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My 2016 reading list - help me add to it!

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  1. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    One of my New Year's resolutions (along with quitting smoking - 30 days and counting so far!) is to read 26 books (1 every 2 weeks).

    I only have 3 so far and am looking for more. I wrote a blog post about it here: http://feinternational.com/blog/my-2016-reading-list-whats-missing/

    If anyone has any suggested books, please can you comment on the post with ideas? I won't mark you as a spammer :)

    If you leave your name and website in the comment, I'll credit you if I choose to read a book you recommend!

    Thanks!
     
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    Tim Ferriss - The Four Hour Body
    Stephen King - The Dark Half
    Dan Brown - Inferno

    Strong goals, man. I'll be following along.
     
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  3. RalphSEO

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    Congrats on the 30 days streak, it's really a big thing.

    I don't read too much but when I do I make sure I read books written by successful people with proven history and past experience.

    Recommending two NO B.S. books:
    Zero to One by Peter Thiel
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

    Both are incredibly smart and have been facing and solving many problems. Their wisdom and experience is invaluable.
     
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    The e myth- Michael Gerber

    Or if not business related all of Andy Mcnab and Chris Ryans if you're into that, Bravo Two Zero is my favourite book ever
     
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    Best book I've read in a while is the biography of Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance (I think).

    But I absolutely have to recommend You are the Placebo. Its a book that was about the power of the mind. It helped me heal my knee when physiotherapy wasn't working. It's written by a neuroscientist so it isn't hippy nonsense. The author was in a car accident and was told that he required major back surgery but that he would never be able to live a proper life again. He decided to discover the power behind the placebo effect and how to use it. In 12 weeks, he was back in the gym doing workouts with no surgery.
     
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    read BHW, you don't need no better than that :)

    if you like comedy, you will read the lounge or sometimes the cloaking section too, if Ralph is around lol
    if you like drama, you can browse the SL, if you like series, you can read the journeys
    in the lounge, there's a big plus too: the occasional dating tips, esoterism & sci-fi courtesy of pewep or even "how to quit smoking" threads :)

    on a more serious note, i'm not big of a reader, the books i read so far are pretty much the ones which were mandatory for literature lessons in highschool, so maybe i shouldn't give my advices here lol, however just the other day one of my friends asked me to torrent him some books, i somewhat trust in his taste, he asked for Frederick Forsyth books, so maybe try this one: Frederick Forsyth - The Kill List

    or another one, which is on my to read list since quite some time now: Christopher Hadnagy - Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking
     
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    Eckhart Tolle - The Power Of Now
     
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    Thought of two more fun ones:

    American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
    Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
     
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    I just recently finished reading "Waking up" by Sam Harris, and I haven't felt such a strong urge to immediately re-read a book since Art of War.

    It sounds new-agey, but it really isn't. No nonsense, I promise. It's basically about consciousness and neurology, and while that might not sound too intruiging, the value of that knowledge is (in my opinion) incredible. It's also a relatively short read, so it won't take too much time!

    warm regards,
    neocortx
     
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    Some of the Books I have read recently (I have not included fiction or Kindle/Other eBooks, I actually read many more but these are the ones I copied just from my Amazon Order History):
    Don't forget, to use your local library too.

    Learning Google AdWords and Google Analytics
    Mangold, Benjamin

    Visual Basic 2015 in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself
    Foxall, James

    * Hiding from the Internet: Eliminating Personal Online Information
    Bazzell, Michael

    * What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People
    Navarro, Joe

    * The Art of War
    Tzu, Sun

    * The Prince (Prohyptikon Value Classics)
    Machiavelli, Niccolo

    Incognito Toolkit: Tools, Apps, and Creative Methods for Remaining Anonymous, Private, and Secure While Communicating, Publishing, Buying, and Researc
    Robideau, Rob

    * Beyond Good and Evil
    Nietzsche, Friedrich

    How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation
    Weinschenk, Susan

    The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword (incl. "The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War")
    Miyamoto Musashi

    Wealth of Nations (Classics of World Literature)
    Smith, Adam

    * The Dark Net
    Bartlett, Jamie

    * Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-From Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
    Brian Krebs

    The Tao of Open Source Intelligence
    Bertram, Stewart

    * The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations: The Professional Approach on How to Use Traditional and Social Media Resources
    Hetherington, Cynthia

    * Methods of Persuasion: How to Use Psychology to Influence Human Behavior
    Kolenda, Nick

    * Webs of Influence: The Secret Strategies That Make Us Click
    Nahai, Nathalie

    6 Months to 6 Figures: "The Fastest Way to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Regardless of the Economy"
    Voogd, Peter

    * Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information
    Bazzell, Michael

    Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking
    Paul Wilson

    Critical Thinking And Intelligence Analysis
    Moore, David T.

