Ryan Holiday
Book Recommendations

  • The Makers of Rome

    The Makers of Rome

    The Makers of Rome

    Plutarch
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.18 (2,052)

    These nine biographies illuminate the careers, personalities and military campaigns of some of rome's greatest statesmen, whose lives span the earliest days of the republic to the establishment of the empire. selected from plutarch's roman lives, they include prominent figures who achieved fame for their pivotal roles in roman history, such as soldierly marcellus, eloquent cato and cautious fabius. here too are vivid portraits of ambitious, hot-tempered coriolanus; objective, principled brutus and open-hearted mark anthony, who would later be brought to life by shakespeare. in recounting the lives of these

    Ryan Holiday

    I strongly recommend this

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  • Meditations

    Meditations

    Meditations

    Marcus Aurelius
    4.22 (164,598)

    Written in greek by the only roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the meditations of marcus aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. while the meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, marcus aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers throughout the centuries.

    Ryan Holiday

    To me, this is not only one of greatest books ever written but perhaps the only book of its kind.

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  • Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic

    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
    Philosophy
    4.35 (26,830)

    The power and wealth which seneca the younger (c.4 b.c. - a.d. 65) acquired as nero's minister were in conflict with his stoic beliefs. nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. the stoic philosophy which seneca professed in his writings, later supported by marcus aurelius, provided rome with a passable bridge to christianity. seneca's major contribution to stoicism was to spiritualize and humanize a system which could appear cold and unrealistic.selected from the epistulae morales ad lucilium, these letters illustrate the upright ideals admired by the stoics and

    Ryan Holiday

    After Marcus Aurelius, this is one of my favorite books.

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  • The 33 Strategies of War

    The 33 Strategies of War

    The 33 Strategies of War

    Robert Greene
    Conduct of life
    4.16 (15,313)

    Robert greene’s groundbreaking guides, the 48 laws of power, the art of seduction, and his latest book, mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field. in the 33 strategies of war, greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series.spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, the 33 strategies of war is a comprehensive guide to the

    Ryan Holiday

    Of course you also need to read 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Chuck Palahniuk
    4.18 (539,419)

    Chuck palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. fight club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of tyler durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. there, two men fight "as long as they have to." this is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.

    Ryan Holiday

    I'm amazed how many young people haven't read this book. Truly life-changing.

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  • Tough Jews

    Tough Jews

    Tough Jews

    Rich Cohen
    3.84 (879)

    In an l.a. delicatessen, a group of brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the jewish gangsters of yesteryear. meyer lansky. bugsy siegel. louis lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of murder, inc. red levine, the orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the sabbath. abe "kid twist" reles, who looked like a mama's boy but once buried a rival alive. these are just some of the vibrant, vicious characters rich cohen's father reminisced about and the author evokes so pungently in tough jews.tracing a

    Ryan Holiday

    It's an amazing book

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  • The Aeneid

    The Aeneid

    The Aeneid

    Virgil
    3.85 (114,890)

    The aeneid – thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure – has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians.virgil’s epic tale tells the story of aeneas, a trojan hero, who flees his city after its fall, with his father anchises and his young son ascanius – for aeneas is destined to found rome and father the roman race. as aeneas journeys closer to his goal, he must first prove his worth and attain the maturity necessary for such an illustrious task. he battles raging storms in the mediterranean, encounters the

    Ryan Holiday

    The Aeneid was far and away the most quotable, readable and memorable of all of them. There's no other way to put: the story is AMAZING.

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  • Plutarch's Lives Volume 2

    Plutarch's Lives Volume 2

    Plutarch's Lives Volume 2

    Plutarch
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.18 (2,967)

    Offers biographies of Greek and Roman leaders and compares their personal qualities and accomplishments.

    Ryan Holiday

    Clearly the master of this genre. I strongly recommend Plutarchs Lives Vol. I & II

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  • The Net Delusion

    The Net Delusion

    The Net Delusion

    Evgeny Morozov
    Computers
    3.67 (1,717)

    "the revolution will be twittered!" declared journalist andrew sullivan after protests erupted in iran in june 2009. yet for all the talk about the democratizing power of the internet, regimes in iran and china are as stable and repressive as ever. in fact, authoritarian governments are effectively using the internet to suppress free speech, hone their surveillance techniques, disseminate cutting-edge propaganda, and pacify their populations with digital entertainment. could the recent western obsession with promoting democracy by digital means backfire?in this spirited book, journalist and social commentator evgeny morozov shows

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • The Strategy Paradox

    The Strategy Paradox

    The Strategy Paradox

    Michael E. Raynor
    Business & Economics
    3.91 (266)

    A compelling vision. bold leadership. decisive action. unfortunately, these prerequisites of success are almost always the ingredients of failure, too. in fact, most managers seeking to maximize their chances for glory are often unwittingly setting themselves up for ruin. the sad truth is that most companies have left their futures almost entirely to chance, and don’t even realize it. the reason? managers feel they must make choices with far-reaching consequences today, but must base those choices on assumptions about a future they cannot predict. it is this collision between commitment

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • The Power Broker

    The Power Broker

    The Power Broker

    Robert A. Caro
    4.35 (18,592)

    One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the pulitzer and the francis parkman prizes, tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century new york (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that robert moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in new york, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today.in revealing how moses did it--how

    Ryan Holiday

    It took me 15 days to read all 1,165 pages of this monstrosity that chronicles the rise of Robert Moses.

