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Timothy Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, author, and podcaster.
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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...
Tim Ferriss
Apr 08, 2020
One of my favorite books of the last five years.     source
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman (Aug 01, 2010)
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IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard fo...
Tim Ferriss
Jun 26, 2013
Listening to @neilhimself's The Graveyard Book once again. Still the best audiobook I've ever heard.     source
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Exhalation
by Ted Chiang (Jun 30, 2020)
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From an award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short storiesThis much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory idea...
Tim Ferriss
Just so damn good.     source
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Dune
Deluxe Edition
by Frank Herbert (Oct 01, 2019)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
Tim Ferriss
Perhaps the most incredibly detailed and oddly believable fictional landscape I’ve ever encountered.     source
The Ride of a Lifetime
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
by Robert Iger (Sep 23, 2019)
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A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of Time's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more inten...
Tim Ferriss
The negotiation stories with Steve Jobs alone make this book worth the read.     source
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The Magic of Thinking Big
(Vermilion Life Essentials)
by David J Schwartz (Aug 08, 2019)
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The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction, but you do need to lea...
Tim Ferriss
I still personally read the first two chapters of this book whenever doubt creeps in.     source
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Consciousness Medicine
Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth
by Françoise Bourzat (Jun 25, 2019)
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"FRANÇOISE BOURZAT HAS WRITTEN AN AUTHORITATIVE BOOK ON GUIDED PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY WITH IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR ANYONE THINKING OF EITHER GUIDING OR BEING GUIDED." (MICHAEL POLLAN VIA TWITTER)A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE SAFE AND ETHICAL APPLICATION OF EXPANDED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS FOR THERAPISTS, HEALING PRACTITIONERS, AND SINCERE EXPLORERS.Psych...
Tim Ferriss
Brand-new, but I’m already on my second read.     source
I Wrote This Book Because I Love You
Essays
by Tim Kreider (Feb 12, 2019)
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*A People Top 10 Book of 2018*The New York Times essayist and author of We Learn Nothing, Tim Kreider trains his singular power of observation on his (often befuddling) relationships with women.Psychologists have told him he’s a psychologist. Philosophers have told him he’s a philosopher. Religious groups have invited him to speak. He had a cult fo...
Tim Ferriss
I’ve been eager to revisit the author's work, and I’m now digging into I Wrote This Book Because I Love You.     source
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran (Jan 15, 2019)
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A stunning new hardcover edition--with a full linen case, copper stamping, gilded edges, and colored endpapers--of one of the world's most beloved and popular spiritual classics, featuring a new foreword by Rupi Kaur, the multimillion-copy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers"This book cracked my heart...
Tim Ferriss
A fantastic book. I would recommend people get the edition with the illustrations by the author.     source
Grit
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth (Aug 21, 2018)
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckw...
Tim Ferriss
Really about teaching your kids to focus on hard work and not intrinsic capability.     source
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Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein (Jul 31, 2018)
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Robert Heinlein's Hugo Award-winning all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a science fiction classic.Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own...
Tim Ferriss
Incredible.     source
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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 ...
Tim Ferriss
One of my favorite books.     source
Extreme Ownership
How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink (Jan 01, 2018)
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MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLDAn updated edition of the blockbuster leadership book that took America and the world by storm. In Extreme Ownership , Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life.Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most hig...
Tim Ferriss
I am really enjoying this book.     source
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Principles
Life and Work
by Ray Dalio (Sep 19, 2017)
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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, ...
Tim Ferriss
I highly, highly recommend this book. It has already changed how I think about making decisions in my life and in my business.     source
Joy on Demand
The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
by Chade-Meng Tan (Jun 06, 2017)
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A long-awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Search Inside Yourself shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast-paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity, innovation, confidence, and ultimately success in every arena.In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don’t need to meditate for hours, days...
Tim Ferriss
Fantastic.     source
The Moth Presents All These Wonders
True Stories About Facing the Unknown
by Catherine Burns (Mar 21, 2017)
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From storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongs...
Tim Ferriss
Reading one short (2–5-page) story over tea or coffee in the morning is a nice jumpstart to the day.     source
The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal
Deluxe Edition
by Julia Cameron (Nov 08, 2016)
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Elegantly repackaged, The Morning Pages Journal is one of The Artist's Way's most effective tools for cultivating creativity, personal growth, and change. Now more compact and featuring spiral binding to make for easier use, these Morning Pages invite you to do three pages daily of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness, which provoke,...
