Daniel Pink
Book Recommendations

  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    George Orwell
    Domestic animals
    3.97 (3,167,153)

    Librarian's note: there is an alternate cover edition for this edition of this book here.a farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. with flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. when animal farm was first published, stalinist russia was seen as its target.

    Daniel Pink

    Oh my god, Animal Farm is on one the greatest books ever.

     — Source

  • Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Viktor E. Frankl
    Existential psychotherapy
    4.36 (522,974)

    Psychiatrist viktor frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. at the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. man's

    Daniel Pink

    that's a hugely important book for me.

     — Source

  • Death of a Salesman

    Death of a Salesman

    Death of a Salesman

    Arthur Miller,Lawrence Till
    Drama
    3.55 (206,237)

    'for a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. he don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. he's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.'willy loman has been a salesman for 34 years. at 60, he is cast aside, his usefulness now exhausted. with no future to dream about he must face the crushing disappointments of his past. he takes one final brave action, but is he heroic at last?, or

    Daniel Pink

    I had a completely different view of Death of a Salesman once I became a father versus before I became a father.

     — Source

  • Levels of the Game

    Levels of the Game

    Levels of the Game

    John McPhee
    Sports & Recreation
    4.25 (2,105)

    This account of a tennis match played by arthur ashe against clark graebner at forest hills in 1968 begins with the ball rising into the air for the initial serve and ends with the final point. mcphee provides a brilliant, stroke-by-stroke description while examining the backgrounds and attitudes which have molded the players' games.

    Daniel Pink

    And one of the best McPhee books I've read

     — Source

  • A Sense of Where You Are

    A Sense of Where You Are

    A Sense of Where You Are

    John McPhee
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (1,531)

    When john mcphee met bill bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. a sense of where you are, mcphee's first book, is about bradley when he was the best basketball player princeton had ever seen. mcphee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. but athletic prowess alone would not explain bradley's magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself—his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense

    Daniel Pink

    a remarkable book

     — Source

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    Stephen R. Covey
    Character
    4.14 (624,238)

    When stephen covey first released the seven habits of highly effective people, the book became an instant rage because people suddenly got up and took notice that their lives were headed off in the wrong direction; and more than that, they realized that there were so many simple things they could do in order to navigate their life correctly. this book was wonderful education for people, education in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life.but not everyone understands stephen covey’s

    Daniel Pink

    which I thought was a pretty good pitch.

     — Source

  • The Plot Against America

    The Plot Against America

    The Plot Against America

    Philip Roth
    Fiction
    3.77 (59,724)

    In an astonishing feat of narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of american history. in 1940 charles a. lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected president. shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding" with adolf hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-semitism.for one boy growing up in newark, lindbergh's election is the first in a series of ruptures that threatens to destroy his small, safe corner of america - and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.(back

    Daniel Pink

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss podcast

     — Source

  • Cumulus

    Cumulus

    Cumulus

    Eliot Peper
    Intelligence officers
    3.68 (1,002)

    Lilly miyamoto is a passionate analog photographer striving to pursue an ever more distant dream. huian li is preeminent among the silicon valley elite as the founder and ceo of the pervasive tech giant cumulus. graham chandler is a frustrated intelligence agent forging a new path through the halls of techno-utopian royalty. but when huian rescues lilly from a run-in with private security forces, it sets off a chain of events that will change their lives and the world.the adventure accelerates into a mad dash of political intrigue, relentless ambition,

    Daniel Pink

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss podcast

     — Source

  • The War of Art

    The War of Art

    The War of Art

    Steven Pressfield
    Self-Help
    3.98 (87,832)

    Daniel Pink

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss podcast

     — Source

  • Infomocracy

    Infomocracy

    Infomocracy

    Malka Older
    Fiction
    3.58 (5,389)

    It's been twenty years and two election cycles since information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. the corporate coalition party heritage has won the last two elections. with another election on the horizon, the supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.with power comes corruption. for ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. for domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle

    Daniel Pink

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss podcast

     — Source

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Guy Cardwell,Mark Twain
    Fiction
    3.82 (1,204,974)

    A nineteenth-century boy from a mississippi river town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave, encountering a family involved in a feud, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and tom sawyer's aunt who mistakes him for tom.

    Daniel Pink

    ...there are relatively few books that I have re-read.

     — Source

  • Oranges

    Oranges

    Oranges

    John McPhee
    Literary Collections
    4.07 (2,679)

    A classic of reportage, oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. it contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on florida's indian river, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of ben hill griffin of frostproof, florida who may be the last of the individual orange barons. mcphee's astonishing book has an

    Daniel Pink

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss podcast

     — Source