Do you like to read? How long does it take you to read one book? Unfortunately, not all of us have enough time to make ourselves a hot cup of cocoa, lie on a cozy sofa or sit in your favorite armchair and let the plot take us far-far away from reality.
What's the most recently read book that you can remember?
Is that a book by Paulo Coelho, Suzanne Collins, Charles Dickens, Suzanne Collins or John Steinbeck? What was the genre? Was it fiction or non-fiction?
That’s ok; audio books are always here, so we can listen to the narrator and do whatever we are busy with.
If you are choosing what life-changing books to present to your friend, your kid, buy for yourself, or just read online or listen to, look through our reading guide.
It contains the books every educated person should at least know about. The list includes the best books by the Goodreads authors that famous personalities, like Bill Gates, for example, have read this year and liked very much.
Some of them are useful, some are educational, some are entertaining, some are serious, some are inspirational. In a word, everybody will find the book he/she would like to read... at least one.
This time my introduction will be brief as I want to leave you one-on-one with this immense library.
I am sure you’ll pick up something that interest you. Have a good time!
Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, now with more than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
The New York Times bestselling “manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom” (The Wall Street Journal).
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg
With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
For fans of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, a revelatory new look at how we make decisions.
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, Revised and Updated 5th Anniversary Edition: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits 1st Edition by C.K. Prahalad
In the 5th Anniversary Edition, Prahalad thoroughly updates his book to reveal all that's been learned about competing and profiting "at the bottom of the pyramid." Prahalad outlines the latest strategies and tactics that companies are utilizing to succeed in the developing world.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Learn: Three fundamental techniques in handling people, The six ways to make people like you, The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking, The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials) Rev Sub Edition by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, Warren E. Buffett
The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophical masterpiece of "value investing" - which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies - has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949. That's the perfect choice for everyone who enjoys good reading.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. Has the life changed? It's unlikely. Women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg is thinking life, examining why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending for their members. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think—with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life.
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard
A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parallel to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.
Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don't by Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki, Mark Burnett
This book is for people who are thinking of starting a business or who already have one and want to grow it. Midas Touch teaches how to leverage five key components that can impact success in business: Strength of character, F.O.C.U.S., Brand, Relationships, Little things… that really count.
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
Do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.
Dream With Your Eyes Open: An Entrepreneurial Journey by Ronnie Screwvala
In Dream With Your Eyes Open, first-generation entrepreneur and UTV-founder Ronnie Screwvala details his vast experiences and the myriad lessons learnt from more than two decades of building some successful (and some not-so-successful) businesses.
Take Me Home: The Inspiring Stories of 20 Entrepreneurs from Small - Town India with Big - Time Dreams by Rashmi Bansal
Take Me Home is the story of 20 entrepreneurs who have built remarkable enterprises while remaining true to their roots. From small towns across India, they run giant global companies with locally trained talent.
The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments by Pat Dorsey
In The Little Book That Builds Wealth, author Pat Dorsey—the Director of Equity Research for leading independent investment research provider Morningstar, Inc.—reveals why competitive advantages, or economic moats, are such strong indicators of great long-term investments and examines four of their most common sources: intangible assets, cost advantages, customer-switching costs, and network economics.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
HBR's 10 Must Reads 2016: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business Review (with bonus McKinsey Award–Winning article "Profits Without Prosperity”) (HBR’s 10 Must-Reads) by Harvard Business Review, Herminia Ibarra, Marcus Buckingham, Donald N. Sull, Richard D’Aveni
This book will inspire you to: Tap into the new technologies that are changing the way businesses compete, Fuel performance by redesigning your organization’s practices around feedback, Learn techniques to move beyond intuition for better decision making.
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet, Stephen R. Covey
No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
In this instant New York Times bestseller, 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.”
