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What books have you gifted or recommended the most? I offer my list, a list of recommendations by famous people and billionaires by Tim Ferris and, I hope, you'll add your favorites in the comments.


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I've found Tim Ferris to be a valuable source of ideas. I've recommended his book, The Four Hour Work Week, to multiple people. Today, he sent out an email listing most gifted books by famous people at this webpage: The Unusual Books That Shaped 50+ Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

Here's his intro to the list:

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One of the questions I ask the most successful people I interview or meet is:

"What book have you gifted most to others, and why?"

Below is a mega-list of the most-gifted and favorite books of 50-60 people like billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, elite athlete Amelia Boone, Malcolm Gladwell, legendary Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink, Dr. Brene' Brown, music producer Rick Rubin, chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, Glenn Beck, Reid Hoffman, Marc Andreessen, and many more.

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Several books appear more than once, which might be where you start your own collection.

Important notes on the list:

  • Bolded books are "most-gifted book" answers.
  • Unbolded books were recommended or mentioned by the guest, but not specifically "most-gifted."
  • Many of these answers were updated or added by guests AFTER their interviews, or the "guests" haven't been on my podcast, so they are only found in Tools of Titans.

The, books among those listed, that I've given away or recommended:

Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces,

Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and

The Writer's Journey (Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez),.

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I've also given away

Robert Wolff's What It Is to Be Human,

Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine

and have recommended:

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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