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  • Fragments

    Fragments

    Fragments

    Heraclitus
    Philosophy
    4.19 (6,170)

    In the sixth century b.c.—twenty-five hundred years before einstein—heraclitus of ephesus declared that energy is the essence of matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. his great book, on nature, the world's first coherent philosophical treatise and touchstone for plato, aristotle, and marcus aurelius, has long been lost to history-but its surviving fragments have for thousands of years tantalized our greatest thinkers, from montaigne to nietzsche, heidegger to jung. now, acclaimed poet brooks haxton presents a powerful free-verse translation of all 130 surviving fragments of the teachings of

    Ryan Holiday

    While most of the other practical philosophy recommendations I'm making are bent towards hard, practical advice, Heraclitus might seem a bit poetic.

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  • The Moviegoer

    The Moviegoer

    The Moviegoer

    Walker Percy
    Fiction
    3.67 (26,218)

    The dazzling novel that established walker percy as one of the major voices in southern literature is now available for the first time in vintage paperback. the moviegoer is binx bolling, a young new orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a bourbon street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the "treasurable moments" absent

    Ryan Holiday

    The Moviegoer is exactly the novel that every young kid stuck in their own head needs to read.

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  • Candide

    Candide

    Candide

    Voltaire
    Fiction
    3.77 (242,083)

    Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." on the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. fast, funny, often outrageous, the french philosopher's immortal narrative takes candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings

    Ryan Holiday

    I read this book as I waited for my wedding to start... the book is a light hearted satire that pokes fun at optimism, philosophy, politics, and power

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  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    Edmund Morris
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.18 (52,268)

    Selected by the modern library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timedescribed by the chicago tribune as "a classic," stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. the publication of on september 14th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of theodore roosevelt becoming president.

    Ryan Holiday

    Dr. Drew recommended this book to me, it is spectacular. He's my favorite president.

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  • Sherman

    Sherman

    Sherman

    B. H. Liddell Hart
    History
    4.18 (344)

    When liddell hart's sherman was first published in 1929, it received encomiums such as these: "a masterly performance . . . one of the most thorougly dignified, one of the most distinguished biographies of the year." -- henry steele commager, new york herald tribune "it is not often that one comes upon a biography that is so well done as this book. nearly every page bears evidence of the fact that it is the product of painstaking and exhaustive research, mature thought, and an expert understanding of the subject in

    Ryan Holiday

    This was someone I knew little about before I read the book, and by the end of it found myself referencing and thinking of him constantly.

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  • Edison

    Edison

    Edison

    Matthew Josephson
    Inventors
    Religion
    4.03 (213)

    Regarded as the classic standard biography on thomas edison. it is the only biography written in the last 40 years to be recommended by the official voice of the caretakers of the edison laboratory national monument in new jersey which houses all of edison's original records, sketches, notes, correspondence and memoranda. depicts edison as a pivotal figure in america's economic and industrial revolution success and at the same time as a human being, including his exploitative and, at times, crude qualities.

    Ryan Holiday

    I read a really good biography of Edison by Matthew Josephson called Edison: A Biography.

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  • Average Is Over

    Average Is Over

    Average Is Over

    Tyler Cowen
    Business & Economics
    3.64 (2,004)

    The widening gap between rich and poor means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: if you’re not at the top, you’re at the bottom.the global labor market is changing radically thanks to growth at the high end—and the low. about three quarters of the jobs created in the united states since the great recession pay only a bit more than minimum wage. still, the united states has more millionaires and billionaires than any country ever, and we continue to mint them.in this eye-opening book, renowned economist and bestselling author tyler

    Ryan Holiday

    In terms of business/economics, this is one of the more important books I've read in a long time. I even keep a framed passage from it on my wall

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  • The Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    N. K. Sandars
    3.71 (88,464)

    Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of gilgamesh, king of uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating homer by many centuries. the story tells of gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the babylonian noah and the secret of immortality. alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, the epic of gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind’s eternal struggle with the fear of death.the

    Ryan Holiday

    Reading the classic epics can feel like work but there is value in it. These works are timeless and universal.

