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Peter Attia is a Canadian-American physician of Egyptian descent known for his medical practice that focuses on the science of longevity.
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman (Feb 06, 2018)
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on ...
Peter Attia
Feb 11, 2020
Q: What book have you recommended the most to friends and family? P.A.: The book I’ve recommended most is Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman.     source
Altered Traits
Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
by Daniel Goleman (Sep 04, 2018)
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Two New York Times-bestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain.In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cu...
Peter Attia
Dec 20, 2018
There’s a great book out there called Altered Traits, which I read this year.     source
I Don't Want to Talk About It
Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
by Terrence Real (Mar 02, 1998)
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Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men; that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression's "un-manliness." Problems that we think of as typically male; difficulty with intimacy, workaholism,...
Peter Attia
Dec 20, 2018
There is now a new book that is my most gifted book. And this book is called I Don’t Want To Talk About It, by Terrence Real.      source
The Talent Code
Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown.
by Daniel Coyle (Apr 01, 2010)
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'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually.In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music ...
Peter Attia
Jul 10, 2015
Q: Is there a book that you’ve read more than once? P.A.: Many, but the books I’ve read the most are: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, The Transformed Cell, The Talent Code, One Bullet Away and Mistakes Were Made.     source
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Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari (May 15, 2018)
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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...
Peter Attia
Mar 21, 2015
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
Mistakes Were Made
Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
by Carol Tavris (May 07, 2007)
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Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and El...
Peter Attia
Dec 18, 2014
Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me is a bookabout cognitive dissonance, and it’s one of the few books that atthe moment I finished it, I not only reread it but I bought it forabout ten people. I think that the authors do such a great job of is really getting at the psychology ofwhy it is that we are simply not wired to acknowledge mistakeswhen we make them, look for weaknesses in our thinking. And I just think that how do I make sure I go throughlife without becoming too sure of myself? Because on some levels I am sure of myself, but at other levels I have to realize, whatcan I do to make sure I’m not missing something that could allowme to do a better job? And so I think it’s a fantastic book.     source
How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan (May 14, 2019)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
Peter Attia
Excellent.     source
10% Happier
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
by Dan Harris (Apr 16, 2019)
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After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought w...
Peter Attia
I’ve read a lot about mediation, but it was the first book I read where I thought, 'I can relate to this guy.'     source
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Solve For Happy
by Mo Gawdat (Jan 01, 2019)
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Mo Gawdat is the Vice President of Business Innovation at Google’s [X]. Applying his superior skills of logic and problem solving to the issue of happiness, he proposes an equation based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. Then he solves for happy.In 2001, Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker and leading technolo...
Peter Attia
Probably moved to the #2 spot of books I've gifted the most.     source
On Confidence
by The School of Life (Apr 03, 2018)
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A thought-provoking essay that teaches us that confidence is not innate, but a skill that can be learnt.We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow technical fields: quadratic equations or bioengineering; economics or pole vaulting. But we overlook the primordial need to acquire a more free ranging variety of confidence - one that ...
Peter Attia
I came across On Confidence recently and was impressed.     source
Becoming Steve Jobs
The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
by Brent Schlender (Jun 07, 2016)
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Now in paperback, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography of how Steve Jobs became the most visionary CEO in history. With a new foreword by Marc Andreessen and new afterword by the authors, Becoming Steve Jobs is a narrative on Jobs' evolution as a manager and leader, as an astute CEO, as a father, and as a visionary with an unparalled sense o...
Peter Attia
Q: What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path? P.A.: Biographies of people who have ‘built skyscrapers’ (my term); for example: Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender.     source
Most Important Thing, The
by Howard Marks (Mar 08, 2016)
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Howard Marks, the chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is today sought out by the world's leading value investors, and his client memos brim with insightful commentary ...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? PA: I would also include these books.     source
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz (Mar 04, 2014)
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
The Presidents Club
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
by Nancy Gibbs (Feb 12, 2013)
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he Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Aug 09, 2011)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide
Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
by James Fadiman (May 18, 2011)
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Psychedelics for spiritual, therapeutic, and problem-solving use - Presents practices for safe and successful psychedelic voyages, including the benefits of having a guide and how to be a guide - Reviews the value of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery as well as how LSD has facilitated scientific and technical problem-solving - Reveals...
Peter Attia
Q: What book do you feel humanity needs right now? P.A: The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide and Being Wrong      source
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Being Wrong
Adventures in the Margin of Error
by Kathryn Schulz (Jan 04, 2011)
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The bestselling history of and investigation into human error by beloved New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz“Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it.”—Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New PlanetIn the tradition of The Wisdom of Crowds and Pred...
Peter Attia
Q: What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path? P.A.: Biographies of people who have ‘built skyscrapers’ (my term); for example: Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz.     source
Where Men Win Glory
The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
by Jon Krakauer (Jul 27, 2010)
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This edition has been updated to reflect new developments and includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillma...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
This Is Water
Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
by David Foster Wallace (Apr 14, 2009)
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Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foregroun...
