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Memoirs Bücher: The Audacity of Hope von Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope

Barack Obama
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
4.5 (111 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Audacity of Hope?

The Audacity of Hope is based on a keynote speech Barack Obama delivered at the 2004 Democratic Convention, which launched him into the spotlight of the nation. It contains many of the subjects of Obama’s 2008 campaign for the presidency.

Wer The Audacity of Hope lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in American politics and international affairs
  • Anyone who wants to find out about Obama’s core values

Memoirs Bücher: Business Adventures von John Brooks

Business Adventures

John Brooks
Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
4.2 (121 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Business Adventures?

Business Adventures comprises twelve riveting case studies of key developments in business, economics and finance. While they concern events and companies you may never have heard of, the case studies are highly entertaining and the lessons learned from them are still applicable today.

Wer Business Adventures lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the highlights of modern economic history
  • Decision-makers in the private or public sector who want to avoid the follies of those who came before them

Memoirs Bücher: The Man Who Fed the World von Leon Hesser

The Man Who Fed the World

Leon Hesser
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
4.4 (31 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Man Who Fed the World?

The Man Who Fed the World tells the story of Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and his work in fighting world hunger. The past and future of world agriculture and hunger are examined.

Wer The Man Who Fed the World lesen sollte

  • Anyone curious about how one man saved a billion people from starvation
  • Anyone interested in how agriculture underwent its own “green revolution”

Memoirs Bücher: Bird by Bird von Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.5 (120 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bird by Bird?

Told from the personal perspective of author Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird is a guide toward becoming a better writer and improving your life along the way. Lamott’s distinctive approach, honesty and personal anecdotes make this book a must for writers or anyone who wants to become one.

Wer Bird by Bird lesen sollte

  • Aspiring and professional writers
  • Anyone interested in learning about the writer’s life
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to establish a creative routine

Memoirs Bücher: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks von Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot
4.3 (102 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor tobacco farmer who died from cervical cancer, and her cell strand, HeLa, which scientists used to develop a cure for polio and other diseases. In a fascinating and revealing investigation, author Rebecca Skloot uncovers the history of Henrietta and her family, of the exploitation of black Americans by the medical industry, and of Henrietta’s immortal cells.

Wer The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the history of medicine
  • Anyone interested in the history of the relationship between black Americans and the US medical industry

Memoirs Bücher: The Education of a Value Investor von Guy Spier

The Education of a Value Investor

Guy Spier
My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Enlightenment
4.3 (139 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Education of a Value Investor?

In The Education of a Value Investor (2014), Guy Spier recounts his transformation from greedy hedge-fund manager on Wall Street to a successful value investor. Sharing the incredible story of his career and the wisdom he acquired along the way, Spier has some surprising insights concerning, what he sees as a false choice between leading an ethical life and a financially successful one. With great admiration, Spier also names the people who were most influential to his professional life, explaining the specific effect each of them had on his mindset and career.

Wer The Education of a Value Investor lesen sollte

  • Anyone working as a hedge fund manager and frustrated with traditional business practices
  • Anyone interested in the value-investing philosophy
  • Anyone interested in the personal transformation of Guy Spier

Memoirs Bücher: Fukushima von David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists


David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists
The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
3.9 (64 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Fukushima?

Fukushima (2014) tells the story of how one of the biggest tsunamis in Japan’s history combined with government neglect, corporate interest and propaganda to create the most serious nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The book was written by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit that brings together science and political advocacy.

Wer Fukushima lesen sollte

  • Anyone who believes nuclear energy is “safe”
  • People who want to know more about the Fukushima disaster

Memoirs Bücher: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth von Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield
What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
3.9 (69 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth?

Test pilot and astronaut Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to space walk, and this is his story. He offers insight into life in the space business, from training and lift-off to space research and coming home. He outlines the surprising challenges astronauts face, both off and on this planet, and offers some of the wisdom he gained from leaving our natural home and coming back down to Earth. Even if you never make it to the stars, you’ll find that we have a lot to learn from spacemen.

Wer An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in astronauts
  • Anyone who wants to know what an astronaut actually does
  • Anyone interested in space exploration

Memoirs Bücher: The Art of Asking von Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking

Amanda Palmer
or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
3.5 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Art of Asking?

The Art of Asking (2014) is Amanda Palmer’s personal account of how she developed her philosophy of asking, sharing and connecting. Through these blinks you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how to accept help, reciprocate the generosity of others and build a tight-knit, family-like fanbase to support you in whatever you do.

Wer The Art of Asking lesen sollte

  • Fans of music sensation Amanda Palmer
  • People who struggle to ask for help
  • Artists striving to create a highly connected and helpful fan base

Memoirs Bücher: A Long Way Gone von Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.4 (27 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Long Way Gone?

A Long Way Gone (2007) is a story of how, as a young boy in Sierra Leone, the author found himself caught in a civil war and recruited as a child soldier. You’ll travel alongside during his harrowing journey, eventual rescue and recovery guided through the kindness and grace of loving people.

Wer A Long Way Gone lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in modern history of Sierra Leone
  • Students of history exploring civil wars and warfare
  • People curious about the ongoing plight of child soldiers in Africa

Memoirs Bücher: How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World von Francis Wheen

How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World

Francis Wheen
A Short History of Modern Delusions
3.3 (71 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World?

How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World (2004) takes a detailed look at irrational tendencies and how they have come to pervade and pervert the modern world. These blinks walk you through bogus philosophies, from neoliberal political and economic dogma that predominated in the 1980s to New Age gurus peddling hollow advice and false hope.

Wer How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World lesen sollte

  • Students of history or politics
  • People who feel that there’s something amiss in the world today

Memoirs Bücher: The Sunflower von Simon Wiesenthal

The Sunflower

Simon Wiesenthal
On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
4.1 (19 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Sunflower?

The Sunflower (1969) is an important exploration of forgiveness – both its possibilities and its limitations. We join the author as he attempts to find an answer to an extremely complex question: Can a Jewish concentration camp prisoner forgive a Nazi soldier on his deathbed? There is a range of opinions – from people like Primo Levi and the Dalai Lama – but is there a right answer?

Wer The Sunflower lesen sollte

  • Humanitarians seeking to understand humanity’s potential for good and evil
  • Skeptics who may not believe in the power of forgiveness
  • Pacifists wondering how to end our history of violence

Memoirs Bücher: Vagabonding von Rolf Potts


Rolf Potts
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
4.3 (57 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Vagabonding?

A vagabond himself, Potts details his travel adventures in Vagabonding (2002). Informed by firsthand experience, he outlines what to do and not to do in order to get the most out of hitting the road for the long haul.

Wer Vagabonding lesen sollte

  • Anyone seeking a life less ordinary
  • People looking for an alternative approach to traveling
  • Anyone interested in the accounts of a long-term traveler

Memoirs Bücher: In Cold Blood von Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote
4.2 (66 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in In Cold Blood?

In Cold Blood (1966) tells the true story of a multiple murder that baffled both police and the public in 1959. These blinks recount how investigators gradually unraveled a meticulous yet simple plan devised by two criminals without scruples or remorse.

Wer In Cold Blood lesen sollte

  • Fans of suspense or crime novels
  • Anyone interested in criminal psychology
  • Readers curious about how the true crime genre got started

Memoirs Bücher: On the Move  von Oliver Sacks

On the Move

Oliver Sacks
A Life
4.6 (72 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in On the Move ?

