches

  • How to setup Facebook ads
  • How to start a business under $1,000
  • Growth hacking (tips and tricks on growing your business fast)
  • How to build a wordpress website + top wordpress plugins
  • How to create a landing page
  • Best community bulletin board software
  • How to build a Facebook group
  • How to create YouTube videos

    ​

    You can just keep going from there.

    The basics of what you'll need, assuming you know nothing (which I doubt) would be this.

  • How to build a website (wordpress, html, Wix, Squarespace, .etc)
  • How to build an audience (paid + organic, FB + Google + Instagram + Pinterest + YouTube + Reddit)

    Everything else you just figure out along the way based on how you want to monetize your audience and quite honestly, no book is going to help you figure that out.

    You'll learn a lot more just hanging out on Reddit and watching YouTube videos on the subject matter that's next on your checklist. Books are almost purely inspirational at this point and I think we can agree there are plenty of Podcasts that will help you find inspiration (and skill), such as The Top (Nathan Latka) or Mixergy

    If you study hustlers you'll get all the information and inspiration you could ever hope for. Read or watch anything from Noah Kagan (AppSumo). No one does it better than him. Ryan Holiday (not an affiliate link) is another favorite of mine. There are also some older Tim Ferriss articles that really talk about how you approach certain businesses.

    Like I said, man. It's all out there. You don't need to pay $1 for information, you just have to know what to look for and if you listen to a few podcasts or read a few beginner articles you'll figure out pretty quickly the steps you need to take next.

    ​

    Some Books I Like (no affiliate links)

  • The Obstacle Is The Way: Ryan Holiday
  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness of Crowds: Charles Mackay
  • Secrets Of A Master Closer: Mike Kaplan
  • Hooked: Nir Eyal
  • The Art Of Learning: Josh Waitzken
  • The 4 Hour Workweek: Tim Ferriss (Maybe the best entrepreneur book of all time)
  • Pitch Anything: Oren Klaff
  • The Gambler: William C. Rempel
  • and of course...How To Win Friends & Influence People: Dale Carnegie (everyone MUST read this book)
u/EdmondDantes71 · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

There seems to be a lot mindless hate here toward him, but being halfway through his biography, The Snowball i see him as a brilliant, humble and rational man, who admires honesty above all things. The hatred we seem to have towards the banking industry culture (and also large investors by association) is vastly different to the way Buffet has approached his life, and i don't mean just by living frugally.

Read the chapter on Salomon where a large financial co in 1991 was thoroughly mismanaged and almost went under. It had a casino like approach (sound familiar?), and whole branches of employees who still expected to be paid huge bonuses as the co was almost going under. The way Buffet approached this when he was made interim president was something quite eye opening considering this all happened in 91.

He has always argued that the rich pay too little taxes. The anecdote about his secretary is something he's been talking about for decades (and not just now when Obama is trying to use some of Buffet's clout to push for these tax increases). He's also consistently argued that capital gains tax should be increased and that the estate tax should never have been reduced/eliminated. He is a big belief that America should never develop a rich class, and that the society created and funded by the government that allowed the rich to get rich in the first place should be given to every one and every generation. The ovarian lottery concept is something i always bring up to those who believe that they earned everything on their on merit (next time someone argues for tax cuts for the rich ask them whether if they had a choice where they were born would they choose to be born in the US with taxes or be born in Bangladesh and pay no tax).

