My all time favorite books (53)

  • Anything You Want

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 92

    Business, Inspiration, Sales

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'18

    Brief review: I am a fan of Derek Sivers. His thoughts and blogs are inspirational. Being a budding musician he could not find a  distribution company for his album. That led to him creating one of the largest online music stores in the world for independent artists named CDBABY. Around 2008, he sold his company for $22 million and donated the proceeds to charity. In this book, Derek tells his story as it happened. It's refreshing, inspirational and motivational. A no nonsense book with absolute clarity on secret of happiness and how you can also create something big. A must read.

  • The Snowball: Warren Buffet And The Business of Life

    By: Alice Schroeder   

    Pages: 838

    Biography

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 19th Mar'18

    Brief review: A brilliant read. Though we all know Warren Buffet and a lot has been written about him in the world media, nothing comes close to this book. It captures the essence of Buffet's life as he lived it. It highlights his investing achievements and also exposes his mistakes. It gives almost a day to day view to his private life, his legal battles, his attachment of money, his frugal lifestyle, his negotiating skills and his need for female companionship. Alice Schroeder has done a wonderful job of putting down everything as it is and it makes a wonderful read. A must read for every Buffet fan.

  • Thinking Fast and Slow

    By: Daniel Kahneman   

    Pages: 448

    Psychology

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 8th Mar'18

    Brief review: Written by a Nobel Prize winner, the book is about human bias, emotions, probabilities and luck. It digs deep into the human mind and reveals interesting behavior patterns which we never new existed. It's a brilliant piece of work after decades of research. We may think ourselves to be smart though we may just be lucky. It gives a lot of insight on how we perceive risk and the vulnerability of first impressions. Why so called experts choose complexity over simplicity and why doctors are reluctant to take chances with new forms of treatments with terminally ill patients. Read it slow. It will change your paradigm of thinking.

  • The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

    By: Sam Walker   

    Pages: 352

    Sports

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 4th Mar'18

    Brief review: A brilliant book. It's a result of an extensive study and research done by Sam Walker,  founding editor of The Wall Street Journal’s sports section,  on 'what is the single most important factor in building a successful team?'. He analysed thousands of teams across various sports and shortlisted 16 teams which fitted in his carefully devised formula of most successful teams in the history of sports. Some of names included were - Barcelona and Brazil (Football), All Blacks (Rugby), Yankees (Baseball),  Cuba Women's team (Volleyball), France (Handball), beside others. The singular factor that emerged to be the reason for success of these teams was their captains. The book gives an account of these captains - their personality, action and perseverance. It will motivate you to the core. A must read, specially if you are a leader or into sports. 

  • Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind

    By: Yuval Noah Harari   

    Pages: 466

    History

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 24th Feb'18

    Brief review: A brilliant insight into the history of humankind. A synopsis of how the human species progressed right from the beginning to the current day world. Looking back at history, it seems (surprisingly) we are currently in the most peaceful era of humankind. Because of rapid scientific and technological advancement, humans may be at the cusp of overcoming 'natural selection' and become God. A masterpiece by Yuval Noah Harari. If you have interest in the evolution of human species, history of mankind and the possible future that lie ahead; this book will serve your purpose quite well. It's a long but a worthy read. 

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