Recommended Non-Fiction Books
- Richard Carlson: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … And It’s All Small Stuff, Hyperion, 1997. Essential advice on “simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life”.
- Jared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Penguin Books, 2006. The author describes the central role that environmental abuse has played in the collapse of societies in the past and warns about what is to come in the future unless we change our way of life.
- Thomas L. Friedman: The World Is Flat — A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. For an astute explanation of globalization and its ramifications for everyone.
- Jim Hayhurst, Sr.: The Right Mountain — Lessons from Everest on the Real Meaning of Success, John Wiley & Sons, 1997. For wisdom on understanding the real meaning of personal success.
- William Safire and Leonard Safir: Leadership, Simon & Schuster, 1990. The best quote book ever published on leadership, life and success. All of their other quote books are also excellent.
- Nicholas Taleb: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Second Edition), Random House, 2010. The author brilliantly describes the significant influence of unpredictable major events on history and one’s life, and has little use for so-called experts and their economic and financial predictions.
- Fareed Zakaria: The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, Norton, 2007. Originally published in 2003, this is a brilliant assessment of the political forces competing in the world today and the conditions required for sustainable democracy.