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But we do think that having a diversity of partners—the U. Or do you think the next administration would continue to rebalance toward Asia? Rhodes: I think the nature of our interests demands increased focus on Asia over time because this is going to be an increasing share of the global economy. If anything, over time the Middle East will become less central to the global economy as we shift away from a fossil-fuel energy economy.
Rhodes: They have this fish that they poach in a banana leaf. I think that and Beer Lao would be my favorite Laotian meal. Join our newsletter to get exclusives on where our correspondents travel, what they eat, where they stay. Free to sign up. The town of Barentsburg located high in the Arctic feels every bit like a Soviet town stuck in time.
Thanks to her job as a teacher, photographer Eleonora Strano uncovered a country rarely seen by foreigners. Sep 05 A clearance team searches the area with metal detectors for any UXO that may be buried under the ground. It takes large teams and many, many man hoursjust to get to the point where the land can be searched for UXO in rural Laos. A typical village in Laos. A clearance team removes the brush from a potential worksite.
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It takes large teams and many, many man hours just to get to the point where the land can be searched for UXO in rural Laos. Flying into Luang Prabang, Laos. I have found so many ideas there and had great discussions with other readers. I rarely purchase or start reading a book without first checking out the reviews on Goodreads.
How and when do you make time to read? I've read about others reading habits. What is yours? Like, I dunno — index funds. These days you can even check out e-books. Not to mention that keeping circulation numbers up helps libraries to stay open for your fellow citizens to use. Thank you for the comment about libraries! I'm a huge fan of anything that gets more people to read. I love public libraries and grew up spending hours and hours every week in them. Libraries are great. Bookstores are great. Anywhere you can read more is great. It's a fantastic book on behavioral change and what we can do to lower the power of addiction to stimulus.
I recommend "The Goal" by Eli Goldratt. It's about zeroing in on the one constraint that's holding you back from success at any given time, and breaking the constraint. I think you'll find it resonates with your message of getting out of "marketing tactical hell" and focussing on the few actions that will lead to big wins. I have a category 4.
Miscellaneous book recommendation: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson Book 1 of the Mistborn series because who doesn't love fantasy books with a hard magic system? Read it and thank me later. I just finished Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte and found it really interesting and helpful as I strive to create a better and more family-friendly work environment for employees.
I think I've read most of Ramit's suggestions but maybe an older one that is helpful could be "Unlimited Power" by Tony Robbins. My only comment is that you could add some authors from across the pond even though I don't have specific tips. It's written as a textbook for therapists, but it applies to anyone who works with groups anywhere so, all of us who don't work in isolation. Since you run a massive group of online followers and seem to be very astute in psychological topics, you might find it an interesting foundational view of group behavior.
These books are great reads! I published on the 12th of October and so far people are really enjoying it! Non-fiction, incredible writing, depth of characters and clever problem-solving. Will 2nd this recommendation. The best narrative non-fiction book I've ever read. You can do better.
Here are 50 I recommend. I'm a novelist. And a good one. Let me know when you're ready for more. I feel like many of these novels have insights into human nature that would be hard to express in logic or numbers or nonfiction discussion.
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I loved A Woman in Berlin. A very intelligent and articulate woman who was a journalist before the war, she talks about learning to survive amongst the chaos that ensued. Learning how to understand the psychology of the young peasants that constituted the bulk of the Russian army so as not to be raped all the time. Learning to make tough real politik choices. I think you would love it, Ramit. Super interesting look at persuasion and at how we perceive our reality. Jimmy Carter's Autobiography. He went from peanut farmer to president and tons of experiences in between obviously.
A Long Way Down is fantastic. Even better as audiobook! Nick Hornby has a sharp wit and keen insight into people. The Polysyllabic Spree is his book about trying to tackle a massive reading backlog from classics like Dickens to books on quitting smoking with misadventures along the way. While it doesn't neatly fit into any of your categories, the content is certainly interesting, and it relates to the propaganda theme of some of the other books on your list.
Great list! I would recommend Lyrical and critical essays by Albert Camus.
The mix of philosophy and travel writing in the book is inspiring. Ramit — my guess is that you are a Questioner! Good book! I'm an Upholder! I discovered Gretchen thanks to Forefront and her latest, The Four Tendencies, blew my mind and changed my life in ways that continue to surprise me. Laura Markham. Totally changed how I parent. The People Code by Dr. I also recommend the 5 Love Languages by Dr.
Gary Chapman. Also, Ramit you have talked about reading relationship and parenting books before you need them. I did this before I got pregnant and it helped me avoid a lot of terrible experiences that my friends had. Robert A.