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  • Sex on the Brain

    Sex on the Brain

    Sex on the Brain

    Deborah Blum
    Social Science
    3.68 (280)

    Go beyond the headlines and the hype to get the newest findings in the burgeoning field of gender studies. drawing on disciplines that include evolutionary science, anthropology, animal behavior, neuroscience, psychology, and endocrinology, deborah blum explores matters ranging from the link between immunology and sex to male/female gossip styles. the results are intriguing, startling, and often very amusing. for instance, did you know that. . .? male testosterone levels drop in happy marriages; scientists speculate that women may use monogamy to control male behavior? young female children who are in

    Ryan Holiday

    One of the better books on evolutionary biology that focuses almost entirely on the biological and psychological differences between men and women.

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  • How to Live

    How to Live

    How to Live

    Sarah Bakewell
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.96 (9,240)

    How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love--such questions arise in most people's lives. they are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? how do you do the good or honourable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? this question obsessed renaissance writers, none more than michel eyquem de montaigne (1533-92), perhaps the first truly modern individual. a nobleman, public official, and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before.

    Ryan Holiday

    I like Sarah Bakewell's book How to Live. It's like a series of essays about Montaigne, who invented the essay.

    May 6, 2014 — Source

  • The Fish That Ate the Whale

    The Fish That Ate the Whale

    The Fish That Ate the Whale

    Rich Cohen
    History
    4.08 (4,674)

    When samuel zemurray arrived in america in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. when he died in the grandest house in new orleans sixty-nine years later, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. in between, he worked as a fruit peddler, a banana hauler, a dockside hustler, and a plantation owner. he battled and conquered the united fruit company, becoming a symbol of the best and worst of the united states: proof that america is the land of opportunity, but also a classic example of

    Ryan Holiday

    The book sucked me in completely. Everyone I've recommended it to loves it.

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  • Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

    Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

    Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

    George Horace Lorimer
    Fiction
    4.08 (1,595)

    This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

    Ryan Holiday

    I wish my father had written me stuff this good.

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  • Totto-chan

    Totto-chan

    Totto-chan

    Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.37 (25,660)

    Ryan Holiday

    The book has sold something like 5 million copies in Japan alone (an insane number).

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury
    Fiction
    3.98 (1,961,406)

    Guy montag is a fireman. his job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” but when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books

    Ryan Holiday

    Mentioned on Ryan Holiday's twitter account

    Oct 11, 2015 — Source

  • Mastery

    Mastery

    Mastery

    George Leonard
    Self-Help
    4.08 (8,593)

    "the pracitcal wisdom in george leonard's book will have a great influence for many years to come." —michael murphy, author of and drawing on zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author gorge leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help

    Ryan Holiday

    So read his book Mastery so that you can figure your lifes task and how to dedicate yourself to it.

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  • Ulysses S. Grant

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Brooks D. Simpson
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.14 (131)

    Washington, lincoln, grant--these were once the triumvirate of american nationalism. but, like his tomb on the hudson, grant's reputation has fallen into disrepair. the image many americans hold of him is a caricature: someone "uniquely stupid," an insensitive butcher as a general, an incompetent mediocrity as president, and a drunk. several efforts to counter this stereotype have often gone too far in the other direction, resulting in an equally distorted laudatory portrait of near-perfection. in reading the original sources, brooks d. simpson became convinced that grant was neither a bumbling

    Ryan Holiday

    And I read a really good biography of Ulysses S. Grant called Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity that I loved a lot.

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  • The Score Takes Care of Itself

    The Score Takes Care of Itself

    The Score Takes Care of Itself

    Bill Walsh,Craig Walsh,Steve Jamison
    Business & Economics
    4.25 (3,616)

    Bill walsh is a towering figure in the history of the nfl. his advanced leadership transformed the san francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty that won three super bowls. in the process, he changed the way football is played-pushing it into the twenty-first century. walsh is famous for his strategic brilliance and innovations, such as the west coast offense, but his enlightened philosophy of leadership was just as crucial, if not more so, to the unprecedented success of his teams. and that philosophy of

    Ryan Holiday

    Even if you've never watched a down of football, you'll get something out of this book. Bill Walshs book certainly met that high standard.

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  • The War of Art

    The War of Art

    The War of Art

    Steven Pressfield
    Self-Help
    3.98 (87,832)

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss'podcast

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  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

    Mordecai Richler
    Fiction
    3.72 (8,306)

    From mordecai richler, one of our greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, duddy kravitz -- in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. duddy -- the third generation of a jewish immigrant family in montreal -- is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious. from his street days tormenting teachers at the jewish academy to his time hustling four jobs at once in a grand plan to "be somebody," duddy learns about living -- and the lesson is an outrageous roller-coaster

    Ryan Holiday

    What a book. Its not as good as What Makes Sammy Run but its so damn good.

