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List of all the books I have summarized

For each book, I write up a quick summary, some key takeaways and lastly what I got out of reading it.

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John H. Patterson: Pioneer in Industrial Welfare by John H. Patterson, Samuel Crowther
John H. Patterson: Pioneer in Industrial Welfare by John H. Patterson, Samuel Crowther

Like my write-up on Henry Ford and some of my other “teacher’s reference guides“, I …

Business, John H. Patterson, National Cash Register, Philosophy, Samuel Crowther, Worth Re-readingOct 2018business john-h-patterson national-cash-register philosophy samuel-crowther worth-re-reading
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Summary 12 rules for how to balance chaos and order, how to live a meaningful …

Biology, Jordan Peterson, Multi-Disciplinary, Philosophy, WisdomOct 2018biology jordan-peterson multi-disciplinary philosophy wisdom
Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton Christensen
Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton Christensen

Summary This book is about how to better create, predict, and act upon innovation breakthroughs. …

Business, Clayton Christensen, InnovationSep 2018business clayton-christensen innovation
The Gervais Principle by Venkatesh Rao
The Gervais Principle by Venkatesh Rao

Summary That, ultimately is what this book is about: organizational literacy, the reading and writing …

Business, Hierarchy, Kindle, Organizational Literacy, The Office, Venkatesh RaoSep 2018business hierarchy kindle organizational-literacy the-office venkatesh-rao
The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer
The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer

Summary Schopenhauer walks us through the art of ordering our lives to gain the maximum …

Arthur Schopenhauer, Leisure, Philosophy, WisdomSep 2018arthur-schopenhauer leisure philosophy wisdom
The Artist's Journey: The Wake of the Hero's Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning by Steven Pressfield
The Artist’s Journey: The Wake of the Hero’s Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning by Steven Pressfield

Summary The artist’s journey begins with the hero’s journey, it is merely the beginning and …

Art, Creativity, Joseph Campbell, Persistence, Steven PressfieldSep 2018art creativity joseph-campbell persistence steven-pressfield
Intuition: Its Powers and Perils by David Myers
Intuition: Its Powers and Perils by David Myers

Summary To plumb the disparate discoveries about intuition – the powers and the perils and …

David Myers, IntuitionSep 2018david-myers intuition
The HeartMath Solution: The Heartmath Institute's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence by Doc Lew Childre, Howard Martin, Donna Beech
The HeartMath Solution: The Heartmath Institute’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence by Doc Lew Childre, Howard Martin, Donna Beech

Summary Our heart has an intelligence which impacts our physical/mental/emotional health more than most people …

Coherence, Doc Lew Childre, Donna Beech, Health, Heart Rate Variability, Howard Martin, Intuition, MeditationSep 2018coherence doc-lew-childre donna-beech health heart-rate-variability howard-martin intuition meditation
Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell
Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell

Summary Change is never “out there”, it can start where you are, right where you …

Change, Philosophy, Russell Conwell, WealthAug 2018change philosophy russell-conwell wealth
The Early Days of WL Gore and Associates by Bob Gore
The Early Days of WL Gore and Associates by Bob Gore

Summary Bob Gore, son of founder Bill Gore, recounts the early days at WL Gore …

Bob Gore, Business, Culture, Manufacturing, William Gore, WL GoreAug 2018bob-gore business culture manufacturing william-gore wl-gore
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 …

Biology, Donald Brown, Human Nature, Human Universals, Sociology, Worth Re-readingAug 2018biology donald-brown human-nature human-universals sociology worth-re-reading
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Summary An incredible in depth look at sleep, the research behind it, and its vast …

Health, Matthew Walker, SleepJul 2018health matthew-walker sleep
I Love Capitalism: An American Story by Ken Langone
I Love Capitalism: An American Story by Ken Langone

Summary This is Ken Langone’s love song to capitalism. Everyone can and should dream big …

Business, Home Depot, Investing, Ken LangoneJul 2018business home-depot investing ken-langone
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Summary Michael Pollan’s deep dive into consciousness altering substances Key Takeaways One way to study …

Consciousness, Michael Pollan, PsychedelicsJul 2018consciousness michael-pollan psychedelics
Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson
Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson

Summary Dyson wants to tell his story to inspire other inventors and to share his …

Autobiography, Business, Entrepreneur, Innovation, James DysonJul 2018autobiography business entrepreneur innovation james-dyson
Built From Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew the Home Depot From Nothing to $30 Billion by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank
Built From Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew the Home Depot From Nothing to $30 Billion by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank

Summary The history and philosophy of The Home Depot from the founders themselves Key Takeaways …

Arthur Blank, Bernie Marcus, Business, Culture, Ken Langone, The Home DepotJun 2018arthur-blank bernie-marcus business culture ken-langone the-home-depot
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life by Richard Dawkins
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life by Richard Dawkins

Summary “The universe has created an ability to self-replicate using the surrounding materials to make …

Biology, Evolution, Richard DawkinsJun 2018biology evolution richard-dawkins
Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil
Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil

Summary A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging …

Civilization, Energy, History, Vaclav SmilJun 2018civilization energy history vaclav-smil
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 …

Business, Charles Koch, Koch Industries, Philosophy, Worth Re-readingJun 2018business charles-koch koch-industries philosophy worth-re-reading
Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business by Mark Robichaux
Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business by Mark Robichaux

Summary Malone is considered the grandfather of the cable industry but many also saw him …

Biography, Business, Cable, John Malone, Mark Robichaux, Robert MagnessMay 2018biography business cable john-malone mark-robichaux robert-magness
Tiger Woods by Armen Keteyian, Jeff Benedict
Tiger Woods by Armen Keteyian, Jeff Benedict

Summary A deep look into Tiger’s history, family, career and lifestyle, helping us understand how …

Armen Keteyian, Biography, Golf, Jeff Benedict, Tiger WoodsMay 2018armen-keteyian biography golf jeff-benedict tiger-woods
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

Summary This book is about what goes on in a doctor’s mind as he or …

Doctors, Healthcare, Jerome GroopmanMay 2018doctors healthcare jerome-groopman
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts

Summary Alan Watts introduces Zen Buddhism to a western audience by discussing zen’s history, the …

Alan Watts, Buddhism, Philosophy, ZenMay 2018alan-watts buddhism philosophy zen
The Farmer From Merna: A Biography of George J. Mecherle and a History of the State Farm Insurance Companies of Bloomington, Illinois by Karl Schriftgeisser
The Farmer From Merna: A Biography of George J. Mecherle and a History of the State Farm Insurance Companies of Bloomington, Illinois by Karl Schriftgeisser

Summary The life of George Mecherle and his founding of State Farm Insurance Key Takeaways …

Biography, Business, George Mecherle, Insurance, Karl SchriftgeisserMay 2018biography business george-mecherle insurance karl-schriftgeisser
No Way to Run a Railroad: The Untold Story of the Penn Central Crisis by Stephen Salsbury
No Way to Run a Railroad: The Untold Story of the Penn Central Crisis by Stephen Salsbury

Summary Behind the scenes look at what really happened in the collapse of one of …

Business, Railroad, Stephen SalsburyMay 2018business railroad stephen-salsbury
Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon by Joe Dispenza
Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon by Joe Dispenza

Summary “This book will show you how to accept your future dream as your current …

Health, Joe Dispenza, MeditationApr 2018health joe-dispenza meditation
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Summary “Since Darwin’s day, we’ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. …

Biology, Cacilda Jetha, Christopher Ryan, Relationships, Sex, SociologyApr 2018biology cacilda-jetha christopher-ryan relationships sex sociology
Solve for Happiness: Engineer Your Path to Joy by Mo Gawdat
Solve for Happiness: Engineer Your Path to Joy by Mo Gawdat

Summary Mo Gawdat uses his engineering and mathematics background to study happiness and make it …

Happiness, Meditation, Mo Gawdat, PsychologyApr 2018happiness meditation mo-gawdat psychology
Impro: Improvisation and the Theater by Keith Johnstone
Impro: Improvisation and the Theater by Keith Johnstone

Summary “This is, in a nutshell, the Johnstone doctrine: you are not imaginatively impotent until …

Acting, Comedy, Flow, Improv, Keith Johnstone, Theater, TranceApr 2018acting comedy flow improv keith-johnstone theater trance
Boyd: The Figher Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
Boyd: The Figher Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram

Summary “Boyd has had a bigger impact on fighter tactics, aircraft design, and theory of …

Biography, Engineering, John Boyd, Military, Robert Coram, WarMar 2018biography engineering john-boyd military robert-coram war
Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes by Frans de Waal
Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes by Frans de Waal

Summary An incredible insight into the takeovers and social organization of a chimp colony in …

