The best 77 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving books

Critical thinking and problem solving are essential skills in today's fast-paced world. Developing these abilities can greatly enhance our decision-making process, leading to better outcomes in both personal and professional contexts. That's why we've curated this list of books to help you explore the fascinating world of Critical Thinking And Problem Solving.

These books offer valuable insights and practical techniques to sharpen your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. So, let's unlock your full potential and embark on this journey of intellectual growth and improved decision-making!
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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien

The Great Mental Models

Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien
General Thinking Concepts
4.4 (441 ratings)
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What's The Great Mental Models about?

The Great Mental Models (2019) provides a crash course on how to upgrade your thinking and decision making. Drawing from a wide variety of disciplines, it will equip you with nine of the most essential tools for understanding and navigating the complicated world around you.

Who should read The Great Mental Models?

  • Decision makers
  • Analysts
  • Anyone who wants to give their thinking an edge

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: How to Have Impossible Conversations	 by Peter Boghossian and James A. Lindsay

How to Have Impossible Conversations

Peter Boghossian and James A. Lindsay
A Very Practical Guide
4.5 (642 ratings)
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What's How to Have Impossible Conversations about?

How to Have Impossible Conversations (2019) is a guide to having frank conversations that don’t end in tears. Philosopher Peter Boghossian and scientist James Lindsay argue that however prickly the topic, we all profit when we air our disagreements – provided we’re out to learn something, not just shout our opponents down. These blinks will explore techniques that facilitate respectful dialogue, from rules of building rapport to the art of convincing your sparring partner to reexamine her assumptions. 

Who should read How to Have Impossible Conversations ?

  • Critical thinkers who love a good argument
  • Skeptics intent on dismantling irrational dogmas
  • Quiet rationalists fed up with all the shouting

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Entrepreneur's Weekly Nietzsche by Dave Jilk and Brad Feld

The Entrepreneur's Weekly Nietzsche

Dave Jilk and Brad Feld
A Book for Disruptors
4.0 (96 ratings)
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What's The Entrepreneur's Weekly Nietzsche about?

The Entrepreneur's Weekly Nietzsche (2021) is a how-to guide for disruptors, examining the surprising ways in which this nineteenth-century philosopher can instruct and inspire twenty-first-century entrepreneurs. From business pitches to pride, and from victory to progress, it offers food for thought from an unfamiliar but stimulating perspective.

Who should read The Entrepreneur's Weekly Nietzsche?

  • Entrepreneurs hoping to expand their conceptual toolkits
  • Businesspeople looking for a fresh perspective on innovation
  • All those interested in making practical use of philosophy

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Bulletproof Problem Solving by Charles Conn and Robert McLean

Bulletproof Problem Solving

Charles Conn and Robert McLean
The One Skill That Changes Everything
4.3 (324 ratings)
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What's Bulletproof Problem Solving about?

Bulletproof Problem Solving (2019) delves into one of the most important yet consistently neglected skills in the modern workplace: creative problem-solving. With many conventional jobs declining around the world, more and more employees are being tasked with tackling open-ended challenges. But you don’t need an advanced degree in statistical analysis to be a great problem solver – you just need the right strategies and a dash of creativity. 

Who should read Bulletproof Problem Solving?

  • Strategists and company leaders
  • Creatives and thinkers
  • Analysts and number-crunchers
  • Graduates entering the workforce

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

David Hume
4.5 (291 ratings)
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What's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding about?

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748) presents a succinct summary of Hume’s empirical and skeptical philosophy, and is one of the most influential texts of the early modern period. In calling for the use of reason in rejecting the “superstitions” of metaphysical philosophy and religion, this text helped to furnish the philosophical basis for the scientific method that was then coming to prominence in Enlightenment Europe. Even today, Hume’s Enquiry remains one of the best introductions to modern philosophy.

Who should read An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding?

  • Philosophy students looking for an introduction to Hume’s most important ideas
  • Rationalists who want to sharpen their reasoning skills
  • Anyone interested in the classics of Western philosophy

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: ALIEN Thinking by Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux and Michael Wade

ALIEN Thinking

Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux and Michael Wade
The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas
4.0 (168 ratings)
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What's ALIEN Thinking about?

Alien Thinking (2021) is a simple guide to having great ideas. Rather than simply waiting for inspiration to strike, it lays out five key skills that enable anyone to innovate on demand.

Who should read ALIEN Thinking?

  • Disruptors hungry for new ideas
  • Business leaders eager to cultivate innovation
  • Anyone who wants more eureka moments in their lives

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Rationality by Steven Pinker

Rationality

Steven Pinker
What It Is, Why It's Scarce, and How to Get More
4.2 (410 ratings)
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What's Rationality about?

Rationality (2021) explores the faculty that sets us apart from other species: reason. The ability to think rationally drives individual and social progress. It allows us to attain our goals and create a fairer world. But rationality isn’t just something we do as individuals – it also sustains our best institutions.

Who should read Rationality?

  • Would-be rationalists
  • Philosophical thinkers
  • Anyone who loves big ideas

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: How to Think More Effectively by The School of Life

How to Think More Effectively

The School of Life
A guide to greater productivity, insight and creativity
4.4 (983 ratings)
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What's How to Think More Effectively about?

How to Think More Effectively (2020) is a simple guide to improving the way you think. Drawing lessons from sources as diverse as the feeling of envy and the prose of Proust, it lays out the characteristics of effective thoughts – and shows how you can start cultivating them.

Who should read How to Think More Effectively?

