This page contains a list of books I’ve read and would recommend.  Where possible I’ve provided a link to a copy of the book at Amazon.

Personal/Professional Development

  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B Cialdini) – some interesting pieces of information on the way we interact with others – like the desire to reciprocate (as used by Hare Krishna followers).
  • Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcolm Gladwell) – surely required reading.  Great stories about Bill Gates and others who were born into the right time; doesn’t exactly explain how you can change yourself but highlights some interesting facts.

Personal (Non-Fiction)

  • What You See Is What You Get (Alan Sugar) – although he’s a cantankerous old git, the stories of how he helped develop the Premiership and his awful Hifi and computer products are quite interesting.
  • No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone (Tom Bower) – fascinating look into the way Ecclestone developed Formula 1 motor racing.  It’s hard to believe some of the facts are true; he had quite a hold on people.
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (Walter Isaacson) – surely a must-read for anyone in the tech industry.  Makes you realise how much luck as well as skill was involved in raising Apple from the dead.

Personal (Fiction)

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson) – great stories (need to read the trilogy), especially as the main character starts to develop and you see that there may be a bit of her in all of us.
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (Steig Larsson) – another in the trilogy.
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Steig Larsson) – another in the trilogy.
  • Robopocalypse (Daniel H Wilson) – robots out of control!  What’s not to like about this story?
  • FlashForward (Robert J Sawyer) – great story about the world getting a view of the future and working out how to deal with it.

 


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