Summary of “15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development in the Last 5 Years”

The problem with producing any “Top” business book list is the elimination process.
Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.
For this list, I have focused heavily on science-backed leadership books that teach us where the future of motivation, productivity, employee engagement, and positive work culture is headed.
Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed-be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people-that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “Grit.” Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, says “Grit is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart.”
Bill George, bestselling author of True North, says “This is the book I always wanted to write.” How Amazon’s recent buyout of the grocery chain is going to affect the movement’s purpose, if at all, remains to be seen, but this is still a worthy book representing an important cause.
Amy Cuddy, famed Harvard Business School professor and social psychologist, praises the book: “To give people the power and freedom to care for each other, to trust that people want to do well and be good-it doesn’t get better than that.”
Skip Prichard, author of Leadership Insights, calls this book “Fascinating.”
Marshall Goldsmith praises this book: “Fowler shows how to guide employees toward seeing their jobs in a new way, as potential sources of personal fulfillment. Achieving company goals will become something they own, because now it really matters to them.”

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Summary of “12 Books That Will Improve Your Self-Knowledge”

So I’ve made a list of 12 books that have helped me to know myself.
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself The book’s description starts with, “The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror.” I can’t agree more.
Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday This is one of my favorite books of the past year.
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont I usually stick to books for grown-ups.
One of my friends bought this book for his daughter a while back.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown I only recently read Brené Brown’s book.
Notes To Myself by Hugh Prather This book was recommended to me last year by a reader.
This is one of my all-time favorite books because it’s the most honest book I’ve read. As you can see, there are no books about self-knowledge or self-awareness on this list.

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Summary of “How to Create a Perennial Bestseller”

Is a meditation on the ingredients required to create classic books, businesses, and art that does more than just disappear.
Perennial sellers are movies like the Shawshank Redemption, artists like Iron Maiden, startups like Craigslist, books like the 48 Laws of Power.
The novelist Ian McEwan complained lightheartedly about what it was like to go out and market a book after spending all that time creating it: “I feel like the wretched employee of my former self. My former self, being the happily engaged novelist who now sends me, a kind of brush salesman or double glazing salesman, out on the road to hawk this book. He got all the fun writing it. I’m the poor bastard who has to go sell it.”
He replied to each offer to help-but there was so many he actually got temporarily blocked from his his own gmail account! Yet this process unearthed a number of podcasts, book clubs, speaking opportunities and interviews that helped the book debut on the national bestseller list.
A blurb on the back of a book isn’t bringing new fans to the book; it’s there to convince an interested reader, “Hey, this thing is legit.” Katz’s Deli has photos of the owner with all the celebrities who’ve eaten there-but they’re hanging inside the restaurant.
Piece headlined: “How a book on stoicism became wildly popular at every level of the NFL.” It sold so many books the publisher ran out of stock-but that wouldn’t have happened had I pitched SI. The story had to be traded up the chain.
How many bestselling books came out in 2007? Many, but few took the time to build a blog around their book, featuring other writers no less, but it was Tim’s decision to do that that was instrumental in the book continuing to sell over time.
The best way to become an author is to write more books, just as a true entrepreneur starts more than one business.

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Summary of “How Politico’s Next Generation Took Over Washington”

It’s been a year since Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman took over Politico’s Playbook newsletter, the always insightful, relentlessly insidery bible for Washington’s swamp-creature class.
Lippman had helped Allen with his column since 2014, but he took over full-time with Palmer and Sherman one year ago, on July 11, 2016.
People did like what they were doing with Playbook.
Sherman: We have readers in all 50 states, and we see Playbook as the connective tissue, not just for people in Washington involved in the political game but for people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago, who are involved, interested, or need to understand it to conduct their daily business.
More people are reading Playbook than ever before and more people are opening it than ever before and it’s making more money than ever before.
Palmer: We’ve been focused on people who are new in town.
Palmer: One memorable thing we’ve done is to create the Playbook Interview, which has been a way to interview high-level people on the news when people want to send a signal to Washington, like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates.
We talked to people at C.A.A. about that and they said, “Wow, we like that book too.” So we are doing it with Crown and it is coming out in March 2019.

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Summary of “Why you should quit reading paper books”

According to Pew Internet, 65% of American adults read a print book in the previous twelve months, while only 28% had read an e-book.
I believe everyone should quit reading print books almost entirely.
The smell, the feel, and the touch of a print book is something I adore, but what I can’t stand is to spend countless hours reading only to have it slowly leak away into irretrievable oblivion.
When you read on Kindle and highlight passages that you find beautiful, interesting, or challenging, you’re sending your future self a hell of a gift, but it doesn’t feel that way until way later.
Dan Simmons, Hyperion Cantos, Book 1″Mark Twain once opined in his homey way:”The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
During those long months of beginning my Cantos on Heaven’s Gate, I discovered that the difference between finding the right word as opposed to accepting the almost right word was the difference between being struck by lightning and merely watching a lightning display.
“I have thousands of highlights like this. I periodically review a book’s highlights via Kindle’s”notes and highlights” page, but I love to export them to Evernote where I can search my notes.
Books and the knowledge they contain are some of the most remarkable creations of humanity, but we pay more attention to our Instagram than our favorite ideas - all in favor of our love for feeling paper.

