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Poor Charlie's Almanack
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Peter D. Kaufman - Jan 01, 2005
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For the first time ever, the wit and wisdom of Charlie Munger is available in a single volume: all his talks, lectures and public commentary. And, it has been written and compiled with both Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett's encouragement and cooperation. So pull up your favorite reading chair and enjoy the unique humor, wit and insight that Charl...
More Than You Know
Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places (Updated and Expanded) (Columbia Business School Publishing)
Michael Mauboussin - Jun 11, 2013 (first published in 2006)
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Michael Mauboussin, one of Wall Street's most creative and influential minds offers provocative new ways of thinking about the stock market, investing, and how we make decisions....
The Great Mental Models
General Thinking Concepts
Farnam Street - Jan 01, 2020
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The old saying goes, "To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn't enough.The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you'll use the right tool for the job — and get it done right.The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outc...
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - Jun 19, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and po...
Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - May 15, 2018 (first published in 2011)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
Principles
Life and Work
Ray Dalio - Sep 19, 2017 (first published in 2011)
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Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, ...
The Inner Game of Tennis
The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
W. Timothy Gallwey - May 27, 1997 (first published in 1974)
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The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played....
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
A Mind for Numbers
How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
Barbara Oakley - Jul 30, 2014
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Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to st...
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Seeking Wisdom
From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition
Peter Bevelin - Dec 31, 2006 (first published in 2003)
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Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius' great wisdom: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom. His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from ...
Boyd by Robert Coram
Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The Everything Store by Brad Stone
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock
The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
The Innovator's Prescription by Clayton Christensen
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
The Great Mental Models, Volume 2 by Farnam Street
Filters Against Folly by Garrett Hardin
The Art of Clear Thinking by Patrick King
How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
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Mistakes Were Made by Carol Tavris
Super Thinking by Gabriel Weinberg
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
An Introduction to General Systems Thinking by Gerald M. Weinberg
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Critical Mass by Philip Ball
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
Charlie Munger by Tren Griffin
The Network Imperative by Barry Libert
Nudge by Richard H. Thaler
Mental Models by Indi Young
The Landscape of History by John Lewis Gaddis
To Engineer Is Human by Henry Petroski
Internal Time by Till Roenneberg
The Up Side of Down by Megan McArdle
Decision Book by M. Krogerus