I Read It So You Don’t Have To

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I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a series that gives you the TL;DR on a business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang.

So who are Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang?

They’re a pair of investigative technology reporters at The New York Times, based out of San Francisco and D.C., respectively, whose distinctions include being finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and winners of the George Polk Award in recognition of their reporting on the social media giants.

Give me the 30-second sell.

An Ugly Truth is the latest…


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Chandy Bee writes with a plea to acknowledge the pain that the country is experiencing:

From a few weeks before the surge became a full-blown crisis, filmmaker Anand Kamalakar wrote about the challenge of traveling back to the U.S. from India, a situation that is almost certainly harder now than when he wrote this:

Immunologist Rajyalakshmi balaji writes about the Covid-19 variants in India that are likely driving the surge:

Writer and filmmaker Raj Ajay Pandya writes about the callous approach of the Modi government in dealing with the crisis and where its priorities appear to lie:

I can relate…


On The Atlantic, Vidya Krishnan writes about how chronic underinvestment in India’s public health infrastructure led to the Covid disaster the country is experiencing today.


Interesting theory, but... the Golden Globes and Grammys both saw their ratings drop by 62% and 51% earlier this year, too. Granted, they both happened a couple of months later than their usual dates. But could it just be that no one cares about award shows anymore?

https://marker.medium.com/how-our-year-of-isolation-changed-entertainment-d23af6d8b8de


The speculative boom in digital assets should arguably make physical assets even more valuable by comparison. The care you need to invest in protecting a physical object from floods, fires, theft, wear and tear, UV light, etc. should accrue to its value. The only way NFTs can disappear or disintegrate is if owners lose the keys to their crypto wallets or have them stolen: https://www.businessinsider.com/stolen-nfts-on-nifty-gateway-reports-nft-art-marketplace-2021-3.


I READ IT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

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I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a new series that gives you the TL;DR on a new business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

Jeff Immelt’s new memoir, Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company, published last month.

So who’s Jeff Immelt?

Immelt, once considered a human embodiment of corporate innovation, was the ninth CEO and chairman of General Electric, the American conglomerate better known as GE, from 2001 to 2017. Having served as a manager in GE’s plastics, appliances, and health care divisions through the ’80s and ’90s, he eventually won a…


I Read It So You Don’t Have To

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I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a new series that gives you the TL;DR on a new business book you want to read—but will never have time to.

What did I read?

Tim Harford’s new book The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics (published in the U.K. as How to Make the World Add Up)

So who’s this Tim Harford?

He’s a columnist at the Financial Times, a BBC radio host, and the author of several previous books, the most recent of which is Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy and the most popular of which is probably 2005’s The Undercover…


This is critical. During India's stringent pandemic lockdowns last year, liquor stores were shuttered as they weren't considered essential, and this led to a surge in hospitalizations, deaths, and suicides related to withdrawal:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/on-the-rocks-ever-since-the-lockdown-reports-of-deaths-and-suicides-related-to-alcohol-withdrawal-have-been-rising/article31422110.ece

Kaushik Viswanath

Content Lead for Business at Medium. Previously an editor of business books at Penguin Random House.

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