Even some of his conduct has helped shaped financial systems for the better, like making Coca Cola (who hes on the board for) be one of the first companies to put stock options for management on the books. This helped other big co came around and it eventually became mandatory (The very fact that it was optional before seems ludicrous, and shows the many ways the financial industry simply views regulations as constraints on maximizing profit rather than the rules that govern a system to ensure it works efficiently)

There a whole lot of other stuff and I really recommend people read that book (though it is long), merely for a glance at how it is possible to be a moral and ethical investor and manager. It's obviously slanted toward showing him in a favourable light but that doesn't negate any of the good he's done (and i havent even mentioned the philanthropic work hes doing with Gates, or the fact hes giving nearly all of his money away upon his death)

u/kfh227 · 1 pointr/Divorce



4. Hang out with people that are legitimately loved by others.


As depicted in Buffett's biography, "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life," Buffett once was asked by Georgia Tech students about his greatest success and greatest failure, to which he responded: "When you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you." He adds, "I know people who have a lot of money ... but the truth is that nobody in the world loves them....that's the ultimate test of how you have lived your life." Buffett nails it with one final statement on the secret to being loved: "The trouble with love is that you can't buy it ... The only way to get love is to be lovable ... The more you give love away, the more you get."

u/milkplantation · 1 pointr/nba

Jordan was absolutely not a leader. I stand by that. Pick up a copy and read The Jordan Rules or Blood On The Horns and I think you'll agree. Was he the Chicago Bulls best player? Absolutely. But this guy punched Steve Kerr in the face, never spoke a word to Dennis Rodman, punched Will Purdue in the face a couple of times, was a dick to and tried to sabotage the career of Bill Cartwright, conned Pippen out of some money, etc. If Jordan played under the watchful eye of today's media, featuring Twitter and Reddit, he would be known as a locker room cancer.

The "myth" is that it was Jordan that won those championships. He went 1-9 in playoff games without Scottie Pippen. To make matters more interesting, Pippen and the Bulls won 55 without Jordan and made the game 7 of the 1993 WCF. MJ played six seasons without winning a championship. Would he have been able to get a ring without his supporting cast and the systems of Phil Jackson? Sure. One? Maybe two? But it's a myth that those Bulls won six championships because of Jordan. One would be more justified suggesting Jordan won six rings because of those Bulls and Phil Jackson.

Edit: Just want to add that I feel like Phil Jackson's systems, and MJ buying into said systems, is what moved Jordan from best of his era, to arguably best of all time. My point with all of this wasn't to further expose MJ, it was to suggest that great players (such as WB) need to buy into quality systems to transcend into elite/generational talents.

u/JediLibrarian · 19 pointsr/chess

Ooooh, a question near and dear to my heart. I don't think you'll find many chess books without annotated games, but you can certainly find chess books where biography and context are at least just as important. In my opinion, the best books in this category are almost all published by McFarland and Co. If you browse Amazon, look for books by Andy Soltis or Edward Winter. If you're looking for a specific player or era, let me know. I've bought and read lots of chess biographies.

Here's my top 5 so far:

Soviet Chess 1917-1991 (Andy Soltis)

Life and Games of Mikhail Tal (Mikhail Tal)

Endgame (Frank Brady)

Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion (Andy Soltis)

William Steinitz, Chess Champion: A Biography of the Bohemian Caesar (Kurt Landsberger)

u/jmaistre · 5 pointsr/history

I'd suggest reading Anatomy of a Revolution. The author goes a bit too far with his model, but in general, he makes a convincing case that revolutions do not happen when people are really oppressed, but rather, they happen when a group as acquired latent power that is not yet formally recognized.

So in general, I think the causal chain goes the other way. People see an opportunity to gain an advantage -- Virginians wanted access to Western lands, Boston merchants wanted a continuation of low taxes and loose enforcement of the Navigation Acts -- and then they craft a narrative about how terribly oppressed they are.

Since the revolutionaries won the war, and many loyalists were driven underground or to Canada, they got to write the history books. The narrative thus was far more anti-Britain and anti-monarchist than was really warranted based on the facts of what happened.

> Also, how did the colonials expect taxation (which was low anyway) with representation to work?

From what I've gathered, they never expected representation in British Parliament to happen, that was never a serious claim and both sides knew it. What they wanted was no taxation.

> Long story short, they weren't being denied any rights that extended to anyone other than the wealthy. So why?

