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For one simple reason, it's well written, bringing out the good and the flaws in Steve Jobs' life, and personality. And brutally honest in sharing his journey, from being abandoned, to founding the most valuable company now.
A riveting memoir of a doctor who shares his life long battle with cancer. For the first time he finds himself on the patient's side. Yet out of this, he finds meaning in this suffering. It's a book written by the deathbed.
Not many books alter your thought process. This book does just that. It puts you in a new realm. “The inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history” ---@nntaleb
Nassim stretches his black swan thesis talking about the hidden role of chance in life and markets. He says; "No matter how sophisticated our choices, how good we are at dominating the odds, randomness will have the last word."
If Fragile is what we terms the things that get harmed by extreme events, then anti-fragile is for the things that get better with stressors. The anti-dote to black swans is to be anti-fragile.
This is the best book I read in 2018. Nassim simply states; "those who do not do, should not teach." He replays old age wisdom from the Code of Hammurabi. That those who make decisions should not be immune to the consequences.
Strauss penetrates the society of pick-up artistes, men who are finding ways to vibe girls and do it with high success rates. He offers lessons over the course of his journey. Superb narration. You can't stop reading.
Durant is a man who dedicated his life to studying history. He was a radical saint, a philosopher writing history. Out of these studies, he makes conclusions about history and lessons we ought to take. Pretty humbling conclusions.
"The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay....He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart."
In a few pages, Durant is able to bring philosophy down to our midst, we are able to walk with Socrates, Plato, Voltaire, Aristotle, Bacon, Nietzsche and many more. He writes with such finesse. You can't help but call yourself lucky.
When it comes to branding, there's no better success story than Nike, maybe Coca Cola. Phil takes us on his journey of starting Nike, starting as a mere shoe importation gig, almost going bust many times and then building a lasting brand.
The laws will make more sense the more you immerse yourself in the real world. When you re-read them after a real world immersion, the book will take a complete new twist.
I am enthusiastic about energy, and the clean alternatives. This book destroyed many of my illusions about our top green energies. From electric cars to solar panels. It shattered by theories from University.
Some people have called it the most engrossing history book you'll ever read. That one man can capture our history as a species, so accurately, so intimately in just a few pages is worth the notes.
If you want to understand the basics of manipulation 101, read this book. You will begin to see everything in a whole new angle. If you want to understand media, marketing, propaganda, this book gives it raw for you.
I keep going back to this book, it's basically life advice for any young man in their 20s and 30s. It's like a father talking to his son about the fundamentals of life. It even teaches you about a P&L statement, COGs, basic finance
Do you want to go on a journey with Charlie Munger? Then this is the book to read. Above all, if you believe in longterm swings, value investing, this book will do for you everything in that line.
I have decided to place these two on the same footing because they are the best dystopian novels of their era. The debate has been on as to which book better predicted the current future. Huxley maybe...
I just have a fond memory of these books. They were my first love. I read them for fun, then read them for my literature class, then read them to understand England and Europe back in the days.
Osho has been a great influence on my life. If you find any piece he's written, it's worth reading. To this list, I would add many Yogis, and mystics. There's something superior about Eastern spiritual thought....
I will temporarily close up my list with Rand. I am partly a Randian in many ways. This woman, I literally worship, the true goddess of objectivism. She was ahead of her time. I would add Karl Marx's books for his depth of thought!