Books Read in the Second Half of 2020

As a reference, my grading scale is:

Two Stars: Not recommended, except for those very interested in the subject.

Three Stars: Recommended, may cover too niche a topic to get a stronger recommendation for a broad audience, is only high-level coverage of its theme, or just moderately interesting fiction.

Four Stars: Recommended, well-written, and covers material I think most people would find useful or interesting.

Five Stars: Strongly recommended to everyone.

Additionally, I pick one book every six months as the “best book I’ve read” during that time period.

Themes from these six months:

  • Comedians: I love sitcoms and standup comedy, and I’ve included stories from stars of both related worlds.
  • Netflix: A new set of separate books by the Netflix co-founders teach the lessons learned from launching an entertainment revolution.
  • Mad Men: Two books analyzing my favorite televised drama.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: Also two books telling the stories around the making of the classic Stanley Kubrick film.
  • Business of Biotech: Continuing my education in the natural sciences, I focused on learning the histories of Vertex Pharma, Genentech, Amgen, and the broader drug business.
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