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Summary of “Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation”

Sherman Alexie is not – and has never been – the Indian you expect.
As an infant, he endured multiple surgeries to deal with congenital hydrocephalus, or “Water on the brain”; he had seizures until he was 7, he wet the bed, he got teased for his slightly large head. His parents were both alcoholics, but when Alexie was young, his mother stopped drinking entirely – a decision Alexie credits with ultimately saving his life.
The first stop: the white school on the edge of the reservation, where, as Alexie tells it, “The only other Indian was the mascot.” In Reardan, the rural farm town where he went to high school – sometimes hitchhiking, sometimes walking the 20 miles between home and school – he crafted himself into an all-American Indian, which is to say, a part-time Indian: Among his all-white classmates, he was prom king, and president of the Future Farmers of America, and captain of the basketball team.
Ten Little Indians is filled with stories of men trying to figure out jobs and relationships and sex and class off the reservation; the film The Business of Fancydancing, which Alexie wrote and directed, tells the story of a gay Indian poet living in Seattle and working through his ambivalence about producing work whose primary audience is middle-class white ladies.
As Alexie put it, the people who didn’t like him on the reservation when he was a kid – the ones who teased him and beat him up, either for being different or for leaving the rez – are the same people who don’t like him now.
White people ask him, “What can do I, how can I be better?” “Don’t cry on my shoulder,” Alexie said.
“Everyone wanted to have me come on their show, or be interviewed. But it’s not my tribe, it’s not my reservation, it’s not my fight to be a spokesperson for,” Alexie said.
It’s difficult to predict how the internet will react to a piece of art, given what Alexie calls “The microscopic political climate” and the endless, only occasionally generative debates about whether or not a text is feminist.

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Summary of “10 Famous Book Hoarders”

You only have to own one thousand books to qualify as a book hoarder.
In general, I’m interested in other people’s book collections.
How many books, which ones, how are they kept, where are they kept? So, one rainy afternoon, I started poking around the book collections of famous people, to see which ones happened to be book hoarders.
During a “Master class” at the 2015 International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Lagerfeld explained: “Today, I only collect books; there is no room left for something else. If you go to my house, I’ll have you walk around the books. I ended up with a library of 300,000. It’s a lot for an individual.” No kidding.
His collection includes books in French, English, and German, and in order to create more space in his home for all the volumes, he stacks his books sideways-that is, horizontally instead of vertically.
During Michael Jackson’s life, he was a regular customer at his local bookstores in Los Angeles, including Book Soup and Skylight.
Jackson’s attorney Bob Sanger told L.A. Weekly that the pop star had 10,000 books at the Neverland Ranch, “[a]nd there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very-especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list-he was very well-read.”.
Hearst had two libraries in his castle/Ken Dream House-the main library, which held 4,000 volumes, and the Gothic study, which held 3,000, but it seems even that wasn’t enough space for all his books, and he tucked them pretty much wherever he could find room.

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Summary of “101 books to dive into this summer: A reading list |”

Here’s a huge list of TED speaker-recommended books, with all the diversity of titles and topics you might expect.
L’Engle is best known for her award-winning children’s literature, but I enjoy all of her books.
In the tradition of books like Alive and In Cold Blood, Deep Down Dark is a nonfiction account that reads like a novel.
This is one of those books that will hang onto you, long after you finish reading.
Before reading this book, I had an intellectual sense of how institutionalized racism manifests itself in criminal justice, but reading this book really opened my eyes not only to the pervasiveness of the problem but also to concrete and tragic examples of the real lives that have been destroyed by injustice.
If you want to dive into how change happens in cities, this book has a lot of great and useful stories.
It’s really a tossup which of the Barefoot Contessa books I’d most like to recommend, because I cherish them all.
Some books are a great summer read. Some books can save your life.

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Summary of “David “DHH” Heinemeier Hansson: The Entrepreneurial and Unstoppable Stoic”

The first book on Stoicism I picked up was William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life.
Control over your emotions, your reactions, and the perspective to let all the little things in daily life flow by without putting you off course.
How do Stoicism and a rich life overlap in your eyes?
Every week to imagine what life would look like if it all went POOF!, as it frequently does for wealthy people.
How do you think Stoicism can help ambitious young people who are trying to figure out their path in life?
Trading the best decades of your life to compress work into it so you can live in retired leisure afterwards is a mistaken pursuit.
I’d start with A Guide to the Good Life., then On the Shortness of Life.
“Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.” – Seneca.

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Summary of “deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2”

I’m always trying to save a few bucks when stocking up on books for my beat-up Kindle or my iPad. I’m not a big ebook reader, but I do use it to crank through classic books I should have already read-books too unwieldy to carry during my morning and evening commute.
Luckily for me, there are thousands of free books available from places like Project Gutenberg.
You, like me, probably want properly formatted ebooks for your devices, or books with covers that aren’t white text on a blue background.
Each book’s page has its word count, reading score, and a synopsis of the title, along with a changelog for the book itself.
The differences between your average book from Project Gutenberg and Standard Ebooks are pretty substantial.
First off, all Standard Ebooks books are presented with aesthetically pleasing front covers rather than sparse text covers.
Typographical quirks like curly quotes and em dashes are addressed, so ebooks look like books and not text documents.
Each book has an epub, Kindle, Kobo, and new “Epub3” format for download. On my iPad, opening an epub file in Chrome forced me to download the file before opening it, while Safari gave me the option to read it in iBooks straightaway.

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