On the Move (2015) is a poignant memoir that tells the story of how Oliver Sacks became an acclaimed writer and neurologist. Published the year of his death, it provides a wistful account of his turbulent young adulthood – detailing his struggle with addiction and addressing his sexuality for the first time in print.

Wer On the Move lesen sollte

  • Fans of Oliver Sacks   
  • Readers interested in medical writing
  • Anyone who likes a good coming-of-age story

Memoirs Bücher: The Devil in the White City von Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City

Erik Larson
Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
3.8 (41 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Devil in the White City?

The Devil in the White City (2003) takes you to Chicago in the 1890s, when the growing city was the host of the World’s Fair amid a time of social upheaval and serious crime. These blinks blend a story of exciting American innovation with the unspeakable acts of one of the world’s first serial killers.

Wer The Devil in the White City lesen sollte

  • Readers with a taste for the creepy
  • True-crime fans
  • American history buffs

Memoirs Bücher: Buffett von Roger Lowenstein


Roger Lowenstein
The Making of an American Capitalist
4.5 (147 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Buffett?

Buffett (1995) tells the tale of Warren Buffett, from his humble beginnings as a boy with a paper route for the Washington Post to his success as one of the newspaper’s largest shareholder. But of course, that’s not all. Today, Warren Buffett is one of the world’s wealthiest people and one of its biggest philanthropists. Find out how he got there, and how he applies his unique mix of hard work, consistency and frugality.

Wer Buffett lesen sollte

  • Investors and traders looking for a role model
  • Stock market junkies
  • Students of business or management

Memoirs Bücher: Fear von Joanna Bourke


Joanna Bourke
A Cultural History
3.8 (61 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Fear?

Fear (2005) explores how fear has shaped cities, parenting, and culture over the past centuries. From the role of fear in war and sickness, to the design of public buildings and the response to the threat of nuclear power, these blinks give us the historical context we need to understand the nature of fear in contemporary society.

Wer Fear lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of sociology and psychology
  • Readers curious about life in the nineteenth century

Memoirs Bücher: Born to Run von Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.3 (179 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Born to Run?

Born to Run (2009) delves into the human capacity for long-distance running. First-hand accounts, an encounter with a secretive ultra-running tribe and cutting-edge research combine to argue for the idea that we may well be born to run.

Wer Born to Run lesen sollte

  • Runners and anyone training for a marathon
  • Armchair athletes
  • Health-conscious people

Memoirs Bücher: The Missionary Position von Christopher Hitchens

The Missionary Position

Christopher Hitchens
Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
3.6 (106 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Missionary Position?

The Missionary Position (1995) tells the true story of the famous nun known as Mother Teresa. These blinks explain how a convincing yet false myth formed around this historic icon whose work and motivations weren’t as noble as we’ve been led to believe.

Wer The Missionary Position lesen sollte

  • People interested in Catholicism
  • Students of religion or modern history
  • All readers interested in the story the mainstream isn’t telling

Memoirs Bücher: When Breath Becomes Air von Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi
4.2 (150 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in When Breath Becomes Air?

When Breath Becomes Air (2016) tells the incredible story of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who was diagnosed with and died from cancer in his mid-thirties. These blinks detail his extraordinary journey in search of the meaning of life in the face of death.

Wer When Breath Becomes Air lesen sollte

  • Philosophers and thinkers
  • Medical students and those interested in the field
  • Anyone who has ever lost a loved one

Memoirs Bücher: Secondhand Time von Svetlana Alexievich

Secondhand Time

Svetlana Alexievich
The Last of the Soviets
4.2 (62 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Secondhand Time?

These blinks give some revolutionary insights into an epoch-making time in Russia’s history. The author presents an oral history of Russia’s transition from Stalinism to capitalism in which she lets people who were there tell their stories. In Secondhand Time (2016), her witnesses tell us what it means to be Russian, then and now. All of them lived through this transitional period, but some did not survive.

Wer Secondhand Time lesen sollte

  • Cultural historians
  • People who want to know more about Russia and the Cold War
  • Readers curious about the Russian reaction to capitalism

Memoirs Bücher: String Theory von David Foster Wallace

String Theory

David Foster Wallace
On Tennis
3.7 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in String Theory?

String Theory (2016) is a collection of essays about tennis by David Foster Wallace. The best players in the world sacrifice their lives so that they can entertain us, but their sacrifice elevates them to a level of greatness that the rest of us lowly mortals will never achieve.

Wer String Theory lesen sollte

  • Tennis players who wonder if there is really such a gap between them and the best players
  • Sports enthusiasts who are looking for an incisive analysis of what makes a great athlete
  • David Foster Wallace fans who want to see another side of his brilliant mind

Memoirs Bücher: Option B von Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Option B

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
4.3 (95 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Option B?

Option B (2017) is based on the personal experiences of Sheryl Sandberg who, after losing her husband, fell into a period of deep mourning. However, Sheryl’s story is not one of despair; it’s one of perseverance, and of emerging from a horrible experience even stronger than before. Discover what Sheryl learned about the grieving process and how she was able to reclaim her joy, find meaning in life – and death – and move on.

Wer Option B lesen sollte

  • Grief counselors
  • Readers experiencing personal hardship and mourning
  • Parents, friends and lovers who want to be supportive

Memoirs Bücher: The Snowball von Alice Schroeder

The Snowball

Alice Schroeder
Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
4.6 (415 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Snowball?

"By age eleven he’d saved up $120, which was a whole lot of money in 1941. He used that money to make his first investment. He bought six shares of the company Cities Service Preferred – three for him and three for his sister Doris."

The Snowball (2008) offers a revealing look at the life and times of one of modern America’s most fascinating men: Warren Buffett. Find out how this shy and awkward man earned his first million dollars and how following a few fundamental rules enabled him to become the world’s wealthiest man.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“Warren Buffet is one of those people who seems to have a magic touch. It’s almost as if he’s aware of certain universal secrets that nobody else is privy to! I love learning more about what made him so successful (he memorized textbooks?!) and trying to figure out what makes him tick.” – Ben S., Head of Audio at Blinkist

Wer The Snowball lesen sollte

  • Investors
  • Philanthropists
  • Anyone looking for an inspiring story

Memoirs Bücher: Ghost in the Wires von Kevin Mitnick

Ghost in the Wires

Kevin Mitnick
My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
4.4 (49 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Ghost in the Wires?

Ghost in the Wires (2011) is the wild story of one of the greatest hackers and social engineers of all time: Kevin Mitnick. Mitnick started by making phony phone calls in the 1970s, but quickly graduated to computers, hacking some of the largest companies in the world. Along the way, he got his hands on vast amounts of information, just to prove to himself that it could be done. This is a tale of technical brilliance and expert escape artistry so unbelievable that it must be true.

Wer Ghost in the Wires lesen sollte

  • Computer enthusiasts interested in the story of one of the world’s greatest hackers
  • Anyone interested in the arts of social engineering
  • Law enforcement or cybercrime professionals

Memoirs Bücher: My Stroke of Insight von Jill Bolte Taylor

My Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor
A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
3.8 (36 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in My Stroke of Insight?

My Stroke of Insight (2008) is about Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist who suffered a stroke in her mid-thirties. These blinks detail her personal story from medical school to experiencing a stroke to learning how to walk, talk and even identify colors again.

Wer My Stroke of Insight lesen sollte

  • Medical students
  • Friends and relatives of individuals with mental illnesses or brain traumas
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the human brain

Memoirs Bücher: Martin Luther von Heinz Schilling

Martin Luther

Heinz Schilling
Rebel in an Age of Upheaval
4.5 (56 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Martin Luther?