Tim Ferriss
Nearly every morning, I sit down with a hot cocktail of turmeric, ginger, pu-erh tea, and green tea. Next, I crack open The Artist's Way.     source
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Arrival
by Ted Chiang (Nov 01, 2016)
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From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the heavens above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality... Chiang's rigorously ima...
Tim Ferriss
Incredible collection of short stories.     source
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The Art of Memoir
by Mary Karr (Sep 06, 2016)
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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there...
Tim Ferriss
Highly recommended if you work with the written word in any capacity.     source
One Simple Idea
by Stephen Key (Aug 02, 2016)
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The updated revised edition of the bestselling book about how to turn simple ideas into marketable money-making products....
Tim Ferriss
An excellent book about licensing.     source
Tribe
On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger (May 24, 2016)
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Sebastian Junger, the bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges todays returning veterans face in modern society.There are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. Thes...
Tim Ferriss
I read in about a day and a half. I just ingested it rapid fire.     source
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds
by Ocean Vuong (Apr 05, 2016)
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Categories: PoetryFiction
Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"and very humansubjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. None of these he allows to overwhelm his spirit or his poems, which demonstrate, through breath and cadence and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the fiercest ...
Tim Ferriss
Fantastic.     source
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The Art of Asking
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
by Amanda Palmer (Oct 20, 2015)
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Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their ...
Tim Ferriss
I was so inspired by the book that I put it down to start asking people around me for all of the help that I'd been too ashamed or embarrassed to ask for.     source
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Blue Ocean Strategy
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim (Jan 20, 2015)
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A global phenomenon now published in a record 43 languages. Over 3.5 million copies sold. A bestseller across five continents.Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for dif...
Tim Ferriss
Study Blue Ocean Strategy.     source
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Zorba the Greek
by Nikos Kazantzakis (Dec 23, 2014)
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A stunning new translation of the classic book—and basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film—brings the clarity and beauty of Kazantzakis’s language and story alive.First published in 1946, Zorba the Greek, is, on one hand, the story of a Greek working man named Zorba, a passionate lover of life, the unnamed narrator who he accompanies to Crete to w...
Tim Ferriss
Highly highly recommend.     source
Wild
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed (Nov 18, 2014)
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At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand ...
Tim Ferriss
One of my favorites.     source
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Hansel and Gretel Oversized Deluxe Edition
A TOON Graphic
by Neil Gaiman (Oct 28, 2014)
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Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create Hansel & Gretel, a stunning book that’s at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. Mattotti’s sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Neil Gaiman crafts an original text filled...
Tim Ferriss
People should read it before their kids read it.     source
On Grief and Grieving
Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (Aug 12, 2014)
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Ten years after the death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, this commemorative edition of her final book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss. Includes a new introduction and resources section.Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s On Death and Dying ...
Tim Ferriss
Very useful for preparing yourself for the inevitable losses that you will face.     source
Happy Money
The Science of Happier Spending
by Elizabeth Dunn (May 20, 2014)
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Two professors combine their fascinating and cutting-edge research in behavioral science to explain how money can buy happiness—if you follow five core principles of smart spending.Most people recognize that they need professional advice on how to earn, save, and invest their money. When it comes to spending that money, most people just follow thei...
Tim Ferriss
It answers the question 'can money by happiness?'     source
The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday (May 01, 2014)
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obst...
Tim Ferriss
It has helped me to turn problems upside-down, become the calm within the storm, and even uncover unique opportunities.     source
Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card (Mar 04, 2014)
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The worldwide bestseller, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the screen at last in a major motion picture event in November 2013. Starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley, the movie is sure to inspire a new audience of fans to read the book that started it all.Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poi...
Tim Ferriss
Through Ender’s journey, you’ll learn how to capitalize on your strengths and those of your teammates, as well as exploit your adversaries’ weaknesses.     source
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Play It Away
A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety
by Charlie Hoehn (Feb 07, 2014)
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Do you live in constant fear? Do you worry that something terrible is about to happen? Do you have trouble breathing, relaxing, and sleeping? Do you think you’re losing control, and that you’re going to die? Are you trapped in your own personal hell, and don’t know how to get out? I’ve been there, and I know what it’s like. Shallow breathing, ten...
Tim Ferriss
For all Type-A driven readers — especially those who struggle with the shut-off switch — this one is for you.     source
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The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg (Jan 07, 2014)
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OVER 60 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LISTWith a new Afterword by the authorIn The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that...
