You can 100% judge this book by its cover, because just like that illustration, the text is clever and tight and fun. The author, Peter Brannen, takes boring/depressing topics (extinction, geology, and climate change) and makes them into a fascinating and somehow very uplifting story of the history and future of our planet.
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy a good sci-fi book (and I enjoy those a LOT) but it’s all real stuff! I learned about ancient volcanoes that pumped out enough lava to cover the United States a mile deep in magma. I learned about 500 mile per hour hurricanes on the supercontinent of Pangaea. I drove my family crazy with amazing facts I couldn’t keep to myself. “Oho, you think the weather’s bad outside? Well you’re lucky…” Yes, I got extremely annoying.
I wouldn’t normally pick up a book like this because I don’t like downer talk about climate change (sure, that’s pathetic, but it’s the truth… it’s hard enough to keep my morale up as is!) I only learned about The Ends of the World
because my friend Francis
recommended it, and I only bought it because the cover was so cool, and here we are—I’m now recommending it to you and the cover’s still cool. Trust the cover. You’ll like this.
I bought this book when it came out in 2018, but I didn’t read it right away. Then, when I moved recently, it sort of shuffled its way to the top and I picked it up. It’s great!
There are a lot of books out there about being an entrepreneur, but they mostly glorify success, and in my experience, few are honest or useful. Lost and Founder is both honest AND useful, again and again and again. Rand founded a company called Moz and built it up to $40M/year revenue. He also is willing to talk about the many screw-ups along the way, and he happens to be a really good writer besides. Lost and Founder is packed with practical information for anybody who’s in business for themselves, in management, or builds products or services.
Douglas is a friend of mine, and is also a former startup founder. We ran a sprint together a few years back when Google Ventures invested in his company. Today, Douglas is running an agency, leading design sprints, and coaching companies on product development. As an engineer and former CTO, he brings a pretty unique perspective to the design world.
Anyway, Douglas put together Beyond the Prototype to help with the classic “what happens after a design sprint?” question. It’s a super handy guide!