Books Worth Re-reading

List of the books I consider worth re-reading

“Any kind of important book should immediately be read twice, partly because one grasps the matter in its entirety the second time, and only really understands the beginning when the end is known; and partly because in reading it the second time one’s temper and mood are different so that one gets another impression; it may be that one sees the matter in another light.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Taking Schopenhauer to heart, below are the books that I have read at least twice. Adopting the concept of re-reading a book has been one of the most powerful changes I made in 2016.

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Human Universals by Donald Brown
Human Universals by Donald Brown

The book and concepts were rich enough that I did a bit more of an …

, , , , , Aug 2018biology donald-brown human-nature human-universals sociology worth-re-reading
Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World's Most Successful Companies by Charles G. Koch
Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies by Charles G. Koch

Summary Charles Koch describes his management philosophy, Market Based Management, how it has evolved over …

, , , , Jun 2018business charles-koch koch-industries philosophy worth-re-reading
Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner

I got so much out of this book that I made a bit of a …

, , , , , Feb 2018jazz kenny-werner learning mastery music worth-re-reading
Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse
Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse

There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.

, , Feb 2018james-p-carse philosophy worth-re-reading
My Life and Work by Henry Ford
My Life and Work by Henry Ford

Summary Henry Ford recounts his life and the business philosophy which helped him create one …

, , , , Nov 2017autobiography business henry-ford leadership worth-re-reading
Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton and John Huey
Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton and John Huey

Summary Sam Walton recounts his background and Walmart’s path to retail dominance Key Takeaways Sam’s Rules for …

, , , , , , , Oct 2017business john-huey leadership management retail sam-walton walmart worth-re-reading
Why Don't We Learn From History? by BH Liddell Hart
Why Don’t We Learn From History? by BH Liddell Hart

Summary Hart succinctly and engagingly describes why history is so important to study and, yet, …

, , , , Sep 2017bh-liddell-hart history psychology wisdom worth-re-reading
Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War and God by Will Durant
Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War and God by Will Durant

Summary The personal, distilled wisdom and beliefs of Will Durant on life’s important topics. Answered …

, , , Apr 2017history philosophy will-durant worth-re-reading
Chapters in My Life by Frederick Taylor Gates
Chapters in My Life by Frederick Taylor Gates

Summary Frederick Taylor Gates, the senior business and philanthropic advisor to John D. Rockefeller, recounts …

, , , , , Mar 2017autobiography business frederick-taylor-gates john-d-rockefeller philanthropy worth-re-reading
The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching by Dean Smith
The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching by Dean Smith

Summary A detailed overview of University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith’s philosophy. One …

, , , , , Feb 2017basketball dean-smith gerald-bell john-kilgo leadership worth-re-reading
Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

A primer on problem solving on scales from local to global, how systems exist and react in the real world while acknowledging that all models are false although they help us simplify and at times make better predictions

, , , , Sep 2016chaos-theory complexity donella-meadows systems worth-re-reading
The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant
The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

Will and Ariel Durant provide an unparalleled multi-disciplinary recount of history, covering major themes, events and people. This 100 page book is an incredible summary of their 10,000+ page series, The Story of Civilization.

, , , , Jul 2016ariel-durant history will-durant wisdom worth-re-reading
Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin
Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin

Through real life examples, many of them centered around Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, Peter Bevelin helps the reader learn how to think better, make fewer poor decisions understand ourselves and others better. Discusses mental models, human fallibilities, heuristics, instincts, human psychology, biology and more.

, , , , , , , Jul 2016charlie-munger finance investing mental-models peter-bevelin warren-buffett wisdom worth-re-reading
Buffett and Munger: A Study in Simplicity and Uncommon, Common Sense by Peter Bevelin
Buffett and Munger: A Study in Simplicity and Uncommon, Common Sense by Peter Bevelin

A very interesting dialogue between Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, the “librarian” and the “seeker” of knowledge. The dialogue discusses how to live a successful, happy and fulfilling life, what to avoid in life and in business and how to improve mental biases and heuristics in order to make better decisions

, , , , , , , Jul 2016business charlie-munger finance investing mental-models peter-bevelin warren-buffett worth-re-reading
Men and Rubber: The Story of Business by Harvey S. Firestone, Samuel Crowther
Men and Rubber: The Story of Business by Harvey S. Firestone, Samuel Crowther

Harvey Firestone discusses some of his background, philosophy and business practices which helped him build one of the most successful companies of the early 20th century

, , , , , Jun 2016autobiography business harvey-firestone history samuel-crowther worth-re-reading
Plain Talk: Lessons From a Business Maverick by Ken Iverson
Plain Talk: Lessons From a Business Maverick by Ken Iverson

Ken Iverson took over Nucor when he was 39 and compounded the business at incredible rates for decades. On top of it, he did it in the steel industry which is not known for its attractive returns. Iverson lays out his management principles which center around employee trust and loyalty, decentralization, honesty, limited hierarchy and bureaucracy and aligning the employees and manager’s interest through partnership.

