The strength switch by Lea Waters

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The strength switch offers scientifically grounded solution on on strength based parenting. Human nature sees fault in everything, the same is true for parenting, when our attention is selective we only see our child’s faults. The author Dr Walters saw the same when her child Nick did not park his bicycle at the place told, despite reminders. She noticed this but failed to notice his warm welcoming her home everyday or his neatly putting shoes and lunch box at the right place rather than just throwing away.

However, things did not improve, it was only when she lovingly mentioned her child’s strengths that improvements happened. Strengths are in part genetically determined and some are shaped by the environment. Children genetic ability gets multiplied by repeated efforts and they excel. The lesson here is to give the child an environment which reinforces here genetic strengths.

Neuroscientist E.R Sorrell says that from age of six till adolescence the brain density dramatically increases and it produces more cells than it will ever need. Its natural then to be involved in too many new activities and have chaos.Parents should be relaxed and nudge children to their strengths in this phase.In adolescence these strengths are consolidated. Cells diminish, create neural circuits and consolidate. Hence strengths must be focused even more.

Our attention is 20-30 mins and for a child it is even less, for 3 years it is 3-5 mins. If your child is focusing on a single activity it is likely they are putting natural strengths to use. It is important to praise such kind of concentration. But helpful praise is always specific praise.

Guilt and shaming are common methods of disciplining children. But shaming should be avoided. Guilt can act as a reminder of child’s responsibilities and stimulate empathy and remorsefulness but shame preys on the child very person and makes them feel rejected. If you see your child teasing other kids at school a reminder of occasions she displayed empathy and kindness and expressing disappointment that she did not use those special strengths is a good way to work on improving behaviors.

In all, we need to help work on children strength while being mindful and calm ourselves. This creates an environment to prosper.

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Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

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Can’t Hurt Me is about how David Goggins transformed himself through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work. He details his personal tools like The Accountability Mirror, The Governor, The 40% Rule, The Cookie Jar and Taking Souls

He didn’t come from a perfect family or had God-given talent, he says “It came from personal accountability which brought me self respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward.”

“Very few people know how the bottom feels, but I do. It’s like quicksand. It grabs you, sucks you under, and won’t let go. When life is like that it’s easy to drift and continue to make the same comfortable choices that are killing you, over and over again.”

“You’re probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability.”

“Heraclitus, a philosopher born in the Persian Empire back in the fifth century BC, had it right when he wrote about men on the battlefield. ‘Out of every one hundred men,” he wrote, “ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior…’”

“From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to die. You also become eligible to find your greatness and become the One Warrior. But it is up to you to equip yourself for the battle ahead.”

“Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability.”

“Human beings change through study, habit, and stories. Through my story, you will learn what the body and mind are capable of when they’re driven to maximum capacity, and how to get there. Because when you’re driven, whatever is in front of you, whether it’s racism, sexism, injuries, divorce, depression, obesity, tragedy, or poverty, becomes fuel for your metamorphosis.”

“I brainwashed myself into craving discomfort. If it was raining, I would go run. Whenever it started snowing, my mind would say, Get your fu*king running shoes on. Sometimes I wussed out and had to deal with it at the Accountability Mirror. But facing that mirror, facing myself, motivated me to fight through uncomfortable experiences, and, as a result, I became tougher. And being tough and resilient helped me meet my goals.”

“Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end.”

Goggins’s Commanding Officer told him,

In a society where mediocrity is too often the standard and too often rewarded. There is an intense fascination with men who detest mediocrity, who refuse to define themselves in conventional terms, and who seek to transcend traditionally recognized human capabilities. This is exactly the type of person BUD/S is meant to find. The man who finds a way to complete each and every task to the best of his ability. The man who will adapt and overcome any and all obstacles.

Goggins began changing his life by speaking to himself in the mirror every night.

He writes, I set goals, wrote them on Post-It notes, and tagged them to what I now call the Accountability Mirror because each day I’d hold myself accountable to the goals I’d set. At first, my goals involved shaping up my appearance and accomplishing all my chores without having to be asked. […] [It] kept me on point from then on, and though I was still young when this strategy came through me, since then I’ve found it useful for people at any stage in life.