  • Reflective types who want to up their cognitive game
  • Creatives trying to release their inner potential
  • Anyone who’d like to feel a little bit smarter

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Why Startups Fail by Tom Eisenmann

Why Startups Fail

Tom Eisenmann
A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success
4.4 (238 ratings)
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What's Why Startups Fail about?

Why Startups Fail (2021) identifies six core reasons why startups fail. It presents a framework for analyzing startup failure that explores how different aspects of a business work together. Entrepreneurs can use this framework to evaluate the health of their own ventures. 

Who should read Why Startups Fail?

  • Founders of early-stage startups
  • Entrepreneurs looking to scale their companies successfully
  • Innovators who’ve failed to get their project off the ground

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Framers by Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Francis de Véricourt

Framers

Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Francis de Véricourt
Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil
4.1 (65 ratings)
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What's Framers about?

Framers (2021) takes a bird’s eye view of the issues facing our world today, from pandemics to political polarization, and presents a visionary solution. That solution lies with framing –⁠ the conscious or unconscious act of viewing the world through a particular lens. By recognizing and rethinking the frames we use, we can optimize our attitudes toward the world and give ourselves a leg up in the face of major social, economic, and scientific challenges.

Who should read Framers?

  • Abstract thinkers concerned about global issues
  • Decision-makers who tend to over-rely on their gut instincts
  • Innovators struggling to bring their vision into reality

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Continuous Discovery Habits  by Teresa Torres

Continuous Discovery Habits

Teresa Torres
Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value
4.2 (282 ratings)
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What's Continuous Discovery Habits about?

Continuous Discovery Habits (2021) explores how product managers and designers can keep making a positive impact on their customers’ lives. It explores an optimal decision-making process for product teams, so that they can continue to improve their offerings. 

Who should read Continuous Discovery Habits ?

  • Product managers looking for a new way of working
  • Entrepreneurs seeking a fresh perspective on creativity
  • Product designers

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Disrupt You! by Jay Samit

Disrupt You!

Jay Samit
Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation
4.5 (261 ratings)
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What's Disrupt You! about?

Disrupt You! (2015) is an entrepreneur’s guide to driving innovation and impact. It draws on some of the biggest success stories in business and offers actionable tips for solving real-world problems and finding opportunity in failure. 

Who should read Disrupt You!?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to drive disruption
  • Optimists who want to find opportunity in failure
  • Anyone who looks at successful start-ups and asks, “What’s their secret?”

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Map It by Cathy Moore

Map It

Cathy Moore
The Hands-On Guide to Strategic Training Design
4.4 (40 ratings)
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What's Map It about?

Map it! The Action Mapping Book (2017) is a practical, hands-on guide for those in the business world that design training for fellow professionals. This revolutionary guide refocuses on solving problems in business and achieving measurable results. So if you’re longing to dump those ineffective webinars and boring slide stacks look no further—Map it! Will help you focus on what the problems are, how they got that way, and what everyone can do about it for provable results. 

Who should read Map It?

  • Business trainers looking for targeted, measurable results 
  • Problem solvers wanting a reliable path to better outcomes
  • Anyone who wants to ditch that boring training course, but make better on-the-job choices

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Meetings That Get Results by Terrence Metz

Meetings That Get Results

Terrence Metz
A Facilitator's Guide to Building Better Meetings
4.2 (192 ratings)
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What's Meetings That Get Results about?

Meetings That Get Results (2021) is a practical guide to the art of running more effective and efficient meetings. Designed for leaders tasked with facilitating meetings and group discussions, it emphasizes collaborative approaches to decision-making and problem-solving. 

Who should read Meetings That Get Results?

  • Leaders and organizers 
  • Tinkerers and optimizers 
  • Team players

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit by John V. Petrocelli

The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit

John V. Petrocelli
Harnessing Critical Thinking Habits to Combat False Information
3.7 (203 ratings)
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What's The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit about?

The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit (2021) uses real-world examples to help you build critical thinking habits – which will enable you to recognize and resist all the false information that pervades society.

Who should read The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit?

  • Bullshit detectors who want to hone their skills
  • People who think they’re immune to bullshitting
  • Anyone who yearns for a bullshit-free world

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Creative Acts for Curious People by Sarah Stein Greenberg

Creative Acts for Curious People

Sarah Stein Greenberg
How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways
4.4 (240 ratings)
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What's Creative Acts for Curious People about?

Creative Acts for Curious People (2021) collects insights about creativity and design taught in the classrooms of Stanford’s renowned Hasso Plattner School of Design, also known as the d.school. In addition to essays about the mindset and skills required for creative action, it offers over 80 practical exercises used by instructors from dozens of fields including medicine, education, and nonprofit to help improve your ability to solve problems, whether personal or on a global scale.

Who should read Creative Acts for Curious People?

  • Anyone who wants to boost problem-solving skills
  • Leaders seeking to improve teamwork
  • Creative practitioners from any field

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Leadership by Henry Kissinger

Leadership

Henry Kissinger
Six Studies in World Strategy
4.3 (382 ratings)
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What's Leadership about?

Leadership (2022) is a detailed analysis of six monumental twentieth-century leaders. By examining both the circumstances that formed these leaders and the strategies they used to shepherd their respective nations through periods of turmoil, it presents invaluable lessons for anyone working to shape the world’s future. From Charles de Gaulle’s strategy of will to Anwar Sadat’s strategy of transcendence and beyond, it serves as a historical debriefing on some of the defining leadership strategies of the last century.

Who should read Leadership?