Some of the populist support for the revolution came because the very wealthy were allied with the British government. So for instance, in Virginia, the poorer, back-country folk were inspired by Patrick Henry's calls for democracy, and saw both the wealthy eastern elite and the British government as standing in their way.

Also, don't underestimate the ability of twenty-year old men with guns to be spoiling for a fight, and ready to listen to any silver tongued orator who inspires them go fight against a great oppressor.

I also highly recommend Albert Beveridge's The Life of John Marshall. It's a very human and three-dimensional look at the early years of the republic. He describes the early call to arms:

> Thomas Marshall's minister, Mr. Thompson, preached militant preparation; Parliament had deprived the colonists of "their just and legal rights" by acts which were "destructive of their liberties," thundered the parson; it had "overawed the inhabitants by British troops," loaded "great hardships" upon the people, and "reduced the poor to great want." The preacher exhorted his flock "as men and Christians" to help "supply the country with arms and ammunition,"
>
> When news of Concord and Lexington finally trickled through to upper Virginia, it found the men of her hills and mountains in grim readiness; and when, soon after, Henry's flaming words came to them, they were ready and eager to make those words good with their lives.






u/TOADSTOOL__SURPRISE · 8 pointsr/reddeadredemption2

Yoo idk this isn’t really related, but my grandfather played poker for a living...(I believe he finished top ten in the 1996 World Series of poker)...but he gave me a book when I was a kid..idk what it was called, but it was about a guy named Amarillo Slim...he was a hustler in the Wild West...and I think you would thoroughly enjoy reading about him.

Edit: Here it is!!!

Amarillo Slim: In A World Full Of Fat People

I literally have like three tokens on my amazon account for free audiobooks, and I know it’s possible for me to somehow gift audiobooks to people...if you’re interested I’ll get it and see if I can find out how to send it to you!

u/Beren- · 8 pointsr/SecurityAnalysis
u/severoon · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

This is really interesting to me because there are opposite claims here that are both clearly true when put into different circumstances.

One claim is that people can't really tell the difference between fancy wine and cheap wine, red or white, etc. And you can easily design a study that shows that.

But then you go and watch a documentary like Somm that follows people training to take the most rigorous test on the planet that includes wine tasting, and it suddenly becomes clear that all humans have the capacity to differentiate very subtle flavor-aroma combinations.

If you read Robert M. Parker, Jr's biography (a famous supertaster in the wine world), there's a point where he and his biographer attend a private wine event hosted by a very wealthy wine collector (something that happens relatively often if you're Robert M. Parker, Jr.). At the event, waiters flit about the room with trays of wine glasses, and the glasses are all labeled with numbers. You pick one, taste it, write down what you think, repeat. At the end of the evening, they reveal the wines.

The biographer describes Parker nailing not only the varietal (type of grape or grape blend), but region, age, and other characteristics of pretty much every wine. Most amazingly, in one case he tasted from the glass and said something along the lines of, "Wow, I had a feeling this one would age like this!" Turns out he had tasted this wine when it was first released like 12 years before and recognized it based on the fact that it had evolved in the bottle exactly the way he thought it would. He "called the label"–winery, varietal, vineyard, and year.

His biographer writes how he found this superhuman, and he commented on it to one of Parker's good friends at some point later. The friend replied along the lines of, "It is amazing when you point it out, but you tend to forget because he does it all the time."

The point of this is to say: I don't believe these studies that say people can't tell the difference. It doesn't square with my experience, and the way the studies are designed is bad science. They seem to be testing "Can you fool people into thinking red wine is white wine?" and that's quite a different thing than asking if people can differentiate between red and white. Note that a scientific study is supposed to validate a hypothesis by trying hard to disprove it, not by trying to prove it, and that's the problem with all of these studies. These studies should be designed to challenge the hypothesis, not challenge the subjects in the studies.

u/sphazpou · 1 pointr/randomactsofamazon

Awesome first contest!! My item is Breakout - The Great Prison Escapes - Alcatraz, Billy the Kid, John ... http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00COKPJO6/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_l6Mltb0NWQ0R3

I love true crime biographies and stories etc.
This one looks like a really good kindle book!