BOOKS: IF YOU MUST SUCCEED!..: UNTOLD SECRETS OF: LEADERSHIP: WINNING: GROWTH: WINNING AND SUCCESS by MICHAEL B. ENDWELL
Success is not designed for any specific group of people, it is for everybody. All it requires is the basic understanding. This book “IF YOU MUST SUCCEED” is designed to provide informative, proven success plans for the aspiring reader and LEADER.
Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals by Jason Harvey
This book will show you how. Learn to reinvent yourself, get motivated and wake up every day happy to be alive!!! With 365 actionable suggestions, you'll be inspired to live your dreams and achieve your goals. This book will help you unlock your full potential! WHAT'S STOPPING YOU? Don't let your dreams die with you.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield
In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories, his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman, Greg Mckeown
A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.
THE JIM ROHN COLLECTION OF QUOTES: GREAT QUOTES FOR UNIQUE MINDS: SECRET TO STAYING MOTIVATED FOR BOUNDLESS SUCCESS: SECRET TO STAYING MOTIVATED FOR BOUNDLESS SUCCESS: HAPPINESS: GROWTH: POSITIVE ATTITUDE by PRAISE BISMARK
The quotes in this book will empower and encourage you to live your life to the fullest. Start each day with a powerful dose of wisdom, motivation and inspiration as you are guided to take action, overcome fear, boost your self-esteem, create success, enjoy life, claim your inner strength, and make your dreams come true.
The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History by Gregory Zuckerman
Written by the prizewinning reporter who broke the story in The Wall Street Journal, The Greatest Trade Ever is a superbly written, fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative of how a contrarian foresaw an escalating financial crisis--that outwitted Chuck Prince, Stanley O'Neal, Richard Fuld, and Wall Street's titans--to make financial history.
The Good Book on Business: Lessons from the #1 Bestseller of All Time by Dave Kahle
Join Dave Kahle as he explores what the Bible has to say about businesses and your role in leading a kingdom oriented business. You'll uncover Biblical truths that you may have never seen before. Your views on business will never be the same. Find your place in the movement and unlock the full potential of your business.
Business Growth Day by Day: 38 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn to Get More Done and Make More Money by Matthew Paulson, Rebecca McKeever
Here's What You'll Learn: The simple strategy that millionaires use to become smarter than everyone else. How to recognize and attract new business opportunities (and avoid the wrong ones). The single best way to make more money than you are today. Why using the word "no" might be the key to unlocking business growth. Why SEO, Google AdWords and Facebook Ads might not be right for your business.
The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd by Allan Dib
In The 1-Page Marketing Plan, serial entrepreneur and rebellious marketer Allan Dib reveals a marketing implementation breakthrough that makes creating a marketing plan simple and fast. It's literally a single page, divided up into nine squares. With it you'll be able to map out your own sophisticated marketing plan and go from zero to marketing hero.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way - and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired.
Be on Your Best Business Behavior 3rd ed. Edition by Colleen A. Rickenbacher
In our fast-paced business world, minding our manners matter even more than in the past. Colleen Rickenbacher helps you navigate the tricky and not-always-clear rules for a professional in this easy-to-read book of etiquette on every facet of business: travel, dress, communication, tipping, entertaining, dining, networking, and organizing.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture.
The Business Style Handbook, Second Edition: An A-to-Z Guide for Effective Writing on the Job by Helen Cunningham, Brenda Greene
While retaining all the valuable information that has made The Business Style Handbook a modern classic, the second edition provides new words, phrases, and guidance to help you express yourself clearly, confidently and correctly on any digital platform.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World: Best Practices from a 450 Year Old Company That Changed the World by Chris Lowney
In this groundbreaking book, Chris Lowney reveals the leadership principles that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years: self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism. Lowney shows how these same principles can make each of us a dynamic leader in the twenty-first century.
String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication by David Foster Wallace, John Jeremiah Sullivan (Bill Gates Choice!)
An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis writer of all time” (New York Times).
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight (Bill Gates Choice!)