I recommend Husband Coached Childbirth to everyone whether they are having a natural birth or not because it explains childbirth as a biological process so freaking well and has tactics and strategies for how men can advocate for their partner in labor. I'm reading Thank you for Being Late and loving it. Talks about acceleration of change and seems like it should be a text book for living in the world right now. Teach Your Children Well is another book I love for parenting right now. I thought it was really good. On a Dollar a Day is probably getting a little dated, but was interesting and Nickled and Dimed is a great book about the working poor.
You will not enjoy it, because it presents the most critical challenge for the individual and the world today. Requires very open, free mind. Very important book. About the book: Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns.
The fact that they're simplifiers. People inherently like to keep things simple, and Richard Koch talks about the two ways companies can go about simplifying that massively grow their businesses. It's such a huge paradigm shift, and certainly one that you won't find in typical direct marketing philosophies. What I love about Perry Marshall is that he focuses on teaching principles that last decades instead of tactics that last weeks. Plus the fact that even though he's a "marketing guru", he's done substantial work in engineering and biology — staying outside of the "internet marketing bubble" that you hate.
If I went back to when I first started writing copy and learning marketing, I'd tell myself to read this book 5 times over, plus the classics that you have on your list. I've read quite a few of those books, both of yours obviously, and I love that you included Hillbilly Elegy. I tore through that book on my Alaskan tour last year and became quite the antisocial bassplayer….
This is a short read packed with great guiding principles on how to be a successful business person. I re-read it annually on Graham Cochrane's birthday because he inspired me to read it the first time. This book helped me make it a habit. I want to call this the blue-collar method to creativity.
Basically, you just focus on doing the work as a habit and a ritual every day. Probably similar to the Power of Habit. I love this book. While the latter discusses science, the former is poetic and highly persuasive. Written for writers and other artists or creatives, it talks you through identifying and overcoming your biggest enemy: Resistance.
And gives you a glimpse of what it took for him to go from unpublished bum to successful author. It helped me through writing my own book and taught me how to turn pro. I've read many investment books, and this is by far the best when it comes to integrating investment practice with sound economic logic. The detours into other subjects e. Chinese philosophy are enjoyable as well.
Lowenstein A Gentleman in Moscow by A. Manson My Life in France by J. I second Extreme Ownership. I know Robert Kiyosaki can feel a little commercial these days but Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant were 2 eye opening books for me when they came out I read them back when they were first published. And I was pleasantly surprised by Good to Great. Typically, I don't think much of professors who write books but this had a lot of real world depth. A Stanford connection for you. He's one of the best writers of our time. It's some psychology and some miscellaneous and all enjoyable and thoughtful.
We all know or met men who outwardly have success, but lead lives of quiet desperation. In this book Lewis deconstructs the masks men wear from the material mask, athletic max, sexual mask, and 6 others. Good list, although I've only read two of these so far. Really enjoy your posts — they've helped given me the confidence to give up my day job and go freelance recently. My last full time job was working for an agency doing social media analysis for Coca-Cola.
Much to my surprise it turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read. As well as being an incredibly in-depth history of the company it's also really a history of America and the growth of capitalism and is a very balanced account. Also lots about how Coca-Cola is the ideal business model etc. One question — how do you fit in two books per week? Do you set aside specific times dedicated to reading or just fit it in when you can? Awesome list Ramit, thanks. I've read all the ones on the psychology list and am checking out some of your recommendations from the entrepreneurship list next.
A few more I highly recommend:. When bad things happen to good people This one helped me out of some very dark times after the war by Harold Kushner. No books on spirituality, meditating, mind-body connection? Big Magic by the one and only Elizabeth Gilbert is a primer for all creatives. You gotta, gotta, gotta leave room for the muse. Tolkien to you. This can go into section no. If you haven't read it already and there's a fair chance you have , I've found myself recommending time and time again, most recently to a friend trying to address the issue of increased depression and suicide in Australian Fly in Fly out mining camps is "Tribe" by Sebastian Junger.
He digs deep into the primal drivers that make human beings crave community and examines how we've insulated ourselves from it in the modern world. A lot of his insights come from studying the military too which seems to be your jam. After writing that out I think I'm going to read it again…. One of my favourite books right now is Endurance by Alfred Lansing. Hey Ramit, Great list! I've read a few and will check out some of these. The Art of Money by Bari Tessler.
