What are some must-read books written by successful entrepreneurs?

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The Personal MBA – by Josh KaufmanISBN: 1591843529 READ: 2011-02-16 RATING: 10/10
Wow. A masterpiece. This is now the one “START HERE” book I’ll be recommending
to everybody interested in business. An amazing overview of everything you need to know. Covers all the basics, minus buzz-words and fluff. Look at my notes for an example, but read the whole book. One of the most inspiring things I’ve read in years. Want proof? I asked the author to be my coach/mentor afterwards. It’s that good.


The War of Art – by Steven PressfieldISBN: 0446691437 READ: 2012-01-05 RATING: 9/10
Have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant
to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what “Resistance” is. This book is about that. Read it.

Thinking, Fast and Slow – by Daniel KahnemanISBN: 0374275637 READ: 2011-12-08 RATING: 9/10
If you liked “Predictably Irrational” or “Stumbling on Happiness” or any of those pop-psychology books, well, this is the Godfather of all of their work. Huge thorough book gives a great overview of much of his work. Read the other quotes on Amazon about it.

The Lean Startup – by Eric RiesISBN: 0307887898 READ: 2011-10-23 RATING: 9/10
EVERY entrepreneur should read this book! Its methodology is the one I recommend the most. The stuff I preach is like a cute casual intro
to the real deal: the Lean Startup methodology. (As an aside: this book is the one that pushed my book out of the #1 slot on Amazon’s Entrepreneur charts. Quite an honor.)

Power of Full Engagement – by Jim Loehr and Tony SchwartzISBN: 0743226755 READ: 2011-09-03 RATING: 9/10
The authors worked with the best athletes and executives for years, and found that the best ones knew
how to push themselves, then recuperate, push, recuperate. Take this same approach to your emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual life, and it’s a powerful metaphor. Think of sprints, not marathons. Be fully in whatever you’re in, then give time to recuperate. But push futher each time, past your comfort zone, like a good exercise plan.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – by Marshall GoldsmithISBN: 1401301304 READ: 2011-08-22 RATING: 9/10
Aimed at already-successful people. The personality traits that brought you
to success (personal discipline, saying yes to everything, over-confidence) are the same traits that hold you back from going further! (Where you need to listen to lead, and don’t let over-confidence make you over-commit.) Stinging counter-intuitive insights that hit very close to home for me. Great specific suggestions for how to improve.


Switch – by Chip Heath and Dan HeathISBN: 0385528752 READ: 2010-05-10 RATING: 9/10
Great great great great GREAT psychology book about real ways
to make change last – both personal and organizational. So many powerful insights, based on fact not theory. Inspiring counterintuitive stories of huge organizational change against all odds. Highly recommended for everyone.


The Investor’s Manifesto – by William J. BernsteinISBN: 0470505141 READ: 2009-11-12 RATING: 9/10
Absolutely my favorite author and advisor on the subject of investing. Anyone with any money
to invest (or already invested) please read this book. Such clear thinking, using only facts, and using numbers not guesses. Modern portfolio theory: use passive indexes of the entire market, no speculation, no stock picking, and avoid the entire fee-sucking financial industry.

How We Decide – by Jonah LehrerISBN: 0618620117 READ: 2009-11-10 RATING: 9/10
Brilliant book with one clear message: our emotional brain is faster and usually smarter than our logical brain. Our emotions are trained by years of logic and experience, retaining it all for real wisdom. Many decisions are better made by going with the gut feeling. Gets a little too technical with deep brain/neuro/cortex talk, but brings it back
to usable points.

Influence – by Robert CialdiniISBN: 006124189X READ: 2009-08-15 RATING: 9/10
Classic book on the psychology of persuasion. I read it 15 years ago, thought about it ever since, and re-read it now.
How to get a 700% improvement in volunteers. How to sell more by doubling your prices. How to make people feel they made a choice, when really you made it for them.

The Time Paradox – by Philip Zimbardo and John BoydISBN: 1416541993 READ: 2009-04-03 RATING: 9/10
See my in-depth article about this book at sivers.org/time

Personal Development for Smart People – by Steve PavlinaISBN: 1401922759 READ: 2008-12-27 RATING: 9/10
A surprisingly great broad and unflourished look at all different aspects of self-improvement. Really great insights from someone who’s read them all.

Predictably Irrational – by Dan ArielyISBN: 006135323X READ: 2008-08-11 RATING: 9/10
My favorite
type of book: pointing out and understanding all of the counter-intuitive things people do.

