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 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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The Sports Gene by David Epstein

‘A wonderful book. Thoughtful…fascinating’ Malcolm Gladwell Do you believe some people are born athletes? Is sporting talent innate or something that can be achieved through endurance and practise? In this ground-breaking and entertaining exploration of athletic success, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and explodes myths …

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Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book―a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world’s top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life’s most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform …

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Principles for Life and Work by Ray Dalio

#1 New York Times Bestseller “Significant…The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” —The New York Times Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization …

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