Book Reviews

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.

Synopsis:

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: ★★★★★

NEXUS by Ramez Naam

Review: NEXUS by Ramez Naam is a brain-twisting, action-packed Sci Fi novel. What would the future be like if a new drug could allow us to reprogram our minds and connect with each other? It’s the first part of a trilogy. Next comes Crux, then Apex.

Rating: ★★★★

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Review: You will love or loath this book: The Black Swan.

You will either think the author is brilliant, witty, passionate and insightful, or you will find him a pompous, egotistical, irritating blowhard.

I actually enjoyed the book, but my partner couldn’t get past the first chapter.

Ironically, all you need to read is the first chapter or two. The rest of the book just elaborates on the same points.

“Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Review: Great book for a college student who has no idea what career path to take. Not so interesting if you already know what you want to do.

Rating: ★★★

BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown: 10 Lessons on Teamwork

Review: BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown is the story how a group of boys from Washington State went on to win the 1936 Berlin Olympics against all odds.

It’s a fantastic story, but even more important, it will teach you the essence of building a winning team. In this way, it’s one of the best business books ever written.

Here are 10 lessons on teamwork learned from Boys in the Boat:

The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam

Review: THE HIDDEN BRAIN by Shankar Vedantam is a fun read. It’s filled with stories about how our unconscious minds control much of what we do.

It’s similar to THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman but less academic and more readable.

It’s filled with stories on how our subconscious can lead us to mistakes, when electing presidents, investing in stock markets, identifying criminals, and waging wars.

It’s also a popular Podcast. Either way, it’s worth tuning in!