I hope it makes sense since my sleeping meds are making me woozy. Good luck everything!

u/Aussie-Nerd · 415 pointsr/movies

I have Stan Lee's memoir (It's a comic, of course. See here.)

I wanted to share a few bits of it about Joan.

Stan: To appreciate my reaction to seeing Joan^^for ^^the ^^first ^^time, you have to understand that I'd been drawing her for years! She was my dream girl, you see. I did countless drawings of her over the years -- and I'm not even an artist!

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There I was in 1947 and I was a few days shy of my 25^th birthday. And what a birthday present I got. A friend set me up for a blind date with a model! I had no idea what to expect. That's kind of the point of blind dates, I guess. After three years at army camps, I couldn't wait to see her. She wasn't just a her, she was a vision!

She wasn't even the model I was suppose to meet!

Stan: Her name is Joan Bocock. British. From a place called Newcastle Upon Tyne.
I... fell in love with her the moment I saw her.

(flashback to the past)
Stan: I think I'm in love with you!
Joan: Well, isn't that sweet.
Stan: You want to go out? Right now?
Joan: Wait.... are you the fellow who's supposed to be dating Betty?
Stan: Who?

I never actually met Betty. In a short time, Joanie and I were going steady. One of our favourite places to go was the beach. We loved the beach. Finally after a couple of dates, we just knew we were going to get married.

Here is the problem: Technically, Joanie was still married to someone else.

-----------------------

Later

Stan: Mum, Dad. This is Joanie.... My Wife.
Mum: Welcome to the family ! I always wanted a daughter!
Dad (to Stan): Good job son, she's gorgeous.

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Stan met Joanie in 1947 and he fell in love with her instantly. They had been married for 70 years, before Joanie died. I cannot fathom the hurt Stan may be feeling right now, but the fact he had 70 years with his dream girl has got to be amazing.

u/dventimi · 1 pointr/politics

> Yes. There is two funds [sic]

Then why didn't you say so earlier? You lose credibility when you leave out important parts of the story. It makes me wonder if you knew about the other trust fund before I told you. After all, your comments so far haven't ruled out that possibility. If it turns out that I have to teach you about basic details like this, then this is what's going to make me feel like I'm explaining quantum physics to a layperson. I'll have to tap reserves of patience that I confess I may not have.

> but they have zero dollars in them at the end of the year.

Not according to the program's Trustees (page 46):

"The total assets of the trust fund amounted to $220.4 billion on
December 31, 2012. During calendar year 2013, total revenue
amounted to $251.1 billion, and total expenditures were
$266.2 billion. Total assets thus decreased by $15.0 billion during the
year to $205.4 billion on December 31, 2013."


> Medicare is a drain on the general fund.

You're starting to repeat mantras, like talismans against a rising tide of evidence, or like a Christian true believer trying to ward off the vicissitudes of history.

> He has a book

All sorts of people have books. That hardly means anything. But a link to the relevant writing would be useful.

> here he is on Stewart during his tour

In which visit he asserts many things that are highly debatable yet fails to say anything about Medicare.

As for the "60 Minutes" video that you linked to (thanks for that, by the way, I mean it), I haven't got time to view it now but will get to it in a bit.

u/StarWolve · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

Here's a list, off the top of my head - I know all these are on my bookshelf, but I'm probably missing a few more:

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club by Sonny Barger

Freedom: Credos from the Road by Sonny Barger

Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories by Ralph Sonny Barger

Dead in 5 Heartbeats by Sonny Barger

Under and Alone by William Queen

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library) by Hunter S. Thompson

Street Justice by Chuck Zito

The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club by Bill Hayes

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart

The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa by Neil Peart

Against the Wind: A Rider's Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally by Ron Ayres

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

Honda CB750: The Complete Story by Mark Haycoc

Shovelhead Red The Drifter's Way by Roy Yelverton

Shovelhead Red-Ridin' Out by Roy Yelverton

A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performan​ce Motorcycle Riding by Keith Code

Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques by Lee Parks


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig - Still my favorite. A high school english teacher bought it for me when he found out I had just passed my motorcycle road test. I've read it at least 15 times, and get something new from it each time.


