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Philosophy

Fooled By Randomness summary

Fooled By Randomness is the first book in Nassim Taleb’s Incerto series, which deals with asymmetries in life. His books are among the most intriguing I’ve come across and I always feel like I learn something new even if I read 20 pages, never mind the whole book! Taleb looks at the fallibility of human […]

Philosophy

Skin In The Game summary

Skin In The Game is the final part of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s five-book Incerto series. This book takes a look at hidden asymmetries in life and showing how we can make better decisions based on how much skin in the game someone, or we, have. The book is not as groundbreaking as The Black Swan, […]

Politics

Utopia For Realists summary

Utopia For Realists is one of the most thought-provoking and inspiring books I have read in a long time. It’s written by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman. That name may sound familiar. That’s because he went viral at the World Economic Forum for deriding billionaires over their lack of commitment to raising taxes to help eradicate […]

Sports

Tiger Woods Book Summary

Tiger Woods is one of the most famous sportsmen to ever live and arguably the greatest golfer ever. His achievements speak for themselves. 15 major championships, 82 PGA Tour wins and hundreds of millions in prize money. He almost single-handily turned the game of golf from a sport that was viewed as stuffy and old-fashioned […]

Philosophy

On The Suffering Of The World Summary

On The Suffering of The World is an essay by the German philosopher Alfred Schopenhauer musing on how suffering is an integral part of humanity. He is considered to be a proponent of philosophical pessimism, although this shouldn’t put you off reading this book! It’s an interesting take on a topic that doesn’t get discussed, […]

History

Serving The Reich Summary

Serving The Reich is an interesting book that looks at physics under Hitler and focuses on the stories of several famous scientists, Max Planck, Peter Debye and Werner Heisenberg. It’s often forgotten that Germany produced some of the best scientists of the 20th century and that the majority of them either left or worked for […]

Philosophy, Politics

The Prince Summary

The Prince is one of the most important political texts ever written. The importance of the book can be signified by the fact that the presented in the book are referred to as Machiavellian, after the author, Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli looks at how political power can be won and maintained. Despite writing the book in […]

Sports

Open Andre Agassi Summary

Andre Agassi was one of the most popular and successful tennis players of recent times. He won 8 grand slam titles becoming one of a select few players to win at least one of each. He was an interesting figure on and off the court and his autobiography is a reflection of this. Open is […]

Culture

Console Wars Summary

If you’re a fan of video games, Console Wars is one book that you will enjoy! The book details Sega’s battle to challenge Nintendo in America during the 1990s. It also charts how Sony entered the market with their hugely successful Playstation console. What’s astonishing when you read this book is realising just how much […]

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The Antilibrary: Unread Books Are The Most Important

If you had visited the home of the Italian philosopher Umberto Eco, before his death in 2016, you would have been blown away by the sheer number of books in his possession. Eco had over 30,000 books in his apartment in Milan and another 20,000 in a vacation house near Urbino. 50,000 books is a […]