Biology, Chimpanzees, Evolution, Frans de Waal, Politics, PsychologyMar 2018biology chimpanzees evolution frans-de-waal politics psychology
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memory of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memory of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance

Summary JD Vance wrote this book not because he’s accomplished anything extraordinary, but because he’s …

America, Autobiography, JD Vance, Psychology, Social ClassMar 2018america autobiography jd-vance psychology social-class
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson

Summary John Chatterton and Richie Kohler risked their lives to explore a sunken WWII sunken …

History, Robert Kurson, Scuba DivingMar 2018history robert-kurson scuba-diving
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 …

Jazz, Kenny Werner, Learning, Mastery, Music, Worth Re-readingFeb 2018jazz kenny-werner learning mastery music worth-re-reading
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Summary The discovery of the Second Foundation and its impact on the Foundation and its …

Fiction, Isaac Asimov, Sci-FiFeb 2018fiction isaac-asimov sci-fi
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

Summary The series is about the people on these many different worlds who are all …

Fiction, Isaac Asimov, Sci-FiFeb 2018fiction isaac-asimov sci-fi
The Schlumberger Adventure by Anne Gruner Schlumberger
The Schlumberger Adventure by Anne Gruner Schlumberger

Summary The story and people behind the incredible success of drilling and surveying giant Schlumberger. “Conrad was a …

Anne Gruner Schlumberger, Business, SchlumbergerFeb 2018anne-gruner-schlumberger business schlumberger
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.

James P. Carse, Philosophy, Worth Re-readingFeb 2018james-p-carse philosophy worth-re-reading
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Summary Gaal Dornick travels to the Galactic Empire’s capital to work with Hari Seldon on …

Fiction, Isaac Asimov, Sci-FiFeb 2018fiction isaac-asimov sci-fi
The Lives of Artists by Giorgio Vasari
The Lives of Artists by Giorgio Vasari

Summary Giorgio Vasari  the effective founder of art history, describes the lives and works of some …

Art, Art History, Giorgio VasariJan 2018art art-history giorgio-vasari
Am I Being Too Subtle: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel by Sam Zell
Am I Being Too Subtle: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel by Sam Zell

Summary Sam Zell discusses what has made him successful in building his commercial real estate companies as …

Business, Investing, Real Estate, Sam ZellJan 2018business investing real-estate sam-zell
Kiewit: An Uncommon Story by Jeffrey Rodengen
Kiewit: An Uncommon Story by Jeffrey Rodengen

Summary Kiewit Brothers Company was established in 1884 by Peter Kiewit and his brother Andrew …

Business, Construction, Culture, Jeffrey Rodengen, Kiewit, Warren BuffettJan 2018business construction culture jeffrey-rodengen kiewit warren-buffett
Against Method by Paul Feyerabend
Against Method by Paul Feyerabend

Summary This book proposes a thesis and draws consequences from it. The thesis is: the …

Paul Feyerabend, PhilosophyJan 2018paul-feyerabend philosophy
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Summary Although it may not seem like it, violence has seen a steady downward trend …

History, Human Nature, Psychology, Steven Pinker, ViolenceDec 2017history human-nature psychology steven-pinker violence
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design by Henry Petroski
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design by Henry Petroski

Summary An introduction to engineering and what engineers do for the non-technical Key Takeaways The …

Engineering, Henry PetroskiDec 2017engineering henry-petroski
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams

Summary Discusses how emotional rather than rational people really are and how to use this …

Persuasion, Psychology, Scott AdamsDec 2017persuasion psychology scott-adams
Heat by Bill Buford
Heat by Bill Buford

Summary Bill Buford recounts his time with Mario Batali and in Italy as he learns to cook …

Bill Buford, Cooking, Mario BataliDec 2017bill-buford cooking mario-batali
Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Summary The authors describe some of the self-justification mechanisms people often use to help them …

Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson, PsychologyDec 2017carol-tavris elliot-aronson psychology
Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary and Social Innovator by Robert Price
Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary and Social Innovator by Robert Price

Summary Robert Price, Sol Price’s son, recalls his father’s history, personality and journey founding FedMart and The …

Business, Costco, FedMart, Jim Sinegal, Management, Price Club, Retail, Robert Price, Sol PriceDec 2017business costco fedmart jim-sinegal management price-club retail robert-price sol-price
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Summary This is a book about the similarities in symbology between diverse religions and cultures. …

Nov 2017
Jesus: A 21st Century Biography by Paul Johnson
Jesus: A 21st Century Biography by Paul Johnson

Summary Author wrote this book to broadly summarize the life of Jesus and to explain …

History, Jesus, Paul Johnson, ReligionNov 2017history jesus paul-johnson religion
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler

Summary The life and story of Amelia Earhart Key Takeaways The author spends a lot …

Amelia Earhart, Biography, Flight, Susan ButlerNov 2017amelia-earhart biography flight susan-butler
My Life and Work by Henry Ford
My Life and Work by Henry Ford

This teacher’s reference guide is a bit unique in that it was only one book …

Autobiography, Business, Henry Ford, Leadership, Worth Re-readingNov 2017autobiography business henry-ford leadership worth-re-reading
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Summary Leonardo was the original Renaissance Man, excelling in everything from botany to athletics to …

Art, History, Leonardo da Vinci, Walter IsaacsonOct 2017art history leonardo-da-vinci walter-isaacson
Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson
Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson

Summary Human relations are often paradoxical and not logical and this book explains why many …

Management, Relationships, Richard FarsonOct 2017management relationships richard-farson
The Great A&P And the Struggle for Small Business in America by Marc Levinson
The Great A&P And the Struggle for Small Business in America by Marc Levinson

Summary An in depth analysis of The Great Atlantic & Pacific – one of the …

Business, Marc Levinson, Retail, The Great A&POct 2017business marc-levinson retail the-great-ap
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 …

Business, John Huey, Leadership, Management, Retail, Sam Walton, Walmart, Worth Re-readingOct 2017business john-huey leadership management retail sam-walton walmart worth-re-reading
The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears by Donald Katz
The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears by Donald Katz

Summary Katz describes the rise and fall of Sears and the men who helped revolutionize …

Business, Donald Katz, Retail, SearsSep 2017business donald-katz retail sears
Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker
Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker

Summary Today you must be your own CEO and take responsibility for your own growth …

Business, Management, Peter DruckerSep 2017business management peter-drucker
Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Summary The author describes what he learned about life from Morrie, his favorite professor, who …

How to Live Life, Mitch Albom, PhilosophySep 2017how-to-live-life mitch-albom philosophy
Legacy by James Kerr
Legacy by James Kerr

Summary The author describes some of the history of the New Zealand All Blacks and …

All Blacks, Culture, James Kerr, Leadership, New Zealand, Rugby, SportsSep 2017all-blacks culture james-kerr leadership new-zealand rugby sports
Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead by Ralph Stayer and James Belasco
Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead by Ralph Stayer and James Belasco

Summary All leaders face a challenge of leadership. The old models and paradigms no longer …

Business, James Belasco, Leadership, Management, Ralph StayerSep 2017business james-belasco leadership management ralph-stayer
The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks
The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks

Summary Not a how to guide for investing but Howard’s investing philosophy, his guideposts Key …

Finance, Howard Marks, Investing, OaktreeSep 2017finance howard-marks investing oaktree
Ask the Dust by John Fante
Ask the Dust by John Fante

Summary Arturo Bandini narrates his life and struggles as a writer in LA Key Takeaways …

Classic, Fiction, John Fante, Los Angeles, Ryan HolidaySep 2017classic fiction john-fante los-angeles ryan-holiday
Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday
Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday

Summary This book will teach you how to make something which stands the test of …

Ryan HolidaySep 2017ryan-holiday
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin

Summary The life and accomplishments of Darwin through his own eyes Key Takeaways I have …

Autobiography, Biology, Charles Darwin, Evolution, Learning, ScienceSep 2017autobiography biology charles-darwin evolution learning science
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Summary Don Quixote is obsessed with what he has read about chivalry and decides to …

Classic, Fiction, Miguel de CervantesSep 2017classic fiction miguel-de-cervantes
The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo
The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo

Summary This books dives into the power of networks and how the interconnectedness of everything …

Complexity, Joshua Cooper Ramo, Network, Platforms, ScaleSep 2017complexity joshua-cooper-ramo network platforms scale
Ice Age by John and Mary Gribbin
Ice Age by John and Mary Gribbin

Summary “As we mentioned earlier, given the present day geography of our planet—the distribution of …

Charlie Munger, Climate, Environment, Feedback Loops, John Gribbin, Mary GribbinSep 2017charlie-munger climate environment feedback-loops john-gribbin mary-gribbin
The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz
The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz

