Books Recommended by Paul Graham
The Making of Europe
Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350
Source: "I know I've recommended this book already, but it's so good I have to do it again. [The author] brings history to life by explaining how and why the things happened that other books merely tell you happened." - Paul Graham
The Double Helix
A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
James D. Watson Ph.D.
Source: "The most impressive feature of [this book] is how much [the author] admits he didn't know. He's constantly talking about papers he couldn't understand and important concepts he didn't grasp." - Paul Graham
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
Source: "This is one of the great classics of computer science. I bought my first copy 15 years ago, and I still don't feel I have learned everything the book has to teach." - Paul Graham
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Tales of a Consulting Detective
Arthur Conan Doyle
Source: "Few thoughts happier than realizing it's been long enough since you last read the Sherlocks Holmes stories that you can read them again." - Paul Graham
The Power Law
Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future
Source: "If you want to understand how venture capital works and the effect it has had on the US economy, this is the book to read." - Paul Graham
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