Library

My All Time Favorite Books

My interest in reading started in my last year in business school. When I didn’t have to read what was prescribed but what interested me. I slowly realized that through reading, it became possible to understand how some of the brightest people had made decisions throughout their life, what drove them and how they accomplished what they had.

Reading became a short-cut to success, stealing experience and lessons learned from people I could never get on the phone.

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads–and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” – Charlie Munger

Below is a compilation of the books that have inspired and entertained me the most. I hope you get the same joy out of these as I did!

Biographies

  • What it takes: Lessons in the pursuit of Excellence – Stephen Schwarzman
  • Who is Michael Ovitz – Michael Ovitz
  • Mckinsey’s Marvin Bower: Vision, Leadership & the Creation of Management Consulting –
    Elizabeth Edersheim
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the business of life – Alice Schroeder
  • Shoedog – Phil Knight
  • Ride of a lifetime – Bob Iger
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sam Walton: Made in America – Sam Walton
  • Last Man Standing: The Ascent of Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase – Duff McDonald
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon -Brad Stone
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that stand in the way of true inspiration – Ed Catmull
  • Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change – Louis Gerstner Jr.
  • The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership – Bill Walsh
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance
  • Open – Andre Agassi
  • Hot Seat – Jeff Immelt

Performance & Personal Development

  • Atomic Habits – James Clear
  • Give and Take – Adam Grant
  • Never split the difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it – Chris Voss
  • Mindset – Carol Dweck
  • Grit – Angela Duckworth
  • Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
  • The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance – Josh Waitzkin

Communication & Writing

  • The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving – Barbara Minto
  • Writing Well – William Zinsser
  • The Elements of Eloquence: How to turn the perfect English phrase, Mark Forsyth

Career skills (hard and soft)

Problem solving

  • Goal – Eliyahu Goldratt
  • Solving tough problems – Adam Kahane

Interpersonal skills

  • Never eat alone, Keith Keith Ferrazzi
  • The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane
  • The Trusted Advisor, David Maister
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

Career Management

  • CEO Next Door, The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders
  • So good they can’t ignore you – Cal Newport
  • Rise – Patty Azzarello

Management

  • Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon