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Good non-fiction books

 
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Hi all , I want to read some good non-fiction books to learn some new about life , please suggest me some good books. I don't want to read any biography or historical books.
 
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I enjoyed these a lot, and learned from them:

Hofstadter Gödel, Escher, Bach

Jared Diamond Collapse

Levitt/Dubner Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics
 
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It's a bit dated, but I still enjoy reading A Brief History of Time, by Steven Hawking. In the same vein, but for an easier read, A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson.
 
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Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs and Steel

Alan Watts - The Book

Lao Tzu - The Art of War
 
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I believe Art of War was written by Sun Tzu (to my knowledge, Lao Tzu is more related to Taoism than warfare).

Few books I would recommend:

Fooled by Randomness - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Golemann
God is not Great - Christopher Hitchens
Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan
48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene
The Art of Seduction - Robert Greene
33 Strategies of War - Robert Greene
Marriage and Morals - Bertrand Russell
Philosophy of Leibniz - Bertrand Russell
God Created the Integers - Stephen Hawking

@Bobby, as a matter of fact, it is almost impossible to recommend a single book (or even a short list). What is your particular interest (philosophy, self help, psychology, economics, medicine)?

In case you just want to learn new things about life, I would recommend books by Edward De Bono, Malcolm Gladwell, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Robert Greene. For self help - Stephen Covey, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill and biographies/autobiographies of successful people.

I hope this helps.
 
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@Anayonkar Shivalkar

thanks for your awesome book list. Actually , I get hurt easily. I stress too much. I want to be emotionally strong so my being too emotional doesn't jeopardize my work or studies. I have been betrayed many times in life.
So , I guess I need psychological and self-help books.

 
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Hi Bobby,

In this case, I would recommend Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Golemann. A couple of chapter from this book actually deals with anatomy of human brain (and it seems more like neurology book than psychology book), but apart from that, it is quite decent book.

Some more books:
The Greatness Guide - Robin Sharma
Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times - David Viscot
Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale (if you are atheist or do not follow any religion, then you may skip this book)

Also, as I've mentioned, biographies/autobiographies of successful people are also good help:
iCon Steve Jobs (forgot the author name ) - personally, I like this book more than recent exclusive biography of Steve Jobs (by Isaacson)
Losing my Virginity - Sir Richard Branson
Any biography of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Alva Edison
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie
The Last Lecture - Joshua Bloch

All the Best!
 
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thank you so much , Anayonkar.
 
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Contagious - Why things catch on.
 
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Anayonkar Shivalkar wrote:I believe Art of War was written by Sun Tzu (to my knowledge, Lao Tzu is more related to Taoism than warfare).


Ah, you are correct. Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching. I've read both, just can't keep the authors straight.
 
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Déjà vu
 
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J. Kevin Robbins wrote:Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs and Steel

Alan Watts - The Book

Lao Tzu - The Art of War


I own (and have actually read) all three of these. I would also recommend The Watercourse Way by Watts.

I would recommend Bound to Please by Michael Dirda. His biography is also well written. I was pleasantly surprised that I grew up literally around the corner and down the block from him, and read the same books as he while growing up.

I'm not a fan of Hitchens, as suggested by Anayonka Shivalkar. I found Hitchen's argument to be centered around the if you believe in G-D, you are an idiot ideology. I'd recommend The God Delusion by Dawkins. If you can get through the first four or five chapters, it's not a bad read. As a counterpoint to both, There is a God by Antony Flew.

As posted by others, the list of books is enormous. I am at home, looking at my personal library, asking myself what I would recommend. I cannot come up with a single book. Not even sure I could limit it to a couple of dozen. So I thought I would tell you what I am currently reading. Outside of three of the Shannara books by Terry Brooks, and an assortment of learn java in X days kind of things, I just picked up The Wisdon of the Native Americans, Auschwitz: A New History and The Manhattan Project. Yes, I am sad and pathetic and I read 6-8 books at a time.

The only recommendation I really have is this: If you find that you are not interested in a given book, put it down and find another. There are too many good books calling out to be read, and not enough time to read them all.

Regards,
Robert

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. Ray Bradbury
 
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Gravity's Engines by Caleb Scharf
The Extravagant Universe : Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos by Robert Kirshner

Both books make complicated subjects understandable without using math.
 
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Here's a book I read just recently:

"Wrong -- Why Experts* Keep Failing Us--and How to Know When Not to Trust Them"

by David H. Freeman. Once you have read it you will realize why many of the other books recommended in this thread are... wrong.
 
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