Reading List & Recommendations

Larry Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of the co-founders of Google along with Sergey Brin and ex-chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc.

“Anything you can imagine probably is doable, you just have to imagine it and work on it” — Larry Page.

Page like many top-level technology CEOs reads in abundance, and according to the New York Times: people who have worked with Mr. Page say that he tries to guard his calendar, avoiding back-to-back meetings and leaving time to read, research and see new technologies that interest him. The following collection is a reading list and a series of book recommendations from Larry Page, based upon interviews, articles and biographies.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things
by Ben Horowitz
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In Summary: Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—while many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyses the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies.

My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla
by Nikola Tesla
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In Summary: Nikola Tesla was a prophet of the electronic age. His research laid much of the groundwork for modern electrical and communication systems, and his accomplishments include the alternating-current electrical system, radio, the Tesla coil transformer, wireless transmission, and fluorescent lighting. In Larry Page’s own words: “This book made me decide I don’t want to be like Tesla, I want to have an easy time getting things out into the world and make a real impact.

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
by Richard P. Feynman
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In Summary: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science—a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will fascinate anyone interested in the world of ideas.

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
by Richard P. Feynman
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In Summary: Using everyday language, spatial concepts, visualisations, and his renowned Feynman diagrams instead of advanced mathematics, Feynman clearly and humorously communicates both the substance and spirit of QED to the layperson. A. Zee’s introduction places Feynman’s book and his seminal contribution to QED in historical context and further highlights Feynman’s uniquely appealing and illuminating style.

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
by Richard P. Feynman
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In Summary: The ultimate manual for curiosity. Richard P. Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. In this lively work that “can shatter the stereotype of the stuffy scientist”, Feynman recounts his experiences trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets-and much more of an eyebrow-raising nature.

Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
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In Summary: Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison–a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cyber sensibility to bring us the giga-thriller of the information age.

What Do You Care What Other People Think?
by Richard P. Feynman
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In Summary: Here we meet Feynman’s first wife, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked on the atomic bomb at nearby Los Alamos. We listen to the fascinating narrative of the investigation into the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986 and relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster’s cause through an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.

Workbook for Measure What Matters
by John Doerr 
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In Summary: In 1999, legendary venture capitalist John Doerr invested nearly $12 million in a startup that had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. Doerr introduced the founders to OKRs and with them at the foundation of their management, the startup grew from forty employees to more than 70,000 with a market cap exceeding $600 billion. The startup was Google.

The revolutionary movement behind the explosive growth of Intel, Google, Amazon and Uber. With a foreword by Larry Page, and contributions from Bono and Bill Gates. Measure What Matters is about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), a revolutionary approach to goal-setting, to make tough choices in business. In Larry Page’s own words: “I wish I had had this book nineteen years ago, when we founded Google. Or even before that, when I was only managing myself!