But the best recommendation - Buy the FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL for your bike and read it. Read it often, until you can almost turn to the exact page for each procedure.

u/Logical_Phallusy · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Good question... he was the only teacher I have ever seen who drove a Bentley. He taught his son Calculus when he was only in 8th grade. Their entire family is ridiculously smart and physically fit. All extremely nice people too.

I'm assuming that he had accomplished enough at that point and enjoyed the slower, more family-friendly life of teaching.

Edit: Here is a snippet on his official teacher bio:

> For a look at my early work in applied statistics, see:
http://www-tech.mit.edu/archives/VOL_099/TECH_V099_S0589_P002.pdf

>The "applied statistics" (professional blackjack) team that we founded has
lasted for several decades, and well after I left the team their activities
led to the book "Bringing Down the House":
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743249992/002-0751272-6137616?v=glance&n=283155

u/eatmyshorts5 · 4 pointsr/nba

I found that More than a game by Phil Jackson was an excellent book. It basically is a look into the life and coaching philosophy of one of the greatest coaches of all time as well as an inside look into the 2000 champion Lakers.

Also the Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons is an essential read for all NBA fans.

EDIT: I recently also read the Jordan Rules by Sam Smith. It isn't a particularly eye opening book, but basically it's about the 1990-1991 NBA championship season from the Chicago Bulls perspective, and also a look into MJ's transformation from a ball hogging douchebag to the greatest of all time. Good read.

u/splat313 · 1 pointr/SecurityAnalysis

I appreciate the advice! I might have to check that out. My financial reading is mostly a hobby, but it is something I really enjoy. I just finished The Snowball about Warren Buffett and I devoured it. I can see how some would have considered it long winded but I loved every page.

u/GI_X_JACK · 3 pointsr/history

https://www.amazon.com/Hells-Angel-Barger-Angels-Motorcycle/dp/0060937548/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501713583&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Hells+Angel+Sony+Barger

Hell's Angel by Sony Barger, who was President of 81 from the 50s through the 70s.

He talks about hippies in his book. He mentions the merry pranksters as well, and they like the Merry Pranksters. He also mentions how HST introduced them to acid.

One thing that did stick out is that they got a long with San Francisco hippies, because they were just bums hanging out in the park, getting high, like them.

When they met Berkley hippies, who they felt where more about politics, and those politics where anti-American, they didn't like 'em.

u/McCrafty · 1 pointr/books

If you like this, try:

  1. Oh the Glory of it All, Sean Wilsey

  2. 9/10

  3. Memoir, humor

  4. Wilsey tells his story of growing up surrounded by people with just enough wealth to be totally crazy. His life is populated by Dickensian characters and his tone is equal parts bite and acceptance, resulting in a hilarious, colorful memoir.

  5. [Amazon] (http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Glory-All-Sean-Wilsey/dp/0143036912/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335619661&sr=8-1)
u/SnowblindAlbino · 11 pointsr/AskHistorians

I'm traveling so don't have access to my office books, but interested readers will want to consult two widely available books:

-David Halberstam's The Fifties (1994) includes a chapter on Hugh Heffner and Marilyn Monroe that provides a fair amount of background on Heff and the rise of Playboy, including its reception. The book has been criticized for its interpretations in some quarters but the Playboy chapter is solid in my opinion.

