100 book recommendations.
This collection of powerful books has more than 5,000 titles on it, and it is a brilliant place to start your own library.
I’ll be going over thetop100 books that I think are worth your time.
To get started, scroll down to read recommendations and descriptions.
Who’s Tai Lopez?
He recently launched a startup company with 2 other men that was co-founded by the 3 of them in a garage in San Diego. The startup company was called “The VaynerMedia Group”.
Tai is just an amazing person. He really wants to inspire other people to live life their best. Not just on IG, but on social media. If you read his book, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Why are Tai’s book recommendations valuable?
Tai is a genius with a lot of knowledge. He has a lot of the world’s knowledge stored in all of those books he reads. I can see why he is so knowledgeable, and he is a valuable source of information.
Tai Lopez’s Top 100 Book Recommendations
Tai Lopez has compiled a list of histop100 books. They’re all different genres, ranging from history to fiction. I’m definitely going to buy them all, and read as many as I can!
1. Managing Oneself – By Peter Drucker
The world today is so competitive that you can be a doctor in China, a lawyer in Mexico, an economist in South Korea or a software engineer in the United States. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, just where you’re going.
People should manage themselves by getting to know themselves better and by learning to manage the strengths and weaknesses they possess.
2. Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind – By David Buss
I have tried to examine human psychology and behavior through the lens of modern evolutionary psychology.
As the name suggests, evolutionary psychology is closely related to psychology as it describes how the human mind evolved, and how it works.
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People – By Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie made millions of people around the world improve their lives.
How to win friends and influence people is a self help book that teaches people how to get out of a mental rut.
4. The Selfish Gene – By Richard Dawkins
Charles Darwin was convinced that he could explain the entire story of evolution based only on mutations and natural selection. It was only later that he realized that it was the gene, not the organism, that is the unit of selection.
The first edition of this book, a best seller when it came out in 1958, was greeted with widespread acclaim. For those who hadn’t heard of it, it made evolutionary biology accessible to the general public. But no one knew what else it might do.
5. The Lessons of History – By Will & Ariel Durant
Durant and his wife have succeeded in distilling for the reader the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their five decades of work in writing The Story of Civilization.
6. Kon Tiki – By Thor Heyerdahl
Heyerdahl went on a journey across the Pacific Ocean to create the Kon-Tiki. He believed that the people of South-Pacific had an age-old relationship with the people of Easter Island and South America, and that the people of Easter Island had settled a remote South Pacific island thousands of years ago.
I took his idea and created a website so that you can join me on my journey.
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7. Civilization & It’s Discontents – By Sigmund Freud
As with the individual’s need for instinctual freedom, an individual’s need for a sense of permanence can be compared to the civilization’s demand for conformity. A person’s need for a sense of permanence is the individual’s demand for a sense of stability. The two are inextricably linked, as a society’s demand for stability necessitates conformity and vice versa.
8. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead – By Jerry Weintraub
He built his career by managing some of the biggest bands in the music business, but he made a fortune from dealing with a lot of the biggest stars in the world. He says, “I’ve been working my whole life. It’s a job. I don’t know that there’s ever been a person who could make a career out of this.
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9. The Story of The Human Body – By Daniel Lieberman
This ground-breaking book will teach you how to use your body to create wealth, not poverty and how to achieve true financial freedom.
From an evolutionary perspective, when the population was small and resources were limited, it was more effective for them to travel long distances to find food. The food they ate was more nutritious and the people they met had smaller babies; they were more healthy.
It is normal to spend most your time nursing, napping, making stone tools, and gossiping with a small band of people.
10. The One Thing – By Gary Keller
You want a plan that works for you and gives you freedom. It’s tough to put together a plan that doesn’t interfere with the rest of your life and you can’t just make it up as you go along.
It’s like saying “I don’t know how to manage my time so I’ll just figure it out as I go along”.
It’s not a plan and that’s why it’s doomed to failure.