Peter Attia
I’ve listened more than 100 times to the audio and now I’ll add this method of consumption to one of the most important speeches ever given or at least ever heard by me.     source
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
by Gary Taubes (Sep 23, 2008)
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Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight, and DiseaseIn this groundbreaking book, the result of seven years of research in every science connected with the impact of nutrition on health, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.For decades we have been...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
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One Bullet Away
The Making of a Marine Officer
by Nathaniel C. Fick (Sep 07, 2006)
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If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him ...
Peter Attia
Q: Is there a book that you’ve read more than once? P.A.: Many, but the books I’ve read the most are: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, The Transformed Cell, The Talent Code, One Bullet Away and Mistakes Were Made.     source
Forgive and Remember
Managing Medical Failure, 2nd Edition
by Charles L. L. Bosk (Oct 14, 2003)
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On its initial publication, Forgive and Remember emerged as the definitive study of the training and lives of young surgeons. Now with an extensive new preface, epilogue, and appendix by the author, reflecting on the changes that have taken place since the book's original publication, this updated second edition of Charles L. Bosk's classic study i...
Peter Attia
Q: What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? P.A.: It would be a combo of Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, The Transformed Cell and Forgive and Remember.     source
King of Hearts
The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery
by G. Wayne Miller (Jan 31, 2002)
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Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the invention of open-heart surgery, yet, until now, no journalist has ever brought all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph to life.This is the story of the surgeon many call the father of open-heart surgery, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who, along with colleagues at University Hosp...
Peter Attia
Q: What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path? P.A.: Biographies of people who have ‘built skyscrapers’ (my term); for example: King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery by G. Wayne Miller.     source
The Double Helix
A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
by James D. Watson Ph.D. (Jun 12, 2001)
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The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only...
Peter Attia
Q: What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path? P.A.: Biographies of people who have ‘built skyscrapers’ (my term); for example: The Double Helix by James D. Watson.     source
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Dancing Naked in the Mind Field
by Kary Mullis (Jan 04, 2000)
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Here is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world's most eccentric Nobel-Prize winning scientist. Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and forensic science. He is also a surfer, a veteran of Berkeley in the sixties, and perhaps the only Nobel laureate to describe a possible encount...
Peter Attia
Q: What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path? P.A.: Biographies of people who have ‘built skyscrapers’ (my term); for example: Dancing Naked In the Mind Field by Kary Mullis.     source
King of the World
Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
by David Remnick (Oct 05, 1999)
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On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was "a new kind of black man" who would shortly transform America's racial poli...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
An Atlas of Atherosclerosis Progression and Regression
by Herbert C. Stary (Jun 15, 1999)
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This uniquely illustrated atlas and text explains the evolution of atherosclerosis from initially minimal lipid deposits in the arteries of children, through histologically advanced but clinically silent lesions present in most younger adults, to lesion types that obstruct the vascular lumen and produce symptoms. To physicians and researchers, the ...
Peter Attia
You don’t understand atherosclerosis until you’ve studied this book.     source
The Corner
A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
by David Simon (Jun 14, 1998)
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The crime-infested intersection of West Fayette and Monroe Streets is well-known--and cautiously avoided--by most of Baltimore. But this notorious corner's 24-hour open-air drug market provides the economic fuel for a dying neighborhood. David Simon, an award-winning author and crime reporter, and Edward Burns, a 20-year veteran of the urban drug w...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
The Transformed Cell
by Stephen A. Rosenberg (Sep 07, 1992)
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The great moments of scientific discovery all too often occur in the far reaches of the laboratory, hidden from the public eye. Rarely do readers have an opportunity to comprehend the exhilaration and sense of awe scientists feel as they finally make a breakthrough in understanding the complex web of nature. The Transformed Cell changes all that. D...
Peter Attia
Q: What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path? P.A.: Biographies of people who have ‘built skyscrapers’ (my term); for example: The Transformed Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer by Steven A. Rosenberg.     source
The Puzzle People
Memoirs Of A Transplant Surgeon
by Thomas Starzl (Jul 20, 1992)
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Given the tensions and demands of medicine, highly successful physicians and surgeons rarely achieve equal success as prose writers.  It is truly extraordinary that a major, international pioneer in the controversial field of transplant surgery should have written a spellbinding, and heart-wrenching, autobiography.Thomas Starzl grew up in LeMars, I...
Peter Attia
One of the biographies of people who have 'built skyscrapers' (my term).     source
The Rommel Papers
by B. H. Liddell-Hart (Mar 22, 1982)
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An essential collection of the wartime writings and diary of World War II German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, edited with commentary by one of the great military theorists of our timeWhen Erwin Rommel died-by forced suicide at Hitler's command-he left behind in various ingenious hiding places the papers that recorded the story of his dramatic career...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach (Sep 01, 1970)
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People who make their own rules when they know they're right...people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well (even if only for themselves)...people who know there's more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they'll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way. Others may simply escape into a delightful adventure about freedom and ...
Peter Attia
If I could encourage young people to read one book, I’d encourage them to read Jonathan Livingston Seagull.     source
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