Reading List

Reading List

Welcome to our reading list! Below is an archive of our recommended books.

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The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history.

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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, one of the most beloved and bestselling inspirational guides of all time, shows how changing your thought patterns can produce dramatic improvements in your life.

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Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

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The never-before-told story of the computer scientists and the NSA, Pentagon, and White House policymakers who invent and employ cyber wars—where every country can be a major power player and every hacker a mass destroyer.

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

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Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

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The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

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The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security.

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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

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Skyward

Skyward

From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

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The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win

The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win

Every leader must be ready and willing to take charge, to make hard, crucial calls for the good of the team and the mission. Something much more difficult to understand is that in order to be a good leader, one must also be a good follower. This is a dichotomy - a Dichotomy of Leadership.

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

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Since its release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

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Grant

Grant

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"This book’s greatest service is to remind us of Grant’s significant achievements at the end of the war and after, which have too long been overlooked and are too important today to be left in the dark… As Americans continue the struggle to defend justice and equality in our tumultuous and divisive era, we need to know what Grant did when our country’s very existence hung in the balance. If we still believe in forming a more perfect union, his steady and courageous example is more valuable than ever." - Bill Clinton, New York Times Book Review

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People’s War People’s Army: The Viet Cong Insurrection Manual for Underdeveloped Countries

People’s War People’s Army: The Viet Cong Insurrection Manual for Underdeveloped Countries

"America won nearly every major battle during the Vietnam War and decimated the North Vietnamese troops, why then did they lose the war? People’s War People’s Army was written decades ago by the North Vietnamese general who oversaw the Tet Offensive. I wanted to understand the cause for which the North Vietnamese were fighting that would inspire them to keep fighting until a stronger, better equipped military chose to quit the war. Incredibly, to read Giap’s words, is like reading the history of America. Like the Americans versus the English two hundred years before, the North Vietnamese were basically fighting for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." - Simon Sinek, AmazonBookReview.com

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution - a number one international best seller - that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human". One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one - Homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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"So many books set out to show us how to build, but it’s also important to understand why things break. It is astonishing how often history repeats itself - more important, how often human beings repeat their mistakes. Diamond shows us why it is so important for us to understand our present and the choices we can make to determine our future." - Simon Sinek, AmazonBookReview.com

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The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See That Others Miss

The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See That Others Miss

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A riveting study that offers a new perspective on triumphs like Amazon's e-book strategy and Apple's path to market dominance; monumental failures like Michelin with run-flat tires and Pfizer with inhalable insulin; and still unresolved issues like electric cars and electronic health records, The Wide Lens offers a powerful new set of frameworks and tools that will multiply your odds of innovation success. The Wide Lens will change the way you see, the way you think - and the way you win.

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The Science of High Performance

The Science of High Performance

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Develop Mental Toughness, Boost Willpower, Master New Skills, and Achieve Your Goals Faster.  The Science of High Performance is written to show you that each of us is gifted and capable of high performance. The book will show you scientifically backed principles to help you understand the power of your body and mind- and how you can stretch yourselves beyond ‘self created’ false limits. You will understand the principle behind why high performers do perform that way and how that approach is accessible to each of us.

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Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

"Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider's look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head-on, in the moment.

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Warfighting: The US Marine Corps Book of Strategy

Warfighting: The US Marine Corps Book of Strategy

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Warfighting is an authentic American philosophy of action that will thrill the millions of fans of SunTzu's The Art of  War and Musashi's The Book of  Five Rings. This modern classic of strategy and philosophy is the quintessential guide to prevailing in competitive situations, be it war, work, play, or daily living.

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Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22-a double ace with 12 aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He motivated a dejected group of pilots by placing himself under junior officers and challenging them to train him properly. He led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills and becoming a rare triple ace. Olds was a unique individual whose story is one of the most eagerly anticipated military books of the year.

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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

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The Systems Thinker

The Systems Thinker

Essential Thinking Skills For Solving Problems, Managing Chaos, and Creating Lasting Solutions in a Complex World. Find the optimal solutions to your problems. Gain a deep understanding of the “what, why, how, when, how much” questions of your life.

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Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers."

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The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

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The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It's about what Carroll calls "intentional living": weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what's truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It's about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. His new book shows you how to...

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