People are juggling work and family. This is the major problem with the current working society. And it’s costing companies a lot of money.
11. Riveted – By Jim Davies
This book about human fascination provides a framework for understanding the deep-seated psychology of our need to feel that we are part of a larger purpose and to feel “riveted” to something. It explains how we can be fascinated by science, art, religion, and even sports or superstition, and why we are all fascinated by something.
As a result to what we experience in life, we believe there is something wrong with us, we feel that something is missing or that we are incomplete.
12. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time – By Will Durant
Durant’s conclusion about history is that it is a grand, colorful parade with a parade’s worth of individuals and events. He believes people make history in a major way. As for the most significant eras, he says that the time of the Reformation and the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the development of medicine and surgery. He also points out that individuals in all of these eras are significant but the most significant individuals are the founders of the era.
I do not claim to be able to rank thinkers of any age on a scale of greatness.
So I started writing this list of poets who I find to be great just for writing the way they do. Of course, there are many other reasons that poets are great, and they are great for all sorts of reasons. But I just wanted to write this list about the ones who I found to be great for writing poetry.
13. The Complete Story of Civilization – By Will Durant
The 11 volumes of The Story of Civilization are a series of novels written by American historian Will Durant.
14. Made in America – By Sam Walton
American folklore has a new hero: Sam Walton, the billionaire who parlayed a small, struggling dime store in a poor cotton town into Wal-Mart, the country’s largest retailer.
Sam Walton, the master retailer, started out as a clerk in a little downtown department store near his hometown in Arkansas. With $500, he opened his first store, called Walton’s, in 1957. Over the years, he added a chain of big-box discount stores, Walmart, and became the richest man in the United States.
15. The Decision Book – By Mikael Krogerus
Whether you’re a newly minted MBA, a chronic second-guesser, or just someone eager for a new vantage point, The Decision Book presents fifty models for better structuring, and subsequently understanding, life’s steady challenges. Each model explains why it is chosen and why the model is useful to the reader. This book is a great guide to life’s choices.
This fun and interactive guide explores a series of effective strategies for solving more challenging problems.
The Decisions Book is in 15th place on Tai Lopez’s list of the top 100 books.
16. Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger – By Peter Kaufman
This shorter form of what goes into creating the mind of an investor is a great reference guide, if you are interested in learning more about the mind of a successful investor.
17. Disrupt You! – By Jay Samit
The book explains that businesses have to innovate to compete in the long term.
It is imperative to innovate in your business if you wish to make it successful in the future.
Jay Samit explains that innovating is a continuous process.
You don’t have to innovate every day but you should always be thinking about whether you are innovating or not.
18. Total Recall – By Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography is an engrossing portrait of the human animal. From his impoverished childhood in Austria to his rise to becoming Governor of California and actor, this book is full of fascinating anecdotes and observations, and is a must-read for anyone with an interest in entertainment, politics or sports.
The top 100 book recommendations were compiled by Tai Lopez. A total recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger is 18th on the list.
19. A Few Lessons For Investors and Managers – By Warren Buffett
Peter Bevelin starts the book by stating that his intention is to offer advice from the perspective of a businessperson. He then asks a few questions that are designed to help the reader think about the topic from a business perspective. After the questions, he follows up with a few examples of companies from Berkshire’s portfolio that he would suggest the reader consider buying shares of.
I was really interested in how the relationship between managers and investors can be improved if the managers think about the investors as they would a business partners, not just as customers.
20. Michael Jordan: The Life – By Roland Lazenby
Michael Jordan is one of the most recognizable and successful athletes in the history of sports. This book offers a different perspective of Jordan: the human being, the story behind the story, and the stories that shaped his life.
Jordan was a perfectionist, a star who gave up his free time to learn how to make the most of the game. He also had a competitive streak, a desire to win that sometimes got him into trouble. When he was at his best he was a player like no one else.
