Books

I struggle to find good book recommendations, there is no single source of book recommendations on the internet that appeals to my specific taste, it also doesn’t help that my taste keeps changing with the wind. I use this ‘books’ category to organise the thoughts and the library, like stamps in a passport.

The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Story telling at its finest, what a fantastic book. I was inspired to read this one from watching the show called “inside Bills Brain” on Netflix. Walter tells some fascinating stories of the personal computer revolution and really how innovation works. Some great concepts that I have taken and use regularly. What talents allowed certain …

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Greenlights: Raucous stories and outlaw wisdom from the Academy Award-winning actor – Matthew McConaughey

Its an unusual book – not the standard Autobiography as each chapter has one or more notes taken from his diaries, real raw unfiltered ideas from his mind onto the page. There is an overarching narrative of the timeline of his life to now. Would recommend for a fun read. “From the Academy Award®-winning actor, …

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity – Stephen Pinker

This book was a necessary read because of the culture of violence I experienced in South Africa, why, who, what, needed to be answered. I got some answers but not all. Hefty in both volume and messaging, this books chronicles our (human) proclivity for violence with some sobering ideas about how far we have come …

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The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879 : Rise and Fall of the Great Zulu Nation

This book was personal for me, having spent so much time in Natal in my teens on famliy holidays, this book really brought home some of the things I had seen whilst on holiday whilst not really appreciting how difficult it was to exist on the dolphin coast. Read this if you want to learn …

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