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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #300 on: August 26, 2019, 10:23:00 AM »
My list is nearly endless...
There are a ton of great niche-specific books I read over the years. But if I had to choose a handful of books that everyone can (and should) read:

  • The Guide for the Perplexed - Maimonides: The most important book I've ever read, period. Particularly recommended for people interested in philosophy and religion. Reading it felt like swallowing a bottle of red pills.
  • Thinking Fast & Slow - Daniel Kahneman: Us humans are littered with "bugs". Read this if you want to understand them, avoid them and "exploit" them in others. A must-read for anyone interested in investing, psychology, marketing, business, sales, communication... did I miss anything?
  • 4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss: Definitely a paradigm shifter. Although there are some things I later came to appreciate less about the book (sensationalism, lots of survivorship bias, overly simplistic at times etc') - it's still the bible of internet businesses and lifestyle design
  • Letters from a Stoic - Seneca: The most practical Stoic philosophy book (and philosophy in general) I've ever read. Seneca's letters had a massive impact on my life... I applied many of his teachings in my own life and keep returning to his letters from time to time.
  • The War of Art - Steven Pressfield: A must-read for creators of all kinds (artists, entrepreneurs, authors etc')

Working through the letters of Seneca right now. I'm really enjoying his philosophy.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #301 on: August 26, 2019, 10:30:07 AM »
"The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke" by Suze Orman. Good basic information on personal finance for people who have never been exposed to it before.

"Your Money or Your Life" by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. Basically the bible of FIRE.

"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. Yes, a children's book but a very good examination of the fact that religion and science are not in opposition to one another but instead complement each other for human beings to live good lives.

"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius. Good introduction to Stoicism and placing reason before emotion, in general.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #302 on: September 05, 2019, 01:11:07 AM »
The book that changed my life was Jonathan Livingston Seagull written by Richard Bach. It's about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. I strongly advise reading this book. It's appropriate for people who want to find the right way to go further and the right place in life.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #303 on: September 12, 2019, 04:28:12 PM »
Richard Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene" interested me in evolution, ultimately leading to a PhD and my current career path

Stephen King's "Misery" got me thinking about becoming a writer (oddly enough, if you know the story you'd expect the opposite to happen)

John Steinbeck's "Winter of Discontent" main-lined me into American literature


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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #304 on: September 13, 2019, 01:13:13 AM »
I have just finished the audiobook "Drive" by Daniel Pink.
It's a look into advanced social science.

Mind absolutely blown.

5/5.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #305 on: September 16, 2019, 08:58:16 AM »
"The War on Normal People", by Andrew Yang, I literally walked around in a daze for a couple of days, as the constant light bulb moments pinged my brain.  I'm so excited such a brilliant intellectual like him is running for President.  I hope more people read his book and understand the need for his cutting edge policies.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #306 on: September 16, 2019, 01:46:59 PM »
"The War on Normal People", by Andrew Yang, I literally walked around in a daze for a couple of days, as the constant light bulb moments pinged my brain.  I'm so excited such a brilliant intellectual like him is running for President.  I hope more people read his book and understand the need for his cutting edge policies.

Too bad he doesn't have a chance =(

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #307 on: September 16, 2019, 03:48:17 PM »

"An Edible History of Humanity" and "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" (by Tom Standage)
Not really life changing, but I found the insight on how food supply (or its disruption) shaped civilizations very interesting.

I also just finished the recommended "To Kill a Mocking Bird" - I lived it very much!

Next up: Walden and Cat's Cradle.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #308 on: September 17, 2019, 09:57:53 AM »
In chronological order:

Voltaire's Candide
Huxley's Brave New World
Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land
Heller's Catch-22
Those 4 books made me into the anti-authoritarian, independent, absurdist thinker I am today.

Coyne's Why evolution is true.
A very excellent read as to why evolution is true.


Collin's Simple Path to Wealth
An elegant and simple description on how to accumulate money.  Started me down the path of FI and minimalism ( I want to be the monk).



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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #309 on: September 22, 2019, 04:09:49 PM »
I've enjoyed:

"What got you here won't get you there."  - Marshall Goodwin
"Deep Work"" - Cal Newport
"Start with Why" - Simon Sinek

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #310 on: September 28, 2019, 01:33:11 PM »
A Wrinkle in Time.  The first book read as a child that made me realize,  WOW books can be cool.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #311 on: September 29, 2019, 06:06:32 AM »
Most recently, Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Very actionable, and mind blowing in how quickly you can make changes in your own life.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #312 on: October 08, 2019, 02:48:15 PM »
  • Pebble in the sky by Isaac Asimov. The first science fiction book I ever read. I now have a collection of over 1000 classic SF books from the 50s to the 70s.
  • Having fun in electronics by Leo G. Sands. Thanks to this book, I became an electronics hacker and then that led to computers. I have been working on computers ever since.
  • The moon is a harsh mistress by Robert Heinlein. This classic science fiction novel was my first introduction to AI and intelligent computers. This motivated me to get into the AI field in the 1980s and get my PhD.
  • The soul of a new machine by Tracy Kidder. Absolutely captivating account of the computer industry in the 70s and 80s.
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull The idea of striving for perfection resonated strongly in me.
  • Men at arms by Terry Pratchett. My introduction to Discworld.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #313 on: October 10, 2019, 01:09:26 PM »
Anything written by Thomas Sowell. I'm convinced he's the smartest person in America. But especially his book Basic Economics, which breaks economics down very plainly. No charts, graphs, or formulas - just historical examples and statistical evidence.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #314 on: October 11, 2019, 06:37:07 AM »
I read The Food Revolution by John Robbins, decided to eat vegetarian and never looked back.