21. All Quiet on the Western Front – By Erich Maria Remarque
Paul Baumer enlisted in the army of World War I. As the war ended, they were in the trenches. They found their young, enthusiasm and the willingness to fight, but they also broke.
As horrible war plods on year after year, Paul continues to hold fast to his vow. He tries his best to avoid fights with his fellow soldiers and to avoid his own death at the hands of the enemy. If he could only survive the war, he would make sure that he would never go to war again. He feels that war is barbaric and it is not right that he should have to fight in a war that has no real purpose.
22. The Happiness Hypothesis – By Jonathan Haidt
The book, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, examines the world’s wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims – like : Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or The Golden Rule-can enrich and even transform our lives.
23. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked us – By Michael Moss
Every year, Americans eat more than 3,500 pounds of cheese and 6,500 pounds of sugar. We eat double the recommended amount of salt. Most of that comes from shakers on our tables.
It is important to know that food is often contaminated from the field to the fork.
In the book Sugar, Salt, Fat, in the U.S. we have a high intake of refined sugar, salt, and fat and a low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. This has led the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and other diseases. In the book Food, Inc., investigative researcher César Chávez and his colleagues showed that the food industry is a true industry and is not involved in genuine agriculture and that the process of growing the food we eat is often harmful.
24. Awaken the Giant Within – By Anthony Robbins
The greatest sales trainer in the world teaches how to achieve your most ambitious goals – and enjoy your life while doing it.
Anthony teaches an easy to understand method to master your life, your emotions, your relationships, your body, and your finances. He teaches you how to develop the right thoughts, behaviors, and habits.
Tai Lopez said that Awaken the Giant Within is a good book that will guide you to awaken your inner power.
25. The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty – By J. Randy Taraborelli
The first luxury hotel developed by Conrad Hilton was built in Paris, and it was a huge success. The Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles was another early success for Conrad Hilton.
But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.He was also a closet pedophile, and he also had a serious drinking problem.
26. Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s – By Ray Croc
The man behind the name of McDonald’s started off by selling milkshakes at the back of his family’s grocery store, but then decided to expand into fast food.
His revolution in food service automation, franchising, shared national training and advertising has earned him a place alongside the men who founded not merely businesses but entire new industries.
27. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon – By Brad Stone
Amazon is great, and Amazon is good, but Amazon is also the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices.
In the end, it’s clear that [the company] is losing its [credibility as a market leader].
28. Inheritance – By Sharon Moalem
A physician and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sharon Moalem shows us how the genomics revolution is going to change the way we understand and treat disease.
29. Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters – By Alan Miller & Satoshi Kanazawa
Women and men may fall in love in more or less the same way, but the consequences are often very different. Women and men may also fall in love in different ways, but the consequences are often very similar. The more you know about the biology of love, the easier it becomes to understand why women and men fall in love in different patterns with different consequences.
This book discusses the latest findings discovered by the field of Evolutionary Psychology and shows how people can come to understand themselves better and how they can use that understanding to improve their lives.
30. Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect – By Matthew D. Lieberman
In his book, “The Science of the Soul” (which I highly recommend), renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter.
31. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – By Mihali Csikszentmihalyi
This new edition by Csikszentmihalyi shows how we can control the flow of happiness, not just leave it to chance.
Flow is the state of mind that occurs when you are so engaged in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the activity completely absorbs your attention and you lose yourself in it.
32. The Theory of Everything – By Stephen Hawking
Here, there is a brief introduction to ideas about how the universe began. We begin with a period of expansion and cooling. The second part of the lecture reviews the time of particle creation, the beginning of the universe as a quantum field and how time and space were created.
Newton’s theory of gravity was used to explain the cause of the acceleration of the universe, while Einstein’s theory of gravity explained why the universe was expanding.
33. Contagious – By Jonah Berger
Berger says that online behaviour can be mapped to real-world behaviour by using’social mapping’, which means that we observe the behaviour of individuals when they are in different contexts and draw conclusions from that.
