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  1. What Do you Read?

    I've run out of good books to read and looking to order some more from amazon. Already have like 20 of them in shopping list, so lets see what does everyone here read and recommend.

    I usually read quite a lot. Mostly business related, motivation, all kinds of self improvement and time management, also a lot of history. The majority is from the net, either on free pdf's or audio.

    Here's what I've recently ordered on amazon:

    • Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth , Second Edition
    • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
    • The 48 Laws of Power
    • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
    • The Power Of Concentration
    • Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
    • PHP in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) [Illustrated]
    • MySQL in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
    • Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
    • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    • The Alphabet Of Manliness
    • The Magic of Thinking Big
    • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    What I'm planning to order soon:

    • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    • Influence: Science and Practice (4th Edition)
    • The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition
    • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
    • I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
    • The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
    • Against All Odds: My Story
    • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition

    ... also a bunch more, I gotta sort through the list, many books appear few times there heh. I once ordered two copies of the same book by mistake. It appeared twice in the list and I didn't notice. So I gave it to a friend to read and I forgot to which one, so it's practically lost now

    Right now I'm reading a pretty cool book about Beslusconi. It's not an autobiography, so don't know how much of that is true, but basically the story is he faced some serious corruption allegation, so he formed a party and became prime minister, then passed laws to help save himself and his business partners and friends who were involved in corruption from jail... and still he was recently elected prime minister for the third time

    So what do you read?

  2. I recently finished:

    • Lord of the Isles
    • Cryptonomicon
    • Tribes

    I recently purchased, started, and stopped:

    • Wikinomics

    I am now reading:

    • Planet Google
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    If you like Red Queen and Tipping Point you might enjoy:

    Freakonomics -- Steven D. Levitt
    The Moral Animal -- Robert Wright

    Both are interesting with a grain of salt.

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  4. will check that thanks.

    I'm a huge fan of history. If I find an interesting period of time in human history I've never read about I could keep reading for days and put off everything else
    Also used to have a wikipedia addiction heh, but I've already read articles on most things that interest me.

    Also like biographies, yesterday I was listening to Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller in mp3

    Another book I'm reading is Espaol, Nivel intermedio

    One of the books I'd recommend is Screw it, Let's Do it by Branson

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    Mostly history (usually military history), or biographies... though I make occasional exception for McMurtry books (Lonesome Dove and the others associated with it, plus Buffalo Gals). Was addicted to anything about planes as a kid, everything by Ludlum in my 20s (got over it about 13 books later). Nowadays make little time for fiction, if I want that I just turn on TV & watch politicians talk.

    Currently read pretty much anything about the Civil War and the various personalities involved, presidents, WW2, Korean conflict, Vietnam, Texas Rangers. Kinda got into reading about the Boer War a while back... it was to WW1 what the war with Mexico was to the Civil War... all the guys that played major roles in the later wars show up in field commands in the earlier one.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Nowadays make little time for fiction, if I want that I just turn on TV & watch politicians talk.

    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    the thing about these conflicts is it's all too confusing. I mean you read one book you get one point of view, read another book it may just be the opposite. Which is why I like ancient history, all used to be plain and simple with wars

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    My guess is the older ones were no less confusing, it's just been long enough that for the most part one prevailing view is what we hear, whereas the more recent the event the more varied the opinions... there isn't a "standard" accepted view yet. I suspect sometimes they're right, and sometimes the opinion just reflects that history's written by the victors.

    Not that I think that means the convergence view is naturally wrong. For example it'd be virtually impossible to find ANY responsible individual today that thinks Hitler was anything but a monster, but in his lifetime he was quite popular as he ascended to office. In hindsight and with distance you have the advantage of seeing how things turned out.

    Hard to imagine old Adolf's fans thought he was going to put Germany into the fix he got them into... they thought of him like people speak of Reagan here... inspiring speaker, he'll return national pride, return the motherland to its glory and position of leadership, etc. Kinda scares you when you realize anyone *could* be the next world-class monster.

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    The 4 hour workweek is a refreshing read. Make no mistake, there's no such thing as a "4 hour" work week, but the book can bring about a better mindset to run things more efficiently.

    I want a good book on how to maintain a top notch memory, can anyone suggest something?
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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by eXe View Post
    I want a good book on how to maintain a top notch memory, can anyone suggest something?
    Quit Drugs, Drinking and Smoking first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    Quit Drugs, Drinking and Smoking first
    Not really a book, besides I quit smoking & my other indulgences are under control
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