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So today I thought I would do another book recommendation video,
but I do want to tell you up front,
that this is a little bit
different than my previous book recommendation video,
which was all about books I think that every student should read.
By contrast, this is a list of the
best books that I personally read this year,
so while every book on this list is educational
又有实用性 我也不是说如果你是一个学生的话 就必须读这些书
and I found to be very useful, I’m not necessarily going to say that you have to read this bookif you’re a student,
but I do think
that you’ll find a lot of the books,
on this list interestingno matter who you are.
Case in point,
the first book on my list is The Code Book by Simon Singh. Now,
this is a book
that teaches you all about the history
and the ins and outs of cryptography,
the science of encodingand decoding messages.
The book basically gives you a comprehensive overview of this topic
and it starts all the way back
in Roman times and goes over Caesar ciphers and monoalphabetic substitution ciphers,
moves onto polyalphabeticsubstitution ciphers
and then goes
into the modern day and covers things like Diffie-Hellman key exchange
and public private key cryptography and even quantum cryptography. Now,
the book is lacking alittle bit in practical details
about how to secure your online life,
though we did do a podcast episode all about that
that you can check out in the description down below,
but it is an absolutely fascinating read
and I could not put it down once I started reading it.
Second on my list is Essentialism:
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
and we did have to look up how to pronounce
that on Forvo before making this video, so I
‘m pretty sure I have that right, but if
you’re Irish, then you can correct me.
It is an Irish name, right?
– [工作人员] 不清楚
– [Man] No idea.
– Boy, now I have to look that up.
– [工作人员] 他们有人说读McKeown
– [Man] Also, one of them said McKeown.
– This book talks allabout how to prioritize
the most important thingsthat you’re doing in your life
and focus on those things, howto work without distraction
and this book was really important for me
because as an entrepreneur and a creative person,
I get a ton of ideas and
if I don’t keep my mind restrained
a little bit, I’m easilyable to just go off
and get distracted on a new idea before finishing something
that I’m already working on,
so reading this book really shifted my mindset
and made me take single-minded focus on an important task
a lot more seriouslythan I had in the past
and this was one book
that we did talk about on the podcast,
so if you want an overview or a summary of it,
I’ll have a link in the description down below.
The third book on my list is a big one. Debt:
The First 5,000Years by David Graeber
was a fascinating read, and admittedly,
I’m actually not done with this book yet, but I
am about halfway through and it is really really interesting if you
have any sort of inclination towards reading about economics.
I actually heard about this book back when I watched the money episode
of the Crash Course World History Series with John Green
and the idea that it exploresis really fascinating. Basically,
in classical economics they teach this idea that
before money there was barter. Basically,
before you had coins to trade with, you
took your cow to the market and you lopped off part
of its leg and you traded that for some rice,
but the thing is while this theory is taught in most
intro to economics textbooks, anthropologists have found almost no record
of any society that ever used pure barter
before the development of money.
Instead they used informal debt bonds,
which eventually becameformalized by the development
of money and IOUs andbanking and so forth. Anyway,
again, this is not the kind of
book that’s gonna help you balance your own
checkbook or save more money efficiently, but it is
a fascinating introduction into how economics really works.
Next up on my list isthe Elon Musk biography
by Ashlee Vance and you mayhave seen this one coming
since I did make an ElonMusk video pretty recently.
I’ve been getting more and more into reading biographies and
in the past couple of years I’ve read biographies on
Jeff Bezos, on Steve Jobs, and on Elon Musk
and I have to say the one
on Elon Musk inspired me the most and I came away with more respect
for him than I did for the other two. Obviously,
all three of these men are or were wildly successful
and they all definitely had glaring flaws
that I don’t wanna emulate,but out of the three,
I came away with the feelingthat Elon Musk has this
just driving motivation toimprove humanity as a whole.
That’s the reason I made my video
on Musk in the first place
and listening to his biography,
because this is one that I
did listen to as an audiobook,
was really motivating for me.
It made me wanna put moreeffort into my own work.
