Due to the rigorous schedule I had in September, I only read two new books and reread two fantastic ones.
Re-reading a book is another way of showing how much you have grown. Rereading a favourite book is like getting a warm, reassuring hug because it affirms your deepest held beliefs.
Here is my reading list for September 2022:
1. Surrounded by Psychopaths by Thomas Erikson
After finishing this book, you will have a much better understanding of the various techniques that people use to deceive you, as well as their mode of operation and how to identify psychopaths.
I think it’s a cool book if you want to understand human behaviour.
2. Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing by Vaclav Smil
This book is one of the reasons why Vaclav Smil is among my favourite authors. What makes America an economic superpower is brilliantly laid out by him in this book.
He describes in great detail one by one each of the innovations that were the foundation upon which the American economy was formed.
3. The Man Who Broke Capitalism by David Gelles [Part of September’s Lora Book Club review]
This book by David Gelles is one of those books that should come with a warning label if books were to have warning labels. Your perspective on how destructive the business world has been will shift as a result of reading this.
David Gelles exposes the terrible and destructive aspects of the corporate mindset and practices that were THE BIBLE in the 1980s and 1990s and are still widely used today, making this a challenging read for anybody with morals [Bezos, Musk].
4. Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos by Jeff Bezos, Walter Isaacson [Reread]
I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this book. Over the course of 25 years, the continuity with which Jeff Bezos has communicated his vision and messages to shareholders amazed me. This book was a collection of different speeches that Bezos has given, in addition to letters that he has sent to shareholders.
There are so many entrepreneurship lessons to take from this book. Only looking back can connect the dots… It’s a journey from entrepreneurship basics. Bezos excels at blending long-term patience and short-term action.
Books are more than just a repository for facts and insights, they also provide motivation and courage.