Book List of 2017

List of books I read in 2017 and their quick summary.

  1. Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas – Steven Poole: Author explains how old ideas(some ancient and some forgotten) how they have applied to modern world with new consequences.
  2. Rise of the Robot – Martin Ford. With advent of automation and machine thinking, world can expect abrupt changes in near future with disruptive economy for most of world’s population.
  3. How to fail at almost everything and still win big – Adam Scotts. His tale of success which fills with many failure and that he says is good thing. Opposite of success is not a failure is his main point of this funny book.
  4. Think like Freak – Steven Dubanar. Author of podcast of Freakonmoic gives practical approach to retrain your brain to break habit from forming bad decisions.
  5. The Power of Habit:Why we do what we do in life and business – Charles Duhigg. Great book explaining why habit is so important and how it works and how to help yourself in business and in life.
  6. But What if We’re Wrong? – Chuck Klosterman. Social commentary of various subject matter with great humor and thought provoking ideas.
  7. The Innovators – Water Issacson. Great stories of so many great people who have worked to make modern digital technology starting with Lovelace & Babbage computer to Google.
  8. Payoff: The Hidden logic that shapes our motivations – Dan Ariely. Great insight on our motivation and what drives us in our work and in our life.
  9. There is Life After the College – Jeffrery Selingo. A journalist who has explored current college situation and offers some solutions for current and incoming college students.
  10. Learning from the Octopus – Rafa Sagarin. Evolution biologist with insights to national security to navigating thorough world geo-politics.
  11. Life of Ignatious of Loyla – Philip Caraman, SJ. Detail life descritpion of founder of Jesuit Society during Reformation era in 1600s.
  12. Sapiens – A brief history of humankind – Yuval Noah Harari. Summary of human history of past 100,000 to present with many insights.
  13. Misbehaving – behavioral economics – Richard Thaler. Summary description of how field of behavorial economic has grown in last 40 years.
  14. Why Buddhism is True – Robert Wright. Author’s journey of mediation and buddhism who shares his findings and insights.
  15. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman. Great insights on inner workings of human mind and exploring ones built in tendencies.

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