Summary Trump’s philosophy on negotiation, business and more as well as some of his background …

Biography, Business, Donald Trump, Tony SchwartzSep 2017biography business donald-trump tony-schwartz
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, …

BH Liddell Hart, History, Psychology, Wisdom, Worth Re-readingSep 2017bh-liddell-hart history psychology wisdom worth-re-reading
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Summary A bitter satire aimed at the oppressive Stalin-era Russian regime of the 1930’s. It …

Classic, Fiction, Mikhail BulgakovSep 2017classic fiction mikhail-bulgakov
The Source by James Michener
The Source by James Michener

Summary A historical novel by Michener is a survey of the Jewish people and the …

Fiction, Israel, James MichenerSep 2017fiction israel james-michener
You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Joe Dispenza
You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Joe Dispenza

Summary A placebo affect is when we believe in some external stimulus which changes our …

Intention, Joe Dispenza, Meditation, MindsetSep 2017intention joe-dispenza meditation mindset
The Wisdom of Success: The Philosophy of Achievement by Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill
The Wisdom of Success: The Philosophy of Achievement by Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill

Summary There are 17 major principles of success and one must first be aware of …

Andrew Carnegie, Business, How to Live, Intention, Napoleon Hill, Philosophy, SuccessSep 2017andrew-carnegie business how-to-live intention napoleon-hill philosophy success
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Summary Gregory David Roberts tells his amazing life story from his jail break in Australia …

Gregory David Roberts, IndiaSep 2017gregory-david-roberts india
Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies and Companies by Geoffrey West
Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies and Companies by Geoffrey West

Summary There are some simple, universal laws which link all complex systems and this book …

Complexity, Geoffrey West, ScaleSep 2017complexity geoffrey-west scale
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 by William Dalrymple
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 by William Dalrymple

Summary The history of the fall of the rulers of India up until the 19th …

Britain, History, India, William DalrympleSep 2017britain history india william-dalrymple
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Summary A story based in India which unfolds while the conflict between Russia and Britain …

Fiction, India, Rudyard KiplingSep 2017fiction india rudyard-kipling
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by Tom Gallwey
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by Tom Gallwey

Summary “It is the thesis of this book that neither mastery nor satisfaction can be …

Mastery, Psychology, Tennis, Tom Gallwey, ZenMay 2017mastery psychology tennis tom-gallwey zen
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Summary A fun and honest recounting of the highs and lows of Steve Martin’s early …

Autobiography, Comedy, Steve MartinApr 2017autobiography comedy steve-martin
Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Summary If you’re purely copying someone, you haven’t truly learned from them. Of course, it’s …

Blake Masters, Business, Peter Thiel, Startups, TechnologyApr 2017blake-masters business peter-thiel startups technology
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Summary Peter Matthiessen recounts his travels to India, Nepal and the Himalayas and his spiritual …

Buddhism, Meditation, Nepal, Peter Matthiessen, TravelApr 2017buddhism meditation nepal peter-matthiessen travel
Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Comptuer Age by Paul Graham
Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Comptuer Age by Paul Graham

Summary Paul Graham, founder of Viaweb and Y-Combinator, gives an inside view on the computer …

Paul GrahamApr 2017paul-graham
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 …

History, Philosophy, Will Durant, Worth Re-readingApr 2017history philosophy will-durant worth-re-reading
Platform Scale by Sangeet Paul Choudary
Platform Scale by Sangeet Paul Choudary

Summary Choudary explains how technology, democratization of connectivity and rise of data-driven decision making systems are …

Platforms, Sangeet Paul ChoudaryMar 2017platforms sangeet-paul-choudary
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 …

Autobiography, Business, Frederick Taylor Gates, John D. Rockefeller, Philanthropy, Worth Re-readingMar 2017autobiography business frederick-taylor-gates john-d-rockefeller philanthropy worth-re-reading
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Summary Gaiman’s recounting of Norse mythology from the genesis story to details around the different …

Mythology, Neil Gaiman, ScandinaviaMar 2017mythology neil-gaiman scandinavia
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

Summary Most of us are taught from a young age that if you work hard …

Habits, Happiness, Productivity, Shawn AchorMar 2017habits happiness productivity shawn-achor
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu

Summary A recount of the wars behind the rise and fall of the 20th century’s …

Business, Information Technology, Platforms, Tim WuMar 2017business information-technology platforms tim-wu
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

Summary A resilient structure or system is one which can bounce back to its original …

Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy, Chaos Theory, Complexity, Platforms, ResilienceMar 2017andrew-zolli ann-marie-healy chaos-theory complexity platforms resilience
Modern Monopolies by Alex Moazed and Nicholas Johnson
Modern Monopolies by Alex Moazed and Nicholas Johnson

Summary Platform companies generate value by using technology to facilitate exchanges between groups which benefits …

Alex Moazed, Business, Nicholas Johnson, Platforms, TechnologyMar 2017alex-moazed business nicholas-johnson platforms technology
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Change the World by David Deutsch
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Change the World by David Deutsch

Summary Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in our universe and that improving …

David DeutschFeb 2017david-deutsch
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 …

Basketball, Dean Smith, Gerald Bell, John Kilgo, Leadership, Worth Re-readingFeb 2017basketball dean-smith gerald-bell john-kilgo leadership worth-re-reading
The Book of est by Luke Rhinehart
The Book of est by Luke Rhinehart

Summary A written description of the est training program. “Realizing that one creates one’s own experience …

est training, Luke Rhinehart, PsychologyFeb 2017est-training luke-rhinehart psychology
Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary
Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary

Summary This book seeks to describe how and why platforms are coming to dominate the …

Business, Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, Platform, Sangeet Paul ChoudaryFeb 2017business geoffrey-parker marshall-van-alstyne platform sangeet-paul-choudary
Shoe Dog: A Memoir of the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Shoe Dog: A Memoir of the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Summary Phil Knight recounts the formation, history, culture and vision of one of the most …

Autobiography, Business, Leadership, Nike, Phil KnightFeb 2017autobiography business leadership nike phil-knight
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal by David McCullough
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal by David McCullough

Summary McCullough’s master story-telling skills are evident through this epic tale of the construction of …

David McCullough, History, PanamaFeb 2017david-mccullough history panama
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

Summary Kelly takes the unusual view of describing technology as a natural system, much like …

Kevin Kelly, Platforms, TechnologyFeb 2017kevin-kelly platforms technology
Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multi-Sided Platforms by David Evans and Richard Schmalensee
Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multi-Sided Platforms by David Evans and Richard Schmalensee

Summary Matchmakers create and release value by connecting different groups and reducing transactional and other …

David Evans, Platforms, Richard SchmalenseeFeb 2017david-evans platforms richard-schmalensee
Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries
Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries

Summary Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow, and Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, detail their findings based on the …

Business, Platforms, Real Estate, Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries, ZillowFeb 2017business platforms real-estate spencer-rascoff stan-humphries zillow
The JD.com Story by Li Zhigang
The JD.com Story by Li Zhigang

Summary The story of Richard Liu and his founding of one of the world’s largest …

Business, eCommerce, JD.com, Li Zhigang, Platforms, Richard Liu QiangdongFeb 2017business ecommerce jd-com li-zhigang platforms richard-liu-qiangdong
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

Summary Duncan Clark describes the history of Jack Ma, his personality, how and why he …

Alibaba, Biography, Business, China, Duncan Clark, eCommerce, Jack Ma, PlatformsFeb 2017alibaba biography business china duncan-clark ecommerce jack-ma platforms
Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee

Summary “An organic collection of writings that are meant to convey the essence of Bruce Lee’s art …

Bruce Lee, Martial Arts, PhilosophyJan 2017bruce-lee martial-arts philosophy
Words From a Master by Bruce Lee
Words From a Master by Bruce Lee

Summary Transcript of Bruce Lee interview with Pierre Berton, Ted Thomas and Alex Ben Block …

Bruce Lee, Martial Arts, PhilosophyJan 2017bruce-lee martial-arts philosophy
Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Summary “Productivity is about recognizing choices that other people often overlook. It’s about making certain …

Charles Duhigg, Habits, ProductivityJan 2017charles-duhigg habits productivity
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen

Summary The story of Sam “The Banana Man” Zemurray who created Cuyamel Fruit from the …

Business, Rich Cohen, Samuel ZemurrayJan 2017business rich-cohen samuel-zemurray
String Theory by David Foster Wallace
String Theory by David Foster Wallace

Summary A compilation of DFW’s writings on tennis Key Takeaways It can be amazing how early in …

David Foster Wallace, John Jeremiah Sullivan, TennisJan 2017david-foster-wallace john-jeremiah-sullivan tennis
You're It! On Hiding, Seeking and Being Found by Alan Watts
You’re It! On Hiding, Seeking and Being Found by Alan Watts

