Biography (33)

  • The Art of Learning

    By: Josh Waitzkin   

    Pages: 266

    Biography, Sports

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 29th Apr'18

    Brief review: It's a remarkable story of Josh Waitzkin won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994 and also went on to become the world champion in Tai Chi Push Hands within two years of starting to learn martial arts. While many top athlete struggle to be on top of their game consistently, Waitzkin achieved excellence by his sheer dedication and practice. The book is about his art of learning. One of the things he talks about is 'investment in loss' meaning to learn by 'going down first and knowing your weakness' as an effective way to master new skills. The book is a journey of an extraordinary champion and his constant introspection and search for peace. The movie 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' is based on the book written by his father on his life as a chess player. 

  • Born Standing Up

    By: Steve Martin   

    Pages: 228

    Biography, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 9th Apr'18

    Brief review: Steve Martin was one of the world's most sought after stand up comedian during the 1970's. But it didn't last long. Not because people stopped laughing at his performance but because he chose to leave. In this book, Steve tells his story straight from the heart. How he reached from empty halls to massive attendance of over 50,000 people in his shows and why decided to abruptly end his performances. He candidly shares his personal challenges, emptiness and reconciliation with his family. A true story of sheer hard work and dedication. An inspiring and motivating read.

  • 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.

  • They Call Me Coach

    By: John Wooden   

    Pages: 272

    Biography, Sports

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 14th Dec'17

    Brief review: I am a fan of John Wooden. He was the first person to be honored with Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player as well as a coach. The book gives a glimpse of his life and career, mostly his coaching stint at UCLA. He guided UCLA to a record 10 NCAA titles (including 7 in a row). You will be enriched with many life lessons and awed with the simplicity of John Wooden. He candidly talks about his mistakes (though they were few). I found a few chapters too detailed and a bit technical at times (since I don't follow basketball much), yet this book is a gem. A must read.

  • Option B

    By: Sheryl Sandberg   

    Pages: 226

    Biography, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 4th Dec'17

    Brief review: It's an honest story of one of the most powerful woman on earth. Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She lost her husband Dave at age 48. Broken to the core with two young kids to raise, this book is the story of her struggle to come to terms with life, recover and rebound. This is a story of resilience in the midst of life shattering experiences and how one can rediscover joy. Life has its ups and downs and this book will show you the way how to deal with adversity and renew your life. A good read for everyone, specially those who are going through a rough phase in life.

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