Austen Allred

37 Austen Allred Recommended Books

Austen Allred is a software engineer and entrepreneur from California. He is the co-founder of Lambda School, an online coding school that offers free tuition to students. He is passionate about making education more accessible and affordable for everyone. His focus is on transforming education by making it more effective, efficient, and equitable. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs.

37 Books recommended by Austen Allred

A First-Rate Madness

A First-Rate Madness

Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

Author :S. Nassir Ghaemi

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Austen Allred recommended this book on Twitter. [Source]

Titan

Titan

The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Author :Ron Chernow

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"The mindset required to do well in businesses when everything is in flux, competition is intense and setbacks are frequent." - Austen Allred [Source]

The New New Thing

The New New Thing

A Silicon Valley Story

Author :Michael Lewis

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"[One of] my favorite books for understanding the history of Silicon Valley." - Austen Allred [Source]

Hackers

Hackers

Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Author :Steven Levy

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"[One of] my favorite books for understanding the history of Silicon Valley." - Austen Allred [Source]

Essentialism

Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Author :Greg Mckeown

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Masters of Doom

Masters of Doom

How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Author :David Kushner

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"Amazing book." - Austen Allred [Source]

Working Backwards

Working Backwards

Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon

Author :Colin Bryar

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"The best book I have read in a long time." - Austen Allred [Source]

A Guide to the Good Life

A Guide to the Good Life

The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Author :William B. Irvine

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Author :Ernest Cline

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"Ok writing but a page turner." - Austen Allred [Source]

Travels with Charley

Travels with Charley

In Search of America

Author :John Steinbeck

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"Most American book of all time." - Austen Allred [Source]

Troublemakers

Troublemakers

Silicon Valley's Coming of Age

Author :Leslie Berlin

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"[One of] my favorite books for understanding the history of Silicon Valley." - Austen Allred [Source]

The Snowball

The Snowball

Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Author :Alice Schroeder

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Can't Hurt Me

Can't Hurt Me

Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Author :David Goggins

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"Some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever read." - Austen Allred [Source]

The Upside of Stress

The Upside of Stress

Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

Author :Kelly McGonigal

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The Storm of Steel

The Storm of Steel

Author :Ernst Jünger

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"If you’re ever feeling sorry for yourself pick up [this book]." - Austen Allred [Source]

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Author :Walter Isaacson

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"What genius is really made up of, and how to recreate some semblance of it." - Austen Allred [Source]

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Author :Ashlee Vance

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"Was written in 2015 and already feels like you could have another full book as an update." - Austen Allred [Source]

Empires of Light

Empires of Light

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

Author :Jill Jonnes

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"About Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse." - Austen Allred [Source]

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Author :Jack Weatherford

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"Probably in my top five all-time." - Austen Allred [Source]

Dealers of Lightning

Dealers of Lightning

Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age

Author :Michael A. Hiltzik

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"[One of] my favorite books for understanding the history of Silicon Valley." - Austen Allred [Source]

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

An Inquiry Into Values

Author :Robert M. Pirsig

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"Didn’t get it first time." - Austen Allred [Source]

Amp It Up

Amp It Up

Leading for Hypergrowth by Raising Expectations, Increasing Urgency, and Elevating Intensity

Author :Frank Slootman

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"The most useful book on startup management I’ve ever read." - Austen Allred [Source]

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

Author :David McCullough

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"The slow, iterative process to breakthrough invention." - Austen Allred [Source]

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Author :Victor Hugo

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FAQs

Q1: What books does Austen Allred typically recommend?

Austen Allred is a fan of non-fiction works especially those that focus on technology, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement. He also recommends books that offer contemporary insight on modern cultural issues and social movements.

Allred believes that understanding contemporary literature helps to provide valuable insight into the current state of the world and its many complexities. By reading the works of others, one can become more aware and better informed about the variety of issues people face today.

Austen does not typically recommend fiction, fantasy, or books for children, as he feels that these genres do not contribute to a fuller understanding of current affairs.

No, Austen also reads occasional literature in the form of short stories. That being said, he finds that non-fiction is generally a better source of knowledge and insight.