He’s also seen how advertising, marketing, and consumerism shaped the New York Times, and how newspapers, and the media in general, used advertising to build a global empire and to become more news-centric than they’ve ever been before.
34. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics – By Richard H. Thaler
Economic theory has focused on rational actors, individuals that follow a set of self-interested rules, that are driven by an underlying pursuit of monetary gain.
How do we fix the economy? If there’s no way to measure happiness (or economic performance) by comparing it to previous generations, economists will have to change the way they do things.
35. Attached: The Science of Adult Attachment – By Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
In “Attached,” a couple can learn different ways of being in a relationship. The couple can also learn what makes a relationship work.
John Bowlby was the first to write about attachment, which studies child behavior in the context of parent-child relationships. He believed that there were three different ways that people behave in relationships: emotionally attached; relationally independent; and insecurely attached.
36. President Me: The America That’s in My Head – By Adam Carolla
In President Me, Carolla says that we are living in a society where everyone’s rights are being violated and everyone should be looking out for themselves.
Donald Trump said that he is running on an anti-narcissism platform, and he thinks that the country should return to the values of the 1950s when there was no “service dogs” on airplanes.
37. Born to Run – By Christopher McDougall
After years of running and hiding from other people, the Tarahumara have become masters of endurance. In the Copper Canyons, their hidden paradise, they have honed their ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury.
While the Tarahumara have gained world-wide fame for running long distances, many questions remain about their survival in such rugged terrain. With help from a local anthropologist, McDougall sets out to discover their secrets.
He recommended born to run to all the members of my team because I’m really fast.
38. Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influence Sex & Love – By Dr. Marina Adshade
Economics isn’t just about money, it’s also about sex. This book applies the principles of supply and demand to such matters as love, courtship, sex, and marriage.
This site is a comprehensive guide to life in the Big City. At its core, “My Big Gay Bookstore” is the personal story of an ex-pat New Yorker who has chosen to live a life of purpose, and who does so by staying connected to the community she loves most.
Readers can visit the “bookstore” and browse the books, buy the books, enter a book giveaway, learn the history of Gay Lib, and read interviews with some of the most interesting people in the gay and lesbian community.
This is why women can get pregnant while on the pill.
39. The Wealth & Poverty of Nations – By David S. Landes
The book is about why some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty. It is a tour de force that offers new empirical evidence to support theories proposed by Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and others.[Wikipedia Entry]: He is a social scientist and a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
But ultimately, I think the answer is that it is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance.
40. An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth – By Mohandas Gandhi
I decided to follow him in his way. I have learned the secret of his power. I am a Gandhian because I have practiced his philosophy and I have tried to make it work in my own life. Not just in my personal life but also in my work.
41. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – By Michael Pollen
Fast food industry is doing great. They’re getting bigger, they’re becoming more popular. Now they’re even producing organic food. And they’re even introducing it to kids.
Michael Pollan has written the greatest book on food ever written. It is a book that reveals how our food decisions affect not only our health and the health of the Earth, but our survival as a species.
42. The Old Man & The Sea – By Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea is a masterpiece of a book. It is the story of an old man who loses everything at sea to a giant marlin. He struggles against a beast that has the strength of twenty men. A magnificent, epic drama.
“The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway” is one of the most famous books in American literature.
43. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – By Chip & Dan Heath
Health benefits all people – not just employees. This was made possible by a change in thinking. They also make this change by a change in culture.
44. The Millionaire Next Door – By Thomas J. Stanley
The seven common traits of successful millionaires include living in a nice neighborhood, having a work life balance, owning a home in that neighborhood, having a positive outlook, being physically fit, having friends, and enjoying life.
45. Holy Cows & Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food – By Joel Salatin
Holy Cow and Hog Heaven is an online resource that enables customers to easily shop for an abundant menu full of fresh, wholesome food that is bursting with flavor.