  • History and politics geeks
  • Aspiring politicians
  • Biography lovers

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Great Mental Models Volume 3 by Rhiannon Beaubien and Rosie Leizrowice

The Great Mental Models Volume 3

Rhiannon Beaubien and Rosie Leizrowice
Systems and Mathematics
4.3 (296 ratings)
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What's The Great Mental Models Volume 3 about?

The Great Mental Models Volume 3 (2021) is the third book in a series that shows how mental models from various disciplines can be applied to make positive changes to your life. This volume focuses on mental models from systems and mathematics. It demonstrates how you can use cognitive tools to improve everything from decision-making and relationships to healthy eating and personal productivity.

Who should read The Great Mental Models Volume 3?

  • Decision-makers
  • Problem-solvers
  • The intellectually curious

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Being You by Anil Seth

Being You

Anil Seth
A New Science of Consciousness
4.2 (499 ratings)
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What's Being You about?

Being You (2021) offers a new theory of consciousness. What does it mean to be you? Why do your experiences of the world, your selfhood, and your body feel the way they do? Combining neuroscience, philosophy, and a pinch of speculation, these blinks argue that consciousness is not as mysterious as it seems – it is deeply entwined with our living, breathing bodies.

Who should read Being You?

  • Science enthusiasts interested in the mystery of consciousness
  • The philosophically inclined
  • Fans and critics of Artificial Intelligence

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl Popper

The Logic of Scientific Discovery

Karl Popper
4.7 (454 ratings)
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What's The Logic of Scientific Discovery about?

The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1935) is Karl Popper’s classic work on the purpose of science and knowledge. Scientists should test their theories not to verify them, but to falsify them, and hence become even more accurate.

Who should read The Logic of Scientific Discovery?

  • Scientists interested in the big picture
  • Philosophers curious about scientific method
  • Logic lovers

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Longpath by Ari Wallach

Longpath

Ari Wallach
Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs - an Antidote for Short-Termism
4.3 (261 ratings)
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What's Longpath about?

Longpath (2022) is written to change the way you think about humankind. By teaching the lessons of the Longpath mentality, it shows how to break the bad habit of short-term thinking and embrace a mentality that helps connect humanity’s past, present, and future in order to make a better world. 

Who should read Longpath?

  • Individuals interested in improving their connection to others
  • Anyone held back by short-term thinking
  • Policymakers at the local, state, or federal level

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Wild Problems by Russ Roberts

Wild Problems

Russ Roberts
A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us
4.5 (318 ratings)
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What's Wild Problems about?

Wild Problems (2022) is an exploration of decision-making, particularly when it comes to the thornier issues of life that can have the deepest impact. Although the modern world offers algorithms and practical approaches to doing so, calculations are not always the best way to a life well lived.

Who should read Wild Problems?

  • Anyone interested in philosophy
  • People at the threshold of making major life decisions like marriage or a geographical move
  • Anyone struggling with becoming more decisive

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Don’t Trust Your Gut by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Don’t Trust Your Gut

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life
3.9 (231 ratings)
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What's Don’t Trust Your Gut about?

Don’t Trust Your Gut (2022) turns that tried-and-true wisdom about trusting your gut on its head. Not only does trusting your gut instinct often lead you to make the wrong decision, there’s a pretty foolproof method to ensure you make the right decision – analyzing the available data and acting on it.

Who should read Don’t Trust Your Gut?

  • Regretful impulsive decision-makers
  • Those so overwhelmed by decision-making that they rarely make any decisions
  • Anyone who’s ever resorted to a coin flip to make a particularly tricky decision

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Journey Beyond Fear by John Hagel III

The Journey Beyond Fear

John Hagel III
Leverage the Three Pillars of Positivity to Build Your Success
4.1 (298 ratings)
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What's The Journey Beyond Fear about?

The Journey Beyond Fear (2021) is a guide to overcoming fear and reaching your full potential. During his 40-year career in Silicon Valley, Hagel has identified three practical tools that anyone can benefit from. Here, he explains exactly how to use them, so you can make the most of exciting new opportunities in your professional and personal life.

Who should read The Journey Beyond Fear?

  • Business people looking for motivation, inspiration or direction
  • People who want to overcome fear to achieve their full potential
  • Anyone interested in the opportunities offered by learning platforms

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Mavericks by David Giles Lewis, Jules Goddard & Tamryn Batcheller-Adams

Mavericks

David Giles Lewis, Jules Goddard & Tamryn Batcheller-Adams
How Bold Leadership Changes the World
4.4 (253 ratings)
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What's Mavericks about?

Mavericks (2022) makes a case for maverick leadership. It shows that independent thinkers motivated by meaningful goals can transform their careers and communities – and that anyone can develop their inner maverick by focusing on five key characteristics.

Who should read Mavericks?

  • Leaders interested in shaking things up
  • Anyone who wants to become more resourceful or resilient
  • People who want to change their organizations or communities for the better

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Provoke by Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach

Provoke

Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach
How Leaders Shape the Future by Overcoming Fatal Human Flaws
4.6 (26 ratings)
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What's Provoke about?

Provoke (2021) draws lessons from provocative entrepreneurs who pinpointed key trends early and rode them to phenomenal success. What’s more, by outlining the key principles of future-oriented strategy, it shows how anyone can act to provoke the future outcomes they want for their business.

Who should read Provoke?

  • Anyone wondering how to future-proof their business
  • Entrepreneurs who’d like to turn their vision into reality
  • Managers who want to lead boldly and strategically

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Conversations Worth Having by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres

Conversations Worth Having

Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres
Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement
4.7 (578 ratings)
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What's Conversations Worth Having about?