    * Ad Serving Technology: Understand the marketing revelation that commercialized the Internet
    Cristal, Gregory

    * The Retargeting Playbook: How to Turn Web-Window Shoppers into Customers
    Berke, Adam

    * Targeted: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers
    Smith, Mike

    The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success
    McNab, Andy

    Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (Wellcome)
    McDermid, Val


    A few of those I had meant to read for years so it was good I eventually got round to it.
    I asterixed those I especially enjoyed but I used to believe that there is no such thing as a bad book as one can usually learn something from even the worst book but with every clown self publishing you have to be selective.

    Depending on my mood and the size of the book I usually read 3 books a week. I get through one every 3 days. Sometimes I speed read then go back later and spend more time with a book to ensure I absorb as much as I can.
     
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    Business related: Zero to one - Peter Thiel.

    Written by one of the founders of Paypal and a billionaire, although primarily about startups, there's a lot of business knowledge to be taken away from the book, plus it's very motivating. It's shifted the way that I think about marketing my own business and exactly what I'm trying to do in the long run.

    Non-fiction: The big short, money ball, liars poker - Michael Lewis


    Basically anything by Michael Lewis, all eye openers about how whole industries work, the corruption, schemes and reality of the business/financial world.

    Educational: The intelligent investor - Benjamin Graham

    By no means a light read but your path to wise investments and riches. It'll help you think critically about where you put your money.

    Oh and if current affairs and the motivations behind big governments around the world are your thing, anything by Noam Chomsky, that is, if you're ready to swallow the red pill.
     
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    ^^ Wealth of Nations was awesome, WD40SSN. One of the best required reads back in school. That and The Most Dangerous Game. Holy shit that one was good.
     
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    Of course, you add all the good ones, but I'll take a crack at it:
    *Think and grow rich - Napoleon Hill<br>
    *How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie<br>
    *Secrets of closing the sale - Zig Ziglar<br>
    *The psychology of selling - Brian Tracy<br>
    *Jab Jab Jab, Right Hook - Gary Vaynerchuk<br>
    *The Art Of War - Niccolo Machiavelli <br>
    *The Prince and The Discourses - Niccolo Machiavelli<br>
    *The Rights of Man - Thomas Paine<br>
    *The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin<br>
     
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  15. RalphSEO

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    W130SN I have to give major thanks to you. You've helped me find "How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation" that I was really looking to get back on reading.

    I've only gone through it 2 years ago and thought it's one of the greatest books on sales, wanted to read it later but lost it somehow. Tried to search for it but I couldn't find anything you can see it's not super popular, I only knew it's written by a women and recalled it's target-like cover also that it has a simplish title. Still couldn't find it all up until today.

    The book is right on the subject and has some old school marketing tactics inside. I'm gonna read it from stratch this time.

    Many thanks
     
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  16. myopic1

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    I know people love quoting it, 'middle management' especially, they all seem to love getting their laughing gear around 'The Art of War'...but is there anyone else that found it incredibly dull and a great deal of it irrelevant?
     
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    I thought it was enjoyable from a historical aspect but I agree with the you on the middle management wankers thinking it makes them better managers because it doesn't and half of them just quote it without having actually read it.
     
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    Yes exactly, the sort of people who take a quote completely out of context like 'Feign disorder, and crush him' becomes an excuse to leave your desk untidy and be a dick to a co-worker. I much prefer '48 Laws of Power' which in my opinion takes the best and most meaningful quotes from The Art of War and wraps them up nicely in an anecdote that's actually useful.
     
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    meathead1234, you may or may not know this but Warren Buffet and his esteemed colleague, Charlie Munger are voracious readers, even a 80+ years of age. They have repeatedly stated that this never ending consumption of knowledge is the key to their success.

    That stated, my current reading is:

    Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker of Harvard Business Review
    Hear me crystal clearly, if you are the entrepreneurial type, or if you have a need to manage people, you NEED to get this potent booklet! It will help you understand who you are and put you in a position to better manage people, which will make you better able to manage projects.

    I'll add my list shortly...
     
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    Harry Potter all the way! All and Warren Buffet's biography is also great and motivating :) He was making more money than his high-school teacher at the age of 15 :D
     
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