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  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Rex Gibson,Richard Andrews,William Shakespeare
    Drama
    4.03 (813,102)

    Among shakespeare's plays, "hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. among actors, the role of hamlet, prince of denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. now kenneth branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom first assembled for the oscar-winning film "henry v", gather here to perform the rarely heard complete version of the play. this clear, subtly nuanced, stunning dramatization, presented by the renaissance theatre company in association with "bbc" broadcasting,

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • The River of Doubt

    The River of Doubt

    The River of Doubt

    Candice Millard
    History
    4.11 (61,282)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, the river of doubt is the true story of theodore roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.the river of doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.after his humiliating election defeat in 1912, roosevelt set his sights on the

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • My Bondage and My Freedom

    My Bondage and My Freedom

    My Bondage and My Freedom

    Frederick Douglass,John David Smith
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.36 (11,052)

    Ex-slave frederick douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor william lloyd garrison-catapulted douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for american blacks, both freed and slave. written during his celebrated career as a speaker and newspaper editor, my bondage and my freedom reveals the author of the narrative of the life of frederick douglass (1845) grown more mature, forceful, analytical, and complex with a deepened commitment to the fight for equal rights and liberties. edited

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • Up from Slavery

    Up from Slavery

    Up from Slavery

    Booker T. Washington
    African American civil rights workers
    4.03 (32,017)

    Booker t. washington, the most recognized national leader, orator and educator, emerged from slavery in the deep south, to work for the betterment of african americans in the post reconstruction period. "up from slavery" is an autobiography of booker t. washington's life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all americans. washington reveals his inner most thoughts as he transitions from ex-slave to teacher and founder of one of the most important schools for african americans in the south, the tuskegee industrial institute.

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • 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

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • Here Comes Everybody

    Here Comes Everybody

    Here Comes Everybody

    Clay Shirky
    Business & Economics
    3.77 (7,337)

    'here comes everybody' is an examination of how the spread of new forms of social interaction enabled by technology is changing the way humans form and exist within groups, with profound long-term economic and social effects, for good and for ill.

    Ryan Holiday

    You need to read them

     — Source

  • History of the Peloponnesian War

    History of the Peloponnesian War

    History of the Peloponnesian War

    M. I. Finley,Thucydides
    3.86 (32,722)

    Written four hundred years before the birth of christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between athens and sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. thucydides himself (c.460-400 bc) was an athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. he applied thereafter a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this factual record of a disastrous conflict.

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    Budd Schulberg
    Fiction
    4.2 (237)

    Budd schulberg's celebrated novel of the prize ring has lost none of its power since its first publication almost fifty years ago. crowded with unforgettable characters, it is a relentless expose of the fight racket. a modern samson in the form of a simple argentine peasant is ballyhooed by an unscrupulous fight promoter and his press agent and then betrayed and destroyed by connivers. mr. schulberg creates a wonderfully authentic atmosphere for this book that many critics hailed as even better than what makes sammy run? "the quintessential novel of

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • The 48 Laws of Power

    The 48 Laws of Power

    The 48 Laws of Power

    Robert Greene
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.15 (98,234)

    In the book that people magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” robert greene and joost elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of machiavelli, sun tzu, and carl von clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from henry kissinger to p.t. barnum. some laws teach the need for prudence (“law 1: never outshine the master”), others teach the value of confidence (“law 28: enter action with boldness”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (“law 15: crush your

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • Reveille for Radicals

    Reveille for Radicals

    Reveille for Radicals

    Saul Alinsky
    Political Science
    3.8 (519)

    Legendary community organizer saul alinsky inspired a generation of activists and politicians with , the original handbook for social change. alinsky writes both practically and philosophically, never wavering from his belief that the american dream can only be achieved by an active democratic citizenship. first published in 1946 and updated in 1969 with a new introduction and afterword, this classic volume is a bold call to action that still resonates today.

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • Rules for Radicals

    Rules for Radicals

    Rules for Radicals

    Saul D. Alinsky
    3.75 (7,326)

    First published in 1971, rules for radicals is saul alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. like thomas paine before him, alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • Essays and Aphorisms

    Essays and Aphorisms

    Essays and Aphorisms

    Arthur Schopenhauer
    Philosophy
    4.16 (7,336)

    One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, schopenhauer believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. this selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women and many other themes is taken from schopenhauer's last work, parerga and paralipomena, which he published in 1851. he depicts humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, each individual absolutely free within a godless world in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation. this

    Ryan Holiday

    Recommended read on Ryan Holidays' Meditations on Strategy and Life

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  • My Life and Battles

    My Life and Battles

    My Life and Battles

    Jack Johnson
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.97 (37)

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    Computers
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    Jessica Livingston
    Business & Economics
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    Business & Economics
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    History
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    Political Science
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    Fiction
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    Robert Coram
    Biography & Autobiography
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    Computers
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    History
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    Robert Wright
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