-Steven Watts Mr Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream (2009) is a more complete and well-researched biography of Heffner. It covers the story of the magazine's creation and reception well.

Unfortunately I am not aware of an article-length treatment of the topic, though there are many newspaper and magazine stories on the magazine from the 1950s/1960s. Watts cites many of them for those interested in tracking them down.

u/helodriver · 2 pointsr/investing

She wrote a biography about him. I thought it was pretty good, really enjoyed reading it.

u/j0be · 1 pointr/ImaginedLife

This episode didn't recommend any additional information to read about Stan Lee.

Over in /r/books, I saw them recommend Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir

u/RegMackworthy · 2 pointsr/nba

I like books where the author spends a season with a team and Seven Seconds or Less about the Nash/Marion/Amare Suns is a really fun read.

Not from this decade, and it's a lot longer and more serious material, but I highly recommend The Jordan Rules as well.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/pics

I didn't say that but being born to a wealthy, educated, connected senior politician offers significant advantages versus being born to migrant workers or something, and WB himself is the first to say so

u/throwbacklyrics · 8 pointsr/nba

Sounds like Marcus said "author of..." (about to refer to this book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Miraculous-Rise-Steph-Curry/dp/1501147838) and goaded Steph, who obviously knew what was up, and Steph said "...shut up man..." jokingly. Pretty funny to see them clowning around.

u/mulls · 2 pointsr/sanfrancisco

Interesting local history. This was commissioned by homeowner Pat Montandon, biological mother of author Sean Wilsey who wrote Oh The Glory of it All, personally one of my favorite books ever, delving into San Francisco high society and all sorts of dysfunction. The book created a real stir amongst the Pacific Heights set when it was written 9 years ago.

u/PraxisLD · 11 pointsr/motorcycles

> But Hell's Angels started riding Harley-Davidsons mostly because, unlike today, they didn't have much choice. In 1957, it was either ride a Harley or settle for a Triumph or BSA. They'd already stopped building Indians. It's always been important for Hell's Angels to ride American-made machines. In terms of pure workmanship, personally I don't like Harleys. I ride them because I'm in the club, and that's the image, but if I could I would seriously consider a Honda ST1100 or a BMW. We really missed the boat not switching over to the Japanese models when they began building bigger bikes. I'll usually say, "#$% Harley Davidson. You can buy an ST1100 and the mother#$%er will do 110 miles per hour right from the factory all day long." The newest "rice rockets" can carry 140 horsepower to the rear wheel, and can easily do 180 miles per hour right out of the box. While it's probably too late to switch over now, it would have been a nice move, because Japanese bikes today are so much cheaper and better built. However, Japanese motorcycles don't have as much personality.

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club

u/Taughtology · 1 pointr/atheism

A few months ago I read this book on Buffett, so I certainly admire his philanthropy and hold him up as a great example of being "good without god."

That said, differentiating between a $30m philanthropic gift - which university and other charitable endowments receive with at least some regularity - and the largest single philanthropic donation in history is not pedantic if you're going to write about philanthropy.

Though I'll add, my comment does read like a direct note to the author it rather than an emphasis for the readers. I didn't realize you were also the author, so you may just be responding to my tone thinking I was trying to bust you because I get such a thrill from it. I don't.

To show no hard feelings, I'll point out that I think you missed another gem: Chuck Feeney, who has given more than $3.5b away (most of it anonymously). I don't have a direct source on his not having religion, but seem to recall it from The Billionaire Who Wasn't.

u/Regalzack · 1 pointr/TheVeneration

What a great post. This is the kind of stuff that your kids will look at in 15 years, and think... "man my dad was a badass!"

It makes me wish I'd have catalogued my long rides.

Have you ever read Long Way Round?

u/naked_as_a_jaybird · 2 pointsr/chess

Read Endgame by Frank Brady. He's a genuine biographer and actually knew Fischer when he was a kid. Even as a non-chess player, once can appreciate the life story of Bobby Fischer.