Book number five on my list is The Big Short by Michael Lewis. Now,
if you’ve seen any of my conversations with
my friend Taha on Twitter, you will know that The
Big Short is my favorite movie of all time
and earlier this year, after watching the movie for probably the third time,
I decided it was high time
that I actually read thebook that it was based on
and this book is an excellent overview
of exactly why the financialcrisis of 2008 happened,
so if you have any interest inrecent history and economics
and why the markets allcrashed the way they did
and how corrupt the system really was,
this book is a fascinating read
and it’s honestly a lot of fun to read as well,
though it will probably also make you mad.
All right, book number six on my list
is How To Not Be Wrong: The Power
of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg.
Like the title implies,this is a book about math,
but before you go clicking out of this video if you don’t like math,
it is not a math book.
You’re not gonna have to work on problems.
It is a simple introductionto certain math concepts.
In fact, he has one pagethat teaches you calculus
in one page, at least thefundamental concepts of it,
and moreover, this book spendsa lot of time talking about
statistics and how statisticsare misinterpreted or misused
by the media or
by people who have an agenda to further,
so by reading this book, even if you
don’t go pick up a math minor in
university or study the concepts further,
it is going to give you amore intuitive understanding
of statistics and you’re gonnabe able to more accurately
interpret the ones yousee in your everyday life.
Book number seven
on my list is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
and this is another book thatwe covered on the podcast
this year and it is probably
the best book I have ever read
for when you are strugglingwith procrastination.
This book is basically a meditation on the work
of an artist, the daily consistent work
put in over years and years.
It deals a lot with theconcept of resistance
and how to defeat it, and honestly,
if you have a lot of trouble putting inconsistent daily work
into things that you’re striving to do,
this is a really good read.
Book number eight
on my list is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
and I picked this book up because, as
you might have heard in my previous video,
I’ve been really into cooking recently. Now,
this book, while wildly entertaining,
is not a how-to on the science of cooking.
There actually is a book called The Science
of Cooking which I also picked up but am not doing with yet,
but this book is moreof an exposé on the life
of a professional cook andif you’ve ever watched any
of Anthony Bourdain’s TV shows before,
you will know that he is an incredibly entertaining guy
and that definitely transfersover to his writing. Now,
I will say that this book did
why it’s on this list.
If it was just entertaining,
I probably wouldn’t have put it on there.
It actually has a chapter that talks
about why restaurant food tastes different than the food
you make at home and he
also talks a little bit about
some of the basic tools
that you can add to your kitchen
to be a better cook yourself,
but for the most part,
the book is mainly full of stories
of Bourdain’s time as acook and eventually a chef,
and because it’s Anthony Bourdain and because he
does narrate the audiobook, I highly recommend listening
to it rather than reading it.
And finally, the ninth book
on my list is Good To Great by Jim Collins
and this book was reallyuseful to me as an entrepreneur
because it’s all about how companies go from good or mediocre to great.
The entire book is based on a five-year-long study
that looked at data from hundreds of different companies
and identified the ones thatspent a really long time
in the mediocre zone and thenfinally had a transition point
to greatness that was sustained and I took a lot of
lessons away from this book that I tried to apply to
my work and to my own company, but one of
the most important was the concept of Level 5 Leadership.
The book explains that a Level 5 Leader
is somebody who embodies two incredibly important characteristics. First,
they have an indomitablewill and work ethic.
They’re willing to put
in whatever it takes to further the goals of the company,
but at the exact sametime, they are humble.
They live by that excellentquote from Harry Truman.
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish
“if you do not care who gets the credit.”
After I read that, I took that to heart.
I realized that I run a
business where my face is basically on everything,
but there are a lot of elements that I
have been able to let go that have actually
improved because I’ve done that.
So guys, that is my list of the best books
that I’ve read this year and I would love to hear from you.
What are the best booksthat you’ve read this year?
Let me know down in the comments. Also,
I have all these books linked in the description below,so you can check them out
if you want and for the ones
that we did happen to analyze
on the podcast, I will have links to those podcast episodes as well.
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