The 4-Hour Work Week – by Tim FerrissISBN: 0307353133 READ: 2008-05-15 RATING: 9/10
Brilliant reversal of all of the “how
to manage all your crap” books. This one tells you how to say “no” to the crap, set expectations on your terms, and be just as effective in a fraction of the time. This is perfect for musicians with other responsibilities (day jobs) that need more free time to actually make music!

The Wisdom of Crowds – by James SurowieckiISBN: 0385721706 READ: 2008-04-16 RATING: 9/10
Mind-blowing examples of
how groups of diverse people acting independently are smarter than any one person in the group. Has huge implications for management, markets, decision-making, and more.

The Paradox of Choice – Why More is Less – by Barry SchwartzISBN: 0060005688 READ: 2007-07-11 RATING: 9/10
Faced with many options or decisions in your life? This will
change the way you look at them. We feel worse when we have too many options.

Made to Stick – by Chip Heath and Dan HeathISBN: 1400064287 READ: 2007-03-12 RATING: 9/10
Actually analyzing what makes certain ideas or stories more memorable than others! Fascinating. Apply this wisdom
to your songs, bio/story, communication with fans, etc.

The Innovator’s Solution – by Clayton ChristensenISBN: 1578518520 READ: 2006-09-21 RATING: 9/10
Required reading for business-owners and investors. Shows
how technology improves faster than people’s ability to use it, so when someone says a technology is “not good enough”, add “yet” and prepare for disruption.

Small is the New Big – by Seth GodinISBN: 1591841267 READ: 2006-09-08 RATING: 9/10
My favorite author, by far. I’m a massive fan and disciple. A collection of his short insightful posts from his blog, all thought-provoking and inspiring for anybody marketing anything, even music. (Seth was a CD Baby client and fan.)

The Art of Profitability – by Adrian SlywotzkyISBN: 0446692271 READ: 2005-12-02 RATING: 9/10
25 different models of profitability presented in examples you can relate
to your own business, making you realize profit-sources you’d never thought of before.

E-Myth Revisited – by Michael GerberISBN: 0887307280 READ: 2004-02-26 RATING: 9/10
Everything needs
to be a system. Think of your business as a franchise prototype. You should be able to hand the “how-to” manual to just anyone, to do it as good as you.

The Passionate Programmer – by Chad FowlerISBN: 1934356344 READ: 2012-01-15 RATING: 8/10
Wonderful book about the art, craft, and passion of being a great computer programmer. Loved the analogies
to being a musician: sight-reading, being the worst member of the band, understanding new styles of music, practicing just for improvement, etc.

Willpower – by Roy Baumeister and John TierneyISBN: 1594203075 READ: 2011-09-09 RATING: 8/10
You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. Two traits that consistently predict “positive outcomes” in life: intelligence and self-control. Most major problems, personal and social, center on failure of self-control. When people were asked about their failings, a lack of self-control was at the top of the list. So let’s talk about self-control….

Poke the Box – by Seth GodinISBN: 1936719002 READ: 2011-03-15 RATING: 8/10
Awesome short manifesto about getting into the habit of starting things. Inspiring as hell. Go go go!

Hackers & Painters – by Paul GrahamISBN: 1449389554 READ: 2010-08-20 RATING: 8/10
A collection of essays from one of the best. Loosely about intelligence, entrepreneurship, programming, and questioning norms. Many brilliant ideas and insights.

Confessions of a Public Speaker – by Scott BerkunISBN: 0596801998 READ: 2010-06-28 RATING: 8/10
Best book on public speaking. A must-read if you do this at all. Great concrete advice and personal tales.

The Talent Code – by Daniel CoyleISBN: 055380684X READ: 2009-08-22 RATING: 8/10
A great book showing that deep practice – (struggling in certain targeted ways – operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes – experiences where you’re forced
to slow down, make errors, and correct them) – is what really makes you improve at anything.

Ignore Everybody – by Hugh MacLeodISBN: 159184259X READ: 2009-06-28 RATING: 8/10
Brilliant succinct wisdom on creativity from an artist. Seth Godin says, “Hugh harangues and encourages and pushes and won’t sit still until you, like him, are unwilling
to settle.” I highly recommend this to all musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs. Even those that prefer not to read much. 🙂

What Would Google Do? – by Jeff JarvisISBN: 0061709719 READ: 2009-03-05 RATING: 8/10
Great think-piece about lessons learned from Google’s approach
to things, and how they might approach different industries like airlines, real estate, education, etc.