Martin Luther (2017) details the life and times of one of the most important figures in European history. Five hundred years ago, the German priest Martin Luther sparked the Reformation, which would eventually bring the Protestant Church into existence and thereby create a permanent schism between the Protestant and the Roman Catholic Church. This book presents a fresh interpretation of Luther’s life, investigating what his actions – and the Reformation in general – tell us about the modern world.

Wer Martin Luther lesen sollte

  • People skeptical as to the power religion can hold over people
  • History junkies who want to learn more about how modern Europe emerged
  • Anyone curious about one of the most famous historical figures of all time

Memoirs Bücher: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars von Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan
4.4 (100 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars?

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars (1994) is the story of a trader’s rise to the top and the bad decisions that cost him a fortune. It examines the psychological and behavioral dimensions of market trading and asks why traders sometimes abandon all reason and allow losses to keep mounting until they become unmanageable. It explains not only how losses can be avoided but also why avoiding them is far more important than making money if you want to succeed.

Wer What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars lesen sollte

  • Traders who want to understand how psychology might affect their decision-making
  • People who want to understand how we rationalize and justify loss
  • Anyone interested in getting rich by trading

Memoirs Bücher: Born a Crime von Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Trevor Noah
Stories from a South African Childhood
4.4 (99 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Born a Crime?

Born a Crime (2016) is about Trevor Noah's childhood and adolescence in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. A child of mixed heritage, Noah details the challenges he faced and the peculiarities that existed when he was growing up.

Wer Born a Crime lesen sollte

  • Trevor Noah fans
  • Those interested in life during and after apartheid in South Africa
  • Anyone after an inspiring personal story

Memoirs Bücher: The Story of My Life von Helen Keller

The Story of My Life

Helen Keller
4.6 (41 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Story of My Life?

The Story of My Life (1903) chronicles the early years of Helen Keller, a young woman who became both deaf and blind at a young age. The book explores the challenges she faced growing up as a child with disabilities, and introduces the amazing people who helped her along the way.

Wer The Story of My Life lesen sollte

  • People looking to be inspired
  • Students with disabilities
  • People who interact with anyone with special needs

Memoirs Bücher: The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 von Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
An Experiment in Literary Investigation
4.6 (227 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956?

The Gulag Archipelago (1973) is a literary chronicle of the Soviet work camps known as gulags, which existed between the years 1918–56. Drawing from his own experience as a prisoner, as well as the reports, memoirs and letters of hundreds of others, author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn provides a chilling account of the constant dread and horror of life in the gulags, while also charting the psychology and organization behind the government-sanctioned prison system.

Wer The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 lesen sollte

  • Students of Soviet history
  • Advocates and critics of communism
  • Freedom fighters

Memoirs Bücher: Educated von Tara Westover


Tara Westover
A Memoir
4.3 (152 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Educated?

Educated (2018) is the memoir of Tara Westover, who grew up in a Mormon family in rural Idaho, and, despite never attending school, was able to earn a PhD from the University of Cambridge. However, she had to pay a high price to achieve her academic dreams. Indeed, she lost her family in the process.

Wer Educated lesen sollte

  • Readers who love astonishing memoirs
  • Anyone interested in a peek inside a Mormon family
  • Teachers and anyone curious about higher education

Memoirs Bücher: Notes from a Small Island von Bill Bryson

Notes from a Small Island

Bill Bryson
An Affectionate Portrait of Britain
4.2 (73 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Notes from a Small Island?

Notes from a Small Island (1995) was written by American-born author Bill Bryson as he was preparing to leave the small Yorkshire village in which he’d lived for 20 years, and head back to the United States. Before departing, he decided to bid a fond adieu to his adopted island, Great Britain. This travelogue documents his farewell tour of Britain’s landscape, culture, mores and wonderful eccentricities, which he’d come to love so dearly.

Wer Notes from a Small Island lesen sollte

  • Brits looking for a humorous depiction of their own culture
  • Non-Brits curious about this eccentric island
  • Lovers of travelogues and memoirs

Memoirs Bücher: The World as It Is von Ben Rhodes

The World as It Is

Ben Rhodes
A Memoir of the Obama White House
4.5 (33 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The World as It Is?

The World as It Is (2018) is a deeply personal look at the Obama presidency, written by a man who not only worked closely with the forty-fourth president, but also became his friend. Taking us on a behind-the-scenes tour of Obama’s presidency, from his first campaign to Trump’s inauguration, these blinks also chronicle the author’s personal journey from fresh-faced staffer to hardened national security operator.

Wer The World as It Is lesen sollte

  • History and politics buffs
  • Anyone interested in an inside look at the highest levels of government
  • People who want a better understanding of the state of US politics today

Memoirs Bücher: What I Know for Sure von Oprah Winfrey

What I Know for Sure

Oprah Winfrey
4.3 (150 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What I Know for Sure?

What I Know for Sure (2014) outlines the moments that shaped Oprah Winfrey into the phenomenally successful person she is today. Oprah shares her experiences and insights on overcoming hardship and how she used that strength to forge a path toward reaching her full potential.

Wer What I Know for Sure lesen sollte

  • People who want to improve their self-esteem
  • Anyone looking for tips to overcome childhood trauma
  • Oprah fans who are interested in her backstory

Memoirs Bücher: Why Religion? von Elaine Pagels

Why Religion?

Elaine Pagels
A Personal Story
3.9 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why Religion??

Why Religion? (2018) is a personal answer to the question its title poses. Rather than explaining why anyone should adopt or eschew religious belief, Elaine Pagels’s moving memoir shows how her life experiences led her to the study of religion, and how that study has helped her cope with the difficult events of her life.

Wer Why Religion? lesen sollte

  • Atheists who were once religious
  • Students wondering how study can affect life
  • Bereaved individuals trying to cope with loss

Memoirs Bücher: The Dichotomy of Leadership von Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

The Dichotomy of Leadership

Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win
4.4 (130 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Dichotomy of Leadership?

The Dichotomy of Leadership (2018) chronicles the extraordinary experiences of two ex-Navy SEAL commanders. While stationed in Baghdad and Ramadi during the Iraq War, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin collected experiences which helped them become effective leaders. After returning to civilian life, they realized these leadership skills were equally effective in the business world. They figured out that, in both combat and non-combat contexts, you can only overcome the dichotomies of leadership and effectively run an organization by finding a sense of balance between opposing forces.

Wer The Dichotomy of Leadership lesen sollte

  • Business leaders looking to up their leadership chops
  • Anyone interested in the valuable lessons war can teach us
  • Military buffs looking for riveting accounts of close combat and guerilla warfare

Memoirs Bücher: Imperfect Courage von Jessica Honegger

Imperfect Courage

Jessica Honegger
Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared
3.5 (33 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Imperfect Courage?

In Imperfect Courage (2018), Jessica Honegger shares inspiring stories from her purposeful life as an entrepreneur. She describes how she built a hugely successful fair-trade jewelry and fashion business by connecting artisans in developing countries with women across the United States. She also shares how, in doing so, she broke out of her comfort zone, found new reserves of courage and is pursuing a fulfilling, purposeful life.

Wer Imperfect Courage lesen sollte

  • Anyone who believes in global sisterhood
  • Entrepreneurs with a purpose
  • People who want to test the limits of their own courage

Memoirs Bücher: Zucked von Roger McNamee


Roger McNamee
Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
4.3 (245 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Zucked?

