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Politics

Twilight of Democracy summary

Twilight of Democracy is a fascinating and personal book by the American-Polish historian, Anne Applebaum, which looks at the threats facing democracy today. What makes this book different from others, is that Applebaum is familiar with many politicians in power around the world today. She recounts how she used to speak to Boris Johnson on […]

Philosophy

Meditations Summary

Meditations is a book unlike any other. It is a collection of thoughts written down by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. At the time of these writings, Marcus was the most powerful man in the world. He commanded the Roman Empire from a position of absolute authority. Marcus did not write down these thoughts with […]

Politics

The Communist Manifesto summary

Whatever you think of communism, The Communist Manifesto remains one of the most important documents ever written. It inspired numerous revolutions across the globe and despite being written in 1848 is still relevant today. Indeed, there are many people around the globe who live in Communist states to this day. Marx and Engels were prophetic […]

Philosophy

On Living and Dying Well summary

On Living and Dying Well is a collection of writing by the Roman politician Cicero. He was a prominent figure in Rome during the time of Caesar before his death under the reign of Antony. Not only was Cicero a politician but he dabbled in philosophy. This book focuses on a selection of his pieces […]

Philosophy

On The Shortness of Life summary

This On The Shortness of Life summary looks at an essay by the Stoic philosopher Seneca who offers us a reminder of the one resource that we are forever running out of, time. This is one of my favourite books I have read in the past few years. It fundamentally changed the way I look […]

Philosophy

The Black Swan summary

The Black Swan is one of the most fascinating books I have read. I had heard of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, before reading the book, but I wasn’t aware how original and eye-opening his thinking was. Reading this book has fundamentally changed the way I think and the way I look at the world. This has […]

Philosophy

Letters From a Stoic Summary

Letters from a Stoic is one of the best books I have read. It’s a unique book that takes a series of letters by the Roman philosopher Seneca, who sent them to his friend Lucilius. In them, we find a variety of lessons that are as relevant as they were when Seneca. The easy thing […]

Finance

Flash Boys Summary

Flash Boys is one of the most interesting books I have read in recent times. It looks at the rise of high-frequency trading in Wall Street and whether the stock market was rigged. I had a limited understanding of the stock market before the reading book, despite investing in stocks by myself, but what I […]

Sports

The Sports Gene Summary

The Sports Gene is a fascinating look at how our genetics and environment impact our sporting ability or lack of it. Even if you’re not a sports fan it’s worth reading. You will learn a lot about our genetic code influences our lives, but also how your environment is a factor too. The author, David […]

Philosophy

Fear and Trembling Summary

Fear and Trembling is one of the most famous works by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. It looks at how Abraham dealt with the realisation that he would have to sacrifice his son to please and what this means for those who wish to pursue faith. Kierkegaard asserts that Abraham had a choice in the […]