Conversations Worth Having (2018) looks at the power of conversation in our lives and what we can do to communicate more productively at work, in our relationships, and in the community. Drawing on real-life stories and scientifically based theories, it illustrates how we can improve organizations and lives using the principle of Appreciative Inquiry – effective conversation through positive perspective and asking the right questions.

Who should read Conversations Worth Having?

  • Leaders who want to engage with their teams for the best results
  • Parents and teachers who want to see their children flourish
  • Anyone looking to improve the tone and direction of their conversations

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Win Every Argument by Mehdi Hasan

Win Every Argument

Mehdi Hasan
The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking
4.2 (735 ratings)
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What's Win Every Argument about?

Win Every Argument (2023) is a guide to the art of argument by one of the world’s most combative debaters: journalist, anchor, and writer Mehdi Hasan. Drawing on ancient theories of persuasion, neuroscientific theories of cognition, and the rhetorical tricks of contemporary politicians, Hasan reveals the secrets to winning arguments in today’s post-factual world.

Who should read Win Every Argument?

  • Natural-born arguers and debaters
  • Anyone interested in the art of persuasion
  • Public speakers and politicos

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Tools by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

The Tools

Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower--and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion
4.4 (456 ratings)
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What's The Tools about?

The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower—and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion (2012) outlines five mental exercises to immediately tackle common challenges that may be holding you back in life. The coauthors are therapists and include patient cases and sketches to elaborate on how to use each tool. 

Who should read The Tools?

  • People seeking immediately actionable methods for life improvement
  • Those frustrated with traditional therapy
  • Anyone looking to interact more positively with other people

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Thinking 101 by Woo-kyoung Ahn

Thinking 101

Woo-kyoung Ahn
How to Reason Better to Live Better
4.4 (427 ratings)
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What's Thinking 101 about?

Thinking 101 (2022) asserts that by understanding and overcoming thinking biases, we can better solve or even avoid most problems, from everyday conflicts to larger societal issues. 

Who should read Thinking 101?

  • Problem solvers interested in thinking differently
  • People who want to understand the actions and motivations of others
  • Students or other academics interested in cognitive psychology

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Facilitating Breakthrough by Adam Kahane

Facilitating Breakthrough

Adam Kahane
How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together
4.2 (47 ratings)
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What's Facilitating Breakthrough about?

Facilitating Breakthrough (2021) dives into how people can go about solving their most intractable problems. By using an approach honed over decades, you can learn how to remove obstacles from conflicts and make progress toward resolution.

Who should read Facilitating Breakthrough?

  • Facilitators, managers, and mediators 
  • Anyone looking for new ways to resolve intractable situations
  • People interested in the art of problem-solving

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: You Coach You by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

You Coach You

Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis
How to Overcome Challenges at Work and Take Control of Your Career
4.5 (388 ratings)
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What's You Coach You about?

You Coach You (2022) is a guide to being your own coach for maximum career success and happiness. With practical guides, questions that help you think about who you are at work, and fun exercises, the authors show you how you can be your own best cheerleader and guide. 

Who should read You Coach You?

  • Anyone who is looking to improve their happiness at work
  • Anyone who is stuck in their career and looking for growth
  • Anyone who wants to change gears at work

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Prepared Leader by Erika H. James and Lynn Perry Wooten

The Prepared Leader

Erika H. James and Lynn Perry Wooten
Emerge from Any Crisis More Resilient Than Before
4.4 (258 ratings)
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What's The Prepared Leader about?

The Prepared Leader (2022) is a guidebook for those seeking insights on how to manage and persevere through a crisis. One thing is certain: it won’t be long before another crisis hits. The Prepared Leader shows how you can be ready and successful in weathering the next storm.

Who should read The Prepared Leader?

  • Group leaders and executives
  • Business owners
  • HR professionals

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Heart of Transformation by Michael J. Leckie

The Heart of Transformation

Michael J. Leckie
Build the Human Capabilities That Change Organizations for Good
4.6 (169 ratings)
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What's The Heart of Transformation about?

The Heart of Transformation (2021) is a how-to guide for changing an organization. It focuses on six specific capabilities that leaders can adopt to meet the demands of the twenty-first century.

Who should read The Heart of Transformation?

  • Anyone working in management or leadership
  • Entrepreneurs or small business owners 
  • Anyone curious about how to change a workplace for the better

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Both/And Thinking by Wendy K. Smith, Marianne W. Lewis

Both/And Thinking

Wendy K. Smith, Marianne W. Lewis
Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems
3.7 (55 ratings)
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What's Both/And Thinking about?

Both/And Thinking (2022) offers a new framework for decision-making. With an either/or mindset, your world appears full of complex choices and difficult sacrifices. By adopting a both/and mindset, you can transform tough choices into fruitful opportunities – no sacrifices necessary.

Who should read Both/And Thinking?

  • Anyone who thinks sacrifice is the only path to finding success
  • Busy professionals struggling to prioritize professional and personal obligations
  • People whose lives are full of complications – but who want to thrive anyway!

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Impromptu by Reid Hoffman with GPT-4

Impromptu

Reid Hoffman with GPT-4
Amplifying Our Humanity Through AI
4.2 (292 ratings)
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What's Impromptu about?

Impromptu (2023) is a speculative, in-depth conversation involving GPT-4 – a Large Language Model Artificial Intelligence. By discussing real-life stories and potential applications, it paints a future in which Artificial Intelligence is a tool that can push the limits of education, creativity, business, and more. Join the conversation, and prepare for an exciting future that will unlock the true potential of humankind.