Zucked (2019) is one early Facebook investor’s personal warning about the dangers of the platform. It vividly describes how Facebook is damaging both public health and the health of our democracies. From manipulating public opinion to building our addiction to technology, the picture painted in Zucked is of a business unmoored from civic or moral responsibility.

Wer Zucked lesen sollte

  • Everyone who uses Facebook
  • People concerned about data privacy, the manipulation of public opinion or tech-addiction
  • Anyone interested in the future of social media and tech-giants

Memoirs Bücher: Can’t Hurt Me von David Goggins

Can’t Hurt Me

David Goggins
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
4.2 (859 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Can’t Hurt Me?

Can’t Hurt Me (2018) is the inspirational true-life story of David Goggins, one of the world’s fittest men. The blinks explore the key life events of this inspirational athlete and military man and provide a fascinating insight into a truly focused and unbreakable mind.

Wer Can’t Hurt Me lesen sollte

  • Fitness freaks looking for fresh insights
  • Those wanting tips on how to triumph over adversity
  • Anyone interested in inspirational life stories

Memoirs Bücher: Becoming von Michelle Obama


Michelle Obama
4.5 (587 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Becoming?

Becoming (2018) tells the story of Michelle Obama, née Robinson. Born to loving parents in a working-class Chicago neighborhood, she grew into a strong, independent woman, who just happened to meet and fall in love with a man named Barack Obama. This is the life story of a woman who didn’t expect to become the first African-American First Lady, yet found a way to continue exercising her own unique voice under the most unusual and trying of circumstances.

Wer Becoming lesen sollte

  • People who enjoy an inspirational story
  • Working moms
  • Anyone eager to make a difference

Memoirs Bücher: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone von Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

Lori Gottlieb
A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
4.5 (236 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Maybe You Should Talk To Someone?

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (2019) is a unique memoir in which the author, a psychotherapist, tells the story of how she herself ended up on a therapist’s couch after descending into a personal crisis of her own. By reflecting on her experiences as both a therapist and a patient, and by relating them to the stories of four of her patients, she came to a better understanding of both her profession and herself.

Wer Maybe You Should Talk To Someone lesen sollte

  • Curious minds interested in how therapy works in practice   
  • People suffering from personal, emotional or psychological problems  
  • Those who are feeling lost and looking for some direction

Memoirs Bücher: How to Fail von Elizabeth Day

How to Fail

Elizabeth Day
Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong
3.9 (141 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How to Fail?

How to Fail (2019) is an honest and revealing look at the abundant rewards that come from making it through the toughest of times. Author Elizabeth Day takes us through many of the formative events in her life that some could call failures, yet she is nonetheless grateful for. Many fear failure like the plague, but it is often unavoidable – and for good reason too, because if we didn’t fail, we wouldn’t learn the many important lessons that make us smarter and better at living life.

Wer How to Fail lesen sollte

  • Anyone going through a tough time
  • People looking to rebound from a failed project
  • Women thinking about starting a family

Memoirs Bücher: Hit Refresh von Satya Nadella

Hit Refresh

Satya Nadella
The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone
4.4 (108 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hit Refresh?

Hit Refresh (2017) charts the journey of Satya Nadella, from his childhood as a cricket-obsessed boy in Hyderabad, India, to working at the very top of global tech powerhouse Microsoft. Packed full of illuminating reflections on everything from the psychology of the cricket field to what parenthood can teach us about business, these blinks provide a rare insight into the life and thoughts of one of the world’s most influential men.

Wer Hit Refresh lesen sollte

  • Tech-heads and computer whizzes
  • Business students and entrepreneurs
  • Anyone interested in the past, present or future of Microsoft

Memoirs Bücher: Furious Hours von Casey Cep

Furious Hours

Casey Cep
Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
4.3 (55 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Furious Hours?

Furious Hours (2019) shines a light on the twin mysteries of a 1970s serial killer and the career of the celebrated author Harper Lee. By exploring the shocking case of the alleged serial killer William Maxwell and his victims, these blinks retrace Harper Lee’s steps and finally tell the true crime story that Lee always wanted to write.

Wer Furious Hours lesen sollte

  • True crime addicts looking for their next scare
  • Bookworms who want to learn more about the life of a celebrated author
  • Law enthusiasts interested in courtroom dramas

Memoirs Bücher: WOLFPACK von Abby Wambach


Abby Wambach
How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game
4.1 (53 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in WOLFPACK?

WOLFPACK (2019) is a rallying cry for women to join together, empower each other and celebrate one another’s achievements. Drawing on her incredible career as a professional athlete, author Abby Wambach explores how women everywhere can gain strength in numbers and achieve equality, fulfillment and joy.

Wer WOLFPACK lesen sollte

  • Feminists looking for their next champion
  • Sports enthusiasts seeking fresh insights
  • Fans of inspirational memoirs

Memoirs Bücher: The Unwinding of the Miracle von Julie Yip-Williams

The Unwinding of the Miracle

Julie Yip-Williams
A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
4.4 (166 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Unwinding of the Miracle?

As a blind child, Julie Yip-Williams escaped from the poverty of war-torn Vietnam to the peaceful abundance of Los Angeles. For most people, this would have been their life’s most remarkable event – but Julie wasn’t destined for a normal life. In her candid memoir, The Unwinding of the Miracle (2019), Julie takes us on an extraordinary journey through her equally extraordinary time on Earth – from her birth and blindness to her world travels and battle with terminal cancer.

Wer The Unwinding of the Miracle lesen sollte

  • Cancer patients feeling alone in their fight
  • Compassionate souls who want to feel another person’s pain
  • Anybody wanting to be told an uncanny tale 

Memoirs Bücher: How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital von Nathan Latka

How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital

Nathan Latka
The Four Rules You Must Break to Get Rich
4.2 (178 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital?

How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital (2019) unlocks the secrets of the capitalist system to show budding entrepreneurs how to make big bucks without burning the candle at both ends. Packed with creative hacks and actionable advice, self-made multimillionaire Nathan Latka demolishes the myth that you need a ton of money or a dazzlingly original idea to get rich. So what do you do need? Simple: a willingness to break established rules and chart your own course.

Wer How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital lesen sollte

  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters 
  • Financial and business experts
  • Anyone looking for a new career

Memoirs Bücher: Permanent Record von Edward Snowden

Permanent Record

Edward Snowden
4.5 (159 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Permanent Record?

Permanent Record (2019) is the long-awaited memoir of infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden, who in 2013 used his position as a tech specialist at the US National Security Agency to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance. In his autobiography, he tells the story of his life for the first time, from being a teenage computer whiz to his steep ascent in the intelligence community and his decision to risk it all for justice.

Wer Permanent Record lesen sollte

  • Tech nerds with righteous hearts
  • Citizens and government officials concerned with privacy issues
  • People who have wondered whether their phones are spying on them

Memoirs Bücher: The Year of Magical Thinking von Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion
3.9 (80 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Year of Magical Thinking?

The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) is a poignant memoir about loss and grief. It tells the deeply personal story of Joan Didion’s experiences with the life-threatening illnesses of her daughter and the death of her husband. But more than that, it’s also a thought-provoking philosophical exploration of the meaning of mortality, the fragility of life and the mutability of everything that surrounds us.

Wer The Year of Magical Thinking lesen sollte

  • Anyone who’s felt anguish over another person’s life-threatening illness 
  • Those who have experienced the loss of a loved one
  • Anyone who wants to understand the nature of grief 

Memoirs Bücher: With the End in Mind von Kathryn Mannix

With the End in Mind

Kathryn Mannix
Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
4.3 (82 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in With the End in Mind?