46. The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating – By David M. Buss
Buss’s The Evolution of Desire explains how men and women interact and how they choose the mates they want to be with. The book looks at the biological aspects of romantic attraction, how gender differences manifest themselves, and the role of mate preferences in human social relationships. The final section looks at how people try to cope with these differences while still forming meaningful relationships.
47. Lying – By Sam Harris
When we lie, we often end up doing harm or causing hurt to others. The best way to improve society is to tell the truth rather than lie.
He is more focused on white lies because it is the most common type of lie we are most tempted to tell.
48. Eat The Yolks – By Liz Wolfe
The food we eat isn’t good for us, and we don’t eat the right kinds of foods.
A history of avoiding egg yolks, choosing margarine over butter, and replacing the real foods of our ancestors with low-fat, processed, packaged substitutes have left us with an obesity epidemic. As well as ever rising rates of illness and confusion.
49. The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values – By Sam Harris
Sam Harris argues that science can tell us how we ought to be. In this highly controversial book, Harris argues that morality can be linked with scientific facts that will tell us what we ought to do.
50. I Am Ozzy – By Ozzy Osborne
“There are plenty of other people who will say your life’s been a disaster. But I’ve been given my one life to do the best I can with. And I believe I’ve been given my one life to be a success, not just in the literal sense, but in terms of helping people. I’ve been given the opportunity to be a success in helping others, and I intend to use that opportunity. And I intend on being as successful as I can be.
51. Relentless – By Tim Grover
For over 20 years Tim Grover has been helping people go beyond their personal best in order to reach their next level in athletics and other activities. Now, for the first time in print, he shares the secrets to getting there, and shows you how to get there every time.
52. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life & Times of America’s Banana King – By Rich Cohen
“The fascinating, untold tale of Samuel Zemurray, the self-made banana mogul who went from penniless roadside banana peddler to kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary.
“I think they’re going to have a good team,” Zemurray said. “We’re going to have a real good team. I hope we can do something together.”
Zemurray’s comment was a reference to the fact the Tigers had been struggling on offense in recent games.
53. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength – By Roy Baumeister & John Tierney
This book reveals the psychological roots of self-discipline and willpower and helps readers gain the ability to make healthy decisions, improve their relationships, and achieve their dreams.
An excellent book about how to develop willpower and make it an asset in your life.
54. The Essential Drucker – By Peter F. Drucker
It explains the basic principles of management and its problems, challenges and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy and society of tomorrow will demand of them.
55. Beyond Religion: Ethics For A Whole World – By Dalai Lama
What is the nature of reality? Is there a self behind the world? Is the self the same as the body or different from it? What is truth? How can knowledge be acquired? These are questions that have been hotly debated throughout the centuries, but that continue to be debated today. It is this spirit of ongoing inquiry that the Dalai Lama seeks to bring to moral and spiritual issues.
In Beyond Religion, Dinesh D’Souza returns to the conversation at his most outspoken, elaborating and deepening his vision for the nonreligious way–a path to lead an ethical, happy, and spiritual life. This time, he talks about the role of reason in the nonreligious life.
56. No One Understands You & What to Do About it – By Heidi Grant Halvorson
When you’re speaking to someone, do you feel as if you’re not getting through to them, or not getting your point across the way you intend? You’re not alone.
There is something we can do about it. Heidi Grant Halvorson, social psychologist and bestselling author says that if we are misunderstood, we can fix it.
57. Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand & Treat Fear – By Joseph Ledoux
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are very common among youth.
Anxious disorder can create great misery to the individual and society. Fortunately, LeDoux explained that many individuals who suffer from anxiety are able to overcome their phobias through behavioral therapy.
58. Hatching Twitter – By Nick Bilton
The story of Twitter has been told a number of times but the NYT tells it best. It’s a gripping, must-read story that gets inside the minds of the characters involved. It’s clear that Twitter is going to be one of the biggest companies to ever come out of Silicon Valley.
Hatching Twitter is the 58th book recommended by Tai Lopez.
