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Reading List

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The list author says: "Reading List - 40 books"
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
"Must read. A look at the circumstances around how people become successful."
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
"This book lives up to its hype. Excellent book that looks at what companies that became great have in common and distills that into an intelligent set of case studies, stories, and well researched supporting evidence."
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
"Another great Gladwell book. Examines how things "tip" or become a big thing. Excellent book."
How To Win Friends and Influence People
How To Win Friends and Influence People
"Wow. Excellent book. Must read. I recommend this book constantly to friends and colleagues."
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
"Great book. Shows how experts can make snap decisions with little information with high levels of accuracy."
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
"Another great book by Jim Collins."
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
"Excellent book. Explains a lot about flawed thinking. Concise and well organized."
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
"Great book that provides a non traditional look at team management."
The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us
The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us
"Examines how people can miss even the most obvious things and how their intuition and preconceptions can distort what is really there. I enjoyed this book."
Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter
Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter
"Marketing in a traditional sense is dead. Companies need to innovate from the design phase to become great. Purple cow refers to something that is out of the norm or remarkable."
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"Its quite entertaining when an economist looks at problems. The number speak for themselves, and exclude bias. Could be called "The scientific method to problem  solving." A must read. If you have an interest in behavioral economics, this is a good start."
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
"Although not quite as good as their first book, Freakonomics, this one was still very entertaining."
How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business
How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business
"Could be called "how to properly estimate." Overall good, although a bit slow. Describes Fermi Method, which is used to solve questions such as "how many golf balls are in the air at any given moment" and other guesstimate type questions. A good starter for someone trying to determine how to measure intangible items."
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
"Examines how people make decisions and the flaws associated with them. The author is a college professor that performed a multitude of experiments evaluating peoples decision making processes. Entertaining book."
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
"Slow read. Basic premise is that people become outstanding when they practice what they are not good at instead of what they are good at."
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
"A book about randomness, luck and how it is interpreted. Should have probably been called Drunkards Walk, randomness: an introduction to mathematics."
The Art of Profitability
The Art of Profitability
"Easy read. Author writes about mentoring sessions he took. Overall worth the read."
Economics in One Lesson
Economics in One Lesson
"Provides a basic look at market forces and how making markets less efficient by "make work" projects, welfare and unions can impact the market. Definitely slanted toward free market. Not "One Lesson" by any stretch of the imagination, but a good book none the less."
Anatomy of Greed: Telling the Unshredded Truth from Inside Enron
Anatomy of Greed: Telling the Unshredded Truth from Inside Enron
"Great book. Gives a lot of information that was not on TV."
The Art of War
The Art of War
"Chinese writing style is REALLY unpleasant to read. My advice, look up the quotes from the book instead of reading it."
The Psychology of Selling: The Art of Closing Sales (Art of Closing the Sale)
The Psychology of Selling: The Art of Closing Sales (Art of Closing the Sale)
"Enjoyable book for a non sales person. Gives a good overview of sales techniques."
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
"Excellent book. Details the terrorism rise with a focus on  Al Qaeda."
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
"Good book. Provides insight into the CIA and does not leave out shortcomings."
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
"Think of it as a biased, idiots guide to Islam, and you have the right mindset for reading it."
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
"Short and simple. Focuses on blogging and social media in building tribes. Main points could have been achieved in a blog post instead of book format. Purple Cow was far better."
Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALS: Battle-Tested Strategies for Creating Successful Organizations and Inspiring Extraordinary Results
Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALS: Battle-Tested Strategies for Creating Successful Organizations and Inspiring Extraordinary Results
"Must be hard to have big dollar funding, endless training, and highly skilled/motivated top-tier personnel. Companies strive to have even half the advantages the SEALS have from day one. Interesting book, but don't expect any take aways or lessons that translate to the corporate world."
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
"Another great book by Bart D. Ehrman. This one discusses how the Christian cannon was put together and what other books were available at the time and why they were omitted. Includes a lot of historical perspective such as opposing views, religions and texts."
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
"Great book. Well researched. (note: there are tons of books presenting counter arguments)"
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
The Sociopath Next Door
The Sociopath Next Door
"Great book with some excellent information is great, but the "how to protect yourself" advice really feels contrived and is generally useless. Probably a better book if you skip the last few pages of each section."
The Road to Wealth, Revised Edition
The Road to Wealth, Revised Edition
"Disappointment. I love her practical advice, but this book was aimed at the lowest common denominator."
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
"Book about the Stanford Prisoner experiment. Overall a good book but it could have been half as long and still achieved its goal. Academics. Use 5 paragraphs to cover one sentence worth of material."
The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books)
The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books)
"Similar to sun tsu art of war, but not written in horrible asian writing style. Not super exciting read, but a decent primer. Business aspects are a stretch."
Glock: The Rise of America's Gun
Glock: The Rise of America's Gun
"Good book detailing the history of Glock. Author should have kept his own opinions of gun control issues to himself. Luckily the author's bias did not ruin the book."
50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work & Life from 50 Landmark Books (50 Classics)
50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work & Life from 50 Landmark Books (50 Classics)
"Overviews of 50 success and business books. Covers key points, books synopsis, and author bios for each book."
Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
"Political / corporate adviser gives his impressions and tips of how the words used can change the meaning to the listener."
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
"Yet another good book from Malcolm Gladwell. Not as ground breaking as Outliers or Tipping Point, but still a very good read."
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
"Well written account of the rise of Amazon and Jeff Bezos."
Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science
Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science
"Interesting look at the scientific community culture both historical and modern. This book discusses how famous scientists lie, cheat, falsify, cherry pick and embellish data."
Twenty-one Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com
Twenty-one Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com
"This book could be called "How a lazy, useless tool viewed his first job as a customer service representative at a real company before going back to being an unemployed useless tool." The only reason this book makes any money is because he used the name Amazon.com to market it. Very little redeeming qualities that cannot be gleened from a magazine article about Amazon."