Media with Ryan Holiday (8 books)
Curated by Ryan Holiday
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Here Comes Everybody

Thanks to advancements in communication technologies and the widespread availability of the Internet, we can now contact one another and share information at unprecedented rates. Here Comes Everybody explains how these changes aren’t just affecting the way we communicate; they’re affecting the way we organize, too. As the obstacles and expenses of communication diminish and the reach of our communication expands, we’re now experiencing a significant shift in the ways we get together.

Clay Shirky
Brave New War

Modern technology and globalization have made it possible for one man to wage war against an entire country and win. Although it might seem unbelievable, it’s not.

Technological advances like the internet have made it possible for groups of terrorists and criminals to continuously share, develop and improve their tactics. This results in ever-changing threats made all the more dangerous by the interconnected nature of the modern world, where we rely on vital systems, like electricity and communication networks, that can be easily knocked out. Brave New War explores these topics and gives recommendations for dealing with future threats.


John Robb
The Pirate’s Dilemma

The Pirate’s Dilemma is an examination of the pirate spirit, its rejection of authority, and the profound ways that this philosophy has changed the world for the better. By adopting the pirate spirit, individuals and businesses have a chance to use open-source methods in order to survive, flourish and be a positive influence in the inevitable shift towards an economy in which seemingly anything can be copied.

Matt Mason
The New New Thing

This look into the life of Jim Clark, an entrepreneur who created three separate billion-dollar tech companies, is both wild and unbelievable. From his stubborn pursuit to build the world’s most expensive yacht to his boardroom antics filled with curse words and slander, it’s clear Jim Clark sees the business world unlike anyone else. Yet regardless of his unruliness, Clark’s brilliance has an unyielding magnetic effect on engineers and investors, making them just brave enough to risk their riches and blindly follow him towards the next big thing.


Michael Lewis
The Net Delusion

The Net Delusion tackles head on the beliefs we hold about the utopian power of the internet. Evgeny Morozov shows us how the internet isn’t always a force for democracy and freedom, and reveals how both authoritarian and democratic regimes control the internet for their own interests.

Evgeny Morozov
Hackers and Painters

In Hackers and Painters, author Paul Graham examines the creative nature of computer programming and the programming languages that facilitate it, as well as how programmers can use their skills to potentially make a fortune.

Paul Graham

Wikinomics shows how Wikipedia-like mass collaboration of individuals is revolutionizing society and business, and why this is actually good for companies and the public.

Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams
You Are Not a Gadget

You Are Not a Gadget (2010) examines why the internet tends to glorify the hive-mind and devalue the individual. Serving as both a history lesson of the web’s origins and a warning of the future consequences of its current path, this book illuminates the hidden design of the web.

Jaron Lanier
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