CrowdSourcing – by Jeff HoweISBN: 0307396207 READ: 2008-08-27 RATING: 8/10
Great look at a different way of getting a project done: not outsourcing it
to a person, but developing a system where thousands of people can contribute a little bit.


Meatball Sundae – by Seth GodinISBN: 1591841747 READ: 2007-12-30 RATING: 8/10
Instead of asking
how to use the new internet tools to support your existing business, ask how you can change your business to take best advantage of the new tools.

Execution – by Larry Bossidy and Ram CharanISBN: 0609610570 READ: 2007-02-12 RATING: 8/10
Great in-depth look at the dirty discipline of getting things done in a large organization.

Getting Things Done – by David AllenISBN: 0142000280 READ: 2005-04-30 RATING: 8/10
Classic book with near-cult following.
How to manage every last itty bitty tiny thing in your life. Keep your inbox empty.

The 48 Laws of Power – by Robert Greene and Joost ElffersISBN: 0140280197 READ: 2003-05-06 RATING: 8/10
Warning: some think this book is pure evil. But power exists, so it can only help
to understand it better, even if you choose not to wield it.

The Power of Habit – by Charles DuhiggISBN: 1400069289 READ: 2012-03-01 RATING: 7/10
Great dissection and analysis of what creates habits, and the power of changing just one of three steps in the habit loop.

You Are Not So Smart – by David McRaneyISBN: 1592406599 READ: 2011-11-15 RATING: 7/10
Great summary of 46 cognitive biases. Much of it covered in other books like Predictably Irrational, but if you haven’t read those, this is a great starting book. Otherwise, just a good reminder, and worth reading.

Practicing Mind – by Thomas SternerISBN: 0977657205 READ: 2011-05-27 RATING: 7/10
Great simple philosophy: Life itself is one long practice session. Everything in life worth achieving requires practice. Practice is not just for artistic or athletic skill, but practicing patience, practicing communication, practicing anything you do in life. The process/practice itself is the real goal, not the outcome.

Mindset – by Carol DweckISBN: 0345472322 READ: 2010-11-27 RATING: 7/10
Crucial distinction: People in a “fixed” mindset believe that you *are* great or flawed. People in a “growth” mindset believe your greatness (or flaws) are because of your actions. The fixed mindset is very harmful in every area of life (work, art, relationships, business, etc.) We get our initial mindset from our environment. When parents say, “You are great,” instead of ”You did great work,” they accidently create the “fixed” mindset.

Start Small, Stay Small – by Rob Walling and Mike TaberISBN: 0615373968 READ: 2010-11-16 RATING: 7/10
Great how-to guide about being a micropreneur: an entrepreneur running many small but profitable businesses.

Making a Good Brain Great – by Daniel G. AmenISBN: 1400082099 READ: 2010-07-28 RATING: 7/10
About the care of the physical brain – the goo in your skull – from a doctor who scans brains and has linked specific behavior
to brain chemistry.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich – by Ramit SethiISBN: 0761147489 READ: 2010-03-23 RATING: 7/10
An amazing book about consumer finance and a healthy approach
to managing your money. If you are age 18-35, this is a must-read! My notes are scarce, so get the book. Even if over 35, you might find some good tips on lowering your fees on various services, and a good reminder of good savings practices.

Business Stripped Bare – by Richard BransonISBN: 1905264429 READ: 2010-02-17 RATING: 7/10
A real and specific description of the inner workings of the Virgin companies. Every entrepreneur, investor, and manager should appreciate this detailed
account of practices, philosophies and stories from the core.

Talent Is Overrated – by Geoff ColvinISBN: 1591842247 READ: 2009-11-16 RATING: 7/10
Talent is not innate – it comes from thousands of hours of deliberate practice: focused improving of your shortcomings. That’s it. If you can get past the first 20% of the book that just asks questions, the next 60% is quite good.

Never Eat Alone – by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl RazISBN: 0385512058 READ: 2009-07-26 RATING: 7/10
A good book that’s mostly about networking, but also some general business smarts. Definitely read if you need more work being social.

Reality Check – by Guy KawasakiISBN: 1591842239 READ: 2009-03-08 RATING: 7/10
Great collection of essays about entrepreneurship from his blog at blog.guykawasaki.com

You, Inc – The Art of Selling Yourself – by Harry BeckwithISBN: 0446578215 READ: 2008-07-26 RATING: 7/10
One of my favorite authors, and a massive inspiration for my e-book. This is his newest, but read anything he’s done. It’s all top-notch insights on making life easier by being more considerate, whether you call that marketing or just life.

