Books Recommended by Balaji Srinivasan
Seeing Like a State
How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
James C. Scott
Source: "There’s a sense in which the term 'real name' is a misnomer. A better term is a state name — a name which makes you legible to the state." - Balaji Srinivasan
History Has Begun
The Birth of a New America
Source: "[The author's] thesis is that America is increasingly becoming a virtual society, focused on make-believe above all. I have to agree." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State
Source: "Decent book — by a central banker! — on the lack of legitimacy of central banking and the regulatory state writ large." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Truth Machine
The Blockchain and the Future of Everything
Source: "An accessible explanation of how blockchains allow us to establish certain kinds of truths even in adversarial environments." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs
Source: "Blockbuster tried to buy Hollywood Video, but the FTC called this off on antitrust (!) grounds. By 2010 Blockbuster was bankrupt and Netflix was soaring." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Cold Start Problem
How to Start and Scale Network Effects
Source: "Useful for anyone trying to bootstrap a new community or network, which is virtually every founder these days." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Kill Chain
Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare
Source: "The US military has a perfect record in its war games with China. China has won every round." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Little Bitcoin Book
Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances, and Future
Source: "Was written in a few days by N people, one chapter each, and then published on Amazon." - Balaji Srinivasan
Physics from Finance
A gentle introduction to gauge theories, fundamental interactions and fiber bundles
Source: "A lot of fun. Not exactly art, but novel approach with a lot of visual inspiration." - Balaji Srinivasan
The Gray Lady Winked
How the New York Times's Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History
Source: "I put it up there with the top five books I recommend." - Balaji Srinivasan
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