Book Reviews (179)

  • The Snowball: Warren Buffet And The Business of Life

    By: Alice Schroeder   

    Pages: 838


    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.

  • Go-Givers Sell More

    By: Bob Burg and John David Mann   

    Pages: 190


    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 12th Mar'18

    Brief review: Selling should not a win-lose game between sellers and buyers. It has to be a win-win. Burg and Mann demonstrates through their effective examples that selling need not be a stressful activity. It could in fact, be a rich experience leading to a joyful life. To become an exceptional sales person, one should focus on giving rather than wanting. The law of compensation says that your rewards will be directly proportionate to number lives you touch. One should be focused on the other person, ask good questions, be authentic and create exceptional value for the buyer. Like their previous book, 'The Go-Giver', this book will definitely help you change your mindset from being a seller to a giver and thereby selling more.

  • Thinking Fast and Slow

    By: Daniel Kahneman   

    Pages: 448


    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


    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


    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. 

  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    By: Deepak Chopra   

    Pages: 96

    Philosophy, Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 19th Feb'17

    Brief review: In this short book, Deepak Chopra talks about seven laws which when practiced can give you lifelong success and happiness. Explained in simple language and sometimes hard hitting, you will find lots of wisdom in the book.  The book is a little philosophical too. Key learnings are - know self, practice meditation, cut ego, doing less can accomplish more, uncertainty is the real freedom and many more. It's kind of a pocket book. Do read.

  • Together is Better

    By: Simon Sinek   

    Pages: 140

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 15th Feb'18

    Brief review: It's not a story. It's a collection of quotes and life lessons in form of a fable. Every message is illustrated through an image which makes it even more powerful and absorbing. The presentation of the book is amazing. It a short read of about an hour. If you want some motivation, inspiration and wisdom, you can get you hands on this book.

  • Happy

    By: Derren Brown   

    Pages: 419

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 5 / 10

    Date read: 12th Feb'18

    Brief review: The book explores the meaning of 'happiness' through ancient times until today. It questions many of our beliefs and route to happiness. Some examples and stories shared in the book makes a good reading. However, the punch is missing. Mostly, the author is critical of ideas suggested by other books and philosophers and yet unable to give a straight and simple solution to find happiness. I could not connect the dots and lost my way reading this over 400 page book. It's good to miss this one.

  • The Little Book of Emerging Markets

    By: Mark Mobius   

    Pages: 206


    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 7th Feb'2018

    Brief review: If you have interest in stock investing, this book is for you. Mark Mobius is an investment wizard and considered the father of emerging market investing. He advocates investing in the emerging markets as it is there where the growth is. They offer much needed growth and diversification too. He shares his personal experiences when he visited several emerging markets and did on ground research before investing. His advice is - it pays to be contrarian and panic can bring in huge profits. He suggests that own bias must be removed and each investment should be well researched and investment call should be based on merit. Th book offers timeless wisdom for investors looking to invest in emerging markets.

  • A Short Guide To A Happy Life

    By: Anna Quindlen   

    Pages: 64

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 1st Feb'18

    Brief review: There is nothing new in the book which you have not heard or not read before. Still, it's a great reminder of how beautiful life is and how we can live every bit of it. Simple words and simple examples but deep meaning and impact.  Having life and living it are two different things. It will surely re-emphasize your priorities in life and help you regain your focus. It's just an hour of reading but a lifetime of wisdom.

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