59. The Magic of Thinking Big – By David J. Schwartz
When you adopt the thinking of a successful person, you’ll find you will be much more successful. To learn how to think like one of the greats, you’ll need to adopt the thinking that makes these people great.
60. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – By Robert B. Cialdini
Influence is a classic book. Written over thirty years ago, it describes the psychology of why people say yes. In Influence, Robert Cialdini explains why the way we present ourselves, how we connect, the way we ask questions and more, can all have a profound effect on our ability to persuade others. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in persuasion.
He has learned that when most people change their behavior, they change three things: their actions, their attitudes, and their perceptions.
61. Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential – By John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut
The book explores the science of how we judge each other’s trustworthiness and how we form lasting relationships. Neffinger and Kohut show us how to build the trust we desire with the people around us, whether we’re in business, the arts, the media, medicine, or politics.
62. Fast Food Nation – By Eric Schlosser
The book documents how the fast food industry changed our lives and turned America upside down. What Eric Schlosser revealed is that the fast food industry has made an unbelievable amount of money in North America by taking advantage of the weak regulations on food quality.
63. King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall & Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone – By David Carey
Schwarzman, the founder of Blackstone, went from being a student who worked in a high school library to become one of the biggest investors in America.
They created a company culture that encouraged risk-taking and a willingness to take calculated risks. They also created an institutional structure that prevented them from going out of business if they made a mistake.
64. Crossing the Chasm – By Geoffrey A. Moore
The book shows that in the technology industry, that chasm is not between innovators and early adopters, or between early adopters and early majority, but is between the early majority and the late majority.
65. Cosmos – By Carl Sagan
This book is a gem. Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.
66. Anthropology – By Carol Ember, Melvin Ember & Peter Peregrine
Anthropology, talks about the various branches of anthropology. It helps people understand the various branches of anthropology, and why those branches exist.
In the following chapters you will find examples from the field, from
the lives of anthropologists and their students. These people are
telling stories of their work and lives. We show how the world’s
cultures have been changed, and how these changes are having an impact
upon the anthropologists and their students around the world.
67. How Google Works – By Eric Schmidt
Google’s Official Guide to How Google Works is an entertaining, page-turning primer containing lessons that Eric and Jonathan learned as they helped build the company.
A book about the creative process, with the goal of making people more creative, isn’t complete without a look into the evolution of design and a look into how digital technology is impacting the way we design.
68. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life & Business – By Richard Branson
Some of the advice Richard Branson has learned is to say yes to what you desire most and keep going. He also says that everyone disagrees that you can succeed, so try and try again. And, it’s important to love what you do and your passion is what keeps your life alive.
69. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – By Stephen R. Covey
The most inspiring and impactful book ever written. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, teachers and parents. It has been translated into more than 35 languages and has sold tens of millions of copies.
70. Where Good Ideas Come From – By Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson’s answers are very interesting because he identifies the seven key patterns behind innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines.
With the support of a team of leading anthropologists, Johnson explores and analyses how original ideas come about. By focusing on how the first ideas are generated, Johnson investigates the factors that could explain the timing and frequency of innovation. With a particular focus on the innovation hubs of modern time, he investigates how the same or different approaches are present in very different contexts.
71. King Rat – By James Clavell
In a Japanese Japanese-occupied territory, a very violent man is one of the toughest inmates. He decides to be the leader of the other inmates, which includes the other prisoners and the captors.
He also uses various tricks to fool others, one of which is a very strong ability to feign emotions and to manipulate people. This is the key to manipulating and abusing people.
72. Alaska – By James A. Michener
The story of Alaska’s history and people, spanning millennia, is about to begin. And it starts in the north, where the Alaska wilderness was the battleground of empires, tribes, and countries.
Michener’s characters struggle for their survival in places like the Yukon, Alaska, Greenland, and the Antarctic.
73. The Art of War – By Sun Tzu
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese book about military strategy. In the book, Sun Zi (Shenzi in Chinese) says that a ruler needs to know the enemy’s tactics, skills, and weaknesses, and take advantage of them in order to defeat them.