With the End Mind (2017) provides a powerful antidote to the fear, ignorance and misunderstanding that surrounds death in contemporary culture. Through observations and personal reflections, it tells the poignant stories of some terminally ill patients with whom the author has worked over her three-decade career as a palliative care doctor. 

Wer With the End in Mind lesen sollte

  • Friends and family members of people with terminal illnesses
  • Fans of emotionally moving medical stories 
  • Anyone with a fear of death

Memoirs Bücher: Poor Charlie's Almanack von Peter D. Kaufman

Poor Charlie's Almanack

Peter D. Kaufman
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
4.3 (263 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Poor Charlie's Almanack?

Poor Charlie’s Almanack (2005) delves into the life and investment philosophies of one of the world’s most reclusive billionaires: Charles Munger. As vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Munger has been instrumental in investment decisions that have yielded profits in the billions of dollars. But Munger isn’t only interested in money. In these blinks, you’ll learn about his inspiring ethical investment philosophy, how he espouses the importance of paying taxes, and how he is a devoted philanthropist, donating money to educational institutions and causes like Planned Parenthood.

Wer Poor Charlie's Almanack lesen sollte

  • Investors wanting some tips about how to pick the most lucrative stock 
  • Economic historians interested in the career of one of the most successful capitalists of our time
  • Psychology buffs curious about the mental processes behind investment decisions

Memoirs Bücher: More Than Enough von Elaine Welteroth

More Than Enough

Elaine Welteroth
Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)
3.7 (47 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in More Than Enough?

More Than Enough (2019) is part memoir, part manifesto. It details the triumphs and travails of Elaine Welteroth’s journey to success, beginning with her small-town childhood and ending with her decision to leave her seat as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. But it’s more than an inspiring success story. It also offers wisdom, tips, warnings and encouragement to anyone who’s ever been told that they aren’t enough just the way they are. 

Wer More Than Enough lesen sollte

  • Aspiring journalists  
  • People who’ve been told they aren’t enough
  • Dreamers struggling to realize their dreams

Memoirs Bücher: The Ride of a Lifetime von Robert Iger

The Ride of a Lifetime

Robert Iger
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
4.5 (165 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Ride of a Lifetime?

In The Ride of a Lifetime (2019), Robert Iger charts his career from the backrooms of an American TV network to CEO of Disney. As Iger himself emphasizes, reaching the top wasn’t always smooth sailing – in fact, Disney’s future was anything but secure when he landed his dream job back in 2005. So how did he turn things around? Well, that’s what we’ll be exploring in these blinks as we look at the strategy, vision, and leadership style of one of the world’s most innovative CEOs. 

Wer The Ride of a Lifetime lesen sollte

  • Insight-hungry leaders
  • Tech-heads fascinated by innovation 
  • Movie-goers interested in what happens behind the scenes

Memoirs Bücher: The Desert and the Sea von Michael Scott Moore

The Desert and the Sea

Michael Scott Moore
977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
4.6 (18 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Desert and the Sea?

In The Desert and the Sea (2018), journalist Michael Scott Moore recounts his experience of being held hostage by Somali pirates. Moore gives an insightful account of his own plight while also managing to empathize with those who held him captive. The blinks chronicle his inner turmoil over the course of the ordeal and look to the bigger picture, grappling with how people manage to endure in the worst of circumstances.

Wer The Desert and the Sea lesen sollte

  • Journalists curious about the perils of their profession
  • History buffs wanting to know about the legacy of colonialism
  • Armchair political analysts unsure about what modern piracy entails

Memoirs Bücher: Dear Girls von Ali Wong

Dear Girls

Ali Wong
Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life
3.9 (56 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Dear Girls?

Dear Girls (2019) is a loving and hilarious collection of letters from a mother to her daughters about how to deal with the inevitable challenges of life. Detailing the author’s most embarrassing, unpleasant, and momentous experiences, Dear Girls shows us that simply embracing who you are is the first step to self-fulfillment. 

Wer Dear Girls lesen sollte

  • Aspiring stand-up comedians
  • Young professionals seeking career advice
  • New or soon-to-be mothers

Memoirs Bücher: IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD von Russ


Get out of your way
3.9 (92 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD?

In It’s All In Your Head (2019), the prolific composer, producer, and performer Russ describes his remarkable musical journey. At age 17 he became convinced that he was destined to be a famous musician. Six years and 80 songs later, he finally broke through to the big time. In these blinks, Russ shares the motivational techniques he used to achieve success against enormous odds. 

Wer IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD lesen sollte

  • Aspiring artists looking for inspiration about how to build a career on their own terms
  • Hip-hop lovers interested in the backstory of one of the most prolific rappers of our time
  • Anyone who needs a bit of motivation to take a creative risk

Memoirs Bücher: Drop the Ball von Tiffany Dufu

Drop the Ball

Tiffany Dufu
Achieving More by Doing Less
3.7 (59 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Drop the Ball?

Drop the Ball (2017) is a guide to living that makes the simple argument that you don’t have to do it all to have it all. Part memoir and part manifesto, the title provides a new approach to life for modern women.

Wer Drop the Ball lesen sollte

  • Young women breaking into the working world
  • Mothers still striving for professional success
  • Anyone interested in advocating gender equality

Memoirs Bücher: Cork Dork von Bianca Bosker

Cork Dork

Bianca Bosker
A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
4.4 (66 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Cork Dork?

Cork Dork (2019) explores the world of wine through the eyes of one aspiring wine-expert. Bianca Bosker quit her job in journalism and set herself an ambitious goal: to become an expert sommelier. Despite having little prior knowledge of wine, she achieved this in just eighteen months. Along the way, she learned everything there is to know about wine – making it, serving it, tasting it, and talking about it.

Wer Cork Dork lesen sollte

  • Drinkers curious about wine
  • Aspiring sommeliers
  • Diners unsure of what to drink

Memoirs Bücher: Know My Name von Chanel Miller

Know My Name

Chanel Miller
A Memoir
4.6 (32 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Know My Name?

In Know My Name (2019), Chanel Miller presents her side of what happened when she was sexually assaulted by Stanford student Brock Turner and forced to endure a long and traumatizing trial in the public eye. Drawing parallels between her own experience and the structural mistreatment of women in the court system, she explains what made her determined to share her story and empower other survivors.

Wer Know My Name lesen sollte

  • People who want to learn more about the experience of sexual assault survivors in the US court system
  • Memoir-lovers who want to be inspired by the story of a remarkable woman 
  • Activists who want inspiration for effecting political change

Memoirs Bücher: Reasons to Stay Alive von Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig
4.4 (312 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Reasons to Stay Alive?

Reasons to Stay Alive (2015) tells the story of Matt Haig’s struggle with depression and anxiety, which was so severe that he had constant panic attacks and feared leaving the house. It reveals how Haig learned to channel his natural intensity into the creation of art and developed some unusual techniques for easing his distressed mind.

Wer Reasons to Stay Alive lesen sollte

  • Memoir lovers who want to read a heartfelt story of personal growth
  • Social workers and psychologists who want a glimpse of what’s going on in their clients’ heads 
  • People struggling with depression and anxiety who want to borrow some faith and optimism

Memoirs Bücher: Untamed von Glennon Doyle


Glennon Doyle
Stop Pleasing, Start Living
3.8 (191 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Untamed?

