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Elon Reeve Musk is an engineer and technology entrepreneur. He is a citizen of South Africa, Canada, and the United States and is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX; CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI.

The Life of Greece

The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 by Will Durant 

Goodreads Rating 4.3 (2k)

The Story of Civilization, Volume II: A history of Greek civilization from the beginnings, and of civilization in the Near East from the Death of Alexander to the Roman Conquest of Greece. This is the second volume of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning series…

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Our Oriental Heritage

The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 by Will Durant 

Goodreads Rating 4.3 (3k)

This is the classic reference on world history, recognized as the most comprehensive general history ever written, the result of four decades of work by Will and Ariel Durant — a set that The New York Times called “a splendid, broad panorama of hereditary culture in words and images that the layman can fully understand.” 

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The Age of Napoleon

A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 (The Story of Civilization, Volume 11) by Will Durant 

Goodreads Rating 4.3 (746)

An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel DurantThe Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy

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The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks 

Goodreads Rating 4.3 (63k)

The Culture–a humanoid/machine symbiotic society–has thrown up many great Game Players. One of the best is Jernau Morat Gurgeh, Player of Games, master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel & incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game, a game so complex, so like life itself, tha…

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Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks 

Goodreads Rating 4.2 (25k)

Surface Detail Book Description It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. Lededje Ybreq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to

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Capital A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1 by Karl Marx 

Goodreads Rating 3.9 (9k)

PhilosophySocial SciencesFinanceNonfictionPolitics

A classic of early modernism, Capital combines vivid historical detail with economic analysis to produce a bitter denunciation of mid-Victorian capitalist society. It has proved to be the most influential work in twentieth-century social science; Marx did for social science what Darwin had done for biology. This is the only abridged edition to take…

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The Wealth Of Nations by Adam Smith 

Goodreads Rating 3.9 (32k)

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world’s first collected descriptions of what builds nations’ wealth, and is today a fun…

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A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin 

Goodreads Rating 4.4 (821k)

THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO  In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any…

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A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin 

Goodreads Rating 4.3 (582k)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES Don’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of WinterDubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of…

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A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Goodreads Rating 4.1 (654k)

Crows will fight over a dead man’s flesh, and kill each other for his eyes.Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Wint…

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 

Goodreads Rating 4.4 (2m)

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a…

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A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin 

Goodreads Rating 4.5 (691k)

Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world…

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Life 3.0 Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark

Goodreads Rating 4.0 (17k)

In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more…

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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien 

50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition

Goodreads Rating 4.5 (595k)

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

Goodreads Rating 4.2 (2m)

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Goodreads Rating 4.2 (4m)

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and…

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Dune Deluxe Edition by Frank Herbert 

Goodreads Rating 4.2 (863k)

A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece–a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: – An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket…

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Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Goodreads Rating 3.9 (153k)

Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles–the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeDune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known–and feared–as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fana…

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Zero to One Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Goodreads Rating 4.2 (228k)

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise…

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 

Goodreads Rating 4.1 (1m)

From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive, New York Times bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors…

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