Brian Armstrong
Book Recommendations

  • The Female Brain

    The Female Brain

    The Female Brain

    Louann Brizendine M.D.
    3.84 (12,048)

    This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, "a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women," offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. though referenced like a work of research, brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ("baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't") to birthing ("motherhood changes

    Brian Armstrong

    It was quite good.

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  • Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

    Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

    Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

    Federal Aviation Administration
    4.23 (478)

    Used extensively as a reference source for the faa knowledge exams, this resource includes basic knowledge that is essential for all pilots, from beginning students to those pursuing advanced pilot certificates. this updated guide covers a wide array of fundamental subjects, including principles of flight, aircraft and engine structures, charts and graphs, performance calculations, weather theory, reports, forecasts, and flight manuals. required reading for pilots for more than 25 years and formerly published as an advisory circular (ac 61-23c), this new edition is now listed as an official faa handbook.

    Brian Armstrong

    I'm reading this is as part of getting my private pilots license.

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  • The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

    The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

    The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

    Patrick Lencioni
    4.06 (5,835)

    In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, the five temptations of a ceo, patrick lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. this time, lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization--an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his

    Brian Armstrong

    Another book about building teams, creating clarity in organizations, etc.

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ernest Cline
    Puzzles
    4.24 (1,001,503)

    Librarian's note: an alternate cover edition can be found here the only time teenage wade watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the oasis. wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. but when wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to

    Brian Armstrong

    A compelling picture of how VR might play out.

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  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    Eisenhower in War and Peace

    Eisenhower in War and Peace

    Jean Edward Smith
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.93 (11,196)

    In his magisterial bestseller fdr, jean edward smith gave us a fresh, modern look at one of the most indelible figures in american history. now this peerless biographer returns with a new life of dwight d. eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about america’s thirty-fourth president. as america searches for new heroes to lead it out of its present-day predicaments, jean edward smith’s achievement lies in reintroducing us to a hero from the past whose virtues have become clouded in the mists of history.

    Brian Armstrong

    Was interesting, but a bit too long couldnt get through it all.

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  • The New One Minute Manager

    The New One Minute Manager

    The New One Minute Manager

    Ken Blanchard,Spencer Johnson M.D.
    3.88 (9,297)

    For decades, the one minute manager® has helped millions achieve more successful professional and personal lives. while the principles it lays out are timeless, our world has changed drastically since the book’s publication. the exponential rise of technology, global flattening of markets, instant communication, and pressures on corporate workforces to do more with less—including resources, funding, and staff—have all revolutionized the world in which we live and work.now, ken blanchard and spencer johnson have written the new one minute manager to introduce the book’s powerful, important lessons to a new

    Brian Armstrong

    It was entertaining and easy to read

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  • The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    Richard Dawkins
    Science
    4.14 (158,155)

    Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from darwin, watson, and crick, richard dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of the selfish gene. suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since mendel's work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that "our" genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. that simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven't thought of

    Brian Armstrong

    It was interesting

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  • Learning to Love Yourself
    Brian Armstrong

    It had some interesting exercises to try...

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  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    Adele Faber,Elaine Mazlish
    4.25 (27,520)

    Here is the bestselling book that will give you the know-how you need to be effective with your children. enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down--to--earth, respectful approach of faber and mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.recently revised and updated with fresh insights and suggestions, how to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk is full of practical, innovative ways to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

    Brian Armstrong

    I found this book quite helpful and it changed how I communicate.

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  • Hackers & Painters

    Hackers & Painters

    Hackers & Painters

    Paul Graham
    Computers
    4.06 (8,526)

    “the computer world is like an intellectual wild west, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you’re willing to risk the consequences.” —from hackers & painters: big ideas from the computer age, by paul grahamwe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers. who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care?consider these facts: everything around us is turning into computers. your typewriter is gone,

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • Good to Great

    Good to Great

    Good to Great

    Jim Collins
    Business & Economics
    4.12 (157,248)

    To find the keys to greatness, collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. the findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.the challengebuilt to last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the dna of an enterprise from the very beginning. but what about the company that is not born with

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • Strengths Based Leadership
    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

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  • The God Delusion

    The God Delusion

    The God Delusion

    Richard Dawkins
    Religion
    3.89 (254,858)

