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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is a business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which controls more than 400 companies in various fields. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age
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Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
William Finnegan - 2015-07-21
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Experience the beauty and danger of surfing in William Finnegan's memoir, "Barbarian Days". This coming-of-age story takes readers on a global journey as Finnegan chases waves and navigates life's ups and downs. From a whites-only gang in Hawaii to a picturesque fishing village in Samoa, Finnegan explores the complexities of close male friendships, social upheavals, sexual politics, and more. This book is an adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, and an extraordinary exploration of the mastery of a little-understood art. It's no wonder why some call it the finest surf book ever written.
Richard Branson
The perfect summer read – Barbarian Days by William Finnegan. What’s your favourite holiday book? @literati      source
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Hey Grandude!
Paul McCartney - 2019-09-05
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"Hey Grandude!" is a thrilling children's picture book about a super-cool grandfather who takes his four grandkids on magical adventures across the world. With his trusty magic compass, they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches! Written by Paul McCartney and illustrated by Kathryn Durst, this is the perfect bedtime story for little explorers who love to go on exciting journeys with their grandparents.
Richard Branson
Can’t wait to read @PaulMcCartney’s new children’s book #HeyGrandude with my own grandkids. Hey Paul, mine call me Grandude too!      source
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Wise Guy
Lessons from a Life
Guy Kawasaki - 2019-02-26
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Follow Silicon Valley icon and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki as he shares his most personal stories, revealing the surprising journey that led him to success. Wise Guy is a series of vignettes that reflect a wide range of experiences, all of which have taught him valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, venture capital, marketing, and business evangelism. But this isn't just a memoir - it covers everything from moral values to parenting and showcases Guy's wisdom in a unique and enlightening way. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or looking to discover new passions at any age, Wise Guy offers something for everyone.
Richard Branson
Interesting read from @GuyKawasaki as he shares some surprising entrepreneurial stories from his life in his new book:      source
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GQ How to Win at Life
The Expert Guide to Excelling at Everything You Do
Charlie Burton - 2018-09-14
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Discover essential life skills with GQ How to Win at Life. From fashion to food, romance to travel, this book covers everything with personal expertise, interviews from foremost authorities, and wisdom from GQ's editors. Learn how to barbecue perfectly, make the definitive Dirty Martini, dance without looking like a dad, saber champagne, survive a dog attack, and much more, highlighted by bold illustrations and step-by-step instructions. With 8 chapters and 75 entries, this book is the ultimate guide to living smart and looking sharp.
Richard Branson
New book @gqwinatlife features some business tips from yours truly, so thought I would share an extract with you all:      source
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The Sun Does Shine
How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice
Anthony Hinton - 2018-03-27
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This book tells the story of a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Despite his wrongful imprisonment, he finds hope and joy through the power of reading and is ultimately able to transform himself and those around him. With a foreword by a civil rights attorney, this powerful memoir showcases the strength of the human spirit in the face of injustice.
Richard Branson
Ray Hinton touching book “The Sun Does Shine” is a fantastic selection for Oprah’s Book Club - a must read for all of humanity      source
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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing...
Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
Richard Reed - 2016-11-03
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Get valuable life advice from 50 influential voices in If I Could Tell You Just One Thing. This engaging collection features specially commissioned pen-and-ink portraits paired with illuminating essays, gathered together in a handsome package with embossed cover and pop of color on the page edges. Surprising, entertaining, and encouraging, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Richard Branson
I found so many wonderful pearls of wisdom from remarkable game-changers.... If you're looking for inspiration or useful life lessons, I recommend you pick up a copy.      source
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You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World
Craig Kielburger - 2018-02-14
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This book introduces the modern evolution of business: profit for purpose and purpose for profit. Learn how purpose and profit are becoming increasingly linked and explore real-world strategies for boosting productivity and performance while making a positive social impact. From the overall mission to day-to-day operations, this book provides actionable strategies for interweaving purpose and profit for long-term success. Make your business impact the world in a positive way with key insights and proven strategies.
Richard Branson
You can achieve great career success and change the world at the same time – Holly’s book #WEconomy shares how      source
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Travels with Charley in Search of America
John Steinbeck - 2002-02-05 (first published in 1961)
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Embark on a journey with an iconic American writer as he travels across the country with his furry companion, in search of the real America. John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley in Search of America" is more than just a travelogue - it's a reflection on the American character, exploring themes of racial hostility, loneliness, and unexpected kindness. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a diverse nation through Steinbeck's eyes, as he drives through interstates and country roads, encountering truckers, bears, and old friends.
Richard Branson
With his inimitable charm, it opens your eyes to the small pleasures of life, and the great wonders of humanity in the little moments that matter. Less a direction on how to lead, you could see it as a subtle guide on how to live.      source
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The Owl and the Pussycat
Edward Lear - 1991-03-21 (first published in 1871)
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Discover a charming classic children's poem, retold by Edward Lear and illustrated by Jan Brett in a perfect match. Join an elegant owl and a beautiful cat as they fall in love, and follow an illustrated subplot of two yellow fish who also find love under a pea-green boat. Brett's research adds depth to the story by incorporating authentic settings, costume details, plants, and fish native to the Caribbean. This picture book is perfect for readers from ages 3-7.
Richard Branson
What’s my favourite book to read to my grandkids? The Owl and the Pussycat. Here’s why:      source
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George Orwell - 2022-07-01 (first published in 1949)
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This influential text from the 20th century delves into a dark and dystopian world unlike any other. Written in 1949 by political satirist George Orwell, the novel portrays a totalitarian society that is both bureaucratic and terrifying. The author's foresight in predicting the future of modern life is remarkable, with themes that are still relevant today. Taking readers through a journey of surveillance, propaganda, and isolation, it is no wonder why 1984 is among the most terrifying novels ever written. A must-read for those seeking a thought-provoking exploration of individuality and the true extent of government control.
Richard Branson
One of 70 must-read books.      source
Little Wins by Paul Lindley
Obama by Mark Greenberg
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Ending the War on Drugs by Richard Branson
Originals by Adam Grant
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Winners by Alastair Campbell
Limitless by Ajaz Ahmed
Big World, Small Planet by Johan Rockström
Arctica by Sebastian Copeland
A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
Dear Stranger by Penguin Uk
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Remote by Jason Fried
Self Belief by Jamal Edwards
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis
A Time for New Dreams by Ben Okri
Mandela's Way by Richard Stengel
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Happiness by Matthieu Ricard
Mao by Jung Chang
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
Longitude by Dava Sobel
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
The Outermost House by Henry Beston
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Overview Effect by Frank White
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl
Oh, the Places You'll Go!   by Dr. Seuss
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