According to Goggins, like a car with a governor that places a ceiling on the car’s performance, we, too, have a governor that impedes us from reaching our true potential.

In his own words,Our governor is buried deep in our minds, intertwined with our very identity. It knows what and who we love and hate; it’s read our whole life story and forms the way we see ourselves and how we’d like to be seen. It’s the software that delivers personalized feedback—in the form of pain and exhaustion, but also fear and insecurity, and it uses all of that to encourage us to stop before we risk it all. But, here’s the thing, it doesn’t have absolute control. Unlike the governor in an engine, ours can’t stop us unless we buy into its bulls*t and agree to quit.

Goggins writes that many of us live at 40% of their true capability. Only when we callous our mind through stepping out of our comfort zone on a regular basis can we move beyond it.

He writes, Most of us give up when we’ve only given around 40 percent of our maximum effort. Even when we feel like we’ve reached our absolute limit, we still have 60 percent more to give! […] Once you know that to be true, it’s simply a matter of stretching your pain tolerance, letting go of your identity and all your self-limiting stories, so you can get to 60 percent, then 80 percent and beyond without giving up. I call this The 40% Rule, and the reason it’s so powerful is that if you follow it, you will unlock your mind to new levels of performance and excellence in sports and in life, and your rewards will run far deeper than mere material success.

Before eating a cookie as a child, Goggins always took the time to admire it first as a way of practicing gratitude. Today, “The Cookie Jar” is a concept he employs whenever he needs a reminder of who he is and what he’s capable of.

In his own words, We all have a cookie jar inside us, because life, being what it is, has always tested us. Even if you’re feeling low and beat down by life right now, I guarantee you can think of a time or two when you overcame odds and tasted success. It doesn’t have to be a big victory either. It can be something small.

On the toughest day of the hardest week in the world’s toughest training, Goggins tormented his instructors by motivating his team to push themselves harder.

Goggins coined the term “Taking Souls” after motivating himself to push him and his team harder as a means of getting inside his instructors’ heads.

He writes, Taking Souls is a ticket to finding your own reserve power and riding a second wind. It’s the tool you can call upon to win any competition or overcome every life obstacle. […] This is a tactic for you to be your best when duty calls. It’s a mind game you’re playing on yourself. Taking someone’s soul means you’ve gained a tactical advantage. Life is all about looking for tactical advantages.

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

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Bad Blood is about Elizabeth Holmes and her startup Theranos . She was considered the female Steve Jobs in the making. But the company she and her Stanford alumni peer Shaunak Roy built  was a house of cards, trapped in lies and trickery .The startup promised a  tiny, ultra-portable, cheap and quick blood-testing device capable of screening for 200 conditions.

The idea was a wearable patch which would test patients’ blood over the course of a day using microneedles. It only aimed to do away not only with the needles but also provide real-time information on bloodwork to assist ongoing diagnoses. It was hailed as a “miracle machine.” However, there was just one problem: the machines was virtually impossible to build and what they built did not live up to the promise they had made. However, rather than owing it.

At one time in 2014, this company selling a device that didn’t work was valued at $9 billion and had agreements to supply the Edison to global distribution heavyweights Safeway and Walgreens; Theranos mislead regulators, investors and customers and risked the lives of millions of people and even prompted an employee suicide.

When they knew microneedles wouldn’t be able to draw enough blood. They had a credit-card-sized blood-testing machine which would draw a few drops of blood using a pinprick. This could be plugged to another machine to check for 240 common ailments from vitamin D deficiency to HIV.The machine was called Edison. But it soon ran into trouble.The idea of using a single pinprick was unworkable. That was a problem – after all, it was the Edison’s main selling point. But it proved impossible to screen for 240 ailments using such a tiny blood sample. Timothy Hamill, the vice chairman of the University of California’s San Francisco-based Department of Laboratory Medicine, went on the record to say that it was unlikely that you’d be able to run 240 separate tests on a single drop of blood even if you worked on a solution for a thousand years

The company tried special microchambers to move the blood around. But  nothing worked for more than 80 common illnesses. The accuracy was questionable, the blood became diluted during the with low reliability of the results. The Edison was also temperature-sensitive and not workable in different  climates. The pipettes became clogged up and became useless in a month .  Cleaning required a physical employee to do it. The machine had  problems determining sodium and potassium levels. Red blood cells split apart when they’re extracted with a pinprick, making the results dubious at best.