    A preeminent scientist - and the world's most prominent atheist - asserts the irrationality of belief in god, and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the crusades to 9/11.with rigor and wit, dawkins examines god in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the old testament, to the more benign (but still illogical) celestial watchmaker favored by some enlightenment thinkers. he eviscerates the major arguments for religion, and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. he shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • Made to Stick

    Made to Stick

    Made to Stick

    Chip Heath,Dan Heath
    3.96 (85,572)

    Mark twain once observed, "a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." his observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus news stories circulate effortlessly. meanwhile, people with important ideas--entrepreneurs, teachers, politicians, and journalists--struggle to make them "stick."in made to stick, chip and dan heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the velcro theory of memory, and creating curiosity gaps. along the way, we

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • When I Say No, I Feel Guilty

    When I Say No, I Feel Guilty

    When I Say No, I Feel Guilty

    Manuel J. Smith
    Self-Help
    4.02 (2,073)

    The best-seller that helps you say: "i just said 'no' and i don't feel guilty!" are you letting your kids get away with murder? are you allowing your mother-in-law to impose her will on you? are you embarrassed by praise or crushed by criticism? are you having trouble coping with people? learn the answers in "when i say no, i feel guilty," the best-seller with revolutionary new techniques for getting your own way.

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand
    Fiction
    3.69 (371,342)

    Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? what is the world’s motor — and the motive power of every man? you will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story. tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life — from the productive genius who becomes

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

    The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

    The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

    Al Ries,Jack Trout
    Marketing
    4.04 (19,048)

    There are laws of nature, so why shouldn't there be laws of marketing?as al ries and jack trout—the world-renowned marketing consultants and bestselling authors of positioning—note, you can build an impressive airplane, but it will never leave the ground if you ignore the laws of physics, especially gravity. why then, they ask, shouldn't there also be laws of marketing that must be followed to launch and maintain winning brands? in the 22 immutable laws of marketing, ries and trout offer a compendium of twenty-two innovative rules for understanding and succeeding

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • Lying

    Lying

    Lying

    Annaka Harris,Sam Harris
    Philosophy
    3.87 (17,310)

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • High Output Management

    High Output Management

    High Output Management

    Andrew S. Grove
    Business & Economics
    4.29 (15,216)

    The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. in high output management, andrew s. grove, former chairman and ceo (and employee number three) of intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. born of grove’s experiences at one of america’s leading technology companies, this legendary management book is a silicon valley staple, equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as ceos and startup founders. grove covers techniques for creating

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • Don't Make Me Think, Revisited

    Don't Make Me Think, Revisited

    Don't Make Me Think, Revisited

    Steve Krug
    4.23 (25,866)

    Since don’t make me think was first published in 2000, over 400,000 web designers and developers have relied on steve krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.in this 3rd edition, steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made don’t make me think a classic-–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. and it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read.if you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made don’t make me think so essential to web

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • The $100 Startup

    The $100 Startup

    The $100 Startup

    Chris Guillebeau
    3.86 (59,466)

    In , chris guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living. still in his early thirties, chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

    The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

    The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

    Alan Cooper
    3.94 (2,679)

    In this book about the darker side of technology's impact on our lives, alan cooper begins by explaining that unlike other devices throughout history, computers have a "meta function": an unwanted, unforeseen option that users may accidentally invoke with what they thought was a normal keystroke. cooper details many of these meta functions to explain his central thesis: programmers need to seriously re-evaluate the many user-hostile concepts deeply embedded within the software development process. rather than provide users with a straightforward set of options, programmers often pile on the bells

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    Richard P. Feynman
    4.25 (181,493)

    A new york times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary american original.richard feynman, winner of the nobel prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with einstein and bohr and ideas on gambling with nick the greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. in short, here is feynman's life in all its

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • The Psychology of Achievement

    The Psychology of Achievement

    The Psychology of Achievement

    Brian Tracy
    4.29 (902)

    The psychology of achievement develop the top achiever's mindset the world's foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs offers an inside look at the thinking that leads to great achievement. drawing on the work of leading psychologists and behavioral researchers, brian tracy -- america's "success mentor" -- demonstrates the attitude, deep self-knowledge and pin-pointed goals that are important factors in achieving great success. he'll help you identify your own "area of excellence" and master the tools that make each achiever tick, including:how to sharpen your natural intuitionhow to

