15 must read books to help improve your life:
Take a look at our 15 must read books to help improve your life! These books will expand your knowledge, allow you to explore theories with deeper thought, make you more informed and help you to walk in different social circles.
Jon Stewart and the writers of the Daily Show have somehow managed to produce an informative and thought-provoking collection of thoughts and theories in a fun, witty and often sarcastic way. Covering topics such as evolution, religion, and life, this is an entertaining read with an open mind and a sense of humor.
Stephen Hawking is without a doubt one of the greatest minds of our generation, and his book A Brief History of Time makes for some profound reading. Prepare to be enlightened as you explore theories on the creation of the universe, light-speed travel, and how and why the universe was created.
All the President’s Men is a must read for any American, or anyone interested in politics. Read details from two Washington reporter’s award winning investigation that broke the Watergate scandal to the world, and prompted the resignation of President Nixon.
Born to Run shares the secrets behind the Tarahumara Indians and their super-human ability to run hundreds of miles across canyons free from injury or rest. The Tarahumara Indians are truly born to run. This is a great read for those who treats exercise like a chore, to ultra-marathon runners and everyone in between.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, executive chef at New York’s Brasserie Les Halle, is a wickedly entertaining behind the scenes look into the underbelly of the culinary world.
Jared Diamond presents Guns, Germs, and Steel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This brilliant piece of academic reading works to answer the question of why certain continents have succeeded in invading others. Guns, Germs, and Steel makes a great foundation for understanding human history and the evolution of politics and war.
Man’s Search for Meaning is an epic memoir of Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s life in Nazi death camps. During World War 2, Frankl laboured in four different camps, including Auschwitz, between 1942 and 1945. Sadly, his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Frankl draws upon these atrocities to encourage others to find meaning and spiritual survival when faced with suffering.
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time, Isak Dinesen gives her true account of life as a proprietor of a coffee plantation in Kenya. From the majestic African animals nearby, to the beauty of her natural surroundings, the book is so much more than just a memoir, and explores enchanting experiences in delightful detail.
Explore the compelling history of the momentum of the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and how Malcom X, once considered one of the most dangerous men in America, challenged he world to listen and acknowledge the truth.
The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr, a prize winning poet, is an explosive, unapologetic yet somehow affectionate reflection of the author’s volatile and wildly unstable upbringing in a swampy Texas refinery town. From a mother who married seven times, to an abusive father, Mary Karr has endured more than many.
The Things They Carried is a gripping masterpiece of reflection on the horrors of war by Tim O’Brien. A favorite with fans of eloquent and powerful writing, The Things They Carried is a compelling and profound combination of a memoir, novel and short stories based on the Vietnam War.
A beautifully complex tale, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by highly regarded Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, tells the story of Toru Okada after he loses his job and his cat and wife disappear. Combining a detective story, a crumbling marriage and hidden secrets of Word War 2, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a must read for anyone who wants to be stimulated and challenged by literature.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is the ultimate business handbook, written by Peter Thiel, a highly successful entrepreneur and investor. It is a practical and insightful guide to unlocking your creativity and imagination to create value and build a better world. This is a must read for aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone wanting to explore intellectual theories and drivers of entrepreneurship.
Written by Sharon Moalem MD PhD, Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives–and Our Lives Change Our Genes dives into the concept of the flexibility of our genes and how our brains adapt over time, quashing the belief that all of our genetic make-up is predetermined at conception. Instead, they are shaped by other factors such as lifestyle, stress and nutrition.
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