Books

thumb image-post mask

My Audiobook Collection

The day I discovered audiobooks marked the beginning of my transformation into an information addict. I still remember driving through the countryside six years ago, listening to an audiobook for that very first time. It was Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point, the first best selling work of an author who would come to be one of my favourites. I vividly recall the geography I crossed and I still associate the skyline along the Carpathian Mountains with a long tailed distributions.

Since then, I have listened to many audiobooks and read numerous paper editions. I've devoured information, savored its taste and digested it. But somewhere in a tornado if ideas, I decided that order must be brought to chaos and decided to compile a list to keep track of the books I've read and ideas they sparked.

So here it is: a collection of the books and authors I've come to know and love in the past years. For the sake of simplicity, this list is limited to non-fiction titles, with some small exceptions. Most of them I've "read" in audio format, while some in print. Some I read 3 years ago and have mostly forgotten, others are fresh in mind and their lessons help me navigate through daily life.

This list is a work in progress will always be.

Understanding how we tick

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, 2011

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
Jonathan Haidt, 2006

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
Chip Heath & Dan Heath, 2010

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Charles Duhigg, 2012

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
Kelly McGonigal, 2012

Imagine: How Creativity Works
Jonah Lehrer, 2012

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain, 2012

Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
Roy F.Baumeister, 2001

Antifragile
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2012

Stumbling on Happiness
Daniel Todd.Gilbert, 2006
[This was a suggestion from one of you lovely readers. Thank you. I loved it!]

Letters to a Young Contrarian
Christopher Hitchens, 2001

Out of our minds: Learning to Be Creative
Ken Robinson, 2001

Negotiation books

Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World
Stuart Diamond, 2010

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Roger Fisher, William Ury & Bruce Patton, 1991

The Yes Factor: get what you want, say what you mean, the power of persuasive communication
Tonya Reiman, 2010

The only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need: 101 ways to win every time in any situation
Peter B.Stark, Jane S.Flaherty & Peter B.Stark, 2003
Spoiler Alert: It wasn't the only negotiation guide I ever needed...

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie, 1981

It's Not Just Who You Know
Tommy Spaulding, 2010

Der Verhandlungs-Profi: Besser verhandeln - mehr erreichen
Martin Dall, 2010

I realize that it's arguable to include Dale Carnegie and his successor, Tommy Spaulding, in this list, but any work that helps you understand human nature for the purpose of creating mutual benefit is an instruction on win-win negotiation in my book.

Leadership and business excellence

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Simon Sinek, 2009

The Five Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential
John C.Maxwell, 2011

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Goleman, Richard E.Boyatzis & Annie McKee, 2002

The 4-hour Work Week: escape 9-5, live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
Timothy Ferriss, 2011

The Law of Success
Napoleon Hill, 2008

Influencer: the Power to Change Anything
Kerry Patterson, 2008

Mastery
Robert Greene, 2012

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap-and Others Don't
James C.Collins, 2001

Malcom Gladwell books

I like Gladwell's writing so much that he has his own category.

Outliers: the Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell, 2008

What the Dog Saw
Malcolm Gladwell, 2009

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Malcolm Gladwell, 2000

Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Malcolm Gladwell, 2005

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell, 2013

The “I love my body” section

Spark: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
John J.Ratey & Eric Hagerman, 2008

The 4-hour Body: an Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
Timothy Ferriss, 2010

Born to Run: a Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Christopher McDougall, 2009

Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the all-American Meal
Eric Schlosser, 2001

The 4-Hour Chef: the Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
Timothy Ferriss, 2012

Personal Development section

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Geoffrey Colvin, 2010

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey, 1999

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
Stephen R.Covey, 2005

The Art of Conversation
Catherine Blyth, 2008

Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen, 2001

Speak to Win: How to Present with Power in any Situation
Brian Tracy, 2008

No Excuses!: the Power of Self-discipline
Brian Tracy, 2010
I listen to this about once a year, when I need a dose of motivation.

The "it" Factor: Be the One People Like, Listen to and Remember
Mark Wiskup, 2007

Get People to do What You Want: How to Use Body Language and Words to Attract People You Like and Avoid the Ones You Don't
Gregory Hartley, 2008

The Strangest Secret
Earl Nightingale, 2006

The Slight Edge
Jeff Olson, 2013

Digging deeper in some fields

Beyond Greed and Fear: understanding behavioral finance and the psychology of investing
Hersh Shefrin, 2000

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives
Leonard Mlodinow, 2008

The Making of Modern Economics: the Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers
Mark Skousen, 2001

Game Theory
Guillermo Owen, 1968

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't
Nate Silver, 2012

The Four Man Plan
Cindy Lu, 2007
[Assuming that no one has heard of this one, it's a fun mathematical approach to dating that's surprisingly brilliant.]

The Clash of Civilizations
Samuel P.Huntington, 1993

Miscellaneous

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand, 2003
[This is my one exception to the no-fiction rule. ]

Murder in the High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet
Jonathan Green, 2010
[This journalistic book has been an eye opener for me and I cannot recommend it enough!]

The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli, 1961

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Mason Currey, 2013

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing, 1959

Your suggestions

It seems that I already have some suggestion on what to pick next. I hope to be able to move these to the "read" pile ASAP. Don’t let me get bored. If you have some suggestions for me, shoot an email!

Moonwalking with Einstein: the Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Joshua Foer, 2011

The Intelligent Investor
Benjamin Graham, 2003

The Snowball
Joshua Foer, 2011

Predictably Irrational: the Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions
Dan Ariely, 2008