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Recommended by Elon Musk as a key book that inspired him. This book is intended to elucidate history somewhat, more to illustrate it, to honor without hypocrisy the deeds of men and women whose destiny was larger, if not deeper than our own. Above all to shake loose the perception of the adventurer in us and of us in the adventurer.
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William Bolitho Ryall (1891–1930), aka William Bolitho, was a South African journalist and writer who was a valued friend of the eminent writers Ernest Hemingway and Noël Coward. Before enlisting in the British Army, he had gone to seminary in Gordonstown, South African and become a deacon in the Anglican Church. His soldiering ended after he was buried alive with fifteen other men in a mine explosion, after which he enlisted as a journalist, first as the Paris correspondent of the Guardian. Twelve Against the Gods was published in 1929 and was an instant bestseller, being written in a ribald, journalistic style. Bolitho argues that they were “all adventurers who battled convention and conformity to achieve fame or notoriety” and sees “human endeavor as a duality between conformity and non-conformity”, adding: "We are born adventurers, and the love of adventures never leaves us till we are very old; old, timid men, in whose interest it is that adventure should quite die out. This is why all the poets are on one side, and all the laws on the other; for laws are made by, and usually for, old men." Ryall died before becoming one of these old, timid men, at the age of 39, felled not by adventure, but sadly, appendicitis. Ren Moulton has served as a copywriter, designer, and product developer (Coppola, Goodby, Frolick), before serving as Chief Product Architect and President for several years; currently focusing on commercial invention to IP targeting for F500s (Egg) & as writer for GloryGirl, a graphic novel series based on real lives of heroic women from around the world (“an alternative to repurposed super-heroines Ms. Marvel and Ms. Thor, through real women from Ireland to India...from physicist motorcycle racer to diva CIA spy...real women, real challenges, real entertrainment”, WM, 2016). Originally trained at New England Writer’s Workshop, Harvard (Physics), CC (creative writing), and Babson (MBA & MA Product design & development), he’s won several international product design awards for his work (IDSA IDEA, et al), has been interviewed on CNN and in Business Week, and holds over a dozen patents (ranging from self-righting ambulatory devices to seamless spherical VR capture). He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife (Maura), two children (Renny & Ella), and Jack Russell (“Murphy”). He’s also naturally humble, but likes to be as accurate as possible.
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