Summary A compilation of Alan Watts’ speeches on a broad number of topics Key Takeaways …

Alan Watts, PhilosophyJan 2017alan-watts philosophy
God's Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams
God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams

Summary A thought experiment via dialogue on some of life’s big questions Key Takeaways We …

Philosophy, Scott AdamsJan 2017philosophy scott-adams
Wisdom for Daily Living by Bruce Lee
Wisdom for Daily Living by Bruce Lee

Summary A collection of Bruce Lee’s thoughts and aphorisms broken out into eight different sections, …

Bruce Lee, Martial Arts, PhilosophyJan 2017bruce-lee martial-arts philosophy
Wisdom for the Way by Bruce Lee
Wisdom for the Way by Bruce Lee

Summary Compilation of Bruce Lee’s quotes, teachings and philosophy Key Takeaways Remember, success is a …

Bruce Lee, Martial Arts, PhilosophyJan 2017bruce-lee martial-arts philosophy
Bruce Lee: The Little Black Book by SC Hollister
Bruce Lee: The Little Black Book by SC Hollister

Summary A compilation of some of Bruce Lee’s most famous quotes Key Takeaways Be happy, …

Bruce Lee, Martial Arts, Philosophy, SC HollisterJan 2017bruce-lee martial-arts philosophy sc-hollister
Bruce Lee: Artist of Life by John Little
Bruce Lee: Artist of Life by John Little

Summary “Basically, I have always been a martial artist by choice and actor by profession. …

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial Arts, PhilosophyJan 2017bruce-lee john-little martial-arts philosophy
Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon by John Little
Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon by John Little

Summary A broad view of Bruce Lee’s life and personality through personal correspondence with friends …

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial Arts, PhilosophyJan 2017bruce-lee john-little martial-arts philosophy
Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body by John Little
Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body by John Little

Summary This book describes in meticulous detail Lee’s ever-evolving workout regimens and favorite exercises Key …

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial ArtsJan 2017bruce-lee john-little martial-arts
Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow by Chip Conley
Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow by Chip Conley

Chip Conley, founder of a boutique hotel chain called Joie de Vivre, describes his business principles and how they can help you reach your full potential and self-actualize

Business, Chip Conley, Leadership, PhilosophyDec 2016business chip-conley leadership philosophy
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams

A dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on how to turn ephemeral joy into an enduring trait

Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams, Joy, SpiritualityDec 2016dalai-lama desmond-tutu douglas-abrams joy spirituality
Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do by John Little
Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do by John Little

Bruce Lee’s commentaries on the martial way

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial Art, PhilosophyDec 2016bruce-lee john-little martial-art philosophy
Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon by John Little
Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon by John Little

A beautiful book based on the award-winning documentary, Bruce Lee: In His Own Words

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial Art, PhilosophyDec 2016bruce-lee john-little martial-art philosophy
Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu by John Little
Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu by John Little

This book is meant to serve as an introduction to Bruce Lee as a student of life, a designer of his own destiny. It goes into detail about Bruce’s development as a martial artist as well as his intellectual growth

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial Art, PhilosophyDec 2016bruce-lee john-little martial-art philosophy
Bruce Lee: Words of the Dragon by John Little
Bruce Lee: Words of the Dragon by John Little

A compilation of Bruce Lee’s interviews from 1958-1973

Bruce Lee, John Little, Martial Art, PhilosophyDec 2016bruce-lee john-little martial-art philosophy
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Studying some of the most prolific people in history to glean some of their patterns and daily routines to perhaps adopt into your own life

Habits, Mason Currey, RoutinesNov 2016habits mason-currey routines
Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Goethe is one of Germany’s most famous writers but also specialized in anatomy, geology and botany. This book is a collection of his thoughts and maxims, all of which are meant to provoke reflection

Johann van Goethe, PhilosophyNov 2016johann-van-goethe philosophy
Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar's Greatest Films by Dean Movshovitz
Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films by Dean Movshovitz

Examines Pixar’s storytelling techniques to uncover the techniques and mechanisms which make them so successful

Dean Movshovitz, Disney, PixarNov 2016dean-movshovitz disney pixar
The Pixar Touch by David Price
The Pixar Touch by David Price

A comprehensive overview of Pixar’s history, it’s storytelling process, its relationship with Disney and more

David Price, Disney, PixarNov 2016david-price disney pixar
Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story by Jewel
Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story by Jewel

Jewel’s background, obstacles overcome, beliefs and values all laid bare for the world to see. She hides nothing in this open account of her life

Autobiography, Jewel, MusicNov 2016autobiography jewel music
Innovate The Pixar Way by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson
Innovate The Pixar Way by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson

Quick book describing some of the attitudes, beliefs, practices and more that set Pixar apart and give it the best shot to keep innovating and producing the highest quality movies

Bill Capodagli, Disney, Lynn Jackson, PixarNov 2016bill-capodagli disney lynn-jackson pixar
Inside the Magic Kingdom by Tom Connellan
Inside the Magic Kingdom by Tom Connellan

Through a fictional narrative, Connellan describes what makes Disney great and how some of those learnings can be implemented into a variety of different businesses

Disney, Tom ConnellanNov 2016disney tom-connellan
An American Original: Walt Disney by Bob Thomas
An American Original: Walt Disney by Bob Thomas

Disney was able to entertain billions of people the world over. His background doesn’t point the way to how he achieved this, His parents were plain people, young Walt showed no brilliance as a student, and his drawings were often uninspired but in the end he is one of the most successful entertainers in businessmen in history

Biography, Bob Thomas, Walt DisneyNov 2016biography bob-thomas walt-disney
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

Disney’s influence is hard to overstate. He completely changed American culture and its consciousness by bringing in a lighter, more fun world during tough times. He completely changed animation and helped invent graphic design. His concept of a theme park was completely novel too as it was a totally immersive, imaginative experience

Biography, Business, Neal Gabler, Walt DisneyOct 2016biography business neal-gabler walt-disney
The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by Michael Barrier
The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by Michael Barrier

Michael Barrier gives a detailed account of Walt Disney’s background, personality, accomplishments, flaws and impact on the world

Biography, Business, Michael Barrier, Walt DisneyOct 2016biography business michael-barrier walt-disney
DisneyWar by James Stewart
DisneyWar by James Stewart

The incredible story of the Eisner era – it’s successes and debacles

Biography, Bob Iger, Business, James Stewart, Michael Eisner, Walt DisneyOct 2016biography bob-iger business james-stewart michael-eisner walt-disney
At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman
At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman

Natural selection is important, but it has not labored alone to craft the fine architectures of the biosphere. Self-organization is the root source of order and is not merely tinkered, but arises naturally and spontaneously because of the principles of self-organization. Self-organization works together with natural selection to help shape and drive evolution in species

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Stuart KauffmanOct 2016chaos-theory complexity stuart-kauffman
Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon
Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon

Consumers have become more thoughtful and hyperbolic marketing is more likely to backfire today. More refined advertising and better knowledge of what customers truly want is necessary. This book explores the companies that are different by taking this more refined path

Branding, Business, Youngme MoonOct 2016branding business youngme-moon
Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity by John Holland
Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity by John Holland

Holland walks us through how coherence emerges from unstructured agents in environments of continuous flux; coherence under change and complex adaptive systems (CAS)

Chaos Theory, Complexity, John HollandSep 2016chaos-theory complexity john-holland
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

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Donella Meadows, Systems, Worth Re-readingSep 2016chaos-theory complexity donella-meadows systems worth-re-reading
Investing: The Last Liberal Art by Robert Hagstrom
Investing: The Last Liberal Art by Robert Hagstrom

Hagstrom walks the reader through why and how to incorporate fundamental principles from multiple fields to become a better thinker, decision maker, investor, etc.