There is also an application of Sun Tzu’s thought to business and management. The idea is to use the political and military ideas to help your business or organisation succeed.
74. The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value – John Sviokla & Mitch Cohen
John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen are conducting a survey on self-made billionaires. They are curious about how they became so successful.
They wrote that the stories about billionaires are just rumors. These sources that talk about billionaires are not true.
75. Bounce – By Matthew Syed
The author explains that success is not about luck or IQ. It is all about the ability to read the clues that others can’t or won’t see.
People can learn more about how to make the transition from the “Tipping Point” of a social campaign to a “Bounce”.
76. Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior – By Leonard Mlodinow
Neuroscience has made important progress in understanding how the brain works. It is not a static and unchanging thing, but rather a constantly changing structure that is the basis for many subconscious processes.
77. Plowman’s Folly – By Edward H. Faulkner
The most important challenge to the agricultural orthodoxy of the 20th century comes from Mark Twain’s famous novel.
The new approach has also had great impact on the theory of cultivation and has caused a revolution in the art of agriculture.
78. Mother Teresa – By Kathryn Spink
After nearly fifty years as the head of the Calcutta Missionaries of Charity, the Albanian-born Agnes Gonxha Bishku, better known as Mother Teresa, advocated for the poor and homeless.
He and others took advantage of the suffering of others as a source of their own self-fulfillment. All this for the most part without a thought for their own future.
79. Great By Choice – By Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen
Based on nine years of research and bolstered by rigorous analysis, Collins and his colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles of how to build a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, turbulent, fast-moving times.
The book is great. It has all the elements of a classic Collins book, and a lot of good data too.
Great By Choice is one of Tai Lopez’s top 100 books of all time.
80. The Winner Effect – By Ian H. Robertson
I’ve experienced this in my business, and I often advise entrepreneurs who are new in business to be patient and not get discouraged by people who fail them repeatedly.
Success changes the chemical make up of your brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident, and more aggressive. What makes you successful changes you.
81. The Snowball: Warren Buffett & The Business of Life – By Alice Schroeder
When we first met Warren, I was impressed by his self-effacing modesty, his sense of humor, and his open and honest approach to life. He was a man of great integrity with a deep, abiding faith in God. He is a man of the highest human dignity.
Tai’s Top 100 Book Recommendations came out last year.
82. The Story of Philosophy – By Will Durant
As I read Durant’s book, I was always amazed by his ability to be the very best scholar – one who writes brilliantly, in a clear voice even for the non-specialist – while also being the very best writer in the English language.
Durant does an exceptional job of showing the growth and development of the history of philosophy from ancient Greece, through medieval scholasticism and Renaissance humanism, right up to the present day.
83. Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times – By Dennis McDougal
Dennis McDougal is an honest reporter, brave in his approach to what some regard as a low form of journalism. He is also refreshing in his ability to write about real people-the people in the film industry.
Don’t worry about me – I’ve been in this business for over 60 years and I know how to take care of myself.
84. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Freakonomics is a collaboration between famous American economist Stephen J. Dubner and his friend, journalist and writer Levitt. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more.
85. Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Change in Life & in the Markets – By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
86. Guns, Germs & Steel – By Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond has written an interesting book which persuasively argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world.
87. Anti-Fragile: Things That Gain From Disorder – By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
It takes a lot of faith to go against entropy. It takes someone who understands that the best things are the ones that are built to failure.
A resilient system is not able to keep functioning as it should when faced with unexpected attacks.
88. The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul – By Phil Jackson
This year, his team may not have made it through the playoffs, but the lasting memory will be the way he stayed in charge of the team, despite the mounting pressure to step down, with his players.
89. A Brief History of Time – By Stephen Hawking
Hawking explores these ideas in the style that has made him known throughout the world, with his unique combination of mathematical analysis and poetic elegance. His lucid writing style and great wit combine to make this book a must-read for everyone interested in science.