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • Sperm Wars

    Sperm Wars

    Sperm Wars

    Robin Baker
    Psychology
    3.92 (2,731)

    Forse non tutti sanno che:- il 10% dei bambini sono allevati da un uomo che non è il loro padre genetico, anche se crede di esserlo;- meno dell'1% degli spermatozoi eiaculati da un uomo è in grado di fecondare l'ovulo; il rimanente 99% serve solo a ingaggiare guerre sessuali con spermatozoi di altri uomini;- un uomo e una donna, che si trovino nel deserto o in una modernissima città, avranno da due a tremila rapporti sessuali in tutta la loro vita;- raramente le scappatelle vengono scoperte e anche i tradimenti

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • Shoe Dog

    Shoe Dog

    Shoe Dog

    Phil Knight
    Autobiographies
    4.46 (208,007)

    In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, nike founder and ceo phil knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.in 1962, fresh out of business school, phil knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from japan. selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green plymouth valiant, knight grossed $8,000 his first year.

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

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  • The Dip

    The Dip

    The Dip

    Seth Godin
    Business & Economics
    3.8 (31,512)

    In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author seth godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt--until they commit to beating the right dip.every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun...then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. you might be in a dip--a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. but maybe it's really a cul-de-sac--a total dead end. what really sets superstars apart

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

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  • Becoming Steve Jobs

    Becoming Steve Jobs

    Becoming Steve Jobs

    Brent Schlender,Rick Tetzeli
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.06 (17,144)

    #1 new york times bestseller there have been many books—on a large and small scale—about steve jobs, one of the most famous ceos in history. but this book is different from all the others.becoming steve jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about steve jobs. the conventional, one-dimensional view of jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. becoming steve jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the apple cofounder

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • The Singularity is Near

    The Singularity is Near

    The Singularity is Near

    Ray Kurzweil
    Social Science
    3.93 (10,521)

    For over three decades, ray kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. in his classic the age of spiritual machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 14 books that changed the way I think

     — Source

  • Turn the Ship Around!

    Turn the Ship Around!

    Turn the Ship Around!

    L. David Marquet
    Business & Economics

    “One of the 12 best business books of all time…. Timeless principles of empowering leadership.” – USA Today "The best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.” —FORTUNE Since Turn the Ship Around! was published in 2013, hundreds of thousands of readers have been inspired by former Navy captain David Marquet’s true story. Many have applied his insights to their own organizations, creating workplaces where everyone takes responsibility for his or her actions, where followers grow to become leaders, and where happier teams drive dramatically better results. Marquet was a Naval Academy graduate and an experienced officer when selected for submarine command. Trained to give orders in the traditional model of “know all–tell all” leadership, he faced a new wrinkle when he was shifted to the Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine. Facing the high-stress environment of a sub where there’s little margin for error, he was determined to reverse the trends he found on the Santa Fe: poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention rate in the fleet. Almost immediately, Marquet ran into trouble when he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why, the answer was: “Because you told me to.” Marquet realized that while he had been trained for a different submarine, his crew had been trained to do what they were told—a deadly combination. That’s when Marquet flipped the leadership model on its head and pushed for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! reveals how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control to his subordinates, and creating leaders. Before long, each member of Marquet’s crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became completely engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day. The Santa Fe set records for performance, morale, and retention. And over the next decade, a highly disproportionate number of the officers of the Santa Fe were selected to become submarine commanders. Whether you need a major change of course or just a tweak of the rudder, you can apply Marquet’s methods to turn your own ship around.

    Brian Armstrong

    One of 15 books that changed the way I think

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  • The Economics of Microfinance

    The Economics of Microfinance

    The Economics of Microfinance

    Beatriz Armendáriz,Jonathan Morduch
    3.84 (130)

    The microfinance revolution, begun with independent initiatives in latin america and south asia starting in the 1970s, has so far allowed 65 million poor people around the world to receive small loans without collateral, build up assets, and buy insurance. this comprehensive survey of microfinance seeks to bridge the gap in the existing literature on microfinance between academic economists and practitioners. both authors have pursued the subject not only in academia but in the field; beatriz armendariz de aghion founded a microfinance bank in chiapas, mexico, and jonathan morduch has

    Brian Armstrong

    Much of this book was too dense, but it describes what works

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