Top Ten Books of 2006
From what I read last year, here’s a short list of ten of the books I read recently in 2006 that I enjoyed and would recommend (not in any particular order):
Out – Natsuo Kirino
A great, gory, tension filled, murder mystery from Japan.
Beasts of No Nation – Uzodinma Iweala
12 yr old child is forced to join a guerilla army in Africa. He does what he has to do to survive and hides when he can. Escape is his only hope.
Shantaram – David Gregory Roberts
An Australian escapes from prison and hides in Bombay amongst gangsters and slum dwellers. Soon to be a movie starring Johnny Depp.
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – Suketu Mehta
City of Dreams. City of Nightmares. City of the Vada Pav eaters. Love it, hate it – but read Mehta’s book and you’ll live it. Simply unputdownable!
The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East – Robert Fisk
A great history of the Middle East from one of the world’s best known journalists on the subject. If you read only one Middle East History book in your life – let it be this one.
The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama on relationships, health, family, meditation, work, spirituality and how to find inner peace while facing these struggles.
Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini
A study of reasons why people comply, are persuaded or influenced. A must read for everyone.
The Art of Expressing the Human Body – Bruce Lee, John Little
Secrets from the Dragon. Probably the best book ever on diet, exercise and physical conditioning. If you want to look like Bruce Lee – this is the book.
The Art of Possibility – Rosamund and Benjamin Zander
There is a “universe of possibility” in everything. How we can look at things in life, work, money, opportunities, etc, and also learning to think outside the box instead of making assumptions that hinder our personal and professional growth.
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High – Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler.
The art of saying what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, friend, child, or spouse.