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Obama shares his June reading list, but don't expect any beach reads

Former President Obama is out of office but he’s keeping up on politics and social issues with the books he’s reading.<p>Obama shared a list of books he's been reading on Facebook on Saturday.<p>The list is long on intellectual nonfiction and short on anything that could be described as a beach read. …

Books

Bill Gates Says Every Manager Should Read This Book

The Bill Gates book club has a new addition.<p>The co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Gates Foundation has written a testimonial for John …

The 100 Most Photogenic Spots in L.A.

There is so much beauty all around us no I’m not crying you’re crying<p>Los Angeles loves having its picture taken. Naturally. Whether in a movie, TV …

5 California Road Trips That'll Make You Fall in Love With the Golden State

Like many born-and-bred Californians, I would choose Joan Didion as my fantasy dinner guest and I feel more at home in my car than pretty much …

Travel

Michio Kaku picks five books to help you understand the future

From medicine to space travel, these works explore how the newest wave of science will transform society<p>Science is the engine of prosperity. From the industrial revolution (powered by the steam engine), to the electric revolution (which lit up our cities), to the current computer revolution (which …

Nanotech

11 Underrated Business Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Looking for a new read? Check out these lesser-known books to level-up your leadership game.<p>As entrepreneurs, we are always searching for something to give us an edge over the competition. Whether it is having the best employees, finding the best software programs, taking the best online courses, …

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Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist

There’s hope for the environment, human progress is dazzling – and the world, according to PG Wodehouse, is beautiful<p>The big prizes go to books on war, terror, cancer and extinction, feeding our morbid curiosity about the gruesome ways in which things can go wrong. But there is an underappreciated …

Books

Day Trips and Vacation Side Trips from San Francisco

Active Outdoors: Hiking, Biking, Water Play<p>Ideas for an Active Day Out in San Francisco<p><b>Angel Island:</b> Great for hiking, biking or just running</b> …

18 LA things to look forward to in 2018

We need this<p>2017 was a difficult year for ... many reasons, but Los Angeles emerged surprisingly resilient.<p>In hindsight there were many highlights, from radical new developments shaking up the skyline, to pragmatic solutions for making housing more affordable, to the many everyday reasons we love …

Urban Design

Bill Gates: Every American Who Lives a Comfortable Life Should Read This Book

Doing OK? Congrats! Now learn how and why so many of your fellow citizens are struggling.<p>How was your holiday season? If it was filled with love, plenty, and relaxation, congrats! I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest. But now that you're back to work and settling into 2018, Bill Gates has a book …

Bill Gates

Longreads Best of 2017: Political Writing

<i>We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in political</b> …

Which Haruki Murakami Book Should You Read First? Here's A Guide To His Most Famous Works

Ah, the age old literary question: "Which Murakami book should I start with?" I've been asked this question many, many times. Even if you haven't …

The one book every student should read in 2018, according to Harvard professors

Harvard University professors constantly read and assign texts to their students. So they know a good book when they see one.<p>With that in mind, Business Insider asked professors at Harvard to share the single book they think every student should read in 2018.<p>The professors include Nobel laureates, …

The 12 best business books of the year, according to Stanford Business School

A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might make good holiday gifts, too:

Bad Science

24 books Wall Streeters think everyone should read

Financial-services professionals are known to have demanding work schedules, but that doesn't mean they aren't setting aside time to crack open a few books.<p>We recently reached out to our contacts on Wall Street to find out what folks would recommend as must-reads just ahead of the holiday …

Nick Harkaway: ‘I have a firework going off in my head and I have to describe it’

The novelist on technology, surveillance and having John le Carré for a father<p>‘If everybody was incredibly committed to acts of kindness and charity in a ubiquitous circle of love and whatever,” Nick Harkaway waves his hands as the words come tumbling out, “we’d be living in a utopia now. People …

Ray Dalio thinks everyone should read these 3 books — and they have nothing to do with finance

Ray Dalio isn't like other investors.<p>His firm, Bridgewater Associates, is the world's largest hedge fund — with about $160 billion in total assets under management — and it's run according to a culture of "radical truth" and "radical transparency."<p>Dalio has built a workplace according to his vision …

A Guide to L.A.’s Best Secret Gardens

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Westwood A post shared by L Sierra (@lawnssss) on Sep 15, 2017 at 9:33am PDT Housing more than 3,000 plant …

26 of the best business books you can read, from the CEOs and execs who can't put them down

Highly successful people typically work hard, practice the right habits every day and strive for self-improvement, with the latter often coming in the form of a book. If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, take some suggestions from more than two dozen executives who have …

California fare war breaks out

Southwest Airlines<p>A fare war is brewing in the California Corridor<p><i>UPDATE:</i> This fare sale expired at midnight Weds Sept 27. Roundtrip intra-California fares are now in the $100 range. Not bad, but not $57! As competition continues in the battle for the Golden State, we expect more fare sales like …

20 Best California Beach Vacation Spots

Unpaved paradise<p><b>Waterfront Park San Diego</b><p>A big, big deal, and if you haven’t been to San Diego lately, it’s worth going just to experience it. The …

California

The 6 best business books of 2017, according to economists, editors, and professors

Some of the biggest ongoing business stories of our time, from the personal and political effects of increased globalization to the confrontation of ingrained sexism in Silicon Valley, are reflected in this year's list of best business books from McKinsey and the Financial Times.<p>Since 2005, …

The Top 10 Books to Read This Fall

’Tis the season to set aside that beachy novel and dive into the latest slate of business books and tell-alls. This fall will see a slew of releases …

Master spy novelist John le Carré has thoughts on how Trump might fall

Master spy novelist John le Carré’s depictions of Cold War spy games carry such a strong whiff of inside knowledge that his books, to his obvious embarrassment, were considered essential reading by Russia’s KGB, and scrutinized by the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence. Despite predictions …

Donald Trump

11 books the Army's top officer recommends to help understand World War II

September 1 marks the 78th anniversary of the start of World War II, when the Nazi Wehrmacht stormed into Poland.<p>France and Britain declared war on Germany two days later, and the conflagration would soon stretch to every corner of the world.<p>The scope and complexity of the war itself mirror the …

10 Affordable Entry-Level Restaurants to Try in Los Angeles

Approachable, easy-going, and reasonably-priced places to eat around town<p>LA might be one of the food capitals of the country, but it can be daunting to try and dine around the massive metropolis, especially for college students and recent transplants. LA takes pride in its wide variety of cuisines …

Los Angeles

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world

Secretary James Mattis has been heralded as a "warrior monk" for his prodigious knowledge and voracious reading habits.<p>But Mattis, a retired Marine general, is not the only US military officer who has supplemented his martial knowledge with academic achievement.<p>In that spirit, the US Army has …

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Amid heated discussions of the power of language to affect international diplomacy, our thoughts naturally turn to the unacknowledged legislators of the world — poets. A new biography of John Ashbery delves into the early years of this nonagenarian American treasure, while Allen Ginsberg’s …