But Holmes was seen as  female Steve Jobs, Investors lined up and , and cash started pouring into the company. Holmes chose Apple’s ad to represent Theranos. People looked at her, as an icon in the making – the first self-made billionaire businesswoman who earned her fortune making a machine that saved lives!

Theranos hired Larry Ellison, the respected Oracle ex CEO. he  applied his software model sending out buggy software and working on perfecting it later during beta-testing. Theranos was in such a rush to get its products to market.

Theranos started deceiving and fooling its investors as well as journalists and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about its devices.  She said tests could be done in 30 mins . The vast majority of tests, for example, weren’t even carried out by the Edison! On a good day, the boxes were capable of running around 20 of the 240 most important tests.. Hematology and chemical tests were performed using the traditional method of extracting blood from a vein. The vial containing the customer’s blood was then express-couriered to a lab in Palo Alto where it was tested using machines produced by other manufacturers, notably Siemens. So what did Theranos do? They secretly used third-party machines to do the tests, knowing full well that the regulators would assume they were using their own Edison.

Theranos wasn’t just lying to its investors and customers. The company was also deceiving the entire medical establishment and press. By this point, team Theranos had become a past master at manipulating and cherry-picking data to polish its image. Theranos also liked to boast that the efficiency of its Edison had been verified in peer-reviewed journals.That turned out to be a bogus claim.The only “peer-reviewed” article published about the device appeared in an obscure pay-to-publish Italian journal called Hematology Reports. The article’s data set was drawn from a mere six patients.

So how did the company continue to attract investment given that their product was performing so poorly?Unsurprisingly, they lied some more. The demonstrations shown to angel investors were also fake.

The levels of deception practiced here bordered on the surreal. In the early stages of product development, Theranos even used mock machines incapable of performing real blood tests.

Blood could be seen percolating through the device before false readings popped up on the display.

The investors were kept in the dark. When VIPs visited Palo Alto, a pinprick of their blood was put in the Edison for show. Once they’d left the room, however, the blood sample was quickly dispatched to a lab and processed in a Siemens machine!

By now, you might be wondering how Theranos managed to pull off its scam in such a carefully regulated market. The answer is simple: it went to extraordinary lengths to dodge FDA regulation. The key to Theranos’ ploy was to pretend that the Edison wasn’t a medical device at all.Because the results were forwarded to Palo Alto for analysis, it claimed, the device was simply a tool for sending information. That meant it wasn’t subject to FDA regulation.

Theranos reluctantly changed its tack when Dr. Shoemaker, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army, insisted on having the boxes approved by the FDA before he would consider installing them in military field hospitals.The company promised that it’d conform to FDA standards but stalled just long enough for Shoemaker to retire. After that, the whole project was quietly dropped.

Discontent among employees was high, and the company had a huge staff turnover. Theranos protected its secrets by making workers sign confidentiality agreements, preventing the disgruntled from leaking compromising details to the press. Theranos had a trick up its sleeve,: it systematically hired Indian employees who were dependant on their work visas to remain in the United States. Recruiting staff from India was easy enough. Elizabeth’s boyfriend and second-in-command Sunny Balwani was Indian and had excellent connections in the country’s tech industry.

But these policies soon resulted in tragedy.Ian Gibbons, a British biochemist who’d been tirelessly working on Theranos’ immunoassays for years, committed suicide in 2013. Earlier, he’d been demoted for questioning the company’s honesty regarding the machines it was using for tests.As a result of his objections, he was replaced by a junior scientist with far fewer qualifications but one key asset: he didn’t rock the boat like Gibbons.