Who should read Impromptu?

  • The curious and optimistic who are eagerly following the world-changing developments of Artificial Intelligence
  • Skeptical doomsayers who would like to hear a less-dystopian outlook for the future
  • Anyone unfamiliar with AI who would like to learn what all the fuss is about.

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Empowered by Marty Cagan with Chris Jones

Empowered

Marty Cagan with Chris Jones
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products
4.1 (90 ratings)
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What's Empowered about?

Empowered (2020) is a written master class that guides ordinary people to create extraordinary products. Discover how to create profitable products that consumers love!

Who should read Empowered?

  • Tech product owners looking to lead with purpose
  • Lovers of influential product designs
  • Anyone curious about how great tech gets made

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Decision Making and Problem Solving by John Adair

Decision Making and Problem Solving

John Adair
Break Through Barriers and Banish Uncertainty at Work
4.0 (92 ratings)
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What's Decision Making and Problem Solving about?

Decision Making and Problem Solving (2019) explains decision-making, problem-solving, and creative thinking. It provides instructions for building and improving these skills and explores the importance of these abilities enabling you to expand your practical thinking capacity.

Who should read Decision Making and Problem Solving?

  • Business leaders who want to improve their teams’ decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Employees seeking to polish their practical thinking skills
  • Anyone interested in elevating their capacity for creative and critical thinking

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: What’s Our Problem? by Tim Urban

What’s Our Problem?

Tim Urban
A Self-Help Book for Societies
4.4 (438 ratings)
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What's What’s Our Problem? about?

What’s Our Problem (2023) offers a fun and unique perspective on the strange state of the modern world in which we live. Using the author’s iconic comedic style, it draws on observations from political theory, psychology, history, and modern-day events to explain what is going on in our society, and what we can potentially do to fix it.

Who should read What’s Our Problem??

  • Followers of Tim Urban and his blog, Wait But Why
  • The socially-minded looking for clear and clever explanations of complex problems
  • Anyone confused and overwhelmed by the crazy state of the world

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg

The Climate Book

Greta Thunberg
The Facts and the Solutions
3.8 (79 ratings)
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What's The Climate Book about?

The Climate Book (2023) unites dozens of voices in a compelling and eye-opening exploration of the complex relationships between climate change, politics, and media. Offering insights into the interconnectedness of various global issues and the urgent need for systemic change, it contains practical, actionable steps towards a sustainable and equitable future.

Who should read The Climate Book?

  • Everyone concerned about our planet Earth
  • Climate activists looking to bolster their tactics arsenal 
  • Politicians and journalists who want to be part of the solution, not the problem 

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Road Less Stupid by Keith J. Cunningham

The Road Less Stupid

Keith J. Cunningham
Advice from the Chairman of the Board
4.5 (68 ratings)
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What's The Road Less Stupid about?

The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board (2018) is about avoiding the dumb mistakes that can sabotage businesses. The way to avoid these mistakes, which is usually more valuable than having smart ideas, is to think more and with more focus. Cunningham shows readers how to do this with his Thinking Time practice.

Who should read The Road Less Stupid?

  • Business leaders interested in minimizing risk and maximizing output
  • Small business owners who are looking to take the next step
  • Anyone struggling to find a solution to a recurring business problem

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers

Sean Covey
The International Bestseller Updated for the Digital Age
4.4 (46 ratings)
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What's The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers about?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers (2011) invites teenagers to begin taking charge of their lives by teaching them seven habits that help them thrive and will set them up for a successful future. 

Who should read The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers?

  • Parents and guardians of teens
  • Teachers and other role models
  • Leadership coaches

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: It Worked for Me by Colin Powell with Tony Koltz

It Worked for Me

Colin Powell with Tony Koltz
In Life and Leadership
4.7 (152 ratings)
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What's It Worked for Me about?

It Worked for Me (2012) imparts Colin Powell’s practical wisdom on becoming an effective leader. It’s largely based on his time in the military and public service, and the insights he gained from his experiences in these positions. 

Who should read It Worked for Me?

  • Experienced leaders looking to improve their leadership techniques
  • Military personnel who’d like to learn from a four-star general
  • Anyone who aspires to be a leader

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Quantum Supremacy by Michio Kaku

Quantum Supremacy

Michio Kaku
How the Quantum Computer Revolution Will Change Everything
4.3 (450 ratings)
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What's Quantum Supremacy about?

Quantum Supremacy (2023) makes understanding the facts and theory behind quantum computers accessible and easy to understand for everyone. It traces the history of the modern computer and posits a future in which quantum computing takes on the challenges of humanity that are unsolvable with even the most powerful of modern supercomputers.

Who should read Quantum Supremacy?

  • People interested in quantum computers
  • The physics-curious
  • Future-forward thinkers

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore

Coaching for Performance

Sir John Whitmore
The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership
4.5 (104 ratings)
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What's Coaching for Performance about?

Coaching for Performance (2009) is the foundational text which launched the multimillion-dollar business coaching industry. The 25th anniversary edition brings new life to the hallmark GROW model, and revisits the methods after a quarter-century of learning in performance coaching. It’s essential for leaders and coaches globally.

Who should read Coaching for Performance?

  • Leaders looking for inspiration
  • Coaches who want to understand the performance coaching method
  • Anyone looking to improve the performance of their team

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Disruptive Thinking by T. D. Jakes

Disruptive Thinking

T. D. Jakes
A Daring Strategy to Change How We Live, Lead, and Love
3.5 (336 ratings)
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What's Disruptive Thinking about?

