Super Pumped by Mike Isaac

Staff Pick

The story of Uber’s spectacular rise and its tumultuous struggles, told vividly in Super Pumped, is emblematic of the best and worst of Silicon Valley, and few observers are better informed to write this history than Mike Isaac, who covers the technology beat for the New York Times. Isaac’s depiction of Uber’s rapid development from tech world upstart to destroyer of the taxi industry and ubiquitous example of the gig economy is essentially the story of Uber’s deeply flawed founder, Travis Kalanick, a man of great energy, urgency, and ambition. It’s a cautionary tale of hubris and excess, marked by brazen business practices, a misogynistic “bro” culture, greed, and a string of scandals.


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ISBN: 9780393652246
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019

Bad Blood - John Carreyrou

Staff Pick

There is a certain personality type who is overconfident, an amazing salesperson and confuses wanting something to be real with it actually being real.  These people turn their convictions into impossible promises, lies and downright fraud.  In the world of Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes is the embodiment of such a person.  The incredible story of her company, Theranos, and its meteoric rise to fame and fortune is told in this true story by the journalist who unraveled it all.  I defy you to put this book down for long once you start it.

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ISBN: 9781524731656
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family - Anne-Marie Slaughter

When Anne-Marie Slaughter published an article in The Atlantic in 2012 titled “Why Women Can’t Have it All”—an unfortunate title not of her choosing—she could not have envisioned the passionate commentary that would follow. The piece generated nearly three million views following its publication. It became—and remains today—the most widely read piece in the 150-year history of The Atlantic. Slaughter spent the last couple of years turning the article into a book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family (Random House, $28), that expands on and refines some of her original ideas.  The first woman to serve as Director of Policy Planning at the State Department, a former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, an expert on foreign policy, and now head of New America, Slaughter has also become a leading voice on the structure and values of the American workplace and its impact on women, men, and families. Drawing on her own experiences meeting the demands of work and family, Slaughter explores the pitfalls for a society that is failing to the realities of the 21st century. She takes issue with Sheryl Sandberg’s reliance on leaning in as a solution for women’s progress in the workplace, calling for more systemic change to ensure that women at all levels—and men—can be better workers and better parents to their children. It is a thoughtful, highly engaging, and important book.

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ISBN: 9780812994568
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780812984972
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 9th, 2016