Think & Explore
Welcome to a list of books and podcasts that make us think, spark ideas, change the way we think, and read and listen to again (and again).
It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness | By Sylvia Boorstein
A quick read that hits at the center of many of modern life’s worries and toils that offers ways to navigate them and life in general.
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire | By Alex Von Tunzelmann
A tragic history of colonization and the intractable ramifications left behind by the hubris of the British Empire.
The Abandonment of the West | By Michael Kimmage
A critical review of history of American foreign policy and the steady decay of tenets of Western/liberal democracy.
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, The Untold History of English | By John McWhorter
A quick read on why the English language is such a fun, confusing hot mess.
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger | By Han Van Meegeren
A fascinating, true story I recommend for any art lover.
Heart of Darkness | By Joseph Conrad
A classic novella that I re-visited 30 years after my first read and that I appreciated even more now with greater maturity.
THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
This has been my top recommendation for 20 years. It addresses the ethos questions of “How should I live?” and “How can I have the best life possible?”
THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP
Written by highly successful Navy SEALs, the concept of servant leadership is a core focus as is how to attack problems with a warrior mindset.
THE FIFTH RISK: UNDOING DEMOCRACY
This book offers insight into how the government really works and why much of the work it does do is falsely maligned. A lot of very good information.
THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER
Do you want to understand how our country was formed? This read is critical to understanding this!
This is an amazing book, one that offers an insightful take on a man who was often misunderstood but whose contributions to the foundations of America’s prosperity and power cannot be understated.
This is a great read and while it focuses specifically on Jiu Jitsu, the concept of how to succeed at a physical sport when your body is aging can be applied across a variety of sport-related pursuits.
THINKING: FAST AND SLOW
A fascinating story about a friendship that introduced behavioral finance to the world. You will better understand how your brain processes information after reading this. Incredible details on the formation of Israel as well.
THE POWER OF HABIT: WHY WE WHAT WE DO IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
Thoughtful read that helps you understand how habits are at the core of everything you do and how to manage them to our benefit. Favorite quote from the book:
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”
BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
I’m a fan of Malcolm Gladwell. This is a great read that provides compelling information on our instinctive decision-making process, specifically how and when to trust your gut in areas where you have expertise.
THE UNDOING PROJECT: A FRIENDSHIP THAT CHANGED OUR MINDS
An outsider looks at the lives of Daniel Kahneman (Think Fast and Slow) and Amos Tversky, his professional partner. A fascinating book that shares insights into the personalities and life experiences of these two researchers.
OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
Have you heard of the theory that it takes 10,000 hours to master something? Outliers looks at success as it relates to opportunity and time on task, as well as a variety of other factors that contribute to a person’s success. Easy to read and thought provoking!
THAT USED TO BE US: HOW AMERICA FELL BEHIND IN THE WORLD IT INVENTED AND HOW WE CAN COME BACK
One of the key books Rick and I have read which helped to guide us in our charitable focus. An eye-opening analysis of America’s malaise with solutions for how to best address our problems and once again become the nation we were in decades gone by.