The Ultimate Sales Machine – by Chet HolmesISBN: 1591842158 READ: 2008-06-12 RATING: 7/10
After reading E-Myth Revisited, this is the best book I’ve seen on
how to turn it into real results, step-by-step. Not ambiguous. Very “do it like this”.

The Art of Learning – by Josh WaitzkinISBN: 0743277457 READ: 2008-05-30 RATING: 7/10
Chess master becomes Tai Chi master, realizes his real genius is learning, and shares his insights and stories.

Here Comes Everybody – by Clay ShirkyISBN: 1594201536 READ: 2008-04-06 RATING: 7/10
Like Wikinomics and Crowdsourcing, required reading if interested in harnessing the collective power of people online.

Maximum Achievement – by Brian TracyISBN: 0684803313 READ: 2006-11-12 RATING: 7/10
A classic self-help book. Exactly what you’d expect. But very good.

Linchpin – by Seth GodinISBN: 1591843162 READ: 2010-12-11 RATING: 6/10
For someone who has a job at a company, I would call this essential reading with my highest recommendation. Since I haven’t had a job since 1992, I couldn’t apply many of his great points
to my life. Still I loved his reminder of the value of the brilliant workers instead of systemized workers. The opposite of E-Myth (another book reviewed here).

Cognitive Surplus – by Clay ShirkyISBN: 1594202532 READ: 2010-12-10 RATING: 6/10
I always love Clay Shirky’s insights into the internet culture. This is about
how all the spare time people are using to add to Wikipedia, create YouTube videos or LOLCats, is previously time they were passively watching TV. Perhaps passive watching was a temporary habit that lasted 80 years, and now we’re going back to a more participatory culture?

Art and Fear – by David Bayles and Ted OrlandISBN: 0961454733 READ: 2010-11-23 RATING: 6/10
For artists and musicians only: beautiful insights into the creative process.

Nudge – by Richard Thaler and Cass SunsteinISBN: 014311526X READ: 2010-08-15 RATING: 6/10
Introducing the idea of Libertarian Paternalism: influencing people’s behavior for their own benefit, without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives.

Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking – by D.Q. McInernyISBN: 0812971159 READ: 2010-03-15 RATING: 6/10
World getting too fuzzy an unreasonable? Watching too much TV? A good book on logic is a great antidote. I’d never read one before, so I don’t know
how to compare it to others, but I really loved the clear thinking and deep insights here.

Pomodoro Technique Illustrated – by Staffan N?tebergISBN: 1934356506 READ: 2010-01-11 RATING: 6/10
Pretty cool technique of working in 25-minute chunks. Better
to start with a simple article about it, then read the book after if you love it. I do, so far.

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning – by Andy HuntISBN: 1934356050 READ: 2009-11-03 RATING: 6/10
A great curated collection of facts about
how to learn effectively and think clearly. Since it’s written by a programmer, it makes many computer analogies that fellow programmers will appreciate. Non-programmers might feel a little left out.

Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes – Gilovich and BelskyISBN: 0684859386 READ: 2009-10-19 RATING: 6/10
My favorite genre of book lately: clear examples of bugs in our brain: where our intuition is wrong. But this one focuses just on money issues. Loss aversion. Sunk cost fallacy. Confirmation bias. Anchoring. Etc. I love this stuff.

Outliers: The Story of Success – by Malcolm GladwellISBN: 0316017922 READ: 2009-04-23 RATING: 6/10
Deep study of why some people are so much more successful. Often due
to circumstances and early opportunities, but really comes down to the fact that it takes about 10,000 hours of hard work to master something.

Lucky Or Smart? – by Bo PeabodyISBN: 1439210101 READ: 2009-04-23 RATING: 6/10
Tiny book by an incredibly successful serial entrepreneur telling his tales and lessons learned.

The Power of Less – by Leo BabutaISBN: 1401309704 READ: 2009-01-21 RATING: 6/10
Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. Set limitations. Become incredibly effective. Written by someone who’s been successfully living this way for years.

Tribes – by Seth GodinISBN: 1591842336 READ: 2008-11-17 RATING: 6/10
Inspiring look at what it takes
to organize and mobilize groups of people.

How to Talk to Anyone – by Leil LowndesISBN: 007141858X READ: 2008-09-12 RATING: 6/10
Wonderful considerate book about conversational people skills.

Brain Rules – by John MedinaISBN: 0979777704 READ: 2008-08-26 RATING: 6/10
New scientific insights into why our brains work this way, and
how to use what we now know to learn or work better.