, , , , , , Mar 2016business culture ken-iverson leadership loyalty nucor worth-re-reading
The Loyalty Effect by Frederick Reichheld
The Loyalty Effect by Frederick Reichheld

Reichheld lays out a very convincing argument for why creating an ecosystem which attracts and rewards loyal customers, employees and investors is the ultimate moat for any organization

, , , , , Mar 2016bain business culture frederick-reichheld loyalty worth-re-reading
The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835 in Scotland but immigrated to America when he was 13 and was able to rise to the highest echelons of society through his steel empire. He is one of the world’s great philanthropists and gave away the majority of his wealth before his death to several causes such as public libraries, world peace, improving the human condition and strengthening democracy.

, , , , , Feb 2016andrew-carnegie autobiography business philanthropy steel worth-re-reading
It's Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Captain Abrashoff recounts his story and the leadership principles he used to turn around the USS Benfold, one of the worst performing ships in the navy. Believes these leadership principles to be universal and in today’s age, getting the most out of your people and helping them grow is more important than ever

, , , Jan 2016leadership michael-abrashoff navy worth-re-reading
Leading by Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz
Leading by Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz

Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United for 26 years and helped them achieve incredible success. This book is about what he has learned throughout his life about leadership

, , , , , Dec 2015alex-ferguson leadership manchester-united michael-moritz soccer worth-re-reading
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Great read on how to apply universal learning techniques to any endeavor. You must learn the fundamentals so thoroughly that they become ingrained, allowing the brain to fully focus on minute details which help separate you from the rest of the competition

, , , , Dec 2015chess josh-waitzkin learning philosophy worth-re-reading
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

Adams is the comic behind the Dilbert series and this book is his story about how he stumbled his way to success amid many failures. Goals are for losers, your brain isn’t magic – you can program it, most important metric to track is your personal energy, every skill you acquire doubles your chances of success, success is happiness + freedom, conquer shyness by being a huge phony (in a good way), fitness is the lever that moves the world, simplicity transforms the ordinary into the amazing

, , , , Nov 2015dilbert entrepreneur how-to-live-life scott-adams worth-re-reading
Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin
Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin

Gribbin explores our biological history to show how complexity can arise out of simplicity. Chaos leads to complexity which leads to life. The interesting things happen at the edge of complexity; in chaotic systems, minute differences in the initial conditions lead to huge differences in outcome

, , , Nov 2015biology history john-gribbin worth-re-reading
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

Jaynes argues that up until 2-4,000 years ago, men were not conscious but followed the voices of gods. As language and writing developed, consciousness began to emerge which then displaced these voices. On the surface it seems crazy but Jaynes does an incredible job of making it seem plausible

, , , Nov 2015consciousness human-history julian-jaynes worth-re-reading
It's About TIME! by Jim Ball and Jennifer Kuchta
It’s About TIME! by Jim Ball and Jennifer Kuchta

An excellent, simple and easy to read book on how to better manage your time and be much more productive

, , , Nov 2015jennifer-kuchta jim-ball time-management worth-re-reading
Pebbles of Perception by Laurence Endersen
Pebbles of Perception by Laurence Endersen

Enderson got inspiration from Poor Charlie’s Almanack – to understand the main principles in the big fields (law, psychology, business, engineering, physics, etc.) and understand the importance of good choices. This book is Endersen’s take on how to make good decisions

, , Nov 2015decision-making laurence-enderson worth-re-reading
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

On his journey from Minnesota to Northern California, the narrator discusses quality and several other philosophical questions through examples and chautauquas. “To truly experience quality, one must both embrace and apply it as best fits the requirements of the situation.”

, , Nov 2015philosophy robert-pirsig worth-re-reading
The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee by John Little
The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee by John Little

Bruce Lee is much more than just one of the best martial artists of all time, he is a philosopher who sought to integrate his beliefs into everything he did. Lee outlines a framework in order to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally by living in accordance with Tao, the way or nature.