No one knows how many patients died as a result of Theranos’ reckless behavior. What we do know is that its Edison boxes were used one million times in Arizona alone before Walgreens pulled the plug on its collaboration with the company. Theranos was forced to repay the $4.65 billion it had received for carrying out blood tests in the state.

A lesson for entrepreneurs not to get carried away too far on their idea.

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Read like Chuck Palahniuk

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What books inspired Chuck Palahniuk to write “Fight Club”?

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

– from interview to barnesandnoble.com

Also recommended by Bill Gates, mentioned in 5 Good Books To Read According To Haruki Murakami

The Great Gatsby, the crowning achievement of the literary career of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set in the Jazz Age, that is, 1920s. This is the story of Jay Gatsby, very wealthy and powerful billionaire, who is in love with Daisy Buchanan. As almost every man of power, Gatsby likes to throw luxurious parties, gather the Beautiful People in his house. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of XXth century literature.

“Knockemstiff” by Donald Ray Pollock

– from interview to theweek.com

Pollock’s tribute to the hardscrabble town of Knockemstiff is surrounded by all the necessary symbols of small-town depression and decay. The very name of the town is a tribute to its rowdy women, and appears as a tatoo on its drug-using inhabitants. Ramshackle trailers, smelly factories, and domestic violence make up the tapestry of this gritty and grisly collection of short stories. This book may never make it onto the reading lists of Nicholas Sparks fans or those seeking out feel-good stories, but it certainly reflects a sensational version of the author’s 30-year struggles with factory work and drug rehabilitation.

  “Gladiator: A True Storyof ’Roids, Rage, and Redemption” by Dan Clark

– from interview to theweek.com

Steroid use and abuse seems to be everywhere in the world of sports, from cyclist Floyd Landis’ urine test to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legal case against Dr. Heepe. While the use of steroids may no longer be surprising, some details of its negative effects will be of interest to avid readers of the latest in sports reading lists. For instance, American Gladiator Clark uses personal testimony to detail how steroids lead to anger outbursts, muscle depletion, hormone imbalance, and run-ins with the law. A natural follow-up to this book should be Juiced, the tell-all autobiography of baseball star Jose Canseco.

  “Jesus’ Son” by Denis Johnson

– from interview to barnesandnoble.com

Both a novel and a collection of short stories, Johnson’s fifth work explores similar themes to Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff: drug use, abuse of women, and unrealized dreams. The addition of eternal themes and questions of redemption are more prevalent than in Pollock’s work, but the soul-killing effects of internal and external poverty still prevail, along with the authors’ personal knowledge of the inside of rehabilitation centers. New York Entertainment magazine suggests this book as a worthy addition to intellectual reading lists, citing it as influential to younger authors such as National Book Award winner Dave Eggers.

“Reasons to Live” by Amy Hempel

– from interview to barnesandnoble.com

As you might deduce from the title, Hempel is no stranger to soul-searching questions or experiences. The Paris Review details some of the worst times in the author’s life, including the suicides of both her mother and aunt, her best friend’s unsuccessful battle with leukemia, and two car accidents. Nor was the author unsuccessful in rising above these experiences, since she went on to write for New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. Readers whose favorites list include Frank McCort’s cautiously hopeful Angela’s Ashes will probably see similarities in this fictional story collection.

“The Ice at the Bottom of the World” by Mark Richard

– from interview to barnesandnoble.com

If variety of professional experience is the Mark Twain indicator of a great writer, Richard certainly deserves to be put at the top of the reading list. From bartender to investigator, from DJ to political string-puller, the author has lived both in poverty and in plenty. His novel also follows a dizzying array of human experience, from a beach-haunting vampire to children in a charity ward – and all sorts of drug users in between. This short story collection was added to the 2008 summer recommended reading list of Bates College, and Arlington’s University of Texas.

What is on Malcolm Gladwell’s bookshelf?