Tim Ferriss
A very good book.     source
Lying
by Sam Harris (Nov 05, 2013)
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As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.In Lying, best-selli...
Tim Ferriss
A great book.     source
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The Healing Journey
Pioneering Approaches to Psychedelic Therapy
by Claudio Naranjo (Apr 19, 2013)
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In this remarkable book, Chilean-American psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo takes us on a scientific adventure through his groundbreaking research into new experiential methods of psychotherapy facilitated by psychedelic substances. The Healing Journey reveals these consciousness-expanding compounds to be fascinating therapeutic tools that are now—40 ye...
Tim Ferriss
The introduction alone is worth the price of admission with the book.     source
This book is also recommended by
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We Learn Nothing
Essays
by Tim Kreider (Apr 09, 2013)
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“Kreider locates the right simile and the pith of situations as he carefully catalogues humanity’s inventive and manifold ways of failing” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized pr...
Tim Ferriss
A dazzling collection of humor and insight.     source
Delivering Happiness
A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh (Mar 19, 2013)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department Focus on company culture as the #1 priority Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business Help employees grow-both personally and professionally Seek to change the world Oh, and make money too . . . ...
Tim Ferriss
What I also enjoyed is that it's entirely in Tony's voice.     source
This book is also recommended by
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Musashi
An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
by Eiji Yoshikawa (Sep 14, 2012)
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The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai-without really knowing what it meant-he regains consciousness after the battle to find himsel...
Tim Ferriss
Musashi’s transformation from talented yet conflicted young warrior to one of the greatest (perhaps the greatest) swordsman of all time teaches you about critical thinking, strategizing, and ultimately, that there is more to life than merely surviving.     source
This book is also recommended by
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Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury (Jan 10, 2012)
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Sixty years after its publication, Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before."Fahrenheit 451- The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns."Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to dest...
Tim Ferriss
If you wonder why some people take censorship so seriously, this book will give you the answer.     source
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More Money Than God
Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Penguin Press))
by Sebastian Mallaby (May 31, 2011)
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"Splendid...the definitive history of the hedge fund, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales." -- The Washington Post Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge fund moguls have become the It Boys of twenty-first- century capitalism. Beating the market was long thought to be impossible, but hedge fun...
Tim Ferriss
A fantastic book.     source
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Getting to Yes
Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher (May 03, 2011)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
Negotiation is a way of life for the majority of us. Whether we're at work, at home or simply going out, we want to participate in the decisions that affect us. Nowadays, hardly anyone gets through the day without a single negotiation, yet, few of us are armed with the effective, powerful negotiating skills that prevent stubborn haggling and ensure...
Tim Ferriss
A really important concept to grasp.     source
Level 3
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World (Penguin Readers, Level 3)
by Pearson Education (Mar 05, 2011)
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In 1998 John Wood worked for Microsoft in Australia. He was a busy, successful man. Then he went on vacation to Nepal and visited a school in a Himalayan village, this changed his life. He helped the school and decided to change the World! He started the charity 'Room to Read'......
Tim Ferriss
If you ever wonder what you can do to really change the world this is a book you need to read.     source
Checklist Manifesto
by Atul Gawande (Jan 04, 2011)
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A New York Times BestsellerIn latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industryin almost every rea...
Tim Ferriss
A great book.     source
Secrets of Power Negotiating,15th Anniversary Edition
Inside Secrets from a Master Negotiator
by Roger Dawson (Oct 20, 2010)
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Roger Dawson's Secrets of Power Negotiating has changed the way American business thinks about negotiating. Thinking "win-win"--looking for that magical third solution in which everyone wins but nobody loses--can be a naive and ultimately unsuccessful approach in today's tough business environment. Power Negotiating teaches that the way you negotia...
Tim Ferriss
I would suggest getting the audio if you can.     source
Open
An Autobiography
by Andre Agassi (Aug 10, 2010)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
Tim Ferriss
Such a fantastic book.     source
This book is also recommended by
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Liar's Poker
by Michael Lewis (Mar 15, 2010)
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The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for...
Tim Ferriss
A very exciting book.     source
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Rework
Change The Way You Work Forever
by Jason Fried (Feb 28, 2010)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book - one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few year...
Tim Ferriss
I encourage people to think of as an 'Elements of Style' for building profitable businesses in a web-savvy world.     source
The Lessons of History
by Will Durant (Feb 16, 2010)
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Categories: HistoryNonfiction
A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of ...
