Ray Dalio
Book Recommendations

  • The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

    The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

    The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

    Paul Kennedy
    Business & Economics
    4.12 (5,118)

    "a work of almost toynbeean sweep... when a scholar as careful and learned as mr. kennedy is prompted by contemporary issues to reexamine the great processes of the past, the result can only be an enhancement of our historical understanding.... when the study is written as simply and attractively as this work is, its publication may have a great and beneficient impact. it is to be hoped that mr. kennedy's will have one, at a potentially decisive moment in america's history.""important, learned, and lucid... paul kennedy's great achievement is that

    Ray Dalio

    the best thing I’d read in the past year.

    Sep 16, 2019 — Source

  • An Unquiet Mind

    An Unquiet Mind

    An Unquiet Mind

    Kay Redfield Jamison
    Psychology
    4.01 (72,931)

    Ray Dalio

    The experience not only taught me a lot about how brains work but why creative genius often exists at the edge of insanity

    Sep 16, 2019 — Source

  • River Out of Eden
    Ray Dalio

    So to understand the laws of nature, which we’re all subject to, I’d recommend this book.

    Feb 1, 2018 — Source

  • Originals

    Originals

    Originals

    Adam Grant
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (45,597)

    In originals the author addresses the challenge of improving the world from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. how can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents

    Ray Dalio

    overwhelmingly favourable

    Sep 16, 2019 — Source

  • No Rules Rules

    No Rules Rules

    No Rules Rules

    Erin Meyer,Reed Hastings
    4.32 (15,437)

    There has never before been a company like netflix. it has led nothing short of a revolution in the entertainment industries, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue while capturing the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people in over 190 countries. but to reach these great heights, netflix, which launched in 1998 as an online dvd rental service, has had to reinvent itself over and over again. this type of unprecedented flexibility would have been impossible without the counterintuitive and radical management principles that cofounder reed hastings established from

    Ray Dalio

    Reed, his people, and his culture are all of star quality. I recommend his book

    Sep 9, 2020 — Source

  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces

    The Hero With a Thousand Faces

    The Hero With a Thousand Faces

    Joseph Campbell
    Social Science
    4.12 (38,194)

    The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today--and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.myth, according to campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; campbell's book, like star wars,

    Ray Dalio

    a little bit dense, but it’s so rich, it’s a good one.

    Sep 13, 2017 — Source

  • Super Mind

    Super Mind

    Super Mind

    Norman E. Rosenthal
    3.47 (431)

    Most of us believe that we live in only three states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleep, and dreaming. but there is so much more. in super mind, clinical psychiatrist and bestselling author norman e. rosenthal, m.d., shows how the incredibly simple daily practice of transcendental meditation (tm) can permanently improve your state of mind during the routine hours of waking life--placing you into a super-mind state of consciousness where you consistently perform at peak aptitude. in his most ambitious and practical book yet, rosenthal shows how tm is more than a

    Ray Dalio

    It gave me an equilibrium that really helped me.

    Jan 24, 2018 — Source

  • The Lessons of History

    The Lessons of History

    The Lessons of History

    Ariel Durant,Will Durant
    History
    4.11 (12,849)

    In this illuminating and thoughtful book, will and ariel durant have succeeded in distilling for the reader the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their four decades of work on the ten monumental volumes of "the story of civilization." the result is a survey of human history, full of dazzling insights into the nature of human experience, the evolution of civilization, the culture of man. with the completion of their life's work they look back and ask what history has to say about the nature, the conduct and the

    Ray Dalio

    These fabulous historians who wrote thousands of pages of history distilled it down into these 104 pages

    Jan 24, 2018 — Source

  • Beyond Religion

    Beyond Religion

    Beyond Religion

    Alexander Norman,Dalai Lama XIV
    4.02 (5,566)

    Ten years ago, in his best-selling ethics for a new millennium, his holiness the dalai lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. now, in beyond religion, the dalai lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. transcending the mere “religion wars,” he outlines a system of ethics for our shared world, one that gives full respect to religion. with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the dalai lama makes a stirring appeal for

