Travis Cordell Kalanick is an American billionaire businessman. He is the co-founder of Scour, a peer-to-peer file sharing application; Red Swoosh, a peer-to-peer content delivery network; and Uber, a transportation network company. Red Swoosh was sold to Akamai Technologies in 2007.

  • Alexander Hamilton

    A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!,Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.,In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is ???a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.???,Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow???s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today???s America is the result of Hamilton???s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. ???To repudiate his legacy,??? Chernow writes, ???is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.??? Chernow here recounts Hamilton???s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington???s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America???s birth as the triumph of Jefferson???s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we???ve encountered before???from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton???s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.,Chernow???s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America???s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.,???Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow??? ???The New York Times Book Review ,Ron Chernow’s other biographies include: Grant, Washington, and Titan.

  • Atlas Shrugged

    Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand???s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller???nominated as one of America???s best-loved novels by PBS???s The Great American Read. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy…why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction…why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph…why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.,Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand???s most extensive statement of Objectivism???her groundbreaking philosophy???offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century???s leading artists.

  • Ender’s Game

    In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut???young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.,Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.,Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.,Orson Scott Card’s, is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

  • The Fountainhead

    The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim. This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite…of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy…and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand???s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction???that man???s ego is the fountainhead of human progress…,???A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly…This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.??????The New York Times