Cut to the Chase – by Stuart LevineISBN: 0385516207 READ: 2008-07-26 RATING: 6/10
Tips on more effective communication.

The Magic of Thinking Big – by David SchwartzISBN: 0671646788 READ: 2008-07-26 RATING: 6/10
A classic self-help book. Exactly what you’d expect. But very good.

How to Get Rich – by Felix DennisISBN: 1591842050 READ: 2008-06-18 RATING: 6/10
Shockingly honest thoughts from a filthy rich bastard.

The Culting of Brands – by Douglas AtkinISBN: 1591840961 READ: 2008-02-08 RATING: 6/10
Unique fascinating dissection of cults and why they work. Then
how to apply those lessons to marketing your business.

Don’t Make Me Think – by Steve KrugISBN: 0321344758 READ: 2007-08-08 RATING: 6/10
The classic book of web usability. Required reading for anyone who makes websites.

Know-How – by Ram Charan with Geri WilliganISBN: 0307341518 READ: 2007-02-12 RATING: 6/10
Acquired expertise in big business. Subtitle: 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don’t.

The Art of Project Management – Scott BerkunISBN: 0596007868 READ: 2006-11-19 RATING: 6/10
The best book on
how to oversee projects to completion.

Little Bets – by Peter SimsISBN: 1439170428 READ: 2011-05-10 RATING: 5/10
Examples of the fact that much success or creativity comes from trying many things, failing fast, getting feedback, trying more things, and deliberate practice. Stories from Pixar, Chris Rock, Silicon Valley, Frank Gehry.

Focus – by Leo BabautaISBN: 1434103072 READ: 2011-01-17 RATING: 5/10
Nice short reminder of the importance of solitude and focus. Single-tasking. Only doing your most important things, and let the rest go.

The Upside of Irrationality – by Dan ArielyISBN: 0061995037 READ: 2010-07-05 RATING: 5/10
First read his amazing book “Predictably Irrational.” But if you read and loved it, then this is a continuation with some more examples – mostly organizational. He also catharticly details his own painful injuries in every chapter.

The Profit Zone – by Adrian SlywotzkyISBN: 0812933044 READ: 2009-10-14 RATING: 5/10
Dryer but deeper prequel
to the great “Art of Profitability” book, also recommended here. Start with that one. Only read this if that one fascinated you.

Overachievement – by John EliotISBN: 1591841313 READ: 2009-07-04 RATING: 5/10
Performance coach, with a bent towards sports, surgery, and executive performance, gives his thoughts on being a top performer. The key is the “Trusting Mindset”: like a squirrel runs across a telephone wire. Just doing it, without thought, because you’ve trained yourself plenty until that point.

The Culture Code – by Clotaire RapailleISBN: 0767920570 READ: 2008-11-01 RATING: 5/10
Weird look at
how different cultures (mostly Europe versus U.S. in this book) see things differently. Example: British luxury is about detachment whereas U.S. luxury is about rank.

Richard Branson – Losing My VirginityISBN: 0812932293 READ: 2008-06-01 RATING: 5/10
Autobiography of his life from childhood through 2004. Interesting
how he was always over-leveraged and how that drove him forward. Amazing how he negotiated Necker Island from £3 million down to £180k.

The Checklist Manifesto – by Atul GawandeISBN: 0312430000 READ: 2011-12-25 RATING: 4/10
Like Malcom Gladwell, a book that could and should have been an article, but puffed up with 200 pages of supporting stories, mostly great detailed tales of his surgeon experiences where a checklist would have come in handy. Here’s the book in one sentence: You should make checklists for any complex procedures or decisions.

Hiring Smart – by Pierre MornellISBN: 1580085148 READ: 2011-08-07 RATING: 4/10
Good advice on hiring. No big surprises, but some useful tips.

Discover Your Inner Economist – by Tyler CowenISBN: 0452289637 READ: 2009-10-19 RATING: 4/10
The book title is misleading. It ends up being mostly the author’s recommendations for the transactions of life. When
to give to charity, what restaurants to choose, what insurance to buy, etc. He makes a rational case for these, that is often very interesting, but still feels like just his opinion.

Causing a Scene – by Charlie ToddISBN: 006170363X READ: 2009-08-18 RATING: 4/10
Fun tales from the guy that invented Improv Everywhere. Not really educational as much as just fun, and I’m a huge fan of their “missions”.

Enough – by John BogleISBN: 0470398515 READ: 2009-04-23 RATING: 4/10
Legendary investor, now 80, looks back with long-view wisdom on investing, living, and giving.