Tim Ferriss
It’s excellent.     source
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The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read
The Proven Way to Beat the "Pros" and Take Control of Your Financial Future
by Daniel R. Solin (Dec 23, 2009)
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What Are You Waiting For? This book will change the way you think about investing-and the results will prove it! "This is the simple hands-on, how-to and why book many readers have been looking for." -Scott Burns, syndicated columnist Daniel Solin cuts through the financial hype to show you exactly how to invest-with an easy-to-follow four-step ...
Tim Ferriss
The title may not deliver but it is a smart investment book, at the very least.     source
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Biography of the Dollar
How the Mighty Buck Conquered the World and Why It's Under Siege
by Craig Karmin (Apr 07, 2009)
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“A remarkable historical, political, and economic examination of the dollar.” –BooklistCraig Karmin’s in-depth “biography” of the dollar examines the power of the Federal Reserve, the inner sanctums of foreign central banks that stockpile currency, and the little-known circles of foreign exchange traders who determine a currency’s worth. It’s “a su...
Tim Ferriss
After 50 pages, I was able to hold my own discussing currency trading with a vice president at JP Morgan Chase.     source
Emergency
This Book Will Save Your Life
by Neil Strauss (Mar 10, 2009)
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Terrorist attacks. Natural disasters. Domestic crackdowns. Economic collapse. Riots. Wars. Disease. Starvation.What can you do when it all hits the fan?You can learn to be self-sufficient and survive without the system."I've started to look at the world through apocalypse eyes." So begins Neil Strauss's harrowing new book: his first full-length wor...
Tim Ferriss
I find the topics endlessly fascinating.     source
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz (Sep 02, 2008)
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Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ—the...
Tim Ferriss
A fun read with lots of geek culture, great history, and oh, it also won the Pulitzer Prize.     source
Little, Big
by John Crowley (Oct 17, 2006)
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Categories: FantasyFiction
John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border o...
Tim Ferriss
One of the best novels I’ve ever read.     source
On Writing Well
The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William Zinsser (May 09, 2006)
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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, b...
Tim Ferriss
I have read this book more than a dozen times, more often for thinking than for writing.     source
Getting Real
The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application
by Jason Fried (Jan 01, 2006)
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Getting Real details the business, design, programming, and marketing principles of 37signals. The book is packed with keep-it-simple insights, contrarian points of view, and unconventional approaches to software design. This is not a technical book or a design tutorial, it's a book of ideas. Anyone working on a web app - including entrepreneurs, d...
Tim Ferriss
It does have a software focus, but all of it can be applied to entrepreneurs in general.     source
This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!...
Tim Ferriss
A very helpful book as a starting point when thinking of screenwriting and also calls me on my own bullshit.     source
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Radical Acceptance
Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
by Tara Brach (Nov 23, 2004)
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For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesnt take much--just hearing of someone elses accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first ste...
Tim Ferriss
It exceeded all expectations.     source
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The E-Myth Revisited
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael E. Gerber (Oct 14, 2004)
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E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical workVoted #1 business book by Inc. 500 CEOs.An instant classic, this revised an...
Tim Ferriss
If you’re stuck in your own business, this book can help you get unstuck.     source
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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
by Dale Carnegie (Oct 05, 2004)
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The book 'How to stop worrying & start living' suggest many ways to conquer worry and lead a wonderful life.The book mentions fundamental facts to know about worry and magic formula for solving worry-some situations.Psychologists & Doctors' view:-Worry can make even the most stolid person ill.-Worry may cause nervous breakdown.-Worry can even cause...
Tim Ferriss
Surprisingly sophisticated.     source
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Benjamin Franklin
An American Life
by Walter Isaacson (Jul 01, 2003)
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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative tha...
Tim Ferriss
I’ve recommended Benjamin Franklin to thousands and thousands of people.     source
Vagabonding
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
by Rolf Potts (Dec 24, 2002)
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Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:- finan...
Tim Ferriss
The book that got me to stop making excuses and pack for an extended hiatus trip overseas.     source
The Art of Spirited Away
by Hayao Miyazaki (Oct 01, 2002)
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The Art of Spirited Away collects colour illustrations of Spirited Away for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowned animated film, Spirited ...