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Books that shaped the personality of an outstanding author and scientist

 “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton M. Christensen

– Gladwell’s review

Also recommended by Steve Jobs, Evan Williams, Mark Cuban, Andrew Grove, Guy Kawasaki

Out of Harvard Business School Press has come a ‘must’ on the business book list – Christensen’s explanation of why technology changes can derail established companies. He points out the strengths of the companies who use best management practices (listening, aggressive investment in customer demands) but get side-swiped by the paradigm shifts that inevitably happen when disruptive technologies emerge. The cheaper and simpler technology of disk drives, for example, became increasingly more convenient to customers, who then demanded enough to establish that technology in the marketplace – above its competitors.

“Stone’s Fall: A Novel” by Iain Pears

– from interview to The Guardian

Pears’ eye for detail as a financial reporter comes out in this historical novel, which describes the many influences and possible reasons for an arms dealer’s death. Since he fell from a London office window, and had many powerful connections in finance and the spy world, the possible puzzling reasons are many and varied. So are the reading list recommendations, from the New York Times to Richland College. While the book mirrors modern headlines, the setting is in Victorian times, which ought to intrigue fans of Austen and Dickens.

“Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” by Steven D. Levitt

– Gladwell’s review

Also recommended by Bill Gates

After publishing Freakonomics in 2005, Stephen D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner didn’t stop. Having worked a lot, unrevealling new sides of current situation in the world, they present SuperFreakonomics, a book that will twist our way of thinking once again! Can television rise crime levels? What do prostitutes and department store Santas have in common? These and many other at first sight looney questions that can arise in the head of everybody are answered by the authors. It’s not an analysis, it is a freakalysis!

“Fooled by Randomness: TheHidden Role of Chance” by N. N. Taleb

– Malcom Gladwell

Also recommended by Evan Williams

The role of luck in life is under-appreciated, and reasons assigned to success are over-simplified, declares Taleb in his new work. Positing that risk and uncertainty are an ignored part of life and business (including not knowing why something works and why it doesn’t), he points to the amount of information in which society drowns, after drawing misguided conclusions. Using historical figures such as the wealthy Croesus, and games of chance such as Russian roulette, Taleb forms a picture of unwelcome reality that must be faced. Recommended as thought-provoking, from Pine River Capital Management trader Steve Kuhn to the Trading Pitt, this book makes an intriguing addition to the reading list.

Washington Post chairman Don Graham’s recommends

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“Colonel Roosevelt”by Edmund Morris

– Don Graham’s answer on Quora

While fans of former President Theodore Roosevelt may be intrigued by works such as a Strenuous Life, these may be too short to really satisfy the need to know details about Roosevelt’s accomplishments and interests. Like William Manchester’s three-volume work on Winston Churchill, Morris has gone into eye-opening detail about Roosevelt’s early life, influences, and political prowess. It may startle some readers to know thatRoosevelt wrote over 100,000 letters per year, went on his famous African safari, and also promoted Woodrow Wilson into power over Taft. Political and legal readers may want to add this to their book lists, just on the strength of the libel suit details.

  “Lord of Misrule” by Jaimy Gordon

– Don Graham’s answer on Quora

Dick Francis has a dark horse competitor in the fictional world of horse racing. While the New York Times seemed to dismiss Gordon’s achievement as a winner in the 2010 National Book Awards, perhaps because the story centers around the small but complex doings of claims races and ill-paid grooms. The humans and the horses alike have exotic names and characters, fromMedicine Ed the philosophical groom to racers Mahdi and the Lord of Misrule.Business students searching for fictional additions to their reading lists can’t go wrong here. The compelling descriptions of human behavior and crooked attempts at profiteering read like any Wall Street expose.

5 powerful books Anthony Robbins recommends you

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Mind-blowing reading list from a famous author and motivational speaker

 “The Alchemist ” by Paulo Coelho

-Anthony Robbins

The lure of treasure, the advice of a gypsy, and the golden obsession of a king. These eternally alluring themes are woven with mystery and magic throughout Coelho’s novel, which features a travel-hungry shepherd boy named Santiago, searching for wealth and the meaning of life. This simply worded book has been added to the favorite lists of Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and Will Smith, as well as the reading list of former President Bill Clinton. Its fame came as a shock to its Brazilian author, who lived the nomadic life of the protagonist across many years and Latin American countries.