Disruptive Thinking (2023) is a guide to unlocking your potential and turning adversity into opportunity. By learning to understand and leverage disruption, you can kickstart your most profound personal and professional metamorphosis yet.

Who should read Disruptive Thinking?

  • Leaders seeking to pave the way with care
  • Community champions doing God’s work
  • Trailblazers looking to grow their career

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Design Thinking Workbook by CJ Meadows, Charvi Parikh

The Design Thinking Workbook

CJ Meadows, Charvi Parikh
Essential Skills for Creativity and Business Growth
4.5 (261 ratings)
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What's The Design Thinking Workbook about?

The Design Thinking Workbook (2022) provides a guide and template for problem-solving in creative, innovative ways. Meadows and Parikh share foundational skills, tools, and techniques essential to effectively addressing challenges and increasing productivity in any field of work. Their advice will help practitioners of design thinking – from beginners to experts – upgrade their creativity and increase their effectiveness when pursuing goals.

Who should read The Design Thinking Workbook?

  • Leaders looking to improve their team’s problem-solving abilities
  • Anyone interested in boosting individual and team productivity
  • People looking to boost their creativity

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard

How to Measure Anything

Douglas W. Hubbard
Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business
4.1 (41 ratings)
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What's How to Measure Anything about?

How to Measure Anything (2007) challenges the notion that certain things can’t be measured, arguing instead that with the right tools and perspectives, everything is quantifiable. It provides insightful methodologies and real-world examples to guide readers on how to turn seemingly immeasurable concepts into tangible data, ultimately helping to make more informed decisions.

Who should read How to Measure Anything?

  • Business executives and entrepreneurs looking to better quantify their company’s intangibles
  • Students studying business or economics
  • Anyone searching for insights on how to enhance their risk assessment techniques

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Imperfectionists by Robert McLean and Charles Conn

The Imperfectionists

Robert McLean and Charles Conn
Strategic Mindsets for Uncertain Times
4.6 (47 ratings)
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What's The Imperfectionists about?

The Imperfectionists (2023) is a strategic guide to surviving – and thriving – in today’s uncertain world. As careers and lives continue to be disrupted at an unprecedented rate, individuals equipped with specific problem-solving mindsets will have a critical advantage. 

Who should read The Imperfectionists?

  • Entrepreneurs committed to staying ahead of the curve 
  • Leaders in disrupted fields 
  • Anyone wanting to improve their creative problem-solving skills

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks

The Mythical Man-Month

Frederick P. Brooks
Essays on Software Engineering
3.8 (52 ratings)
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What's The Mythical Man-Month about?

The Mythical Man-Month (1975) invites you into the intriguing world of software development. It stirs the pot of conventional wisdom, and introduces fresh perspectives on team dynamics, project timelines, and the very nature of software complexity. Prepare to see the tech realm with fresh eyes and a renewed perspective.

Who should read The Mythical Man-Month?

  • Software project managers seeking insight
  • Developers navigating team dynamics
  • Tech enthusiasts exploring industry history

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Young Entrepreneur by Swish Goswami & Quinn Underwood

The Young Entrepreneur

Swish Goswami & Quinn Underwood
How to Start a Business While You're Still a Student
4.1 (20 ratings)
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What's The Young Entrepreneur about?

The Young Entrepreneur (2022) unveils the heart of the entrepreneurial journey for the next generation. Merging audacity with actionable insights and world-shaping vision, it invites young minds to navigate the business maze, tap into resilience, and become the force of change our world craves.

Who should read The Young Entrepreneur?

  • Aspiring young business visionaries
  • Students exploring entrepreneurial pathways
  • Innovators seeking impactful change

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Ludwig Wittgenstein
4.0 (295 ratings)
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What's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus about?

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) is a singular and ground-breaking work of modern philosophy that attempts to illuminate the relationship between logic, language, and reality.

Who should read Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus?

  • Big thinkers curious about contemporary philosophy
  • Language lovers interested in the relationship between language and reality
  • Anyone interested in the major thinkers of modernity

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: How to Read a Financial Report by John A. Tracy and Tage C. Tracy

How to Read a Financial Report

John A. Tracy and Tage C. Tracy
Essential Information for Entrepreneurs, Lenders, Investors, Analysts, and Management
4.2 (99 ratings)
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What's How to Read a Financial Report about?

How to Read a Financial Report (1980) serves as a comprehensive guide that demystifies the complexities of evaluating a company's fiscal health. It explores balance sheets and income reports, clarifies the fundamentals of financial ratios, and explains any accompanying notes, offering tools for a clear and confident assessment of a business's economic status.

Who should read How to Read a Financial Report?

  • Investors
  • Managers
  • Non-financial professionals 

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Cracked it! by Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps & Olivier Sibony

Cracked it!

Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps & Olivier Sibony
How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants
4.0 (62 ratings)
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What's Cracked it! about?

Cracked it! (2018) offers you a toolbox for solving complex problems with speed and precision. Uncover how to apply methods from hypothesis-driven thinking to the Pyramid Principle, ensuring you tackle challenges effectively. Elevate your decision-making skills and become the go-to problem solver in your organization.

Who should read Cracked it!?

  • MBA students learning problem-solving techniques
  • Business executives seeking actionable strategies
  • Consultants looking to sharpen skills

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Future Skills by Bernard Marr

Future Skills

Bernard Marr
The 20 Skills and Competencies Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World
3.9 (246 ratings)
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What's Future Skills about?