Untamed (2020) is a story of unexpected love. In it, Glennon Doyle reveals how falling in love with Abby Wambach completely derailed all her plans for her life – but allowed her to become fully herself. Doyle had spent her life repressing her true spirit, trying to please other people, and be the perfect wife and mother. But, eventually, she learned to tune into her deepest desires and start building a life around who she truly is.

Wer Untamed lesen sollte

  • Restless women who suspect their lives are smaller than their ambitions
  • Romantics who can’t resist a story about sparks at first sight
  • Spiritual seekers interested in a social-justice-centered approach to Christianity

Memoirs Bücher: Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust von Hédi Fried

Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust

Hédi Fried
4.6 (97 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust?

Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust (2019) is a survivor’s account of the darkest moment in recent European history. Hédi Fried has spent her life educating young people about the Holocaust and answering their questions. In this book, she considers those questions one by one, and paints a picture of her nightmarish experience that should act as a warning from history.

Wer Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust lesen sollte

  • Anyone worried about the rise of racism and nationalism today
  • Those with relatives affected by the Holocaust
  • People interested in modern European history

Memoirs Bücher: The Greater Freedom von Alya Mooro

The Greater Freedom

Alya Mooro
Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes
3.8 (26 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Greater Freedom?

The Greater Freedom (2019) chronicles one British-Egyptian woman’s struggle to forge her own identity from the two cultures that raised her. Using stories from her own background, detailed research, and interviews with fellow women of the Arab diaspora, author Alya Mooro examines issues including sexuality, Islam, beauty standards, and immigration. She ultimately finds that there is freedom in choosing to exist in-between established tropes of culture, nationality, and identity.

Wer The Greater Freedom lesen sollte

  • Modern women reckoning with their conservative upbringing
  • Anyone who has ever felt self-conscious about their appearance
  • Anyone whose family is more religious than they are

Memoirs Bücher: A Promised Land von Barack Obama

A Promised Land

Barack Obama
4.5 (426 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Promised Land?

A Promised Land (2020) is the first volume of the memoirs of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. The memoir chronicles Obama’s journey from teenage Honolulu ne'er-do-well to Chicago community organizer and on to one of the most beloved – and mistrusted – figures in American history.

Wer A Promised Land lesen sollte

  • Anyone wanting to understand modern American politics
  • Lovers of deep-dive biography
  • Those looking to learn college-age Obama’s strategy for picking up girls

Memoirs Bücher: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare von James Shapiro

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

James Shapiro
4.4 (112 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare?

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005) sets out to answer a slippery question: How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? Despite centuries of digging, literary scholars have failed to find the kind of documentary evidence that illuminates conventional biographies. Does that mean we can only speculate about the great dramatist’s life? Not quite. In these blinks, we’ll shed light on the real Shakespeare by reconstructing the world in which he lived during the single and remarkable year of 1599.

Wer A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare lesen sollte

  • Shakespeare lovers
  • History buffs
  • Theatergoers

Memoirs Bücher: The Biggest Bluff von Maria Konnikova

The Biggest Bluff

Maria Konnikova
How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
4.1 (175 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Biggest Bluff?

The Biggest Bluff (2020) follows writer Maria Konnikova’s journey to becoming a poker champion under the guidance of Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel. Applying her background in psychology to the world of poker, Konnikova reveals the game as a metaphor for life and shares lessons that can be applied on – and off – the tables.

Wer The Biggest Bluff lesen sollte

  • Game enthusiasts
  • Psychologists
  • Novices who want to master a new skill

Memoirs Bücher: Greenlights von Matthew McConaughey


Matthew McConaughey
4.3 (241 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Greenlights?

Greenlights (2020) is a guided tour into the life and mind of award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey. These blinks tell his story as only he could tell it, full of “outlaw logic” that has informed a wildly original personal philosophy for how to live life to its utmost.

Wer Greenlights lesen sollte

  • Fans of the McConaissance
  • Anyone eager to generate their own greenlights
  • People interested in the inner workings of a creative mind

Memoirs Bücher: The Diary of a Young Girl von Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank
4.9 (149 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Diary of a Young Girl?

The Diary of a Young Girl (first published 1952; this edition 1977) tells the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family during the Second World War. It offers a remarkable portrait of a maturing young woman forced into an unbelievable situation but rising to the occasion. In her diary, Anne shares her thoughts and dreams, revealing a remarkable talent that was tragically taken from the world, along with millions of other lives during the Holocaust.

Wer The Diary of a Young Girl lesen sollte

  • People interested in stories of life during wartime
  • Anyone who likes true stories of resilience and survival
  • Young women looking for inspirational figures

Memoirs Bücher: Unapologetically Ambitious von Shellye Archambeau

Unapologetically Ambitious

Shellye Archambeau
Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms
4.1 (98 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Unapologetically Ambitious?

Unapologetically Ambitious (2020) follows Shellye Archambeau’s journey to becoming one of the very few African American female CEOs in Silicon Valley. These blinks outline some of the valuable lessons, attitudes, and strategies that helped her achieve her goals.

Wer Unapologetically Ambitious lesen sollte

  • Driven professionals looking to advance their careers
  • Highly ambitious women of color seeking inspiration
  • Anyone who wants to better manage their personal and professional life

Memoirs Bücher: Love Warrior von Glennon Doyle

Love Warrior

Glennon Doyle
A Memoir
4.1 (89 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Love Warrior?

Love Warrior (2017) by Glennon Doyle is a memoir that recounts how one woman battled through addiction, disordered eating, and betrayal by confronting and ultimately owning her vulnerabilities. More than that, it’s a meditation on what pain has to teach us, and how, by embracing our own failings, we can live as our most authentic selves.

Wer Love Warrior lesen sollte

  • Women who try not to take up too much space
  • Mothers struggling to reconnect with their own identities
  • Anyone who’s ever hit rock bottom and wanted to get back up

Memoirs Bücher: The Last Lecture von Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch
4.4 (215 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Last Lecture?

The Last Lecture (2008) is a heartfelt and insightful rumination on life, death, and the value of pursuing your dreams. In this unique text, computer scientist Randy Pausch reflects on mortality after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis. 

Wer The Last Lecture lesen sollte

  • New parents looking for sage advice
  • Friends and family of terminally ill individuals
  • Anyone seeking a little inspiration

Memoirs Bücher: Sex for One von Betty Dodson

Sex for One

Betty Dodson
The Joy of Selfloving
4.2 (178 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Sex for One?

Sex for One (1987) is a part-memoir, part-guidebook by Betty Dodson, a pioneering pro-sex feminist and masturbation advocate. Dodson recounts her own erotic journey and offers a step-by-step approach to embracing self-love.

Wer Sex for One lesen sollte

  • Anyone who masturbates
  • People interested in sexual politics and feminist history
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to embrace pleasure and sex positivity

Memoirs Bücher: The Happiest Man on Earth von Eddie Jaku

The Happiest Man on Earth

Eddie Jaku
The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor
4.7 (415 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Happiest Man on Earth?

The Happiest Man on Earth (2020) is the true story of one man, who survived inconceivable horrors during the Holocaust, and afterward made it his mission to change the world for the better. Eddie Jaku saw first-hand how a Fascist regime could spark anti-Semitic hatred, and turn former friends and neighbors into killers. In talking about what happened, he shares how love and kindness helped him to survive one of the worst atrocities in human history.

Wer The Happiest Man on Earth lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in the Holocaust and fascism
  • Memoir-lovers excited to hear the story of an extraordinary man
  • People who want to learn more about surviving complex trauma

Memoirs Bücher: The Hero Code von William H. McRaven

The Hero Code

William H. McRaven
Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived
3.8 (115 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Hero Code?

