Book Reviews (204)

  • 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.

  • Billion Dollar Lessons

    By: Paul B. Caroll & Chunka Mui   

    Pages: 332

    Business

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 4th Apr'18

    Brief review: The book is about mistakes made in the corporate world with respect to new launches, mergers and acquisitions and other activities which resulted in billion dollar losses. More than 70% of all mergers and acquisitions fail and destroy shareholders value. Still, they are considered 'cool' on the high street. CEOs with big egos and seeking to become icons for their big bold aggressive decisions regularly engage in activities which they think will put them in history, although they make little sense. Investment Managers who claim to be advisers promote such activities because they have a vested interest to earn a fat cheque out of it. The book gives a thorough account of several such failed instancess , eroding billions of dollars of value for investors. Many of such decisions looked flawed and foolish from the beginning but they were overruled by people at the top. The unfortunate part is that inspite of such history, the game is still on. If you are interested to know how some of these 'big marriages' miserably failed, read this book. 

  • Collected Works of Kahlil Gibran

    By: Kahlil Gibran   

    Pages: 690

    Fiction, Philosophy

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 30th Mar'18

    Brief review: Kahlil Girbran's writing touches our mind as well as soul. His connects well with readers. One needs to dive deep into her own soul to fully resonate with his thoughts. His best work is 'Prophet'. This book is a collection of many of his writings, including 'The Prophet' which is by far his best work. I also liked 'The Broken Wings' and 'Tears and Laughter'.  If you like philosophy, if you feel love, if you like poetry; you must read Kahlil Gibran. Read it slow to feel it more.

  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You

    By: Cal Newport   

    Pages: 304

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 5 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Mar'18

    Brief review: Most of us believe that we should follow our passion. In this book, Newport debunks this belief. Rather, his advice is to be so good in your work that people can't ignore you. This comes from years and years of hard work. Apart from his own hypothesis, he uses examples of other researches like Anders Ericsson who coined the idea of 'deliberate practice' and Malcolm Gladwell who talks about the '10,000 hour rule'. It's a good read as a stand alone book but when I consider the alternatives, I would suggest you to give it a pass.

  • 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.

  • Go-Givers Sell More

    By: Bob Burg and John David Mann   

    Pages: 190

    Sales

    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

    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. 

  • 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.

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