It'll give you a different kind of approach to behavioral finance than your own. Not that there's anything wrong with yours! Ramit, I know you're engaged, so here's a list of the top 5 books that will make you a kickass husband. It's amazing and fascinating and inspiring. It's a pretty heady book, so give yourself some time to digest it bit by bit. It does a great job addressing the common pitfalls of modern-day love. Real provides practical and insightful advice on how to talk about issues that most couples avoid, and maneuver through the obstacles that most people get hung up on. John Gottman has done more modern-day marriage research than any human on the planet — 40 years.
If you want to become the master of cunnilingus, the champion of the clitoris, this is your book. Your wife will be very happy you did. But Mating in Captivity will help you have conversations about sex and your sexuality that you probably never thought to have. Esther has a gift for prose. It's easy to devour this book because it's so well-written, and informative. I thought I could write until I read this…..
Masterpiece doesn't do it justice. If you're not familiar with Tim, he's a Columbia Law Professor who writes occasionally for the NYT and teaches media, intellectual property and communications law. The book is a retrospective on businesses that commercially exploit our attention from the first one-cent paper in New York in through current ad-tech models including Claude Hopkins and snake oil sales. It's well-written, engaging and a surprisingly breezy read. Or any of his other books are also great. I loved how she moved from blaming others to looking at herself. Coming from a super poor background homeless at one point and foster care system after my parents abandoned us kids, for me this book was more realistic about how to improve one's life vs.
Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs is the single best parenting book I've ever read and I use its philosophy and advice to this very day. I have four young kids and am probably only sane because of this book. The Adlerian parenting ideas have been updated with Jane Nelson's Positive Discipline series which I also like, but recommend Dreikurs first.
I learned its ok for me to need rest and listen to those signals. But then dig and get into flow once I have rest. Stupid title, a legendary book on structuring your copy and answering the customers' mental question as they progress through your page…. Wonderful list Ramit. I don't know if you have read Eliyahu Goldratt.. All his business novels are page turning thrillers while givings tons of unconventional yet most logical business advice. You can start with Goal series, or Choice, if you would like to get a more broad set of consulting case studies and scientist mindset that Goldratt recommends in business.
Turn The Ship Around! In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet. One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.
Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst t first in the fleet. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier — and everyone is a leader.
Diplomacy, by Kissinger "A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China. Empires in World History, by Jane Burbank "Empires—vast states of territories and peoples united by force and ambition—have dominated the political landscape for more than two millennia.
Empires in World History departs from conventional European and nation-centered perspectives to take a remarkable look at how empires relied on diversity to shape the global order. Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper examine empires' conquests, rivalries, and strategies of domination—with an emphasis on how empires accommodated, created, and manipulated differences among populations.
Excellent read with some fantastic negotiating tips. I have used some of the techniques to make some decent coin just in the few months since I have first read it. Can't beat that! Agree with all the Dalio-boosters on Principles Vol 1. Sure to go down as a classic.
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Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow is also truly vital. A lot of what they talk about is the psychology of your relationship with sex, yourself, and society. I'm assuming you have read this next one, but everyone should read The Investment Answer, by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray common sense investment advice that anyone can and should employ. Anything by Michael Lewis is worth reading, and this book is no exception.
Entrepreneurship: We hear lots of stories about Silicon Valley start-ups. For a different tale of entrepreneurship and perseverance, read American Steel, by Richard Preston about how Nucor changed the steel industry. Simply the best work of fiction you have never read. The importance of family, authored by the best writer since Chekhov. If you go to his site, sign up for his list, and reply to his email asking about the book I'm sure he'd let you know if there were any copies left. He seems like a very down-to-earth guy and has always been very pleasant and responsive whenever I've replied to one of his emails or asked him a question.
War, ways to improve yourself, research — it's awesome. It's a bit "old" now, but still relevant, I think — and I reread a few parts every time I get stuck or upset with my business' progress. It's really great for business owners or those who want to start a business, but aren't sure if they have the resources to start!
As a general approach to everything, it is better to build up systems that gain from chaos, rather than compensate or overcome it. Ramit, I'm sure you'll love it.
If you give it a chance, I predict it will be on the next revision of the list of Jason Selk, a sport psychologist who trains elite athletes in their mental game. He outlines an effective mental workout that anyone can do and only takes 10 minutes a day. I use it consistently! I reviewed it on my songwriting website and explained how the mental workout can be adapted for musicians, songwriters and other non-athletes. Included my only amazon link on the website, because I wanted readers to take action, get their own copy of the book and take action with the mental workouts, instead of just reading the review:.
