The books below are all in my personal library and have been enjoyed, not endured. The list is in no particular order.
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Now, into the library:
Dear Reader – Michael Malice
No country is as misunderstood as North Korea, and no modern tyrant has remained more mysterious than the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. Now, celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice pulls back the curtain to expose the life story of the
“Incarnation of Love and Morality.” Taken directly from books spirited out of Pyongyang, DEAR READER is a carefully reconstructed first-person account of the man behind the mythology.
Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance
South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it.
He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior.
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
Fire gave us power, farming made us hungry for more, money gave us purpose, science made us deadly.
This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia.
William Scott Wilson’s translation is faithful to the original seventeenth-century Japanese text while being wonderfully clear and readable.
Food of the Gods – Terence McKenna
A journey to some of the Earth’s most endangered people in the remote Upper Amazon. . . . a look at the rituals of the Bwiti cults of Gabon and Zaire. . . . . a field watch on the eating habits of ‘stoned’ apes and chimpanzees – these adventures are all a part of ethnobotanist Terence McKenna’s extraordinary quest to discover the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. He wonders why, as a species, we are so fascinated by altered states of consciousness. Can they reveal something about our origins as human beings and our place in nature?
Into the wild – Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild examines the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.
Fingerprints of the Gods – Graham Hancock
Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of readers throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history book directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried – but failed – to explain.
Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
FAMINE IS DISAPPEARING
You are at more risk of obesity than starvation
DEATH IS JUST A TECHNICAL PROBLEM
Equality is out, but immortality is in
WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE HOLD?
The Science of Interstellar – Kip Thorne
Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movies jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself. In chapters on wormholes, black holes, interstellar travel, and much more, Thorne’s scientific insights many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible.
Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff
With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time. The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous – and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.
In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.
Going clear – Lawrence Wright
Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its activities have long been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright – armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists – uncovers the inner workings of the church.
Astrophysics for people in a hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable any time and anywhere in the busy day. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reveals just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
The Denial of Death – Ernest Becker
Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize and the culmination of Ernest Becker’s life s work, The Denial of Death is one of the twentieth-centurys great works. In it Ernest Becker passionately seeks to understand the basis of human existence. Addressing the fundamental fact of existence as mans refusal to acknowledge his own mortality, Becker sheds new light on humanity and the meaning of life itself.