This is the library of materials I’ve summarised for my own learning.
For each book, I’ve also given a short summary of what I think is the main gist of the book. If a particular book sounds interesting to you, click on the summary and you can browse my notes on it.
FYI, they’re not organised by category. Also, this page will constantly update as I read more books.
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Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard
This is a book about Charles Koch and Koch Industries.
Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story (Volume 1) by Peh Shing Huei
This is part one of a 2-part biography of Singapore’s second Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong.
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It by Steven Pressfield
This book is filled with practical tips for writing.
The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain by Daniel Gardner
This is a book about how bad we are at judging risk.
This is a book about leveraging the 80/20 rule for marketing.
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip & Dan Heath
Decisive is a book about fighting cognitive bias and making better decisions.
The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports and Investing by Michael Mauboussin
The disentanglement between skill and luck so we can avoid biases and make better decisions.
Intrigued by growth hackers—people who combined engineering, marketing, psychology and a less-than-desirable budget to achieve great results—Ryan Holiday investigated the trend and wrote a book about it.
Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition by Michael Mauboussin
A book about decision making—specifically the cognitive biases and mistakes that affect us when thinking clearly.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
Drawing from history, psychology and anthropology, Sebastian Junger looks into the problems with modern society, the lack of tribalism and community, and how that affects mental health issues like PTSD.
Pebbles of Perception: How a Few Good Choices Make All The Difference by Laurence Endersen
A book filled with wisdom, inspired by the works of Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett. Very kindred if you’re familiar with the work of Shane Parrish.
The Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant
A summary of the lessons and themes learnt from 5,000 years of recorded history.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
A butler dedicates his life to professional service and realises he has lived a life of regrets.
Our lives are increasingly ruled by algorithms, which perpetuates existing inequality and racism.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Part memoir, famous Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami discusses the impact of running on his life and his writing.
Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton & John Huey
The memoir of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. He discusses his life, Wal-Mart and why he thought Wal-Mart succeeded.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
A book about the founding and growth of Amazon. Also a semi-biography about Jeff Bezos.
Memos from the Chairman by Alan C. Greenberg
A collection of memos by ex-Bear Stearns CEO, Alan Greenberg.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki
A compilation of talks given by Zen Buddhist master, Shunryu Suzuki. Considered one of the best beginner books to study Zen Buddhism.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Set in a dystopian future, books are banned and burned. Firemen burn books instead of saving people.
48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Understand the laws of power so you can use, manage or deflect them.
A book on how to live well. Very stoic.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk by Al Ries & Jack Trout
The originators of the idea of “positioning” shares 22 laws of marketing to abide by. The laws are top-heavy—those featured first were much better than the rest.
Originality is overrated. All great artists research and repurpose.
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal & Ryan Hoover
One of the most influential books in Silicon Valley. A step-by-step guide on how to build addictive products.