Books I’ve read
My notes are not the book summaries! When I’m reading I save inspiring quotes and useful ideas. That’s all my notes are. I’m don’t write book summaries. I’m just saving ideas for myself.
If save a few notes from the book, this means that I already know the subject and I don’t find nothing new or inspiring.
The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality From the Stone Age to the Twenty-first Century By Walter Scheidel – Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world.
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works By Dan Harris – 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives: : meditation.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life By Scott Adams – Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system.
Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less By Greg Mckeown – The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
Boost! How the Psychology of Sports Can Enhance Your Performance in Management and Work By Michael Bar-eli – To perform better in any situation - in your career, hobbies, relationships, or in any facet of your life - it is critical to develop psychological skills, which, just like physical abilities, can be taught, learned, and practiced. Both as individuals and as groups, we can tone these psychological skills and use them to heighten awareness, foster talents and technical abilities, and reach peak performance. Mental preparedness and psychological awareness are the keys to thriving in any environment.
Economics for the Common Good By Jean Tirole – To show how economics can help us realize the common good, Tirole shares his insights on a broad array of questions affecting our everyday lives and the future of our society, including global warming, unemployment, the post-2008 global financial order, the euro crisis, the digital revolution, innovation, and the proper balance between the free market and regulation.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding By Al Ries and Laura Ries – The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding is the definitive text on branding, pairing anecdotes about some of the best brands in the world, like Rolex, Volvo, and Heineken, with the signature savvy of marketing gurus Al and Laura Ries. This book proclaims that the only way to stand out in today's marketplace is to build your product or service into a brand—and provides the step-by-step instructions you need to do so.
Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster, and More Innovative — Scott Brinker – Hacking Marketing provides a conceptual framework for adjusting to -- and ideally succeeding in -- a rapidly-evolving digital marketing landscape. Apply software-inspired management concepts to accelerate modern marketing.
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology — Ray Kurzweil – The author examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.
Secondhand Time: the Last of the Soviets — Svetlana Alexievich – In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres.
Exactly What to Say: the Magic Words for Influence and Impact — Phil M Jones – Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over fifty countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.
Crush It!: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion — Gary Vaynerchuk – On how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver’s manual for modern business.
The Bitcoin Standard: the Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking — Saifedean Ammous – Ammous’ firm grasp of the technological possibilities as well as the historical realities of monetary evolution provides for a fascinating exploration of the ramifications of voluntary free market money. The Bitcoin Standard is the essential resource for a clear understanding of the rise of the Internet’s decentralized, apolitical, free-market alternative to national central banks.
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly By Seth Godin – Seth Godin is at least to me one of the greatest marketing and business thought leaders of the time. In this book he goes deep into the roots of economic changes, of fading industrialist’s life expectations and work of art. He does not only explains the situation, but provides useful ideas on how to act to be on the top of a new wave. Read my key takeways and notes.
No More Mr. Nice Guy By Robert A. Glover – I found good ideas at the beginning of the book, though, some psychological issues brought sound phony. Personally I could say I’d felt identified by it about 10 years ago, but now it doesn’t relate to me, when I worked through myself. Some ideas sounded so easy and obvious, that I had to skip the paragraph. Read my summary and book notes.
Getting There: A Book of Mentors By Gillian Zoe Segal – The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There, thirty leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Read my summary and book notes.
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity By Andrew Solomon – The main theme of Far From the Tree is parenting children who are different from you. How do parents love their children who are so profoundly different from the children they thought they could love? In his exhaustive book, Andrew Solomon discusses in different chapters what it is like to raise children who are deaf, dwarfs, prodigies, criminals, transgendered, or are born of rape, have disabilities such as down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple disabilities. Read my notes from the book here.
Work Rules!: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead By Laszlo Bock – A groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed. This book influenced and changed the way I look at recruiting, training, and managing people. Mostly every chapter of the book lead to the deep search and implementation process into my life. Read my notes from the book.
Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance – Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” I wanted the book to teach us the best methods for increasing and maintaining our own grit, and to show that those methods are proven through research. Unfortunately, that doesn't yet exist.
The Men on My Couch: True Stories of Sex, Love and Psychotherapy By Brandy Engler – The Men on My Couch is unlike books you’ve read before. There are no tired facile conclusions or pejorative generalizations. Here are fresh insights into modern sexual maladies, gleaned from real people having real struggles and experiencing real epiphanies—in the real world.
Sophie's World By Jostein Gaarder – A page-turning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought. I'd call this book a light version for children of A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.
We Learn Nothing By Tim Kreider – Essays of the book are brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders?
The Dinner By Herman Koch – The darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. Must read for parents.
You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom By Nick Cohen – Everywhere you turn you are told that we were living in an age of unparalleled freedom. But what if this view is dangerously naive? Religious fanaticism, plutocratic power and dictatorial states -- are thriving and in many respects finding the world a more comfortable place in the early 21st century.
Cryptonomicon By Neal Stephenson – A breathtaking tour de force Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web. Read 2 books in a week just because couldn't stop.
Submission By Michel Houellebecq – A darkly comic masterpiece about France where Islamic law is instituted, women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged. Controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny.
The Evolution of God By Robert Wright – In this sweeping, dazzling journey through history, Robert Wright unveils a discovery of crucial importance to the present moment: there is a pattern in the evolution Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and a "hidden code" in their scriptures.
Neuromancer By William Gibson – Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer is a cyberpunk, science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.
Time and Time Again By Ben Elton – Ben Elton sends Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer, back to the beginning of the 20th century to prevent a great and terrible war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. Astounding reading for evenings.
The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living A Richer, Happier Life By Tal Ben-shahar – The pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness. Tal Ben-Shahar shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter By Sherwin B. Nuland – Drawing upon his own broad experience and the characteristics of the six most common death-causing diseases, Nuland examines what death means to the doctor, patient, nurse, administrator, and family. Thought provoking and humane, his is not the usual syrup-and-generality approach to this well-worn topic.
Getting Unstuck: Break Free of the Plateau Effect By Bob Sullivan – The book shows the different kinds of plateaus that can hold you back and how they can be overcome. If you’ve ever given more and more to a broken relationship, a weight-loss regimen, or a stalled career—only to get less and less in return—Getting Unstuck will change your life.
Writing Tools – 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer By Roy Peter Clark – Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.
Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life By Anne Lamott – I thought this book would be somewhat boring and pointless but I was wrong. A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps.
Sex at Dawn: the Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality By Christopher Ryan – Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action By Simon Sinek – Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? The book shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle. Read my summary and book notes.
The Agile Marketer: Turning Customer Experience Into Your Competitive Advantage By Roland Smart – The marketer's guide to modernizing platforms and practices. The methods that enable marketers to meet this challenge are emerging from an unexpected place: the world of software development. The Agile methodologies that once revolutionized software development are now revolutionizing marketing.