Finance — The Entitlement Trap by Richard and Linda Eyre: How to rescue your child with a new family system of choosing, earning, and ownership. I read this while I was pregnant. This is a quick read about the psychology of starting a movement. It is a different perspective on debt and finance that will broaden your view. Everyone can find some insightful things and some things they strongly disagree with. People who write financial advice books can almost certainly find something they can use.
Donovan Campbell spoke to my grad school class shortly before his book 48 came out about the lessons he learned and he believed they could be applied to business. It was an incredibly powerful talk. Tears were shed, by both Donovan and my classmates and me. Completely agree with the Cal Newport recommendations. Surprised these aren't already on the list as I'm somewhat sure that Ramit has referenced Newport at times. Many ideas Cal articulates are completely in line with Ramit's brand: Don't follow your passion, become excellent and passion will follow.
Cal also explains systems of action to create quality work with intense focus. Great list, but I noticed there were only 7 female authors out of almost Also, Diana Herself by Martha Beck. Every person I've recommended it to said it was life-changing. Most of my recs are already listed above, but I'll add a few. The title is awful, but I found it to be incredibly helpful and thought-provoking when I read it several years ago, at the tail end of my 20s. Some good thought experiments. Provides a compelling case for the theory of constructive emotion and why Paul Ekman's facial expression research may be incorrect.
Misc: You seem to like first-person military books and E. It's an interesting contrast with Joker One, similar intense combat conditions only 60 years earlier but with the same honesty about the psychological impact of combat. Simple Life by Thom S. It helped me and is helping me simplify me life. I bought all the books I could find on the subject. PS Advice to people over Read every day, write every day and thing a lost art in America everyday.
Read 'The Goal'. I found it on my Dad's bookshelf when I was in the 9th grade and loved it. It was required reading for him at Tuskegee University. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant — or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses.
It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days — Jonah — to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. The story of Alex's fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas, which underline the Theory of Constraints TOC , developed by Eli Goldratt. A brand new book just came out by Chip and Dan Heath the writers of the excellent books "Decisive", and "Switch" , that is called "The Power of Moments".
I can second this recommendation, "The Power of Moments" is a very worthy read. Also has interesting psychology research behind the ideas. I listened to it on Audible, but was constantly rewinding to run and grab paper while I took notes. I ended up buying the hard copy because I knew it would be getting a lot of use as a reference book.
Some food-focused books with insight into why we, as a society, eat the way we do plus how we can eat differently to create a truly sustainable food system: — The Third Plate by Dan Barber — The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan — Cooked by Michael Pollan. And one of the most entertaining memoirs ever: — Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain Just Bourdain's description of eating his first oyster was worth reading this memoir that launched him as celebrity. I love Michael Pollan. Very documented, insightful, excellent prose: a great example for anyone aspiring to write well.
A practical book on how to influence others in a positive way. No summary or teasers needed. Just read it. Thanks for the Luxury Strategy recommendation Ramit. Lot's of good tips that I've found to be true with my own experiments with clients. Awesome list! Thank you, Ramit! Thanks again! Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy deserves a look too. The Girls of Atomic City. It's the story of Oak Ridge, Tennesee, during the Manhattan Project, told through the eyes of women who worked there and had no idea what they were doing refining Uranium for the A-bomb.
Really interesting look at life on the home front in WW2, and how gender roles were rapidly changing at the time. Thanks for the list Ramit. My suggestion for you is the book I wrote: Millennial Reboot. It's full of practical advice for millennials or alternatively, a window for non-millennials to understand what many millennials have yet to learn. We referenced you as our favorite financial resource. If you Ramit send me your best mailing address, I'll send you a copy.
I am sure the word iconoclast was invented just for him. Nobel Prize-winning thinking, but he explains it so clearly. If you like investing books, you should definitely read antifragile by Nassim Nicolas Taleb his other works The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness are good too. Story of how nine working class boys from the American West showed the world at the Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. True story. The story of how Bill Walsh took his advanced leadership concepts and transformed the San Franciso 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. Books which women's unconscious beliefs due to cultural indoctrination and how to overcome them: "Prince Charming Isn't Coming" , "Secrets of Six-Figure Women" and most recently "Sacred Success".
She learned it the hard way and has mastered it. Should Read 'books which address women's unconscious beliefs'. And concious beliefs too. Correction : the above should read 'books which address women's unconscious beliefs'. I know, some will say: "But Scott Adams very passionately supports Trump!! I'm going to start reading his newer book "Win Bigly", that's about the ways people like Trump can be so persuasive, very soon. I don't agree with the people who support Trump, and I know Scott Adams won't convince me to change my mind. But I want to know why those who disagree with me think what they do, and to apply some of the knowledge Scott Adams imparts in the parts of my life that have nothing directly to do with who I vote for.
