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Book recommendations

I am an avid reader, almost always of non-fiction. Here are a recommended list of readings from a wide range of realms. I have suggested only what I have read and found personally useful. 

Enjoy reading.  

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"You have that personal obligation to yourself to make yourself the best product possible according to your own terms. Not the biggest or the most successful, but the best quality – with that achieved, comes everything else."
- Bruce Lee 

Science 

  1. Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari, 2011)

  2. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson, 2003)

  3. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Richard Feynman, 1985)
  4. Einstein (Walter Isaacson, 2007)
  5. Homo Deus (Yuval Noah Harari, 2015)
  6. Brain Rules (John Medina, 2008)
  7. Phantoms in the Brain (V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee, 1998)
  8. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas Kuhn, 1962)
  9. Pasteur's Quadrant (Donald E. Stokes, 1997)
  10. Dragons of Eden (Carl Sagan, 1986)

Strategic Thinking 

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy (Renée Mauborgne, W. Chan Kim, 2004)

  2. The Art of War (Sun Tzu, 500 BC)

  3. Good to Great (James C. Collins, 2001)

  4. Good Strategy Bad Strategy (Richard P. Rumelt, 2011)

  5. Measure What Matters (John Doerr, 2017)

  6. The Winning Way (Anita Bhogle and Harsha Bhogle, 2011)

  7. Execution (Lawrence Bossidy and Ram Charan, 2002)

  8. The Fifth Discipline (Peter Senge, 1990)

  9. Playing to Win (Alan G. Lafley and Roger Martin, 2013)

  10. Strategy Safari (Bruce Ahlstrand and Henry Mintzberg, 1998)
  11. The 4 Disciplines of Execution (Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, and Sean Covey, 2012)
  12. The Halo Effect (Philip M. Rosenzweig, 2007)
  13. In Search of Excellence (Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr., 1982)
  14. The Pyramid Principle (Barbara Minto, 1987)

Design Thinking 

  1. Design Your Thinking (Pavan Soni, 2020)

  2. Change by Design (Tim Brown, 2009)

  3. The Design of Everyday Things (Don Norman, 1988)

  4. Sprint (Jake Knapp, 2016)

  5. Creative Confidence (David Kelley and Tom Kelley, 2013)

  6. The Art of Innovation (Tom Kelley, 2001)

  7. The Ten Faces of Innovation (Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman, 2005)

Spirituality, Self-help   

  1. Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl, 1946)

  2. A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle, 2005)

  3. When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi, 2016)

  4. The Road Less Traveled (M. Scott Peck, 1978)

  5. When Things Fall Apart (Pema Chodron, 1996)

  6. The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle, 1997)

  7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey, 1989)

  8. The Psychology of Money (Morgan Housel, 2020)

  9. Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda, 1946)

  10. Striking Thoughts (Bruce Lee, 2000)

  11. Grit (Angela Duckworth, 2016)

  12. Range (David Epstein)

  13. 12 Rules for Life (Jordan Peterson, 2018)

  14. Emotional Intelligence (Daniel Goleman, 1995)

  15. I'm Ok, You're Ok (Thomas Anthony Harris, 1967)

Leadership and Culture

  1. Extreme Ownership (Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, 2015)

  2. What Got You Here Won't Get You There (Marshall Goldsmith, 2007)

  3. The Everything Store (Brad Stone, 2013)
  4. How Google Works (Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, 2017)
  5. No Rules Rules (Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings, 2020)
  6. Organizing Genius (Warren G. Bennis, 1997)
  7. Indian Icon (Amrit Raj, 2020)
  8. The Firm (Duff McDonald, 2013)
  9. It Happened in India (Kishore Biyani, 2007)
  10. Trillion Dollar Coach (Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle, 2019)

Memoirs and Biographies     

  1. Shoe Dog (Phil Knight, 2016)

  2. The Ride of a Lifetime (Robert Iger, 2019)

  3. Hit Refresh (Satya Nadella, 2017)

  4. Onward (Howard Schultz, 2007)

  5. Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? (Lou Gerstner, 1990)

  6. Only the Paranoid Survive (Andrew Grove, 1988)

  7. Pandeymonium (Piyush Pandey, 2015)

  8. Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson, 2011)

  9. My Life in Full (Indra Nooyi, 2020)

  10. Mind Master (Viswanathan Anand, 2019)

  11. Made in Japan (Akio Morita, 1986)

  12. Made in America (Sam Walton, 1992)

Innovation   

  1. The Innovator's Dilemma (Clayton Christensen, 2000)

  2. The Innovators (Walter Isaacson, 2014)

  3. Creativity, Inc. (Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull, 2014)

  4. Unrelenting Innovation (Gerard J Tellis, 2012)

  5. Reverse Innovation (Chris Trimble and Vijay Govindarajan, 2012)

  6. Crossing the Chasm (Geoffrey Moore, 1991)

  7. Permanent Innovation (Langdon Morris, 2011)

  8. Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators (Chris Trimble and Vijay Govindarajan, 2005)

  9. Driving Honda (Jeffrey Rothfeder, 2015)

Creativity 

  1. Thinkertoys (Michael Michalko, 2006)

  2. Creative Selection (Ken Kocienda, 2018)

  3. Inside the Box (Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg, 2013) 

  4. Where Good Ideas Come From (Steven Johnson, 2010)

  5. Lateral Thinking (Edward de Bono, 1970)

  6. The Medici Effect (Frans Johansson, 2004)

  7. Originals (Adam Grant, 2016)

  8. How to Fly a Horse (Kevin Ashton, 2015)

  9. The McKinsey Way (Ethan M. Rasiel, 1999)

  10. The Rise of the Creative Class (Richard Florida, 2002)

Entrepreneurship and Startups 

  1. Zero to One (Peter Thiel and Blake Masters, 2014)

  2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things (Ben Horowitz, 2014)

  3. The Lean Startup (Eric Ries, 2011)

  4. Business Model Generation (Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, 2010)

  5. That Will Never Work (Marc Randolph, 2019)

Economics, Psychology, Behavior, Thinking   

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman, 2011)

  2. Skin in the Game (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2017)

  3. Nudge (Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, 2008)

  4. Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell, 2008)

  5. Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely, 2008)

  6. The Art of Thinking Clearly (Rolf Dobelli, 2013)

  7. Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1990)

  8. David and Goliath (Malcolm Gladwell, 2013)

  9. Black Box Thinking (Matthew Syed, 2015)

  10. The Checklist Manifesto (Atul Gawande, 2009)

  11. The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell, 2000)

  12. Fooled by Randomness (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2001)

  13. Think Again (Adam Grant, 2021)

  14. Poor Economics (Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, 2011)

  15. Blink (Malcolm Gladwell, 2005)

  16. Antifragile (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2012)

  17. The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2007)

  18. Made to Stick (Chip Heath and Dan Heath, 2007)

Military, History, Arts

  1. 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy (Tim Harford, 2017)

  2. American Sniper (Chris Kyle, 2012)

  3. No Easy Day (Matt Bissonnette and Kevin Maurer, 2012)

  4. India’s Most Fearless (Rahul Singh and Shiv Aroor, 2017)

  5. Lone Survivor (Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson, 2007)

  6. Balidan (Swapnil Pandey, 2023)

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