In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Bill Gates Choice!)
Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or “write” the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity.
The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age by Archie Brown (Bill Gates Choice!)
Overturning many of our assumptions about the twentieth century's most important figures, Brown's conclusions are both original and enlightening. The Myth of the Strong Leader compels us to reassess the leaders who have shaped our world – and to reconsider how we should choose and evaluate those who will lead us into the future.
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke Ph.D. (Bill Gates Choice!)
The Grid tells entertainingly, perceptively the story of what has been called “the largest machine in the world”: its fascinating history, its problematic present, and its potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.
Dao De Jing: The Book of the Way by Laozi, Moss Roberts (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
Dao De Jing is one of the richest, most suggestive, and most popular works of philosophy and literature. Composed in China between the late sixth and the late fourth centuries b.c., its enigmatic verses have inspired artists, philosophers, poets, religious thinkers, and general readers down to our times.
The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
Bill Walsh taught that the requirements of successful leadership are the same whether you run an NFL franchise, a Fortune 500 company, or a hardware store with 12 employees. These final words of 'wisdom by Walsh' will inspire, inform, and enlighten leaders in all professions.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
The book is written as a letter to the author's teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States. Coates recapitulates the American history and explains to his son the "racist violence that has been woven into American culture."
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
Summary of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. (2 Summaries in 1: In-Depth Kindle Version and Bonus 2-Page PDF.) by edify.me (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande explains how checklists are critical for managing complexity in medicine, business, and other fields. The idea of a checklist is simple but has profound implications for high performance, disaster avoidance and team dynamics.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Patanjali (Jack Dorsey Choice!)
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are the foundational work of all Yoga practice. They contain the essence of practical wisdom, outlined in admirable order and detail. Patanjali succeeds in showing the student that spirituality is not unscientific or vague, but is an exact science. He teaches us that enlightenment is not something unattainable or solely for the elect; we can begin walking the path now.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.
Completely Unexpected Tales by Roald Dahl
Take a pinch of unease. Stir it into a large dollop of the macabre, add a generous helping of dark and stylish wit, garnish with the bizarre and what do you have? Roald Dahl at his brilliant, hypnotizing best, cooking up some of the most unusual stories ever told.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Emory Elliott
Enormously influential in the development of American literature, Huckleberry Finn remains a controversial novel at the center of impassioned critical debate. This edition discusses all the current issues and the evolution of Mark Twain's penetrating genius.
Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.
Peter Pan by James Mathew Barry
Peter Pan first appeared as part of a story within a story in Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird. However, there were a few differences that make this version of Peter hard to recognize. Instead of living in Neverland, Peter had flown from his nursery to London’s Kensington Gardens, where he spent time with fairies and birds.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
First published by Macmillan in 1894, The Jungle Book is the classic collection of animal tales that shows Rudyard Kipling's writing for children at its best. The short stories and poems include the tale of Mowgli, a boy raised by a pack of wolves in the Indian jungle.
Swallows and Amazons (Godine Storyteller) by Arthur Ransome
The first title in Arthur Ransome's classic series, originally published in 1930: for children, for grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Swallows and Amazons introduce the lovely Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and the two intrepid Amazons, Nancy and Peggy Blackett.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway; Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.
Classic Starts: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Chris Tait, Lucy Corvino, Arthur Pober Ed.D
Pirates, buried treasure, and action aplenty--that's what's served up in this fine story, mates, and kids will eat it up. After Jim Hawkins finds the map to a mysterious treasure, he sets sail in search of the fortune. Little does he realize he's boarded a pirate ship, and that surprises and danger await him...including a meeting with the unforgettable Long John Silver.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review
Jurassic Park: A Novel Mass Market by Michael Crichton
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax after he, his servant Conseil, and Canadian whaler Ned Land wash up on their ship.