As was stated before Ray Dalio's book Principles is excellent!
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Just listened to the audio book and found it fascinating. A very cool look into the guy who created it and the guys trying to stop him. A novel approach to psychology that we all basically have multiple personalities that bubble up under different events in life: during arguments, when things are going bad, when things are going good.
These personalities lock us into certain behaviors that limit our potential in life relationships, work, money, health, etc. Ramit, this book changed my life. I have 50 copies of high-performance habits by Brendon Burchard released this last September. Would be happy to send you one. It's pretty solid so far and free right now in the Amazon Prime library.
This last one is the single-most important book I've ever read and one of the few I've read three times. The first one is a great book covering how to make sure you are effectivly communicating. Hint: Understanding you audience is key. The second one simplifies some complex theories on statistical analysis and understanding that you don't always have to measure to finite detail.
If you don't know anything about the problem, even a little measurement can help steer you in the right direction. At 98 years of age George decides to learn to read. As an African American child of the south he never had the opportunity. He shares his stories from his life as living as a family of sharecroppers, seeing a black man lynched, military service and years of hard labor.
He had never heard of the Great Depression. He says his people were always that poor and they didn't notice. Yet, he has a love of life that warms me all over. I'd add to your list: 1. Adweek Copywriting Handbook — Jo Sugarman my favorite copywriting book. Lots of great books here. I've read a lot of them, but there are some that are new to me, which is golden. Anything by Shawn Achor is worth reading, but I'm finding his newest, Big Potential, very interesting.
Also, Admiral William H. Largely, because we don't notice the difference between what's in our brains and our "social minds"—information we can access through others. Quiz from the book : How well do you know how a toilet works? Now actually try to describe it. Did you include the water going from the tank down into the bowl? Do you know why it seems like there force pushing down—actually, it's "sucking" force, because of the u-shaped pipe. Now, how well do you think you really know?
Really interesting implications for dealing with ignorant overconfidence on any side of any issue and persuading people who focus on whatever their tribe says any of them! The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber Want to understand why reason fails, rather than just knowing a list of ways that it does, so that you can persuade people more effectively?
It's because reason doesn't exist to get you to better answers in isolation—it's there to generate reasons to convince others. Explains lots of "irrationality" by showing what it's there for, rather than just calling it "irrational.
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Gaining Control by Robert Aunger and Valerie Curtis Want to look inside the black box of the brain to go beyond social and cognitive psychology to neuroscience and to fill in the gaps and provide guidance while it develops evolutionary psychology? A simple biological model of how we make decisions about behavior—explaining the biological basis for divisions between habitual actions chewing , simple motivated behavior eating unhealthy food when you feel hungry , and executive control trying not to eat fatty foods when you're hungry and implications for helping people change.
Short, theoretical, but full of interesting implications to think through. I am sure you will enjoy this, even being outside of the realm of finance. This is more of a scholarly book, in academic format, but worth the read. At the least, reading the introduction will be well worth the cost. This is another kind of dense read, but so worth it. It's fascinating to put together so many considerations regarding human behavior when looked through the lens of an amazing neuroscientist. This is a super fun read, by yet another amazing neuroscientist.
It explores the brain with a great narrative. Thought-provoking in a very entertaining way. A lengthy book about the way we think, written by a psychologist that had won the Nobel Prize in Economics. If you haven't read it, and that doesn't spark your interest, then nothing will. Whether you are an atheist and a dogmatic believer in science, or are a bit open-minded, this book will surely allow you to balance the limits of any extreme position when it comes to what we know and what we don't know, and how to better address the ways to explore the unknown, scientifically, not dogmatically.
I've been scrolling down for what seems like forever and your blurb is one of the best I've seen.
Something about the number 4 and the substantive descriptors. Thinking, Fast and Slow appears no where else in the comments yet, and while I'm sure the quantity of books published in the name of Nobel Prize winners is astronomical and therefor not noteworthy as a qualifier, you still managed to make an irresistible appeal to read it. I do believe I'll be trying to snatch it up. What a great recipe! My father always makes this a Christmas time, but I thought it was way too strong, plus don't drink alcohol really at all, so this is perfect.
I can still celebrate the tradition but make it yummier! Green Kitchen Stories. Ola Nordmann. Hey hey What about Norway?? You're absolutely right Ola! Norway has the same Christmas traditions as us. Leave a comment or Cancel Reply.