Business, Chaos Theory, Complexity, Investing, Robert HagstromSep 2016business chaos-theory complexity investing robert-hagstrom
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

The Fifth Discipline describes what a learning organization is and why it is vital in today’s world. It combines 5 core disciplines to help any organization gain a competitive advantage

Business, Chaos Theory, Complexity, Peter SengeSep 2016business chaos-theory complexity peter-senge
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by Mitchell Waldrop
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by Mitchell Waldrop

Explanations of complexity, self-organization, emergence, order and chaos and some of the pioneers behind this work. It also details the history of the Santa Fe Institute

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Mitchell WaldropSep 2016chaos-theory complexity mitchell-waldrop
Running the Amazon by Joe Kane
Running the Amazon by Joe Kane

Joe Kane describes his adventure trekking through the Amazon from its source in the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean

Joe KaneSep 2016joe-kane
The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments by John Mihaljevic

Describes some of the world’s most respected investors’ proven, proprietary frameworks for finding, researching, analyzing, and implementing the best value investing opportunities

Business, Investing, John MilhajevicSep 2016business investing john-milhajevic
Personal History by Katherine Graham
Personal History by Katherine Graham

Katherine Graham, long time CEO of The Washington Post, recounts her story, her struggles and her rise to running this acclaimed newspaper

Autobiography, Katherine Graham, LeadershipSep 2016autobiography katherine-graham leadership
Pride in Performance by Les Schwab
Pride in Performance by Les Schwab

The autobiography of Les Schwab, founder of the Les Schwab supermarket tire store – his background, philosophy and views on life and business

Autobiography, Business, Entrepreneur, Les Schwab, TiresAug 2016autobiography business entrepreneur les-schwab tires
How Nature Works by Per Bak
How Nature Works by Per Bak

Summary Self-organized criticality (SOC) is a new way of viewing nature – perpetually out of …

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Per BakAug 2016chaos-theory complexity per-bak
Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows
Thinking in Systems: A Primer 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

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Donella MeadowsAug 2016chaos-theory complexity donella-meadows
Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell
Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell

Seeks to explain how large scale, complex, organized and adaptive behavior can follow from simple rules among many individuals

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Melanie MitchellAug 2016chaos-theory complexity melanie-mitchell
Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature and Daily Life by Stephen Strogatz

Strogatz describes the universality of sync in nature, human biology, social networks, etc. and how it might come to be. “For reasons I wish I understood, the spectacle of sync strikes a chord in us, somewhere deep in our souls. It’s a wonderful and terrifying thing. Unlike many other phenomena, the witnessing of it touches people at a primal level. Maybe we instinctively realize that if we ever find the source of spontaneous order, we will have discovered the secret of the universe.”

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Stephen StrogatzAug 2016chaos-theory complexity stephen-strogatz
A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

Summary A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift …

Questions, Warren BergerAug 2016questions warren-berger
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge

LaBerge is the father of lucid dreaming and in this book he describes why lucid dreaming is beneficial, how to enter the state consistently and what to do once you’re in the state.

Lucid Dreaming, Sleep, Stephen LaBergeAug 2016lucid-dreaming sleep stephen-laberge
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson

A good summary of some of history’s most influential intellectuals, how they were influential and some of the darker sides of their personalities

History, Paul JohnsonAug 2016history paul-johnson
Levels of the Game by John McPhee
Levels of the Game by John McPhee

Story told of Ashe vs. Graebner during their US Open semi-final with some of their background and thoughts intertwined

John McPhee, TennisAug 2016john-mcphee tennis
Power vs. Force by David Hawkins

Summary Man thinks he lives by virtue of the forces he can control, but in …

Consciousness, David HawkinsJul 2016consciousness david-hawkins
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Summary Chernow’s goal is to make Washington as close to the living, breathing figure he was …

Biography, George Washington, History, Politics, Ron Chernow, US PresidentsJul 2016biography george-washington history politics ron-chernow us-presidents
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.

Ariel Durant, History, Will Durant, Wisdom, Worth Re-readingJul 2016ariel-durant history will-durant wisdom worth-re-reading
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Summary Deep work – professional activities performed in a state free of distractions which push …

Cal Newport, Deep Work, Focus, Mental ModelsJul 2016cal-newport deep-work focus mental-models
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

Summary Stone attempts to describe the Amazon story, its founder and how Wall St. and …

Amazon, Biography, Brad Stone, Business, Jeff BezosJul 2016amazon biography brad-stone business jeff-bezos
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

Summary Dobelli lays out some of the most common and disastrous mental biases we are …

Mental Models, Rolf DobelliJul 2016mental-models rolf-dobelli
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.

Charlie Munger, Finance, Investing, Mental Models, Peter Bevelin, Warren Buffett, Wisdom, Worth Re-readingJul 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

Business, Charlie Munger, Finance, Investing, Mental Models, Peter Bevelin, Warren Buffett, Worth Re-readingJul 2016business charlie-munger finance investing mental-models peter-bevelin warren-buffett worth-re-reading
A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers by Peter Bevelin

Summary Bevelin compiles Buffett’s investor letters as well as other good sources of value investing …

Business, Charlie Munger, Finance, Investing, Peter Bevelin, Warren BuffettJul 2016business charlie-munger finance investing peter-bevelin warren-buffett
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Summary Interesting biography on the philosopher/politician who was responsible for writing the Declaration of Independence, …

Biography, History, Jon Meacham, Politics, Thomas Jefferson, US PresidentsJul 2016biography history jon-meacham politics thomas-jefferson us-presidents
John Adams by David McCullough

Summary Good biography on John Adams, his contributions, life, personality Key Takeaways Adams was a …

Biography, David McCullough, History, John Adams, Politics, US PresidentsJun 2016biography david-mccullough history john-adams politics us-presidents
The Truth by Neil Strauss

Summary Strauss details his life and how he dealt with his desires for others while …

Neil Strauss, RelationshipsJun 2016neil-strauss relationships
Capital Account: A Money Manager’s Reports on a Turbulent Decade by Marathon Asset Management

Summary Relates the story of the 2001 TMT bubble from the perspective of Marathon Asset Management Key …

Bubbles, Business, Finance, Investing, Marathon Asset Management, Mental ModelsJun 2016bubbles business finance investing marathon-asset-management mental-models
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

Autobiography, Business, Harvey Firestone, History, Samuel Crowther, Worth Re-readingJun 2016autobiography business harvey-firestone history samuel-crowther worth-re-reading
A Few Lessons From Sherlock Holmes by Peter Bevelin

Summary Bevelin takes quotes and examples from Sherlock Holmes as examples of several tools and …

Decision Making, Learning, Mental Models, Peter Bevelin, Sherlock HolmesJun 2016decision-making learning mental-models peter-bevelin sherlock-holmes
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Summary The life and work of Alexander Hamilton told in a way that only the …

Alexander Hamilton, Biography, History, Politics, Ron Chernow, US PresidentsJun 2016alexander-hamilton biography history politics ron-chernow us-presidents
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Summary No matter the domain, the highly successful have a kind of ferocious determination that …

Angela Duckworth, Grit, SuccessJun 2016angela-duckworth grit success
If Aristotle Ran General Motors: The New Soul of Business by Tom Morris

Summary “I believe there are some basic truths, discernible by philosophical reflection, which undergird any sort of …

Business, Philosophy, Tom MorrisJun 2016business philosophy tom-morris
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Summary An exciting and inspiring book which lays out a detailed process for how you …

Anders Ericsson, Learning, Mastery, Robert PoolJun 2016anders-ericsson learning mastery robert-pool
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das

Summary Really engaging book on the importance of mindfulness and meditation and the principal tenets …

Awareness, Buddhism, Lama Surya Das, Meditation, Mindfulness, SpiritualityJun 2016awareness buddhism lama-surya-das meditation mindfulness spirituality
Brazil by Michael Reid

Summary A rally good overview of Brazil’s history and founding, it’s political background, agricultural prowess, …

Brazil, History, Michael Reid, PoliticsMay 2016brazil history michael-reid politics
The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations by Dietrich Doerner

Summary Logic of failure – certain tendencies in our patterns of thought that, while appropriate …

Decision Making, Dietrich DoernerMay 2016decision-making dietrich-doerner
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal

Summary General Stanley McChrystal was in command of the Joint Special Operations and director of operations in …

Leadership, Stanley McChrystal, WarMay 2016leadership stanley-mcchrystal war
Heroes of History by WIll Durant

Summary Great compilation of some of the world’s most influential, powerful, innovative people of all …

History, Will DurantMay 2016history will-durant
Living a Life of Awareness by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

Summary Miguel Ruiz Jr follows in his fathers footsteps with the Toltec way of life …

Don Miguel Ruiz, How to Live Life, Mindfulness, Spirituality, ToltecMay 2016don-miguel-ruiz how-to-live-life mindfulness spirituality toltec
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Summary Describes SEAL combat operations and training through Jocko’s and Leif’s eyes and applies this …

Business, Jocko Willink, Leadership, Leif Babin, Navy SEALsMay 2016business jocko-willink leadership leif-babin navy-seals
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman

Summary Dr. Hyman details very convincing evidence on why eating the right types of fats …

Diet and Nutrition, Health, Mark HymanMay 2016diet-and-nutrition health mark-hyman
101 Things I Learned in Culinary School by Louis Eguaras and Matthew Frederick

Summary 101 tips and learnings the author got out of culinary school Key Takeaways A …

Cooking, Louis Eguaras, Matthew FrederickMay 2016cooking louis-eguaras matthew-frederick
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