For chess players/fans, read Svetozar Gligoric's book on the 1972 match. It's arguably once of the best books I've ever read. Gligoric annotates the games and gives a blow-by-blow account of the action behind the scenes, as well as at the board.

u/KittensTiger · 2 pointsr/Economics

Warren Buffett is one of those people who is absolutely brilliant at one thing while being nearly dysfunctional in most other things.

Read his biography if you are more curious about him as a person.

u/jboy1142 · 1 pointr/OldSchoolCool

I recommend the biography Mr. Playboy - a fascinating account of Hefner's life and his impact on social issues such as women's rights, civil rights and gay rights.

u/mynewme · 1 pointr/travel

i took a 4-month trip from SF to Osaka...only flew once from NY to London...it was a great trip...plus moths here and there in about 45 countries...highly recommended...
some other good books

u/gillisthom · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I read it in this somewhere, his wife and children got generous shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock. I forgot the amount, but somewhere in the ballpark of 20 million worth of stock (at the time) to each of his kids, enough to live well on but not exactly uber rich.

u/SwaggersaurusWrecks · 4 pointsr/warriors

Wow $26?!

You can get it on amazon for $16.25 right now.

u/sauropodskull · 2 pointsr/books

"Oh the Glory of It All" by Sean Wilsey. It made me laugh and relate a lot, even though the writer (it's a biography) grew up in a wealthy (dysfunctional, obviously) family in San Francisco. http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Glory-All-Sean-Wilsey/dp/0143036912

I think his mother wrote another biography based on her own life as a "reply", called "Oh, the Hell of All" - haven´t read it though.

u/KingKongBrandy · 0 pointsr/SquaredCircle

writing a book doesnt automatically qualify you as not stupid:

https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Heiress-Tongue-Chic-Behind/dp/B000WMJ6GA
https://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Diamonds-Novel/dp/0061137332
http://www.ranker.com/list/the-absolute-dumbest-celebrity-book-deals/cocomademoiselle

for clarification, i never called her stupid. it is just something i imagined in my head, that her drafts required a lot of editing. much like in the referenced seinfeld episode.

u/Silverbritches · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Warren Buffet definitely has a finely-crafted image. He doesn't exactly come from poverty; his dad was a multi-term US Congressman.

If you read "Snowball" though, you see where a lot of who he is comes from; he owned a farm when he was 13 and had a ton of side businesses on the side growing up. A lot of his business sense is innate. [source]

However the book also goes into how screwed up his life is b/c he's successful, and ends up being more of a cautionary tale than anything else. He never had anything resembling a happy marriage and largely ignored his kids growing up. I think while he comes across as a well-balanced 'everyman', his screwed-up personal life really reflects how he sacrificed so much of his life in running Berkshire Hathaway.

u/derrhurrderp · 21 pointsr/scientology

>I am a Sea Org member...

I’m very sorry to hear that. Here’s some great Study Tech to check out: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Scientology-Insiders-Celebrity-Spirituality-ebook/dp/B075MB8WKC

u/Ted_Witwer · 1 pointr/scientology

> I'm surprised they let her stay as long as they did.

'Escaping Scientology: An Insider's True Story: My Journey With the Cult of Celebrity Spirituality, Greed and Power'

"Karen's story will show how people become radicalized by extremists. This story is not about rehashing and reliving the trauma of the past. It's a story coming from a survivor/thriver. I strongly encourage people to read this book carefully and thoughtfully, to realize the degree that Scientology has long been exploiting well-known social influence methods and techniques."

u/CallMeFlossy · 34 pointsr/todayilearned

The incident is covered in detail in Sonny Barger's "Hell's Angel". The book is a solid read and an interesting (albeit one-sided) view into MCs of that era.

u/shaolin_shadowboxing · 1 pointr/IAmA

I'm no expert, but I read the book Bringing Down the House (http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Down-House-Students-Millions/dp/0743249992/). One of the things they said was that the scheme was to have one person counting cards and betting a small amount then when the count got good, they would signal and someone would come over and bet large amounts.

u/HellsNels · 92 pointsr/nba

>huge fan of Steph and his meteoric rise to stardom

Would you call it Golden, or a miraculous rise?

u/marshalldungan · 11 pointsr/nba

These don't count?

