Ryan Holiday is a business consultant, media strategist, popularizer of science, author of the world famous non-fiction books “Believe me, I lie”, “How strong people solve problems”. Ryan shared with readers of his mailing list a list of books that inspire him and that he would certainly recommend everyone to read.
My Favorite Philosophy Books
Meditations Marcus Aurelius
This is the best book I’ve ever read. I have read it countless times already, and I very often post quotes from the book on my blog, send it to friends, leave it on my desktop to be charged with their power. This is the greatest work on self-development, strengthening one’s own ethical and philosophical ideas about the world, humility and the development of inner strength. If after reading this book nothing changes in you, then you, as Aurelius himself said, “created your own wall of darkness that does not let light through”. Also on this topic, I recommend reading the “Letters of the Stoics” by Seneca and “Philosophy of the Life Path” by Pierre Hado. All these books at one time inspired me to publish my own – “How Strong People Solve Problems.”
My favorite stories
Civil War Stories Ambrose Bierce
Mark Twain, with his inherent wit and sarcasm, is more interesting to most readers than the equally famous American writer Ambrose Bierce. But Bierce is one of those writers who truly described the Civil War, a terrible and terrible conflict in which human stupidity, death and destruction were much more common than courage and heroism. This collection of stories, which is half fiction, half the author’s own memoirs, includes the story “The Accident on the Bridge over Nightingale Creek”, which Kurt Vonnegut called one of the best stories ever written. Too many books about the Civil War are beyond the reach of the average person. They are overwhelmed by military terms, tactics and countless historical figures. But this book is for everyone. Mustread.
Favorite nonfiction book
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival John Wylant
This book is good, very good. The plot is based on the real story of hunting a man-eating tiger in the forests of Siberia. Time of action: 1997. But the book is not only about that. The author talks about the broad Russian soul, describes the psychological struggle of man against a predator with such heartbreaking details that you will be amazed. I have recommended this book to many of my acquaintances and subscribers and have received only positive reviews from all of them. I definitely love her. (Read also “The Shadows of Scuba Divers” by Robert Carson, also a great book on the topic).
Favorite books in the biography genre
Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window Tetsuku Kuroyanagi
This book has sold 5 million copies in Japan alone. Totto-Chan is the star of modern Japanese culture. Many people compare her to Oprah Winfrey. She has her own popular TV show and news channel. The book tells about a girl who lives in post-war Japan and suffers from a lack of attention and irrepressible energy that has nowhere to go. Then she enters a special school “Tomoe”, in which she was helped to reveal all her capabilities and talents. The book tells about the school life of a child. And, at first glance, this is a book for children. But in fact, it will be very useful for people to understand the features of child psychology.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson Robert Caro
I read Caro’s first book, Broker Power, ten years ago. And now that I finally finished The Years of Lyndon Johnson, I realized how much I enjoy reading long books. And Robert Caro is a true master of Longreads. His novel has more than 3000 pages that will fly by completely unnoticed for you. From this book you will learn about many interesting historical facts and features of the human character. Walk this path to the end with Robert Caro. It’s worth it.
My Favorite Business Book
Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son George Lorimer
This book was published over 100 years ago. You might think that it would be a little strange to recommend it now that a lot of things in the world have changed beyond recognition. But in my opinion, this is the best business book I have ever read. This book contains letters (actually fictional) from the old millionaire Gordon Graham to his son. The son has just become an people and is preparing to take over the business from his father. Old Graham in his letters gives him wise instructions on how to do business and run a large company. These helpful tips can be useful to many of us now.
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These are all my recommendations. But I am sure that these books will help you start any business, cope with any difficulties. Forward!