, , , , , May 2015bruce-lee john-little martial-arts philosophy spiritual worth-re-reading
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter Kaufman and Charlie Munger
Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Peter Kaufman and Charlie Munger

A truly eye-opening book into the world and thought processes of Charlie Munger. He describes how and why he thinks the way he does, stresses the importance of learning the basics in the fundamental disciplines in order to avoid becoming “the man with a hammer who sees everything as a nail,” and how this has translated into the enormous success that is Berkshire Hathaway.

, , , , , , , , , May 2015berkshire-hathaway charlie-munger decision-making finance investing mental-models peter-kaufman philosophy psychology worth-re-reading
Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu (Translated by John C.H. Wu)
Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu (Translated by John C.H. Wu)

This classic is a “series of insights into life and nature; it is suggestion rather than statement. It looks at what it means to follow the way of the Tao and how to go about doing so. Be humble, don’t strive, the weak are strong, be generous, be frugal, don’t force things are some of the many timeless tenets it advocates

, , , , , , , May 2015china classic how-to-live-life john-c-h-wu lao-tzu philosophy tao-teh-ching worth-re-reading
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Essentialism by Greg McKeown

McKeown shows you how to get more done in less time and do it better. You must be very selective about what to focus on, eliminate everything else and learn how to emphatically but gracefully say no. Less but better

, , , , , May 2015decision-making essentialism greg-mckeown how-to-live-life philosophy worth-re-reading
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Summary In the most superficial summary possible, Edmond Dantes is wrongly accused of a crime …

, , , Mar 2015alexandre-dumas classic fiction worth-re-reading
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Robert Greene lays out 48 laws which will help you in you the mastery and conquest of your given field. He draws on historical examples of people who have observed or transgressed these laws as well as portions of fables and other short stories to help illustrate each law. A bit Machiavellian but better to be aware and not use than be taken advantage of due to ignorance

, , , , Mar 2015power psychology robert-greene social worth-re-reading
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb

Taleb describes that anything is antifragile as it gets better with chaos and disorder and improves with time whereas anything antifragile hates volatility. He lays out extremely convincing arguments for doing away with most predictions and trying to forecast into the future as this in reality handicaps us and doesn’t allow us to react to what is truly happening. His arguments are can and should be molded into every facet of your life and your decisions

, , , , , Mar 2015finance investing nassim-taleb psychology social worth-re-reading
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca, a Stoic philosopher, offers his view on how to live successfully and happily (by being in the moment and not worrying about the past or future since there is nothing you can do about either), the importance of reason and morality and provides timeless wisdom which is just as relevant today as it was millennia ago.

, , , , Mar 2015how-to-live-life philosophy seneca stoicism worth-re-reading
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca’s advice to his friend is still fantastic several thousand years later. Covers everything from his thoughts on crowds to acquiring wisdom.

, , , , Mar 2015how-to-live-life philosophy seneca stoicism worth-re-reading
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert Pirsig
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert Pirsig

Phaedrus, from The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, returns and ponders life’s essential elements as he sails down the Hudson River.

, , , Mar 2015psychology quality robert-pirsig worth-re-reading
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha is the story of the journey of a young man who experiences all the riches and desires any man can have but soon becomes bored with them. He strives for a life of simplicity, peace and wisdom and finds them in an unexpected place

, , , , Mar 2015herman-hesse how-to-live religion spiritual worth-re-reading
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow

Rob Chernow dives into the lives of one of the world’s most famous businessmen. John D. Rockefeller is often deified or vilified and it is because he draws out these extreme emotions in people that this biography is so appealing.

, , , , Mar 2015biography john-d-rockefeller robber-baron ron-chernow worth-re-reading
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

By following your heart, you will find treasures along the way and do what you are meant to do on this earth. A beautiful book with a powerful message

, , , Mar 2015how-to-live-life paulo-coelho spiritual worth-re-reading
The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz’s writing is so influential and powerful because of his ability to simply and beautifully convey his message. By following these 4 agreements, you can focus on the right things in life, gain perspective on issues and live a much happier, less stressful life.

, , , Feb 2015don-miguel-ruiz philosophy toltec worth-re-reading
Mastery by Robert Greene
Mastery by Robert Greene

A must read. Robert Greene details masters of the past and present – people who are exceptional at what they do, what their processes are and what they have in common

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , Feb 2015albert-einstein benjamin-franklin cesar-rodriguez charles-darwin daniel-everett freddie-roach mozart paul-graham robert-greene santiago-calatrava temple-grandin teresita-fernandez vs-ramachandran worth-re-reading yoky-matsuoka