Tim Ferriss
Awe-inspiring and shows the depth of world-creation that makes the author a legend.     source
Simple & Direct
by Jacques Barzun (Dec 18, 2001)
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After a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one's style. His discussions of diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision guide the reader through the technique of making the written word clear and agreeable to read. Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, a...
Tim Ferriss
Great book.     source
Plants of the Gods
Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
by Richard Evans Schultes (Nov 01, 2001)
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World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch provides the latest scientific updates to this classic work on psychoactive flora by two eminent researchers. • Numerous new and rare color photographs complement the completely revised and updated text. • Explores the uses of hallucinogenic plants in shamanic rituals throughout...
Tim Ferriss
A fantastic book.     source
Motherless Brooklyn
by Jonathan Lethem (Oct 24, 2000)
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Lionel Essrog is Brooklyns very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in the most startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincents Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minnas limo service cum detective agency. Life with...
Tim Ferriss
One of my absolute favorites.     source
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Six Thinking Hats
by Edward de Bono (Aug 18, 1999)
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Used successfully by thousands of business managers, educators, and government leaders around the world, Six Thinking Hats offers a practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas.Your success in business depends on how you think. "The main difficulty of thinking is confusion," writes Edward de Bono, long recogn...
Tim Ferriss
I found helpful.     source
A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)
by Bill Bryson (May 04, 1999)
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The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the tra...
Tim Ferriss
A great way to invigorate.     source
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
by Milan Kundera (Apr 07, 1999)
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Commissioned and closely monitored by Milan Kundera himself, this new translation brings a clarity and unmatched fidelity to the author's original text. Widely held as a work of genius, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that first brought him to the forefront of the international literary scene. Rich in stories, characters and imagin...
Tim Ferriss
A tremendous work.     source
High Fidelity
by Nick Hornby (Aug 01, 1996)
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Do you know your desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups?Rob does. He keeps a list, in fact. But Laura isn't on it - even though she's just become his latest ex. He's got his life back, you see. He can just do what he wants when he wants: like listen to whatever music he likes, look up the girls that are on his list, and generall...
Tim Ferriss
After his girlfriend leaves him for another man, Rob embarks on a journey of self-discovery and evaluation by contacting ex-girlfriends to see what went wrong in each relationship.     source
How to Make Millions with Your Ideas
An Entrepreneur's Guide
by Dan S. Kennedy (Jan 01, 1996)
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You've come up with a brilliant idea for a brand-new product or service you know could make you rich. Or maybe you currently own a business that pays the bills, and your dream is to become a fabulous millionairre. But how? How to Make Millions with Your Ideas has all the answers. This book is packed with the true stories and proven advice of ordina...
Tim Ferriss
Like steroids for your entrepreneurial cortex.     source
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (Sep 27, 1995)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
Tim Ferriss
If 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and 'Star Wars' had a love-child, it would read something like this.     source
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott (Aug 31, 1995)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Tim Ferriss
Fantastic book.     source
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
by Al Ries (Apr 27, 1994)
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There are laws of nature, so why shouldn't there be laws of marketing?As Al Ries and Jack Trout—the world-renowned marketing consultants and bestselling authors of Positioning—note, you can build an impressive airplane, but it will never leave the ground if you ignore the laws of physics, especially gravity. Why then, they ask, shouldn't there also...
Tim Ferriss
I have reread this before every product launch that I have done.     source
Letters to a Young Poet
by Rainer Maria Rilke (Aug 01, 1993)
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Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a serie...
Tim Ferriss
Very powerful book that I recommend to everyone.     source
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The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende (Jan 01, 1993)
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The classic tale of Bastian and the book that magically comes to lifeBastian Balthazar Bux is shy, awkward, and certainly not heroic. His only escape is reading books. When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he's swept into the magical world of Fantasticaso much that he finds he has actually become a character in the sto...
Tim Ferriss
That was my favorite book growing up for three or four years in elementary school.     source
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Getting Past No
Negotiating in Difficult Situations
by William Ury (Jan 01, 1993)
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We all want to get to yes, but what happens when the other person keeps saying no? How can you negotiate successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate customer, or a deceitful coworker?In Getting Past No, William Ury of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation offers a proven breakthrough strategy for turning adversaries into negotiating partners....
Tim Ferriss
I think this book and 'Getting to Yes' go together really, really nicely.     source
Letters from a Stoic
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Jul 30, 1969)
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. - A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's...
Tim Ferriss
The author is an outstanding thinker and this is, I think, one of his most accesible books.     source
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