Summary Beautifully written book which strongly advocates for mindfulness in everything we do – from …

Buddhism, Jesus, Meditation, Mindfulness, SpiritualityMay 2016buddhism jesus meditation mindfulness spirituality
So You Want to Start a Hedge Fund by Ted Seides

Summary First book written by an insider that looks under the hood of the industry …

Business, Finance, Investing, Ted SeidesMay 2016business finance investing ted-seides
How Not to Die by Michael Greger

Summary Great resource on what foods to eat more of and avoid and how to …

Diet and Nutrition, Health, Michael GregerMay 2016diet-and-nutrition health michael-greger
The Power Broker by Robert Caro
The Power Broker by Robert Caro

Summary The incredible, multi-dimensional story of Robert Moses who helped shape New York through its …

Biography, Government, History, New York, Power, Robert Caro, Robert MosesMay 2016biography government history new-york power robert-caro robert-moses
Dreaming Yourself Awake by Alan Wallace

Summary Dreaming Yourself Awake describes the two most effective forms to control dreams though lucid …

Alan Wallace, Lucid DreamingMay 2016alan-wallace lucid-dreaming
The Mind Inside Tai Chi: Sustaining a Joyful Heart by Henry Zhuang

Summary A good introduction into tai chi and why/how it is practiced Key Takeaways Practicing …

Henry Zhuang, Tai ChiMar 2016henry-zhuang tai-chi
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.

Business, Culture, Ken Iverson, Leadership, Loyalty, Nucor, Worth Re-readingMar 2016business culture ken-iverson leadership loyalty nucor worth-re-reading
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Summary The Battle of Thermopylae told from the point of view one of the Spartan …

Greece, History, Steven Pressfield, WarMar 2016greece history steven-pressfield war
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Summary Paul Kalanithi describes his journey of becoming a neuroscientist and when he is finally …

Autobiography, Cancer, Paul KalanithiMar 2016autobiography cancer paul-kalanithi
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Summary People tend to operate as either givers, matchers or takers. In today’s increasingly connected …

Adam Grant, Business, How to Live Life, NetworkingMar 2016adam-grant business how-to-live-life networking
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Summary Mukunda experiences a miraculous recovery at a young age and after that is set …

Biography, Meditation, Paramahansa Yogananda, Spiritual, YogaMar 2016biography meditation paramahansa-yogananda spiritual yoga
The Dhando Investor by Mohnish Pabrai

Summary Dhando investing is all about value investing – maximum rewards with minimal risk. Dhando …

Finance, Investing, Mohnish PabraiMar 2016finance investing mohnish-pabrai
The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler

Summary Provides a brief summary of 50 decision models, or mental frameworks, on how to …

Decision Making, Mental Models, Mikael Krogerus, Roman TschappelerMar 2016decision-making mental-models mikael-krogerus roman-tschappeler
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

Bain, Business, Culture, Frederick Reichheld, Loyalty, Worth Re-readingMar 2016bain business culture frederick-reichheld loyalty worth-re-reading
The Art of Smart Thinking by James Hardt

Summary The Biocybernaut institute helps you increase your alpha waves through highly specialized neurofeedback training. …

Bill Harris, Biocybernaut, Biohacking, Brain, James Hardt, MeditationMar 2016bill-harris biocybernaut biohacking brain james-hardt meditation
Damn Right! Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger by Janet Lowe

Summary Lowe details Charlie’s life through his early career as a lawyer, later partnership with …

Business, Charlie Munger, Decision Making, Finance, Investing, Janet Lowe, Mental ModelsMar 2016business charlie-munger decision-making finance investing janet-lowe mental-models
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

Summary Wulf describes Humboldt’s amazing ability to see the big picture of nature and how …

Alexander von Humboldt, Andrea Wulf, Biography, NatureMar 2016alexander-von-humboldt andrea-wulf biography nature
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It by Ian Leslie

Summary Leslie outlines why curiosity is core to what it means to be human, how …

Curiosity, Ian LeslieFeb 2016curiosity ian-leslie
Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

Summary Nasaw sheds a different light on Carnegie than what we get through Carnegie’s autobiography. …

America, Andrew Carnegie, Biography, Business, David Nasaw, History, SteelFeb 2016america andrew-carnegie biography business david-nasaw history steel
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.

Andrew Carnegie, Autobiography, Business, Philanthropy, Steel, Worth Re-readingFeb 2016andrew-carnegie autobiography business philanthropy steel worth-re-reading
The Singapore Story by Lee Kuan Yew

Summary Fascinating account of an amazing man whose vision helped him transform Singapore from a …

Biography, Government, History, Lee Kuan Yew, SingaporeFeb 2016biography government history lee-kuan-yew singapore
One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness by Alberto Villoldo

Summary One Spirit Medicine helps restore mental, physics, emotional and spiritual well being through vision …

Alberto Villoldo, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Medicine, PhilosophyFeb 2016alberto-villoldo diet-and-nutrition health medicine philosophy
The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers by Gillian Tett

Summary People naturally build silos in order to deal with the world’s ever-growing complexity. However, …

Business, Gillian TettFeb 2016business gillian-tett
The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology by Geoffrey Moore, Paul Johnson and Tom Kippola
The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology by Geoffrey Moore, Paul Johnson and Tom Kippola

Summary Moore, Johnson and Kippola outline what the gorilla game entails and how to go …

Geoffrey Moore, Investing, Paul Johnson, Technology, Tom KippolaFeb 2016geoffrey-moore investing paul-johnson technology tom-kippola
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Summary We live in a society which idealizes extroverts but many of us are true …

Introverts, Psychology, Susan CainFeb 2016introverts psychology susan-cain
100 Baggers: Stocks that Return 100-to-1 and How to Find Them by Christopher Mayer

Summary An updated version of Phelps’ 100 Baggers, this book takes you through examples of …

Christopher Mayer, Finance, Investing, Thomas PhelpsFeb 2016christopher-mayer finance investing thomas-phelps
The Road to Character by David Brooks

Summary This book is about attitude. How people through the centuries have cultivated character. In …

Character, David Brooks, HistoryFeb 2016character david-brooks history
Becoming the Iceman: Pushing Past Perceived Limits by Wim Hof and Justin Rosales

Summary Wim “the Iceman” Hof describes his background, training regiment, beliefs and world records. He has …

Cold Exposure, Justin Rosales, Wim HofJan 2016cold-exposure justin-rosales wim-hof
The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Made and Gave Away a Fortune by Conor O’Clery

Summary An inspiring book about Chuck Feeney, one of the founders of Duty Free Shoppers …

Chuck Feeney, Conor O'Clery, Duty Free Shoppers, PhilanthropyJan 2016chuck-feeney conor-oclery duty-free-shoppers philanthropy
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Summary Follows the story of Nobody Owens who is adopted and raised by the supernatural …

Fantasy, Fiction, Neil GaimanJan 2016fantasy fiction neil-gaiman
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Summary Bill Bryson gives a very good overview of a natural history and describes how the Earth …

Bill Bryson, History, ScienceJan 2016bill-bryson history science
The Oasis Within by Tom Morris

Summary A tale of an uncle and his nephew who are journeying across the desert …

Philosophy, Tom MorrisJan 2016philosophy tom-morris
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

Leadership, Michael Abrashoff, Navy, Worth Re-readingJan 2016leadership michael-abrashoff navy worth-re-reading
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Summary Pressfield tells his story of how in writing he encounters his most extreme resistance …

Steven PressfieldJan 2016steven-pressfield
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Summary Power, wealth and health are not exclusive harbingers of success. Beyond a certain point, …

Malcolm GladwellJan 2016malcolm-gladwell
The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea by Paul Ryan

Summary Paul Ryan lays out his background, beliefs, motivations and goals and how he plans …

Paul Ryan, PoliticsJan 2016paul-ryan politics
Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life by Ben Greenfield

Summary Greenfield lays out a detailed training regiment section, recovery section, nutrition section, lifestyle section, …

Ben Greenfield, Diet and Nutrition, HealthJan 2016ben-greenfield diet-and-nutrition health
The Power of Story by Jim Loehr

Summary Jim Loehr lays out a framework for how to live a more aligned life …

Jim LoehrJan 2016jim-loehr
Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference by William Macaskill

Summary Macaskill lays out some questions and reasoning for how to figure out how to …

Charity, Effective Altruism, Nonprofit, William MacaskillJan 2016charity effective-altruism nonprofit william-macaskill
What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman, Ralph Leighton

Summary A fun recounting of Feynman’s life, time on NASA exploring the Challenger disaster and …