The Hero Code (2021) is a four-star admiral’s guide to modern-day heroism. Drawing on Admiral McRaven’s experiences in the field and in civilian life, it interweaves stirring life advice with gripping and dramatic anecdotes.

Wer The Hero Code lesen sollte

  • Military buffs interested in a retired admiral’s battlefield insights
  • Anyone in need of some wise and helpful life advice
  • Youngsters considering a career in the military

Memoirs Bücher: The Comfort Book von Matt Haig

The Comfort Book

Matt Haig
4.7 (656 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Comfort Book?

The Comfort Book (2021) is a compendium of practices, philosophies, stories, and encouragements to help you get through tough times. Matt Haig shares the insights he gained while experiencing years of severe anxiety and depression, as well as his own unconventional strategies for developing a sense of self-worth and looking after your mental health. 

Wer The Comfort Book lesen sollte

  • Fans of Matt Haig’s honest and unconventional approach to discussing mental health
  • Anyone looking for strategies to build emotional resilience 
  • People grappling with pandemic-related uncertainty

Memoirs Bücher: Things No One Else Can Teach Us von Humble the Poet

Things No One Else Can Teach Us

Humble the Poet
Turning Losses Into Lessons
4.6 (667 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Things No One Else Can Teach Us?

Things No One Else Can Teach Us (2019) is a part-memoir, part-unconventional self-help book. Full of revealing personal stories and philosophical musings, it will inspire you to question your beliefs about failure, success, and what really makes life meaningful.

Wer Things No One Else Can Teach Us lesen sollte

  • Would-be creatives looking for encouragement to follow the life of their dreams
  • Self-development and personal growth seekers
  • Fans of Humble the Poet who want to learn more about his life

Memoirs Bücher: Tuesdays with Morrie von Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom
An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
4.4 (277 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Tuesdays with Morrie?

Tuesdays with Morrie (1997) chronicles an important relationship in Mitch Albom’s life – the one between himself and his old college professor, Morrie. As they reconnect during the professor’s final months of life, they discuss everything from greed and forgiveness to death and a meaningful life. 

Wer Tuesdays with Morrie lesen sollte

  • Anyone who feels lost 
  • Individuals actively searching for meaning and purpose
  • People contemplating how to live a good life

Memoirs Bücher: The Way Forward von Robert O’Neill and Dakota Meyer

The Way Forward

Robert O’Neill and Dakota Meyer
Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy
3.9 (159 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Way Forward?

The Way Forward (2022) examines the intersection between combat and life as experienced by two decorated American veterans. Although war can be brutal, it also helped the authors uncover their humanity. And along the way, they learned some of life’s most important lessons that can be applied in both military and civilian contexts.

Wer The Way Forward lesen sollte

  • People serving in the military, their families, and veterans
  • Anyone wondering what it’s like to be an elite soldier
  • Those looking to be inspired by real-life heroes

Memoirs Bücher: The Perfect Day to Boss Up von Rick Ross, with Neil Martinez-Belkin

The Perfect Day to Boss Up

Rick Ross, with Neil Martinez-Belkin
A Hustler's Guide to Building Your Empire
4.2 (282 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Perfect Day to Boss Up?

The Perfect Day to Boss Up (2021) is a swaggering, no-nonsense road map to becoming the CEO of your life. Drawing on hip-hop icon Rick Ross’s life, it divulges behind-the-scenes stories, advice, and mindsets that’ll guide you on your own path to success.

Wer The Perfect Day to Boss Up lesen sollte

  • Dreamers seeking straight-talking inspiration, insight, and intel on achieving success
  • Fans of the song “Hustlin’” who’re curious how the Boss’s hustle plays out in real life 
  • Go-getters seeking an alternative to cookie-cutter self-improvement manuals

Memoirs Bücher: The Rise von Mike Sielski

The Rise

Mike Sielski
Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality
4.3 (232 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Rise?

The Rise (2022) provides an intimate account of the early years of Kobe Bryant’s career. It explores the influences that helped Bryant become so passionate about basketball and shows how his remarkable talent helped transform his suburban high school team into a state championship winner. It also reveals how Bryant carefully crafted his legacy from an early age, displaying an advanced media savvy he would employ throughout his career.

Wer The Rise lesen sollte

  • Fans of Kobe Bryant interested in the early influences that shaped his career
  • Memoir lovers curious to find out more about the formative years of a sports icon

Memoirs Bücher: Will von Will Smith with Mark Manson


Will Smith with Mark Manson
3.8 (276 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Will?

Will (2022) is a firsthand account of one of Hollywood’s greatest careers. Will Smith doesn’t just tally up his many successes, though. He also opens up about his struggles, shortcomings, and the help he received along the way.

Wer Will lesen sollte

  • Film buffs 
  • Hip-hop aficionados 
  • Anyone who loves inspiring true stories

Memoirs Bücher: Good Power von Ginni Rometty

Good Power

Ginni Rometty
Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World
3.7 (58 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Good Power?

Good Power (2023) is a memoir detailing the author’s experiences from childhood up to her becoming CEO of IBM. Sprinkled with personal growth and leadership lessons, it tackles the concept of “good power” and its five principles. 

Wer Good Power lesen sollte

  • Business leaders aspiring to change their community 
  • Professionals looking for leadership advice
  • Anyone wanting to change their own and others’ lives

Memoirs Bücher: Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing von Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

Matthew Perry
A Memoir
4.5 (461 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing?

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022) is the intimate memoir of critically acclaimed actor Matthew Perry. From his troubled childhood to his meteoric rise to fame in the hit sitcom Friends to his lifelong struggle with substance abuse and addiction, Perry holds nothing back as he reveals his life, thoughts, and soul.

Wer Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing lesen sollte

  • Friends fans looking for a deeper insight into one of the show's strongest comedic voices
  • People curious about the darker side of celebrity lives
  • Anyone struggling with addiction

Memoirs Bücher: Good Arguments von Bo Seo

Good Arguments

Bo Seo
How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard
4.6 (400 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Good Arguments?

Good Arguments (2022) is one part memoir, one part guide to the art of speaking. It introduces us to the thrilling and eccentric subculture of competitive debate and distills its secrets into timeless principles for effective communication. If we can only learn to disagree better, it argues, we can improve our relationships and revitalize our democracies.

Wer Good Arguments lesen sollte

  • Couples who want to communicate more effectively
  • Introverts who want to climb out of their shell
  • Anyone who wants to speak more persuasively

Memoirs Bücher: Finding Me von Viola Davis

Finding Me

Viola Davis
A Memoir
4.6 (265 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Finding Me?

Finding Me (2022) is the highly anticipated memoir from Oscar-, Tony-, and Emmy-award winning actress Viola Davis. Davis is unafraid to share the rawest, most intimate details of her life story, from the brutal hardship of her childhood on Rhode Island, through her tenacious years as a Broadway stage actor, to her arrival into the upper echelons of Hollywood celebrity. 

Wer Finding Me lesen sollte

  • Film fans who loved Davis in Doubt, Fences, The Help, and more
  • Theater aficionados interested in a backstage perspective on Broadway
  • Anyone who can’t resist an inspiring true story of success against all odds

Memoirs Bücher: Spare von Prince Harry


Prince Harry
4.1 (624 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Spare?

Spare (2023) is Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir, which offers unprecedented insight into life as a royal. With remarkable candor, Harry reflects on his mother’s death, his complex relationships with other family members, and his battles with the press.