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in 7th grade because my sister had it assigned, and my mom showed us the movie.  I reread it again in 9th grade, and then again (more than once) as an adult.  It's amazing how much more I got out of it as an adult, but it resounded with me as a 7th grader too.

1984 scared the poop out of me, but I couldn't put it down!  It still blows my mind that this guy wrote this book in the past about the future, and I was reading about his futuristic-past in his own future.  Still scary re-reading it today because it could still happen! (But he should have titled it 2084).

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #315 on: October 11, 2019, 06:51:26 AM »
I recently read The Road by Cormac McCarthy and it left me with a book hangover. I had avoided it because I thought it was just a post-apocalyptic story, but it's so much more.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #316 on: October 11, 2019, 11:26:38 PM »
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #317 on: November 05, 2019, 08:45:39 PM »
7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #318 on: December 02, 2019, 12:25:47 AM »
4-hour work week.

It gets some criticism for being unethical, perhaps warranted.

What I really got out of it was the sheer drive. The burning desire to make something happen and MAKING IT HAPPEN. I felt that years of bureaucracy at a large company numbed this out of my brain. I picked up the book and I felt like I was back in college - dreaming up ideas and making them happen.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #319 on: December 02, 2019, 12:58:12 AM »
4-hour work week.

It gets some criticism for being unethical, perhaps warranted.

What I really got out of it was the sheer drive. The burning desire to make something happen and MAKING IT HAPPEN. I felt that years of bureaucracy at a large company numbed this out of my brain. I picked up the book and I felt like I was back in college - dreaming up ideas and making them happen.

Indeed, many companies make their employees numb by their endless bureaucracy and their not listening to good ideas from employees.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #320 on: December 31, 2019, 06:10:56 PM »
A lot of the books mentioned are awesome and written as guides for self improvement, but The Autobiography of Malcolm X changed my life. What a shirt and profound life he had. An amazing character arc that taught me about a struggle, a people, a and a world outside of the bubble I grew up in. It taught me that people can change, people can stay the same and ultimately that most people want to do right, but often don’t have the courage, confidence, or capacity to do right if it means breaking from the status quo.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #321 on: January 01, 2020, 11:40:15 AM »
Atlas Shrugged   Rand

The Fountainhead   Rand

The Virtue of Selfishness   Rand

For the New Intellectual   Rand

Language, Truth, and Logic   A. J. Ayer

The language of Morals   R. M. Hare

The Republic   Plato

Constitutional Law   Gunther

The Bell Curve   Murray/Hernnstein

Losing Ground
   Murray

Of all these books Language, Truth, and Logic has been the most instructive.
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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #322 on: January 13, 2020, 05:02:04 PM »
Great thread, lots of excellent recommendations in here to add to my list. Thanks to all of you who posted!
 
A recent book I’ve read that made a tremendous impact on me is “The Courage to be Disliked” by Ichiro Kishimi. 

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #323 on: January 13, 2020, 05:17:17 PM »
There's a lot of good books that have influenced me, but the first ones that come to mind are...
'Zorba the Greek' by Nikos Kazantzakis
'Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller
'The Road to Wigan Pier' by George Orwell
'The Unknown Industrial Prisoner' by David Ireland

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #324 on: January 13, 2020, 09:09:30 PM »
1.  Millionaire Next Door - I read this at an impressionable young age.  I grew up in severe poverty, so I was not used to having a lot of stuff.  This book gave me permission to continue living beneath my means.

2.  The China Study (which inspired the documentary "Forks Over Knives") - This book changed how I think about food, and health.  I didn't realize how much of my health is within my control.

3.  Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats - This book changed how I think about my pet's food, and health.  I didn't realize how much of my pet's health was within my control.
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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #325 on: January 14, 2020, 09:57:50 AM »
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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #326 on: January 28, 2020, 12:34:36 PM »
A bit late to the party but I would like to acknowledge two financial books that helped me a lot:

1) You're Broke Because You Want to Be (Larry Winget)
2) The Debt-Free Spending Plan (JoAnneh Nagler)

They both address the psychological obstacles to getting ahead financially, and also provide actionable steps.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #327 on: January 28, 2020, 01:19:53 PM »
The Tightwad Gazette, volume 2 IIRC. My husband picked it up at a garage sale. We probably would've been priced out of our area long ago if we hadn't discovered frugality and saved enough to afford a house.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #328 on: February 14, 2020, 10:54:54 AM »
I found my copy of The Complete Tightwad Gazette at a thrift store. Before that, I had the three individual volumes which I found on a clearance table at a book store. Before that, I had taken them out of the library 10-20x each. These books were my frugal enlightenment. I fail over and over but I always come back to the TWG! ❤️❤️❤️

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #329 on: February 14, 2020, 11:08:26 AM »
My wife just got that for her birthday. I've stolen it to read a few times already.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #330 on: March 01, 2020, 02:56:26 PM »
Lonely Planet - Europe on a Shoestring
Thomas Cook Eurorail Time Table

Both were given to me as a gift by my college roommate in the late 90's. I was two years into my first job out of college. He dared me to quit my job and travel Europe with him for six months. He kept bugging me for months about it. One day he walked into where I worked (skipped security, no badge, he was escorted out) and gave me those books, wrapped like a Christmas present, it was March 8th. I quit on April 7th. Six months in Europe turned into a year. Those books were our bible. No much internet then. The books helped us travel. And the travel changed the way I looked at my own country and myself.

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Re: What books have changed your life?
« Reply #331 on: March 12, 2020, 05:44:10 PM »
Not specifically Personal Finance based, but The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow is a fantastic and fun overview of all sorts of important statistical concepts everyone should know.

Can't recommend it highly enough.