Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

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From the publisher: "Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck." Add Audible narration for $4.49.

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Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

From the publisher: "How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to gross more than $100 million as a cult classic? How is Iron Maiden still filling stadiums worldwide without radio or TV exposure forty years after the band was founded? Holiday explores this mystery by drawing on his extensive experience working with businesses and creators such as Google, American Apparel, and the author John Grisham, as well as his interviews with the minds behind some of the greatest perennial sellers of our time. Holiday reveals that the key to success for many perennial sellers is that their creators don’t distinguish between the making and the marketing."

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Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue

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I read this at the beach last month and found it absolutely fascinating. The New York Times calls this a "page-turner." From the publisher: "In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental--it had been masterminded by Thiel. The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean--for the First Amendment? For privacy? For culture?"

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