“As a Man Thinketh”by James Allen

– Anthony Robbins

Using many Scriptural quotes and real-life examples, James Allen shows why the thoughts of a man’s mind turn into the events in a man’s life. Many additions to bestseller book lists (such as The Secret) have used Allen’s illustrations on how the inner life of a person can either contribute to health and wealth, or sickness and poverty. Motivational teachers and speakers, from Anthony Robbins to Norman Vincent Peale to Steven Covey, have made use of Allen’s principles and examples on the power and nature of noble thoughts and visions.

“Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got” by Jay Abraham

– Anthony Robbins

Success is available using normal means, indicates JayAbraham. Readers of Russell Conwell’s business classic, Acres of Diamonds, willrecognize the same principle of looking at the resources in front of you(rather than treasure afar off) to bring wealth. Business leaders from HarveyMcKay to Tony Robbins have added Abraham’s work to their favorite lists.Businesses from Clear Vision Development to the Personal MBA recommend the bookfor its tips on increasing a businesses’ client list and profitability – and asa way to save on seminar costs.

“The Singularity Is Near:When Humans Transcend Biology” by Ray Kurzweil

Anthony Robbins said that he has read this book two times and he loves it.

– from interview to CSMonitor

Science fiction books have profited off the concept (and fear) of man versus machine, from HG Wells’ futuristic reading list classic (War of the Worlds) to Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Man in combination with machines, such as Frederik Pohl’s Man Plus, is an achievable goal, according to Ray Kurzweil. He includes scientifically baffling words such as gigaflops and ‘probabilistic fractals’ (per the New York Times) to make his point that the future will be filled with increased and personalized use of technology that will surpass human intelligence.

“Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain” by Pete Egoscue

Anthony Robbins

Pain management is both a growing concern, and a growing industry. In this book, Egoscue indicates that it is possible to achieve true health without the shackles of surgery, therapy, or objectionable pharmaceutical methods. Professional sports players should add this book to their reading list, on the basis of Egoscue’s expertise with sports injuries alone (such as rotator cuff issues). Office workers can benefit from the helpful instructions on how to stretch your way out of carpal tunnel issues and migraines. Retired workers may be intrigued by the author’s methods of mitigating chronic pain issues with knees, hips, and the lower back area.

David Foster Wallace’s book recommendations

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An award-winning American novelist, story writer and essayist provides a list of the books worth reading.

“Where Are the Children?” byMary Higgins Clark

David Foster Wallace’s said that this book is one of his favorite and included in his 1994 Syllabus from hrc.utexas.edu

This novel was as ground-breaking in the author’s life as it was in the life of her reading public. This is one of the best books to read, either to get a feel for the author or for mystery fiction, because it taps into that psychological horror that every mother feels eventually – losing her children. Added to that is the fear of a murder charge by unsympathetic courts, another bout with sensation-hungry journalists, and the loss of a second marriage. The worst fear of all, in Nancy Harmon’s mind, is that somehow she has killed her own children – and forgotten about it.

   “Rock Star” by Jackie Collins

David Foster Wallace’s said that this book is one of his favorite and included in his 1994 Syllabus from hrc.utexas.edu

Collins’ novels are known for a ‘glamour girl’ appeal, mixed with the dark underbelly of Hollywood politics and people. This work is a slight deviation, focusing on three music stars at the height of their power – and vulnerability. For every hit, there is a hit man (or crew) to be reckoned with. For every dream, one lies broken, and the other has been hijacked by a blackmail attempt. The names (such as Kris Phoenix and Cybil Wilde) are as exotic as the locations and events, and reading through the pages should be a swift and exhilarating roller-coast ride.