Halberstam's pretty keen on Jordan, but even he lists off some repugnant behavior.

u/donoteatthatfrog · 1 pointr/investing

It is a biography. Not autobiography.
I really liked that book. I agree with your points.
 

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
by Alice Schroeder
https://amzn.com/0553384619

u/LeZygo · 1 pointr/nba

It's what fueled him - making him think everyone was against him and he had something to prove. It worked clearly, but socially not so much. Check out the book The Jordan Rules.

u/AveofSpades · 1 pointr/nba

Read any book about the NBA at that time ie the Jordan Rules, The Franchise by Stauth, etc.

I know many of you don't remember the 80s at all, or were probably not even born. But before Phil Jackson took over the Bulls, Jordan was widely regarded as an elite, flashy scorer in the late 80s, but a selfish ballhog that only cared about scoring, didn't give a damn about his teammates, and was out to pad his numbers.

u/clkou · 1 pointr/videos

Read "The Jordan Rules" and see if you still feel that way.

u/MJGSimple · 113 pointsr/nba

More context. Marcus Thompson, the guy asking the question, wrote a book called GOLDEN: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry and he's phrasing the questions as a plug for his book.

u/adavenewworlddotcom · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

He bought that for his wife (who spent a lot of her time there but has since passed away). He rarely spent any time there. http://www.amazon.com/The-Snowball-Warren-Buffett-Business/dp/0553384619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335731209&sr=8-1

u/labormarket · 17 pointsr/nba

" In 2017, Marcus Thompson of The Athletic, author of the book "Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry," explained to " The Big Lead with Jason McIntyre" that Curry was not all that popular with some of the league's biggest stars, including LeBron James. "

u/rhtimsr1970 · 0 pointsr/business

Utterly wrong.

You're not only flailing in the dark, you're contradicting yourself...

You quote Buffet himself in 2003 on whether's he's paid his fair share. Ironic that in the very quote you use, Buffet is boasting about much tax he's paid while at the same time telling news channels that rich guys (like him) don't pay enough. He started the news channel thing back about 10 years ago - so that covers 2003.

You've been so unable to follow a simple political point, I'll review it for you once again...

Buffet says that he pays tons of taxes - 2.5% of the corporate total in the US, no less! - and then whines that guys like him don't pay enough.

You do understand what the word "hypocrite" means, right?

Stop using Wikipedia to gather Buffet's political perspective and actually read The Snowball. Nothing else comes close to detailing his political and economic views.

Of course, since you can't follow a simple argument without getting lost in the trees, you may not have the mental capacity to make it through the book either.

(I knew if we conversed long enough, you'd resort to four letter words. Eventually, you libs have nothing left to go to. Inflammatory remarks and misdirection. Sigh.)

u/blackinthmiddle · 2 pointsr/pics

If you're going to scream Bull shit, you should be certain of what you talk about. Without a doubt, Jordan introduced long shorts and everyone til this day in the NBA copies it. Read The Jordan Rules if you want the history. Jordan wore his North Carolina jerseys under his game shorts for every game. Nike even mentioned it in a commercial he made with Spike Lee.

Edit: Here, read this.

u/notbob1959 · 31 pointsr/HumanPorn

That is Doug "The Thug" Orr. He spent a good part of his life in prison. Including stints for armed robbery and shooting his girlfriend in the head. He died of a heroin overdose in prison at the age of 40. Reference this excerpt from Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club.

Here is another photo taken by Penn at the same time as the posted photo. I am not sure who took this photo.