How to be a Billionaire – by Martin FridsonISBN: 0471416177 READ: 2009-04-23 RATING: 4/10
Biographical look at billionaires from the last 200 years, and lessons learned from
how they did it. Some lessons aren’t really applicable to the rest of us, like changing government laws to protect your monopoly. But some are.

Management of the Absurd – by Richard FarsonISBN: 0684830442 READ: 2009-04-14 RATING: 4/10
Counter-intuitive lessons about management. Highly recommended for managers and leaders, but also teachers and parents.

The Obsolete Employee – by Michael RusserISBN: 0966248465 READ: 2007-10-01 RATING: 4/10
How
to run a company without employees, but with a loose network of work-from-home freelance agents. Very instructive, but also good perspective like how until the industrial revolution, there were no employees: everyone was freelance.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – by T. Harv EckerISBN: 0060763280 READ: 2007-06-12 RATING: 4/10
If you suspect that your mindset is holding you back from making more money, read this. Identifies and dissolves the mental baggage we’ve built up that believes money is evil and those who have it are greedy.

One Simple Idea – by Stephen KeyISBN: 0071756159 READ: 2011-04-29 RATING: 3/10
Good introduction into the world of licensing your ideas
to companies that manufacture products.

Hire With Your Head – by Lou AdlerISBN: 0470128356 READ: 2010-12-15 RATING: 3/10
Great advice on hiring, but insanely repetitive. Maybe this was an editing mistake – that the exact same points are made over and over and over and over – often with the exact same words, sentences, even paragraphs. But those key points are great.

What the Dog Saw – by Malcolm GladwellISBN: 0316075841 READ: 2009-12-05 RATING: 3/10
A pretty-good collection of his articles from the past few years. While most are somewhat interesting, it felt a little like surfing the net or TV. Lots of “huh”, but no lasting insights. More entertainment than education.

The Great Formula – by Mark JoynerISBN: 0471778230 READ: 2009-06-06 RATING: 3/10
Create an irresistable offer. Present it
to people who need it. Sell them more afterwards. Lots of examples of this.


Program or Be Programmed – by Douglas Rushkoff and Leland PurvisISBN: 1935928155 READ: 2011-07-20 RATING: 2/10
Maybe I’m just too immersed in this, but everything said here seems
to be the most conventional wisdom – nothing I haven’t heard. Shame, because I thought it was going to be about teaching the lay-person the importance of programming.

The Four Filters Invention of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger – by Bud LabitanISBN: 0615241298 READ: 2011-01-21 RATING: 2/10
Another overview of the investment approach of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.

Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur – by Stuart SkormanISBN: 0787987328 READ: 2010-12-24 RATING: 2/10
Personal tales, almost an autobiography, of someone who created a wide range of businesses, both successful and not. Some insights along the way, but not many surprising ones. I’d recommend “How
to Get Rich” by Felix Dennis instead, also reviewed on this website.

Life Without Lawyers – by Philip K. HowardISBN: 0393065669 READ: 2010-04-24 RATING: 2/10
I really liked his TED talk (search ted.com), and this book elaborates on the idea. Makes a good point, but should just be a long article – not a whole book.

The Productive Programmer – by Neal FordISBN: 0596519788 READ: 2009-11-01 RATING: 2/10
I thought it was going
to be more general or philosophical tips, but seemed to be more about IDE-specific tips instead. Then it crashed my Kindle (and still

Founders at Work – by Jessica LivingstonISBN: 1430210788 READ: 2008-02-12 RATING: 2/10
Long in-depth interviews with company founders, telling their tales of
how they started. Lots of stories with a few usable gems.

Conspiracy of the Rich – Robert KiyosakiISBN: 0446559806 READ: 2009-11-24 RATING: 0/10
Yet another Rich Dad book shat out for the usual audience of those who don’t read. Often so bad it hurts, but with the occasional useful sentence. He always seems
to go out of his way to avoid giving any usable info – only generalities. Does he care? Is he trying to write great books? Are these things just machine-generated or something?

The Think Big Manifesto – by Michael Port and Mina SamuelsISBN: 0470432373 READ: 2009-05-12 RATING: 0/10
One of the few books I’ve actively disliked. Ever read the introduction
to a book? Where they say “what you hold in your hands here is something that could change the world”, and blah blah blah? I kept reading, wondering when the introduction was going to be over. Over halfway through the book, I realized this was it: just broad general encouraging unuseful nothings for the entire book.

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