Future Skills (2022) outlines 20 core skills that will be essential for success in an increasingly digital world. From digital literacy to social media awareness, these competencies can benefit anyone regardless of career focus or life goals.

Who should read Future Skills?

  • Those worried about the AI revolution and its impact on the future of work 
  • Career optimizers seeking practical advice for the next digital age
  • Anyone looking for a competitive edge in an increasingly automated world

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Change Proof by Adam Markel

Change Proof

Adam Markel
Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Build Long-Term Resilience
4.5 (53 ratings)
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What's Change Proof about?

Change Proof (2022) offers strategies for developing resilience to thrive in an uncertain world. Through insightful stories and practical frameworks, it reveals how to build the mental fortitude, self-care routines, and leadership principles that empower individuals and organizations to recover, adapt, and find opportunity in disruption.

Who should read Change Proof?

  • Leaders overseeing change 
  • Professionals in fast-moving industries 
  • Anyone who wants to build resilience

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Analysis Without Paralysis by Babette E. Bensoussan

Analysis Without Paralysis

Babette E. Bensoussan
10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions
4.1 (194 ratings)
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What's Analysis Without Paralysis about?

Analysis Without Paralysis is a practical guide to the ten most powerful strategic analysis tools that will help you make better and faster business decisions. It is a simple and straightforward tour through models such as Porter’s Five Forces, PEST, and SWOT, teaching you when and how to utilize these powerful techniques.

Who should read Analysis Without Paralysis?

  • Managers who want to build a competitive strategy
  • All types of entrepreneurs
  • Business Owners wanting to turn data into information

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Clear Thinking by Shane Parrish

Clear Thinking

Shane Parrish
Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results
4.0 (258 ratings)
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What's Clear Thinking about?

Clear Thinking (2023) presents a strategy and tactics to improve your quality of reasoning using a concise synthesis of the insights from thought leaders in business, psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. It begins with teaching how to discern when critical thought is most important and then to manage the factors that most commonly obscure real problems. It then shares tactics to optimally develop and evaluate possible solutions, choose the best one, and take action.

Who should read Clear Thinking?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their quality of thinking for better outcomes in life
  • Business leaders seeking effective decision-making strategies
  • People who want to establish better habits

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

The Conquest of Happiness

Bertrand Russell
4.5 (94 ratings)
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What's The Conquest of Happiness about?

The Conquest of Happiness (1930) explores the pursuit of human happiness. It dissects common obstacles to happiness, such as competition and fatigue, as well as the various factors that contribute to it. Equal parts philosophical and practical, you’ll come away with a deepened understanding of, and preparedness for, a fulfilling life. 

Who should read The Conquest of Happiness?

  • Anyone wanting to increase their sense of fulfillment
  • Individuals interested in the development of the personal happiness movement
  • Philosophy enthusiasts seeking an understanding of Russell’s perspective

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Move Fast and Fix Things by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss

Move Fast and Fix Things

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
The Trusted Leader's Guide to Solving Hard Problems and Accelerating Change
3.2 (91 ratings)
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What's Move Fast and Fix Things about?

Move Fast and Fix Things (2023) dives into the art of addressing core challenges in organizational landscapes. Emphasizing the interplay of genuine curiosity and steadfast trust, it reveals the blueprint for navigating business dynamics and turning challenges into stepping stones – paving the way for enduring success.

Who should read Move Fast and Fix Things?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking strategic insights
  • Management professionals aiming for transparency and trust-building
  • Business consultants focused on organizational problem-solving

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Writing for Busy Readers by Todd Rogers & Jessica Lasky-Fink

Writing for Busy Readers

Todd Rogers & Jessica Lasky-Fink
Communicate More Effectively in the Real World
4.2 (24 ratings)
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What's Writing for Busy Readers about?

Writing for Busy Readers (2023) is a guide to writing effectively in the digital age. Based on research in behavioral science, it provides you with six principles for writing messages that are clear, concise, and engaging – even for busy readers.

Who should read Writing for Busy Readers?

  • Digital content writers aiming to enhance their work’s readability
  • Anyone who wants to write more effectively
  • Aspiring writers seeking modern guidance

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Leadership on the Line by Ronald A. Heifetz & Marty Linsky

Leadership on the Line

Ronald A. Heifetz & Marty Linsky
Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change
3.5 (22 ratings)
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What's Leadership on the Line about?

Leadership on the Line (2002) explores the challenges and risks inherent in leadership roles, with a focus on leading through significant and often contentious change. Through numerous examples and metaphors, it offers strategies for leaders to enact meaningful change, practice adaptive leadership, and maintain resilience in any scenario.

Who should read Leadership on the Line?

  • Managers seeking to implement transformative change within their teams 
  • Emerging leaders looking to develop strategic insights into handling new leadership roles
  • Educators aspiring to instill leadership principles and adaptive problem-solving skills in their students

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin

Visual Thinking

Temple Grandin
The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions
4.1 (190 ratings)
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What's Visual Thinking about?

Visual Thinking (2022) offers an authoritative view on different ways of thinking, and how those differences have been crucial to many of our biggest creative advancements. It shows how society tends to be biased toward verbal thinkers – and how visual thinkers, albeit typically underserved in society, bring an array of crucial skills to various domains.

Who should read Visual Thinking?

  • Anyone curious about autism
  • Artists and creative minds
  • People interested in team-building

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Spoon-Fed by Tim Spector

Spoon-Fed

Tim Spector
Why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong
3.8 (148 ratings)
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What's Spoon-Fed about?