1984 by George Orwell
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen… And in this epic novel, George Orwell reminds us of BIG BROTHER the negative utopia that will befall upon the modern world. This is a classic for all to pay closer attention to and to and to be aware of the rulers and the tactics they employ.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. Throughout the narrative, typical Dickensian themes emerge: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil.
The Quiet American by Graham Greene, Robert Stone
Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone.
The Dice Man by Rhinehart Luke
The cult classic that can still change your life... Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart -- and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.
Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul - this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.
Ending the War on Drugs by Richard Branson
Drug prohibition laws have put the drug market into the hands of organized criminals, and the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) are seeking to alter opinion towards prohibition-focused drug laws and criminalization, bringing to light potential new policies and attitudes which will reduce organized crime, drug-related violence, and the supply and demand of illicit drugs.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
If human beings disappeared instantaneously from the Earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures - our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments - survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention?
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer, Randy Rackliff, Daniel Rembert, Caroline Cunningham, Anita Karl
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong.
Arctica: The Vanishing North by Sebastian Copeland
Few landscapes convey Nature in all of its untamed splendor like the Arctic. Fewer still conjure respect like the seldom traveled and ethereal North Pole. Yet, sadly, this largely pristine and mostly misconceived treasure is now in jeopardy. Sebastian Copeland's noble goal in these pages is to pay homage to this wonderland, and, in turn, draw awareness to its perilous plight.
Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults by Johanna Basford
With this coloring book for adults, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, and delicately penned seahorses.
Big World, Small Planet: Abundance within Planetary Boundaries by Johan Rockström, Mattias Klum, Peter Miller
Big World, Small Planet probes the urgent predicament of our times: how is it possible to create a positive future for both humanity and Earth? We have entered the Anthropocene—the era of massive human impacts on the planet—and the actions of over seven billion residents threaten to destabilize Earth’s natural systems, with cascading consequences for human societies.
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
The Weather Makers is both an urgent warning and a call to arms, outlining the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Originally somewhat of a global warming skeptic, Tim Flannery spent several years researching the topic and offers a connect-the-dots approach for a reading public who has received patchy or misleading information on the subject.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?
Time for New Dreams by Ben Okri
Booker Prize-winning novelist and one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri is a passionate advocate of the written word. In A Time for New Dreams he breaks new ground in an unusual collection of linked essays, which address such diverse themes as childhood, self-censorship, the role of beauty, the importance of education and the real significance of the recent economic meltdown.
One Hundred & One Reasons To Get Out of Bed: small world steps. big planet heroes by Natasha Milne, Barbara Royal
101 Reasons gives a colorful snapshot of common global concerns without the confusion or the guilt. Open this book to any page and you’ll meet someone new doing great things in their world, taking on the issues with practical solutions. It shows how little things turn into habits, get shared, and then make big impacts. Our contributions can make a difference. We don’t have to settle for what now passes as “normal”; we can all take small steps to shift the health of our planet and become big planet heroes.
Summary of 'Remote: Office Not Required' by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson: In-depth, chapter-by-chapter summary by edify.me
In Remote, Fried and Hansson, co-founders of project management software company 37signals (renamed Basecamp), explain why remote work is on the rise, the surprising benefits of working remotely, and how to do it successfully to increase productivity, motivation and fulfillment.
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel, Nelson Mandela
This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution. The scientific establishment of Europe-from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.
No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu
In No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past. But nor is it easy to reconcile when a nation "looks the beast in the eye." Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness, he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can inflict upon one another, and yet retains a sense of idealism about reconciliation.
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and “reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian”.
The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston
A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in his seaside home, but was so possessed by the mysterious beauty of his surroundings that he found he "could not go."
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Journey Into the Net: A Cyber-Thriller for Kids & Grown-Ups by He
The book carries you off from the first moments and keeps exited until the final battle between the good and the evil forces that takes place in the cyber-space. Of course, you’ll meet heroes and villains there. Comes with inconceivable illustrations. Recommended both for kids & grown-ups.
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