Book Reviews (208)

  • Think and Grow Rich

    By: Napoleon Hill   

    Pages: 290

    Business, Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: This book is about 'what you want and how to get it'. It will change the way you think. Napoleon Hill did decades of research and obtained information about hundreds of successful people in a wide array of disciplines, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D Rockefeller and others. This became the source for writing this book. He suggests that 'desire' is the starting point of all achievement. He developed a simple but powerful 13-step formula to achieve success. It has been a best seller for over 80 years now. If you are keen to know the secrets of success in personal and professional life, you must read this book.

  • Illusions

    By: Richard Bach   

    Pages: 144

    Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: It's a novel, written as teacher-student (two pilots flying) discussion, the book will make you think about your objective in life. It proposes that our view of the world is an illusion that we have created for our own entertainment. It encourages to soar above in our lives. A very short book. Richard Bach is an accomplished writer and I would recommend this book for sure.

  • Good to Great

    By: Jim Collins   

    Pages: 300

    Business

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: The basic idea behind this book is 'Why some companies make the leap while others don't.' Jim and his team of researchers spent years and countess number of hours to crunch quantitative as well as qualitative data stretching over decades to identify what it takes to achieve enduring success. Some of the companies covered in the analysis were Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck. These were compared with an equally good peer group comparison company which failed the test of endurance over long period. What I liked best about this book is the simplicity in which it explains the findings of years of research. A must read.

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    By: Stephen R. Covey   

    Pages: 432

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: This book is considered to be the blueprint of personal development ever since its publication in 1988. The 7 principles mentioned in the book will not only improve the quality of your personal life but also assist greatly in your workplace, business and leadership. I read this book a decade ago and the learning's still seems fresh. I will highly recommend this book to everyone.

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    By: Robin Sharma   

    Pages: 198

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: This book is about a highly successful but over stressed and an unhappy lawyer who collapsed from heart attack while arguing a case in the court and later pursuing a spiritual journey. The essence of the book is to pursue happiness and self mastery. It is a short book with lucid writing. It is one of the most successful book on self development and living a fulfilling life.

  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    By: Richard Bach   

    Pages: 87

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: It's an amazing story about Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull. Jonathan is expelled from his flock for not adhering to the norms of the group. His tenacity to learn and focus makes him a high flyer and one in a million bird. He finds great satisfaction in teaching other seagulls to reach their full potential. Once done, he hands over the command to someone else and leaves to find another flock of seagulls and teach them to fly high. The book is highly motivating and one can draw huge inspiration to follow their dreams and make their own rules. I would suggest you to read this book and ask your children to read it too.

  • You Can Win

    By: Shiv Khera   

    Pages: 269

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: Shiv Khera's punch line is 'Winners don't do different things. They do things Differently'. Everyone can win and achieve success in life. A lot of examples makes it easy to relate what the author insists us to do to win big. It's a typical self help book but you will like reading it.

  • Sur/petition

    By: Edward de Bono   

    Pages: 229

    Business, Sales

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: Before 2013

    Brief review: It's a brilliant book. It talks about moving beyond competition. That's sur/petition. The message in the book is loud and clear - move out of arrogance, complacency and 'I know it all' attitude, focus on innovation and creativity and think differently. Edward is my favorite author. He gives excellent examples and rationale of differential thinking. Though it was first published in 1992, the principals told in the still holds good. I will strongly recommend this book to all (specially business people and professionals).

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