“The Big Nowhere” by James Ellroy

David Foster Wallace’s said that this book is one of his favorite and included in his 1994 Syllabus from hrc.utexas.edu

Ellroy manages to exude both ennui and the dark currents of crime noir, in the best traditions of Raymond Chandler, and make it seem new. One of the best books of his litany, besides the sequel L.A. Confidential, this novel draws together three officers of the law into a grand jury investigation gone bad – and they’re not anyone’s idea of a boy scout. Federal Agent Considine is haunted by a heroic act on the books that also resulted in a marriage full of tension. L.A. detective Upshaw is getting closer to a crazed murderer, though the nature of the murders both horrifies and fascinates him – for personal reasons. Meeks the ex-officer is involved with mobsters and prostitution rings. Friendship between these three is bound to be explosive.

“Black Sunday” by Thomas Harris

Harris’ novel makes dangerous reading – especially for fans of the Superbowl. Though Harris is better known for other his serial killer character, Hannibal Lecter, this novel displays some of the author’s best gifts: suspense and conflict. A crazed Vietnam veteran should not be playing with explosive blimps in the vicinity of crowds, but that’s just what Michael Lander wants to do – set off a bomb and kill the President in the middle of the Superbowl. The power of the FBI and international experts are against him. The question is, how will they search out and destroy a timed bomb in the middle of such a huge crowd?

 “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris

One of the best books to read on the psychology of a murderous madman, this novel sets the tone for all of Harris’ other works…and the serial killer genre. A former crime reporter and Associated Press editor, Harris blends action with good word choice. Hannibal Lecter knows all about psychology and killers, because he used to practice it on his patients – and then eat them. FBI agent Clarice Starling is on a mission to prove herself and find a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. When Clarice tries to glean information from Lecter, he turns the interaction into a life-and-death game, while Clarice struggles to keep a hold on her sanity and her mission.

“Carrie” by Stephen King

If every girl’s American dream is to attend a high school prom, it wouldn’t be the kind of prom within 100 miles of Carrie White. King takes the idea of a troubled teen, exacting vengeance on her bullies, to new levels in his first novel. After suffering years of neglect and psychological abuse from her mother, and ridicule at school, Carrie’s new powers of telekinesis become a dangerous weapon. Highlighting the issue of not fitting in, Carrie’s first blood comes from herself, as other high school students in the shower room crowd around, throwing tampons. Carrie takes on the idea that one cruel act deserves another, and the rest is well worth reading to fans of horror fiction.

  “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis

Besides the Lord of the Rings, perhaps no other series is as well-loved globally by the reading public as Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. This is the first introduction to the family of four (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) who become kings and queens in a magical land, which just happens to appear at the back of a seemingly ordinary wardrobe. Family ties are tested alongside their characters, as the four children discover why the frozen land of Narnia must be freed from the tyrannical hand of the White Witch. Behind all stalks the regal lion, Aslan, who will bring eternal spring to Narnia – at a great cost.

“Lonesome Dove” by LarryMcMurtry

Not only did McMurtry win a Nobel prize because of this novel’s quality reading level, but it set the tone for Westerns written after the 1980’s. Cattle drives across American prairies, Texas Rangers and ranchers, outlaws and American Indians, and their women – this story has it all. One young man carves out his own identity as he works his way toward Montana. Meanwhile, a sheriff searches for his wife, who’s run away in search of more adventure than a two-horse town can provide. There are international trade issues with Mexico, and cattle rustling, and the ever-present threat of outlaw leader Blue Duck. Behind all of the drama are the horses and cattle, on which the West was built.

Chris Anderson’s book choice

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Edidor-in-chief in WIRED talks on favorite business books

    “Rework” by Jason Fried

– Anderson’s review

Also mentioned in Mark Cuban: 6 Great Books For Entrepreneurs

This book is enthusiastically endorsed as a reading list additive by Tribes author Seth Godin and Diane Danielson of Entrepreneur.com. From the guesswork of business plans, to the need for speed in making priorities, Fried and Hansson have written a book that will appeal to startups and managers alike. Many of the research and development issues are the same, though some business leaders may be surprised by topics on which the authors urge their readers to say no – including third-party investors and business escape plans. If boiled down to a phrase, this book would heavily promote the rejection of multi-tasking and the necessity of focus.