Ralph Leighton, Richard FeynmanJan 2016ralph-leighton richard-feynman
James J. Hill: Empire Builder by Michael Malone

Summary Jim Hill was one of the great railroad tycoons, founding and expanding what eventually …

American History, James Hill, Michael Malone, RailroadsJan 2016american-history james-hill michael-malone railroads
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

Summary A fascinating account of the unique culture of the Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, …

Culture, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Michael Booth, Norway, Scandinavia, SwedenJan 2016culture denmark finland iceland michael-booth norway scandinavia sweden
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh

Summary Ultimate guide to Bill Walsh’s leadership principles. Told by his son through the perspective …

Bill Walsh, Coach, Football, Leadership, SportsJan 2016bill-walsh coach football leadership sports
Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana

Summary Arana describes in detail Bolivar the man and how he was able to liberate …

Biography, History, Marie Arana, Simon BolivarJan 2016biography history marie-arana simon-bolivar
Basil Moreau: Essential Writings by Kevin Grove and Andrew Gawrych

Summary A good biography on a great man. Basil Moreau founded and lead the congregation …

Andrew Gawrych, Basil Moreau, Holy Cross, Kevin Grove, Notre Dame, ReligionJan 2016andrew-gawrych basil-moreau holy-cross kevin-grove notre-dame religion
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Summary Brown tells the story of the Washington crew team who overcame great odds in …

Crew, Daniel James Brown, Olympics, SportsJan 2016crew daniel-james-brown olympics sports
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Summary Rich Roll tells his inspiring story of lazy, overweight, addicted into an all vegan …

Health, Rich Roll, RunningJan 2016health rich-roll running
Diaminds by Mihnea Moldoveanu and Roger Martin

Summary “How do successful thinkers think? And how is it that their ways of thinking …

Charlie Munger, Decision Making, Heuristics, How to Live Life, Mental Models, Mihnea Moldoveanu, Roger MartinDec 2015charlie-munger decision-making heuristics how-to-live-life mental-models mihnea-moldoveanu roger-martin
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

Alex Ferguson, Leadership, Manchester United, Michael Moritz, Soccer, Worth Re-readingDec 2015alex-ferguson leadership manchester-united michael-moritz soccer worth-re-reading
Assimilative Memory: How to Attend and Never Forget by Alphonse Loisette

Summary Good memory training system and operates in three ways. (1) It increases the general …

Alphonse Loisette, MemoryDec 2015alphonse-loisette memory
The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian

Summary Quick anecdotes which rival anything found in Stoicism. This book should be much more …

Baltasar Gracian, PhilosophyDec 2015baltasar-gracian philosophy
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis

Summary Michael Lewis again manages to draw you in on what are typically pretty boring …

Finance, Michael LewisDec 2015finance michael-lewis
The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Summary Lewis does a great job of making what could be a very dull and …

Finance, Michael LewisDec 2015finance michael-lewis
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

Chess, Josh Waitzkin, Learning, Philosophy, Worth Re-readingDec 2015chess josh-waitzkin learning philosophy worth-re-reading
100 to 1 by Thomas W. Phelps

Summary The two reasons so few people profit from 100 to 1 stocks is that …

Finance, Investing, Thomas PhelpsDec 2015finance investing thomas-phelps
Little Bets by Peter Sims

Summary Good and short book on how little bets allow you to take small risks …

Peter SimsDec 2015peter-sims
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Summary Story of Robert Jordan who is in Spain during the Spanish Civil War helping …

Ernest Hemingway, FictionDec 2015ernest-hemingway fiction
Distant Force by George Roberts

Summary One of the early Teledyne employees and eventual President, George Roberts, tells of the …

Business, George Roberts, Henry Singleton, Leadership, TeledyneDec 2015business george-roberts henry-singleton leadership teledyne
Knowledge and Decisions by Thomas Sowell

Summary Sowell argues that knowledge is man’s most severe restraint but knowing the power of incentives, …

Decision Making, Thomas SowellDec 2015decision-making thomas-sowell
Reagan by H.W. Brands

Summary Good biography on Reagan, his childhood, acting career, presidency and post-presidency. Impressive man who …

American History, H.W. Brands, Politics, Ronald ReaganDec 2015american-history h-w-brands politics ronald-reagan
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Summary The Prophet must leave a city he has been in for 12 years but …

Kahlil Gibran, PhilosophyDec 2015kahlil-gibran philosophy
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

Dilbert, Entrepreneur, How to Live Life, Scott Adams, Worth Re-readingNov 2015dilbert entrepreneur how-to-live-life scott-adams worth-re-reading
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef

Summary Mosab describes his life as the son of one of the founders of Hamas, …

Biography, Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef, TerrorismNov 2015biography hamas mosab-hassan-yousef terrorism
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

Summary Meng is an early Google-er and is known as the jolly good fellow. His …

Buddhism, Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, Google, Happiness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, MeditationNov 2015buddhism chade-meng-tan daniel-goleman emotional-intelligence google happiness jon-kabat-zinn meditation
The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin

Summary How to organize your life to spend more time on the rewarding rather than mundane things …

Daniel Levitin, Efficiency, Organization, ProductivityNov 2015daniel-levitin efficiency organization productivity
Evernote: Unleashed by Jason Bracht

Summary Good read on Evernote and how to use most effectively Key Takeaways Organize Reading …

Evernote, Jason Bracht, ProductivityNov 2015evernote jason-bracht productivity
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Summary Stephenson weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth and a strange future in a great thriller …

Artificial Intelligence, Fiction, Future, Neal StephensonNov 2015artificial-intelligence fiction future neal-stephenson
How to Breathe With Ease by F. Matthias Alexander

Summary Quick read with some basic principles on how to properly breathe Key Takeaways He …

Breathing, F. Matthias AlexanderNov 2015breathing f-matthias-alexander
Coherence by Alan Watkins

Summary Knowledge about human relationships, biology, brain, adult development, behavior, human system, emotional intelligence, medicine, …

Alan Watkins, Biohacking, Biology, Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence, HealthNov 2015alan-watkins biohacking biology decision-making emotional-intelligence health
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Summary The book surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species …

Human History, Religion, Yuval Noah HarariNov 2015human-history religion yuval-noah-harari
Super Forecasting by Dan Gardner and Philip Tetlock

Summary Great read on how to become a much better forecaster by making a forecast, …

Dan Gardner, Forecasting, Investing, Philip TetlockNov 2015dan-gardner forecasting investing philip-tetlock
Super Better by Jane McGonigal

Summary By adopting a more “gameful” mindset you can improve your resilience and better improve …

Biohacking, Brain, Jane McGonigalNov 2015biohacking brain jane-mcgonigal
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

Biology, History, John Gribbin, Worth Re-readingNov 2015biology history john-gribbin worth-re-reading
Master Evernote by S.J. Scott

Summary Good and quick read on how to use Evernote efficiently Key Takeaways Fortunately, the …

Efficiency, Evernote, S.J. ScottNov 2015efficiency evernote s-j-scott
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

Consciousness, Human History, Julian Jaynes, Worth Re-readingNov 2015consciousness human-history julian-jaynes worth-re-reading
Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin

Summary Another book on how Buffett and Munger think and how this differentiates them Key …

Charlie Munger, Decision Making, Finance, Heuristics, Investing, Mental Models, Tren Griffin, Warren BuffettNov 2015charlie-munger decision-making finance heuristics investing mental-models tren-griffin warren-buffett
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Summary This book is about why it is so hard for people to get along …

Jonathan Haidt, Morality, Politics, ReligionNov 2015jonathan-haidt morality politics religion
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Summary Elon is a man on a mission – to save mankind and colonize other …

Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk, Entrepreneur, Leadership, SolarCity, SpaceX, TeslaNov 2015ashlee-vance elon-musk entrepreneur leadership solarcity spacex tesla
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Summary Sparknotes can do a much better job summarizing it than I can but Raskolnikov …

Classic, Fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky, RussiaNov 2015classic fiction fyodor-dostoevsky russia
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Howard Roark is the most principled man on earth and won’t do anything which goes against his beliefs – the beauty and purity of architecture cannot be tainted. Rand terms the philosophy of the book as objectivism – follow reason and not faith, work hard to achieve life of purpose and productiveness, earn genuine self esteem, pursue own happiness as highest aim, prosper by treating others as individuals and not trading them for value

Ayn Rand, ObjectivismNov 2015ayn-rand objectivism
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Summary A very motivated man who had an uncanny ability to produce world-changing products. He …

Apple, Biography, Entrepreneur, Leadership, Management, Steve Jobs, Walter IsaacsonNov 2015apple biography entrepreneur leadership management steve-jobs walter-isaacson
Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb

Summary Often mistake luck and randomness for skill and determinism Key Takeaways In the long …