    Ray Dalio

    His view was that prayer and meditation seemed to have similar effects on the brain in producing feelings of spirituality

    Sep 16, 2019 — Source

  • Einstein's Mistakes

    Einstein's Mistakes

    Einstein's Mistakes

    Hans C. Ohanian
    3.61 (156)

    Although einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his ground-breaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious misconceptions in physics to blatant errors in mathematics. for instance, einstein's first theoretical proof of the famous formula e = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for many years, but he never found a complete proof (better mathematicians did). in this provocative forensic biography, hans c. ohanian dissects this and other mistakes and places them in the context of einstein's turbulent life

    Ray Dalio

    Dalio read this book in 2011

    Sep 16, 2019 — Source

  • Einstein's Mistakes

    Einstein's Mistakes

    Einstein's Mistakes

    Hans C. Ohanian
    3.61 (156)

    Although einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his ground-breaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious misconceptions in physics to blatant errors in mathematics. for instance, einstein's first theoretical proof of the famous formula e = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for many years, but he never found a complete proof (better mathematicians did). in this provocative forensic biography, hans c. ohanian dissects this and other mistakes and places them in the context of einstein's turbulent life

    Ray Dalio

    The book was given to me because people know that I like that stuff.

    Feb 1, 2018 — Source

  • The Upside of Inequality

    The Upside of Inequality

    The Upside of Inequality

    Edward Conard
    Business & Economics
    3.22 (244)

    2016 portfolio/penguin hardcover, edward conard (unintended consequences: why everything you’ve been told about the economy is wrong). using fact-based logic, conard tracks the implications of an economy now constrained by both its capacity for risk-taking and by a shortage of properly trained talent—rather than by labor or capital, as was the case historically. he uses this fresh perspective to challenge the conclusions of liberal economists like larry summers and joseph stiglitz and the myths of “crony capitalism” more broadly. -amazon

    Ray Dalio

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

    Sep 16, 2019 — Source

  • From Bacteria to Bach and Back

    From Bacteria to Bach and Back

    From Bacteria to Bach and Back

    Daniel C. Dennett
    3.77 (2,667)

    How did we come to have minds? for centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. disciples of darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?in from bacteria to bach and back, daniel c. dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. a crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share

    Ray Dalio

    about the evolution of the mind

    Sep 13, 2017 — Source

  • The Making of the Fittest

    The Making of the Fittest

    The Making of the Fittest

    Sean B. Carroll
    Nature
    4.07 (2,984)

    Dna is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. but, very recently, an important new aspect of dna has been revealed—it contains a detailed record of evolution. that is, dna is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.in the pages of this highly

    Ray Dalio

    I’m fascinated by evolution. I think evolution is the greatest force in the universe.

    Sep 13, 2017 — Source

  • A Magic Web

    A Magic Web

    A Magic Web

    Christian Ziegler,Egbert G. Leigh
    4 (6)

    The tropical forest of panama's barro colorado island is a luxuriant community of plants and animals, pulsating with life and offering an astonishing view of nature's myriad processes. what does the forest look like? how do the activities of this forest's plants and animals create a community? now, in a magic web, photographer christian ziegler and ecologist egbert leigh invite readers to enter the marvelous world of barro colorado island. this book provides a unique combination of the spectacular photography of a picture-book and clear, authoritative text written by an

    Ray Dalio

    I’m fascinated by evolution. I think evolution is the greatest force in the universe.

    Sep 13, 2017 — Source

  • The Undoing Project

    The Undoing Project

    The Undoing Project

    Michael Lewis
    3.95 (55,692)

    Forty years ago, israeli psychologists daniel kahneman and amos tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics. one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, kahneman and tversky’s extraordinary friendship incited a revolution in big data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of michael lewis’s own work possible. in the undoing project, lewis shows how their nobel prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

    Ray Dalio

    I’m fascinated by evolution. I think evolution is the greatest force in the universe.

    Sep 13, 2017 — Source