Book Reviews (240)

  • The Bed of Procrustes

    By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb   

    Pages: 157

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 13th June'2021

    Brief review: Taleb does it again. This time through aphorisms. Short and crisp messages that will shake your own self. Taleb's thinking is deep and has a lot of clarity. He doesn't mince words to please anyone. Full of life lessons, it will provoke you to look inside out. Easy reading and a must-read.

  • Hyperfocus

    By: Chris Bailey   

    Pages: 218

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 5 / 10

    Date read: 3rd June'2021

    Brief review: The book talks about the concept of focusing on the most important job a few hours every day, away from distractions. That's it. While this is good advice, it's been talked about in many other books in a much better way. To argue the importance of this point, the author takes 200 pages to explain. Frankly enough, it could have been done in 5 pages. You can skip reading this one.

  • The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

    By: Eric Jorgenson   

    Pages: 228

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 31st May'2021

    Brief review: Naval Ravikant is a successful individual and professional who lives a life of choice. The book offers many tips on living a good life, making good decisions, and becoming successful. I found it very practical and inspiring. The key message in the book is to 'earn with your mind, not with your time' and to be a voracious reader. The way he explains things with simplicity is commendable. A lot of wisdom in the book. You will definitely like this book. It is available free in PDF or you can prefer to buy it from stores. A must-read for everyone.

  • Billion Dollar Whale

    By: Tom Wright & Bradley Hope   

    Pages: 380

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 25th Feb'2021

    Brief review: An astonishing story of how Jho Low, a young graduate from Wharton Business School, siphoned billions of dollars from 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia. It went on to become one of the biggest financial scandals of all time. Even the Hollywood blockbuster - 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is argued to be produced with this money. Jho Low spent this money so lavishly as to put on shame the wealthiest kings of all time this world has ever seen. The biggest celebrities in the world were regular at his parties. It all seems to be a fictional story, though it is all real.  The authors have done a brilliant job. 

  • The Psychology of Money

    By: Morgan Housel   

    Pages: 238

    Business, Investments

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 4th Feb'2021

    Brief review: It is one of the finest books I have read on managing money which has a lot to do with one's behavior. Morgan Housel shares his own journey of wealth creation as well as his experiences and learnings along the way. It is truly timeless. Morgan suggests that we need to follow a simple strategy rather than being hyperactive while handling our money. He says, even being average can make us wealthy and supports his view with real examples. It is not just a business book. Apart from money, it gives a solid perspective on living a happy life and its relationship with money. It is a simple and easy read. Everyone must read this one.

  • Rework

    By: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson   

    Pages: 271

    Business

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 20th Jan'2021

    Brief review: Simply brilliant. Written by successful entrepreneurs, it is filled with practical ideas that will encourage you to make meaningful changes you should make in your own life and at work. Some of the advice given in the book will seem radical, yet you will wonder why you never thought that way. Do less. Say no more often. Meetings are toxic. Long to-do lists don't get done. Make tiny decisions. Underdo your competition. Speed changes everything, and many other small bites make it a very interesting read. Though it is classified as a business book, it should be read by everyone.

  • Upheaval

    By: Jared Diamond   

    Pages: 463

    History, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'2021

    Brief review: It's a book on how nations deal with crises and how it eventually shapes the future course of that country. The author selects 7 nations (Finland, Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Germany, Australia & U.S), go deep into their history when they faced upheaval and examines how they handled the situation. Not only it gives a perspective on how world leaders react and behave during a challenging situation that sometimes lasts more than a decade, but it also enriches readers' knowledge about historical events and their consequences to the modern-day world. A long but engrossing read. 

  • The Book of Rumi

    By: Rumi   

    Pages: 176

    Philosophy, Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 7th Jan'2021

    Brief review: Rumi lived in the 13th century. He is considered to be one of the best poets and writers who ever lived. This book is a collection of 105 short stories and fables with such deep meaning that will make you dive into the wonderland of your own world as you will relate it to your own life and the people around you. Even after a thousand years, Rumi's words echo in our hearts and illuminate like a shining star in a dark night. If you love Rumi's writings, you can't ignore this book. If you haven't known Rumi, this short book will be a good start. Teenagers can also read.

  • Darkness at Noon

    By: Vintage Koestler   

    Pages: 211

    Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 27th Dec' 2020

    Brief review: When Rubashov, once a powerful player in a totalitarian government, is arrested for treason, he reflects upon his life and politics. An extraordinary piece of work that is meant only for those who love classics. The book was recommended by my father as the top 5 books to read. I started late with this book but I am happy I read it. Storytelling at its best. 

  • Russian Roulette

    By: Michael Isikoff & David Corn   

    Pages: 325

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 20th Dec'2020

    Brief review: Few expected Donald Trump to become U.S. President in the 2016 elections. Despite losing popular votes and to surprise many, he won. Many Americans believe Russia played a big role to influence the U.S. election. Nobody knows for sure. Two of the best investigative reporters of current times give a detailed account of how Russia meddled with U.S. elections. It is hard to ignore the facts presented in the book. Whether or not you are interested to know about U.S. politics, reading this book will give you great insights into how governments think and act and what powers and resources they have to influence the general public. A brilliant read.

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