Book Reviews

Business Black Belt by Burke Franklin

Business Black Belt by Burke Franklin is a must read for every entrepreneur. Here’s 40+ years worth of wisdom to expand your entrepreneurial emotional intelligence…

Written to expand self-awareness for entrepreneurs who want to survive and thrive, make money, enjoy themselves, and grow personally.

From Impressed to Obsessed by Jon Picoult

Jon Picoult’s new book From Impressed to Obsessed is a must read for any entrepreneur aspiring to satisfy their customers.

Acclaimed customer experience expert Jon Picoult explains why building customer loyalty requires leaving indelible positive impressions on everyone you work with―not just shaping their experiences, but also shaping their memories.

The Best Business Startup Ebooks

Here is a list of the best books for entrepreneurs curated by the editors of Good-E-Reader:

The Startup of Seinfeld

The Startup of Seinfeld is a brilliant concept. It teaches entrepreneurship by giving examples from Seinfeld episodes. It even links to those clips on YouTube, so you can watch them. I’m not joking. It’s equally informative, well researched, and hilarious. You have to check it out.

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich

Patient H.M.

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich is one of the most fascinating and terrifying books I’ve ever read. It delves into the gray area of gray matter, describing the horrifying truth behind how society has treated mental patients. This includes giving lobotomies to thousands of patients without their consent for decades.

Patient H.M. is both a personal odyssey and a cautionary tale, as well as deeply researched piece of scientific journalism. Kudos to Dittrich, whose writing abilities and attention to detail illuminate this tragic chapter in our medical history.

13 Non-Fiction Books for Curious Souls

Here are 13 non-fiction books that I recommend for a curious soul:

1. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener ★★★★
2. Billion Dollar Loser by Reeves Wiedeman ★★★★★
3. Empires of the Seas by Roger Crowley ★★★★★
4. 1453 by Roger Crowley ★★★★
5. City of Fortune by Roger Crowley ★★★★
6. Conquerors by Roger Crowley ★★★★
7. The Accursed Tower by Roger Crowley ★★★★
8. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson ★★★★★
9. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson ★★★★
10. Dead Wake by Erik Larson ★★★
11. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson ★★★
12. Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson ★★★★
13. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker ★★★★★

Best 15 Science Fiction Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

1) The Circle
by Dave Eggers

2) The Nexus Trilogy
by Ramez Naam

3) The Martian
by Andy Weir

4) A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

5) Dune
by Frank Herbert

6) Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein

7) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

8) The Hyperion Cantos
by Dan Simmons

9) The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman

10) The Three-Body Problem
by Liu Cixin

The Entrepreneur’s Faces

I’d like to tell you about a valuable new resource for entrepreneurs and startups, The Entrepreneur’s Faces, a new book about international founders and their entrepreneurial journeys by my friend Jonathan Littman (he co-wrote two innovation bestsellers with IDEO), and Susanna Camp, a veteran of Wired.

The book’s been featured in Inc. MagazineThrive Global and elsewhere. Littman and Camp frequent guests on business and leadership podcasts and are columnists for StartupNation.

Captain’s Book Reviews: 11 Worthwhile Books


Here are 11 worthwhile books that I read over the past 2 months:

  1. “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry ★★★★★
  2. “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry ★★★★★
  3. “Uncanny Valley” by Anna Wiener ★★★
  4. “The Strange Career of William Ellis” by Karl Jacoby ★★★
  5. “Another Country” by James Baldwin ★★★★★
  6. “McTeague” by Frank Norris ★★★★
  7. “At the Mountains of Madness” by H.P. Lovecraft ★★★
  8. “Shane” by Jack Schaefer ★★★★

Overcome Extreme Adversity & Create Your Best Life

Jeremy Ryan Slate just released his new book: Overcome Extreme Adversity & Create Your Best Life.


If you ask the best in the world the single greatest secret to success, they’ll sit back in their chair and put their feet up on the desk. They’ll take a long thoughtful pause, and with their hands folded behind the crown of their head, they may start to gently chuckle to themselves.

You’re asking the wrong question.

Island of the Lost by Joan Druett

If you’re struggling right now with your business or personal life, you should read this book: ISLAND OF THE LOST by Joan Druett. It will show you just how hard life can be when you’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. It’s the true, harrowing tale of five men who are marooned on an inhospitable, remote island near the Antarctica. Their perseverance and ingenuity to overcome every obstacle will inspire you. The book also provides a few good tips on how to survive if you ever happen to be lost on a deserted island.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Just read FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON. It’s about a man with a 60 IQ who has a brain operation turning him into a genius. What a beautifully tragic story. It’s inspired by another one of my favorite books: OF MICE AND MEN by John Stienbeck. Read both of these books!

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

If you read one book this year, let it be The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It’s the true story of building the Chicago World’s Fair at the turn of the century, and it is unbelievable what they went through. It’s not only an incredible story of genius, invention, courage and serial murders, but also a valuable lesson on management and leadership. Every entrepreneur should read this.

Make Elephants Fly Wins Gold Medal for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Book of the Year

Make Elephants Fly just won the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards for Innovation & Entrepreneurship!

CMI Awards: CMI Book of the Year Awards

Buy on Amazon: Make Elephants Fly

The Bonanza King by Gregory Crouch

The Bonanza King by Gregory Crouch can teach entrepreneurs more about business than most business books. It’s the fascinating tale of the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the largest silver mine in the world.

Born in 1831, John W. Mackay was a penniless Irish immigrant who came of age in New York City, went to California during the Gold Rush, and mined without much luck for eight years. When he heard of riches found on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1859, Mackay abandoned his claim and walked a hundred miles to the Comstock Lode in Nevada.

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou is a must-read book for every startup founder. It shows exactly what happens when an entrepreneur has no values.

Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes cared about nothing but herself and her image, and as a result, she was willing to betray everyone she came across. She hurt so many people in the process, jeopardized the lives of patients, squandered huge amounts of capital, and wound up with nothing to show for it.

Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

Review: Industries of the Future by Alec Ross is a thought-provoking book. It’s not so much about the future but really about innovations taking place around the world right now. He does a good job of providing examples and explaining the implications.

Rating: ★★★★

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

Review: After hanging out with Michio Kaku in Malaysia, I was excited to read his latest book: The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.

It’s all about how we could eventually colonize other planets. Naturally, a lot of it is speculation. No one can know for sure. But it’s fascinating to read about the ideas and physics behind the theories. If you’re a Sci-Fi buff or an Elon Musk fan, you’ll love it!

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese is a philosophical exploration of questions like can machines become conscious? What happens when robots can perform most work better than humans? And how will humans and ultra-smart AI coexist?

Reese is a good writer, and the book is thoughtfully put together. If you’re interested in these types of questions, it’s well worth the read.

Rating: ★★★★

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Review: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, a former international hostage negotiator for the FBI, is an amazing book. It dives deep on how to negotiate deals using techniques that actually work. You’ll find it invaluable.

Rating: ★★★★★