Non Fiction (35)

  • David & Goliath

    By: Malcolm Gladwell   

    Pages: 320

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 13th Apr'2019

    Brief review: In this well researched book the author suggests that what we consider weak may actually have an inherent strength and what we think is worthy may not be so. Using the precursor of how David beat Goliath and several other real life instances, the author makes a compelling case that a positive mindset, courage and resilience can beat the odds of adversity, disability and discrimination. The book will break some of the myths that you hold along with giving a dose of motivation and inspiration. A few stories drag but overall a good read. Malcolm Gladwell is a master writer and story teller. I would also recommend his other books 'Outliers' and 'The Tipping Point'.

  • Educated

    By: Tara Westover   

    Pages: 324

    Biography, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'2019

    Brief review: It's a powerful, mesmerizing and inspirational story of a girl who, in-spite of all odds, carves out a life of choice for herself. Home schooled in early life, Tara Westover went on to get her PHD from Cambridge despite overwhelming challenges and an unknown outer world she knew little about. Reading this book will make you cry, make you laugh, make you sad and make you happy at the same time.  A awesome book which is also beautifully written. For me, it was pure joy to read this book. This true story is filled with humility, honesty and resilience which is rarely heard of. While I would recommend this book to everyone, I hope every mother would make their daughters read it too. 

  • Bad Blood

    By: John Carreyrou   

    Pages: 320

    Business, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 30th Mar'19

    Brief review: It is one of the most thrilling fictional stories you would ever read, the only caveat being; it's not fictional. It's a story of boom to bust. It's about a 19 year old Stanford dropout girl, Elizabeth Holmes who founded a blood testing startup company called Theranos in the year 2003. Theranos claimed to do hundreds of blood tests from a tiny drop of blood. At it's pick, the valuation of the company reached a mind boggling figure of $9 billion. However, the company went out of business shortly after as it was all built on false premises and revolved around the charm and charisma of Elizabeth. The investors included prominent names like Rupert Murdoch and others. Elizabeth and Theranos got worldwide attention from start to finish. The author did a commendable job by putting it all in a fascinating story which I found unputdownable. A must read.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    By: Yuval Noah Harari   

    Pages: 368

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 20th Mar'2019

    Brief review: Yuval Noah Harari is a master writer. Every sentence and every word is worth your time to read it. Yuval's viewpoint on various topics covered in the book has a lot of weight. His in-depth knowledge of almost everything is quite visible in his writings. Apart from many issues, he discusses about the possibility of humans attaining immortality, why nuclear weapons may not be used  and how artificial intelligence is going to change things in the future. It's thrilling. When I finished the book it felt like something nice has ended. Pick it up right away.

  • Great Myth Conceptions

    By: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki   

    Pages: 202

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 5th Oct'2018

    Brief review: There are so many myths floating around us. We are believing many of them for ages. Did Einstein failed school? The truth behind low nicotine cigarettes. Is black box really black? The suspense of Bermuda Triangle. Why isn't a quantum leap huge? What 'Cat years' actually mean? The author gives scientific and seemingly justified answers to all this and many more. A good read in your free time.

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