Decision Making, Investing, Nassim TalebNov 2015decision-making investing nassim-taleb
The Egoscue Method by Pete Egoscue

Summary Pete Egoscue argues that modern man has so many dysfunctions due to lack of …

Health, Pete EgoscueNov 2015health pete-egoscue
Enchiridion by Epictetus

Summary Epictetus’ “manual” for how to live life Key Takeaways Similar in style to Meditations …

Epictetus, StoicismNov 2015epictetus stoicism
Three Scientists and Their Gods by Robert Wright

Summary Robert Wright details his interviews, dialogues and conversations with Edward Fredkin, Edward O. Wilson …

E.O. Wilson, Ed Fredkin, Kenneth Boulding, Robert Wright, ScienceNov 2015e-o-wilson ed-fredkin kenneth-boulding robert-wright science
Coaching Wisdom by Mike Harrity

Summary Mike interviews and describes what these seminal coaches learned during their years, their life …

Leadership, Mike HarrityNov 2015leadership mike-harrity
Winning Every Day by Lou Holtz

Summary Holtz’s beliefs as a coach for building a successful team / organization Key Takeaways …

Football, Leadership, Lou Holtz, Notre DameNov 2015football leadership lou-holtz notre-dame
Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden

Summary Wooden’s goal never changed – get the maximum effort and peak performance from each …

Basketball, John Wooden, LeadershipNov 2015basketball john-wooden leadership
Consilience by E.O. Wilson

Summary Wilson’s search for a unifying theory of knowledge in disciplines that range from biology, …

E.O. Wilson, SociobiologyNov 2015e-o-wilson sociobiology
True Success by Tom Morris

Summary One of the most common maladies of our time is a misunderstanding of success. …

How to Live Life, Notre Dame, Success, Tom MorrisNov 2015how-to-live-life notre-dame success tom-morris
Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais

Summary Becoming more aware of your body, movement, flexibility, breathing through subtle but specific exercises …

Health, Moshe FeldenkraisNov 2015health moshe-feldenkrais
God, Country, Notre Dame by Theodore Hesburgh

Summary Really good autobiography by Father Hesburgh – discusses his childhood, upbringing, studies at the …

Notre Dame, Theodore HesburghNov 2015notre-dame theodore-hesburgh
The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom

Summary Buffett’s investment style and thought process is brought to life by Hagstrom by walking …

Finance, Investing, Robert Hagstrom, Warren BuffettNov 2015finance investing robert-hagstrom warren-buffett
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb

Summary Black Swan is an event which is an a rarity, has an extreme impact …

Decision Making, How to Live Life, Nassim TalebNov 2015decision-making how-to-live-life nassim-taleb
Earthing by Clint Ober and Stephen Sinatra

Summary Spending time outdoors, connected to nature has healing and calming effects Key Takeaways Spend …

Clint Ober, Earthing, Stephen SinatraNov 2015clint-ober earthing stephen-sinatra
Humans are Underrated by Geoff Colvin

Summary As technology advances, people shouldn’t focus on beating computers at what they do but …

Artificial Intelligence, Empathy, Future, Geoff Colvin, TechnologyNov 2015artificial-intelligence empathy future geoff-colvin technology
The 10 Commandments for Business Failure by Don Keough

Summary Don Keough lays out some basic principles of things to avoid if you want …

Business, Coca Cola, Decision Making, Don Keough, Leadershipo, ManagementNov 2015business coca-cola decision-making don-keough leadershipo management
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove

Summary This book is about the impact of changing rules. How to find your way …

Andy Grove, Business, Entrepreneur, Intel, ManagementNov 2015andy-grove business entrepreneur intel management
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Summary One of the founders of Pixar, Ed Catmull, describes Pixar’s history and their creative …

Creativity, Ed Catmull, Leadership, Management, PixarNov 2015creativity ed-catmull leadership management pixar
Paid to Speak by the National Speakers Association

Summary Written for professional speakers, this book describes many of the finer points you can …

PresentingNov 2015presenting
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Summary The blind King Dhritarashtra asks Sanjaya to recount to him what happened when his family the Kauravas gathered to fight …

Eknath Easwaran, Hinduism, Religion, SpiritualNov 2015eknath-easwaran hinduism religion spiritual
The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge

Summary This book is about the unique way the brain heals itself and diseases once …

Brain, Health, Norman DoidgeNov 2015brain health norman-doidge
The Power of Impact Investing by Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg

Summary Impact investing offers a middle way between philanthropy and pure financial investment. It is …

Impact Investing, Judith Rodin, Margot BrandenburgNov 2015impact-investing judith-rodin margot-brandenburg
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

Jennifer Kuchta, Jim Ball, Time Management, Worth Re-readingNov 2015jennifer-kuchta jim-ball time-management worth-re-reading
True North by Bill George

Summary Finding your “true north”, what your life and leadership is all about, will shape …

Bill George, Business, Leadership, ManagementNov 2015bill-george business leadership management
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Summary Doidge discusses neuroplasticity extensively – the ability of the brain to rewire itself. This …

Brain, Health, Norman DoidgeNov 2015brain health norman-doidge
A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer

Summary Brian Grazer is a very successful movie producer and attributes his success to his …

Brian Grazer, CuriosityNov 2015brian-grazer curiosity
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky

Summary How diet, stress, personality, relationships, etc. affect the mind, body and overall health Key …

Health, Robert Sapolsky, StressNov 2015health robert-sapolsky stress
Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

Summary Our Goldilocks period has reached its end, and the American economy is moving into …

Artificial Intelligence, Martin FordNov 2015artificial-intelligence martin-ford
Shibumi by Trevanian

Summary Nicholai Hel helps his father commit suicide, and suffers both personal and political consequences …

TrevanianNov 2015trevanian
Serve to Win by Novak Djokovic

Summary It wasn’t a new training program that took me from being a very good …

Diet and Nutrition, Novak Djokovic, TennisNov 2015diet-and-nutrition novak-djokovic tennis
Make Meetings Matter by Charlie Hawkins

Summary When meetings are effective, the potential for results is unlimited as participants feel energized …

Charlie HawkinsNov 2015charlie-hawkins
Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

Summary McDougall retraces the steps of the “Cretan Runner” and others who managed to do …

Christopher McDougallNov 2015christopher-mcdougall
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

Decision Making, Laurence Enderson, Worth Re-readingNov 2015decision-making laurence-enderson worth-re-reading
Good to Great: Social Sectors by Jim Collins

Summary We need to get rid of the barrier between business and the social sector …

Jim CollinsNov 2015jim-collins
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.”

Philosophy, Robert Pirsig, Worth Re-readingNov 2015philosophy robert-pirsig worth-re-reading
The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz

Summary Being conscious and intentional about managing your four sources of energy – physical (sleep, …

Tony SchwartzNov 2015tony-schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Summary Success is determined not so much by the size of one’s brain as it …

David SchwartzNov 2015david-schwartz
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

Summary An amazing book detailing the lives, ideas, influences and major works of some of …

History, Philosophy, Will DurantNov 2015history philosophy will-durant
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Summary Managing your energy, not your time, must be the main goal in order to …

Jim Loehr, Tony SchwartzNov 2015jim-loehr tony-schwartz
One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon by Richard Brandt

Summary Brandt allows the reader to get into Bezos’ head and his decision making process …

Amazon, Jeff BezosNov 2015amazon jeff-bezos
On China by Henry Kissinger

Summary Kissinger’s vivid discussion of his experience dealing with the Chinese. He explains their multi-millenia …

China, Henry Kissinger, History, PoliticsNov 2015china henry-kissinger history politics
The Monk and the Philosopher by Mathieu Ricard and Jean-Francois Revel

Summary A very interesting dialogue between a father who is a philosopher and his son …

Buddhism, Mathieu Ricard, PhilosophyNov 2015buddhism mathieu-ricard philosophy
Good to Great by Jim Collins

Summary Collins’ seminal book on the shared characteristics of great companies as well as what …

Business, Jim CollinsNov 2015business jim-collins
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Summary Tony Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos and wrote this book to help people …

Business, Entrepreneurship, Tony Hsieh, ZapposNov 2015business entrepreneurship tony-hsieh zappos
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene

Summary This book “is a distillation of timeless wisdom contained in the lessons and principles …

Philosophy, Psychology, Robert Greene, WarNov 2015philosophy psychology robert-greene war
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Summary Famed investor and entrepreneur Ben Horowitz brings us through his personal accounts of the stresses and …

Ben Horowitz, Entrepreneurship, Start UpJun 2015ben-horowitz entrepreneurship start-up
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Summary Phil Jackson recounts his time as a player and a coach and the many important …