Wer Spare lesen sollte

  • Fans of the British royal family
  • People who have mixed feelings about the royal family
  • Anyone who wants to know Harry’s side of the story

Memoirs Bücher: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings von Maya Angelou

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou
4.8 (60 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in I Know why the Caged Bird Sings?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) is the first part of a critically acclaimed seven-volume autobiography by the American writer and poet Maya Angelou. A vivid account of growing up in America during the Depression, it documents Maya’s life between the ages of three and sixteen. Hailed for its unflinching portrayal of displacement, discrimination, and trauma, it is also a life-affirming study of how hope can prevail amidst death and despair. 

Wer I Know why the Caged Bird Sings lesen sollte

  • History buffs fascinated by the United States
  • Fans of true-life stories and larger-than-life memoirs
  • Anyone who loves classic literature

Memoirs Bücher: Everything I Know about Love von Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know about Love

Dolly Alderton
A Memoir
3.6 (14 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Everything I Know about Love?

Everything I Know About Love (2018) is Dolly Alderton’s very funny and painfully honest recollection of her early twenties, and all the bad dates, heartbreaks, grimy flat shares, and steadfast friendships this period of her life entailed. In 2022, the book was adapted for television by the BBC.

Wer Everything I Know about Love lesen sollte

  • People on the cusp of adulthood wondering what their twenties will bring
  • Those on the other side of 30, still trying to work out what their twenties meant
  • Anyone who’s a romantic at heart

Memoirs Bücher: Pageboy von Elliot Page


Elliot Page
A Memoir
3.4 (30 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Pageboy?

Pageboy (2023) plunges you into the candid and compelling world of Elliot Page's life. Navigate through stories of self-discovery, transformation, and fortitude that shaped his remarkable journey.

Wer Pageboy lesen sollte

  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Allies, advocates, and identity explorers
  • Fims buffs and cinemagoers

Memoirs Bücher: Sully von Chesley B. Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Zaslow


Chesley B. Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Zaslow
My Search for What Really Matters
4.6 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Sully?

Sully (2009) chronicles the remarkable life journey of the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York's Hudson River, ensuring the safety of all on board. The memoir sheds light on his unwavering dedication, the significance of readiness, and the profound lessons from his military and aviation careers. Through his experiences, the book emphasizes the enduring values that can guide individuals through times of adversity and uncertainty.

Wer Sully lesen sollte

  • Fans of aviation and heroic true stories
  • Autobiography enthusiasts
  • Readers seeking inspiration in challenging times

Memoirs Bücher: The River of Doubt von Candice Millard

The River of Doubt

Candice Millard
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
4.0 (11 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The River of Doubt?

The River of Doubt (2005) is about former US President Theodore Roosevelt's perilous 1913–1914 expedition into the Amazon rainforest alongside Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon. It chronicles the challenges they faced, from disease and dangerous wildlife to potential mutiny, as they navigated an uncharted river. The journey pushed every member to their limits and nearly cost Roosevelt his life.

Wer The River of Doubt lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in Roosevelt's post-presidential adventures
  • Explorers fascinated by the Amazon
  • Anyone looking for tales of human endurance

Memoirs Bücher: The Stranger in the Woods von Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods

Michael Finkel
The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
4.4 (20 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Stranger in the Woods?

The Stranger in the Woods (2017) recounts the extraordinary story of a man who chose to leave behind the comforts and social aspects of modern life – and instead opt for a solitary existence in the woods of Maine. 

Wer The Stranger in the Woods lesen sollte

  • Psychology lovers looking for stories of extraordinary people 
  • True crime buffs curious about what’s behind the headlines
  • Anyone fascinated by unusual tales of survival against the odds

Memoirs Bücher: Thirteen Days von Robert F. Kennedy

Thirteen Days

Robert F. Kennedy
A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile Crisis
3.6 (35 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Thirteen Days?

Thirteen Days (1969) offers an inside look into the Cuban Missile Crisis, revealing the intense deliberations and decision-making processes of the U.S. government at the time. It chronicles the 13-day standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Through its pages, readers gain insight into the high-stakes diplomacy and behind-the-scenes actions that took place during this critical period.

Wer Thirteen Days lesen sollte

  • History buffs eager to delve deeper into the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Political enthusiasts curious about U.S. decision-making during crises
  • Those intrigued by pivotal moments in twentieth-century history

Memoirs Bücher: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! von Richard P. Feynman

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Richard P. Feynman
Adventures of a Curious Character
3.3 (97 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!?

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (1985) shares amusing and illuminating anecdotes from the life of Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman. From his unorthodox problem-solving methods to his rejection of pomp and pretense, it offers an insightful look at Feynman's iconoclastic personality and approach to science. 

Wer Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! lesen sollte

  • Aspiring physicists and scientists
  • Readers interested in humor and adventure
  • Those seeking an unconventional memoir

Memoirs Bücher: All Boys Aren't Blue von George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

George M. Johnson
A Memoir-Manifesto
2.8 (117 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in All Boys Aren't Blue?

All Boys Aren’t Blue (2020) is a memoir and a manifesto aimed at young people. The author shares their experiences of growing up Black and queer in the US, reflecting on family, identity, and sexuality.

Wer All Boys Aren't Blue lesen sollte

  • People who enjoy memoirs
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Anyone interested in race and identity

Memoirs Bücher: Becoming Myself von Irvin D. Yalom

Becoming Myself

Irvin D. Yalom
A Psychiatrist's Memoir
3.8 (96 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Becoming Myself?

Becoming Myself (2017) is a rare peek behind the curtain at the personal and professional life of one of the world’s most prominent psychotherapists. Weaving intimate anecdotes with therapeutic insights, it offers a unique, strikingly candid perspective on the human condition and the transformative power of psychotherapy. 

Wer Becoming Myself lesen sollte

  • Practicing psychotherapists and psychiatrists 
  • Individuals curious about a therapist’s personal and professional experience
  • Those interested in existential psychotherapy and self-discovery

Memoirs Bücher: Happy Sexy Millionaire von Steven Bartlett

Happy Sexy Millionaire

Steven Bartlett
Unexpected Truths about Fulfillment, Love, and Success
4.4 (308 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Happy Sexy Millionaire?

Happy Sexy Millionaire (2021) is part unfiltered memoir, part practical guide, and part desperate plea to today’s connected generation. Challenging pervasive narratives around what we “should” be chasing, it posits that fulfillment, genuine relationships, and intrinsic success are the true markers of a life well lived, and offers a range of strategies to get you on your way. 

Wer Happy Sexy Millionaire lesen sollte

  • Those feeling they may be chasing the wrong things 
  • Entrepreneurs carving out their own definition of “success” 
  • Individuals interested in self-discovery and personal development

Memoirs Bücher: Be Useful von Arnold Schwarzenegger

Be Useful

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Seven Tools for Life
4.3 (87 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Be Useful?

Be Useful (2023) is an inspirational journey through the life and principles that have propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger to unparalleled heights. It encapsulates the wisdom and tools he developed from a young age to transcend the limitations of his humble beginnings, emphasizing the power of a clear vision, resilience, and a steadfast commitment to being useful. Through a blend of personal anecdotes and practical advice, it encourages others to forge their own paths – highlighting the intrinsic capability within each individual to shape their destiny and make a meaningful impact. 

Wer Be Useful lesen sollte

  • Individuals seeking personal growth and self-improvement
  • Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger who are eager to learn from his experiences
  • Anyone looking for inspiration to persevere and thrive in spite of setbacks

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