“The 20% Doctrine: HowTinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success inBusiness” by Ryan Tate

– Chris Anderson

Goofing off has its business virtues, as pointed out by Tate and the Shanghai Daily. Instead of rejecting and marginalizing the young and restless rebels, their creativity should be shaped and allowed to blossom. Letting them spend one-fifth of their time on projects with personal significance is the way to encourage innovation and real progress. As a Gawker gossip blogger, the author has lived his advice. For skeptics who believe in twelve-hour workdays, he provides compelling examples from real industry leaders: Google, Condé Nast, Flickr, Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.

 “Hackers & Painters:Big Ideas from the Computer Age” by Paul Graham

-Chris Anderson

Graham has developed the promotion of unpopular, go-against-the-grain habits of nerds to a fine art. A common pitfall for large companies, he says, is simply imitating and improving on someone else’s innovation, like Hollywood blockbusters that use a tried-and-true formula with a few new plot twists. Startup companies can nip around bureaucracy, please customers, and award those who get things done, joining in the true joy of wealth creation. InSITE, a New York City hub, featured his work on a top 10 reading list for 2012, along with startup job promoter GetWakefield.com.

Albert Einstein’s 5 favorite books

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Good books to read recommended by the scientist

“Don Quijote” by Cervantes Saavedra

–from “Quest” by Leopold Infeld

Much reading and book-learning can drive you to try and become one of the characters in your favorite novels. This is what happens to Don Quixote, who attempts many chivalrous knightly acts while hampered by a world that has rejected knightly virtues. The Guardian rightly placed this 400-year-old classic novel among the its all-time Top 100 books, and quite rightly between these three selections: Diary of a Madman, The Divine Comedy, and Anderson’s Fairy Tales. Cervantes weaves all three elements – madness, comedy, and fantasy – in between conversations and adventures shared between Quixote and Sancho Panza, his seemingly simple-minded but loyal and outspoken aide de camp.

“A Treatise of Human Nature” by David Hume

David Hume’s “Treatise of Human Nature“ had according to Einstein’s own words quite an influence on his development.

Exploring the link between science and human nature, or a scientifically applied moral philosophy, is the goal of this Treatise. Building on early complaints against the endless conjecture and wranglings between philosophers, this work promotes a move away from metaphysical speculation and a permanent shift toward systems based on observational fact. By banishing supernatural doctrine that looks beyond the existing world, fear and prejudice can take a backseat in human experience. Kennesaw State University listed this work in its Honors program, along with the famous Enquiry. KSU should have also included Hume’s friend Adam Smith, who worked out many of these philosophies in economics.

  “None” by B. Kovner

“Isis Unveiled: Secrets of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition” by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

This was one of Einstein’s favorite books

Along with The Infinite Way and Kahlil Gabran’s The Prophet, this book made its way into Elvis Presley’s reading list. As a Theosophist, Blavatsky promoted pantheism and greatly influenced both Mahatma Gandhi and Annie Besant. In this work, spiritualism and occult practices are the base for examining ancient Eastern and Western wisdom, rather than the traditionally reversed path of finding knowledge. Like David Hume, Blavatsky examines existing philosophical systems and ideas and finds them to be inadquate, especially in the light of the Kabbala, the Vedas, and Nostradamus prophecies.

“The Brothers Karamasov” by Dostoevsky

Einstein very much liked to read The Karamasow Brothers by Dostojewski.

Also recommended by Vladimir Putin, mentioned in 5 Good Books To Read According To Haruki Murakami

This is of the best allegorical novels to explain the fractured nature of 19th century Russia. Each character is representative of one of the ruling classes. There is the father Fyodor, the landowner who is negligent about his land, but greedy in using its produce for himself. There’s Dmitri, who has been passed around from house to house, and has grown up an entitled but debt-ridden soul. There’s the skeptic Ivan, who wishes to live more among cold concepts than people. Third is gentle Alyosha, the mystic and religious peacemaker, and the illegitimate Smerdyakov. Throughout are themes of love, law, and duty, which makes this one of the best Dostoyesky books to read besides Crime and Punishment.

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