The end will be the same for everyone. The only change will be the way it ends.
90. Principles of Economics – By N. Gregory Mankiw
I’ve found that Mankiw emphasizes material most readers are likely to find interesting. This is an important feature to emphasize, because Mankiw is a professor, and the course is intended for undergraduates. He’s not writing for the general public, so he needs to emphasize the parts of the text that will interest the typical reader.
This book gives you the most important economic facts that you’ll ever need to make important decisions in your life.
91. Super Freakonomics – By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Freakonomics made a huge splash when it was published, and the book went on to sell more than ten million copies and was made into a critically acclaimed movie, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
In this fascinating book, Levitt and Dubner expand on the original Freakonomics. Here they examine some of the more intriguing and surprising economics of behavior.
This book is about the way the world really works. It is revolutionary and controversial in a fresh new way.
92. Testing Advertising Methods – By John Caples
The fifth edition of this work on advertising offers new coverage on smaller businesses, non-profit advertising, as well as techniques of headlines, illustrations, and layouts. There is also more info on small businesses.
93. Smart Pricing – By Jagmohan Raju & Z. John Zhang
Jagmohan explains the need for innovation to thrive and survive in today’s business environment. He also details why pricing is one of the best ways for a company to create and capture value and why customers are drawn to companies that use pricing innovation effectively.
94. How to Get Rich – By Felix Dennis
Felix Dennis started as a college dropout. While his family didn’t have any money, he was happy. He founded a magazine with a friend and he started to use his own money to make himself rich.
95. Pitch Anything – By Oren Klaff
Oren Klaff shows you how your unique personality is a key to winning when you’re pitching. In the latest edition in his bestselling book, he shows you how to break through all the barriers that get to the heart of what your target audience wants.
96. Confessions of An Advertising Man – By David Ogilvy
If you want to find out how to attract more people to your life and your business, this is the book for you. David Ogilvy shares with you the keys you need to unlock the secrets of attracting people into your life and onto your business.
97. How to Be A Billionaire: Proven Strategies From the Titans of Wealth – By Martin S. Fridson
The book provides a fresh look into the stories behind the wealth of some of the most successful people ever to live. The book examines the business strategies of the “self made” who made it big on their own.
The real-life stories of the richest men and women in the world, including Ross Perot, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet. With the focus on the principles of success, How to Be a Billionaire will point you towards the way to making real money while being a billionaire.
The 100 greatest nonfiction books of all time are: The Art of War, The Communist Manifesto, How to Be A Billionaire, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and How to Make Love to A Beautiful Woman.
98. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight & Find Your Path Back to Health – By William Davis
Wheat is not real wheat anymore. I was on a wheat-free diet for ten years, in the process of completely eliminating wheat and other grains from my diet. When I finally returned to eating wheat, I experienced all the same health issues that other people experience on a wheat-containing diet. I was surprised to learn that wheat has been part of my diet for decades, and I still hadn’t noticed the changes.
99. Quality Pasture: How to Create it, Manage it & Profit From it – Allan Nation
Â If you are a manager of large cattle operations and you’ve tried other methods but have not seen significant gains, you will benefit from the details of this book. There are many ideas contained in this book that will help you increase the energy of your grazing operation.
100. Human Resource Management – By Robert L. Mathis & John H. Jackson
Prepare for career and HR success with the most current view of the HRM world. This text has set the standard for excellence in human resource management. Mathis/Jackson’s Human Resource Management, Fourteenth Edition, provides the most current look at HRM that is important for career and HR success.
Tai Lopez has an interesting blog that’s chock full of reviews, book recommendations, and awesome things. Also look for interviews with some amazing authors and other cool stuff.
I have never found an author that he didn’t love, and I agree with him that his taste is quite unique.
Tai Lopez is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, where he writes his own blog. You can also find Tai’s other articles on Huffington Post here.
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