Spoon-Fed (2020) explores the widespread confusion and misinformation about nutrition, shedding light on the dearth of substantial scientific support for many prevailing food myths. The book delves into the influence exerted by the food industry on government dietary recommendations and urges readers to critically assess diet plans, official advice, and food labels, prompting a reevaluation of their relationship with food.

Who should read Spoon-Fed?

  • Those looking to develop a healthier diet and lifestyle
  • People with dietary restrictions or conditions
  • Skeptics of fad diets and food marketing

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Think Twice by Michael J. Mauboussin

Think Twice

Michael J. Mauboussin
Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition
3.8 (166 ratings)

What's Think Twice about?

Think Twice (2012) examines the hidden cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that routinely impair our judgment. It also provides concrete steps to counteract ingrained thinking and adopt a clear-eyed approach to making choices.

Who should read Think Twice?

  • Investors looking to avoid costly cognitive biases
  • Professionals who want to improve their decision-making
  • Students of psychology, economics, and human behavior

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk

The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need

Joanna Martine Woolfolk
3.1 (60 ratings)
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What's The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need about?

The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need (2001) is a comprehensive guide to astrology, covering everything from sun signs and planets to houses and aspects. It provides an explanation of zodiac profiles, compatibility, and birth chart interpretation, allowing you to unlock the secrets of the cosmos to better understand yourself and your relationships with others.

Who should read The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need?

  • Holistic wellness seekers 
  • People looking for New Age spiritual guidance
  • Fans of astrology TikTok

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Art of Clear Thinking by Hasard Lee

The Art of Clear Thinking

Hasard Lee
A Stealth Fighter Pilot's Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions
3.8 (357 ratings)
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What's The Art of Clear Thinking about?

The Art of Clear Thinking (2023) is a practical guide to decision-making as seen through the lens of a US fighter pilot. It introduces readers to the ACE Helix framework employed by those engaged in air combat while prompting you to consider how the underlying principles could be of benefit in your own life. 

Who should read The Art of Clear Thinking?

  • Key decision-makers in any field
  • Individuals keen to improve their ability to think clearly and critically 
  • People interested in military operations

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense

Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton
Profiting from Evidence-based Management
3.5 (128 ratings)
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What's Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense about?

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense (2006) is a critical examination of how business decisions are often made based on flawed reasoning and unsupported beliefs. It advocates for evidence-based management, emphasizing the importance of relying on facts and rigorous analysis rather than popular yet unsubstantiated management practices. 

Who should read Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense?

  • Business leaders seeking data-driven decision-making methods
  • Managers challenging conventional wisdom in business
  • Professionals interested in evidence-based management practices

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

Capitalist Realism

Mark Fisher
Is There No Alternative?
3.8 (206 ratings)
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What's Capitalist Realism about?

Capitalist Realism (2009) offers an analysis of how contemporary society is shaped and constrained by capitalist ideology. You'll explore the concept of “capitalist realism” – the pervasive sense that no alternative to capitalism is possible. This influential work challenges you to consider the psychological and cultural impacts of living under such a dominant economic system, prompting a reevaluation of societal structures and personal beliefs.

Who should read Capitalist Realism?

  • Anyone feeling let down by our current social or economic systems
  • Activists seeking insights on capitalist influence in society
  • Students of political theory or philosophy

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Conscious Mind by David J. Chalmers

The Conscious Mind

David J. Chalmers
In Search of a Fundamental Theory
3.9 (14 ratings)
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What's The Conscious Mind about?

The Conscious Mind (1996) is a groundbreaking work analyzing why subjective experience has remained so resistant to conventional scientific explanations. It argues that consciousness must be considered a fundamental property woven into reality rather than an illusory emergent product of brain computations.

Who should read The Conscious Mind?

  • Technologists and futurists contemplating machine consciousness
  • Curious minds exploring the connections between science and spirit
  • Anyone appreciating thought experiments that challenge fundamental assumptions about reality

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams
A Novel
4.5 (28 ratings)
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What's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy about?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) is the first book in a series of science fiction novels that follows Arthur Dent, the only human to escape the destruction of Earth. Following his rescue by an alien researcher for the eponymous guide, Arthur’s reluctant adventure across space and time leads to an array of surreal and humorous escapades across the universe.

Who should read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

  • Those interested in learning what the classic science fiction franchise is all about
  • First-time intergalactic travelers looking to brush up on alien etiquette
  • Anyone curious about the meaning of life, the universe, and everything

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Make Possibilities Happen by Grace Hawthorne, Stanford d.school

Make Possibilities Happen

Grace Hawthorne, Stanford d.school
How to Transform Ideas into Reality
4.1 (263 ratings)
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What's Make Possibilities Happen about?

Make Possibilities Happen (2023) is filled with practical strategies to turn your dreams into realities through hard work, vision, and perseverance. Through approachable storytelling and actionable advice, it empowers you to take control of your life and pursue your biggest goals and ambitions.

Who should read Make Possibilities Happen?

  • Dreamers who want practical advice on getting their ideas off the ground
  • Do-ers who leap into new projects but struggle to finish them
  • Anyone who wants to reach their full creative potential

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

The Intelligence Trap

David Robson
Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
3.6 (108 ratings)
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What's The Intelligence Trap about?

The Intelligence Trap (2019) presents a compelling argument that high intelligence does not always equate to good thinking. In fact, intelligence can lead to significant mistakes, and intelligent people can fall into the trap of simplistic reasoning. As a solution, it offers strategies to cultivate wisdom and make better decisions, stressing the importance of intellectual humility, critical thinking, and the ability to learn from mistakes. 

Who should read The Intelligence Trap?

  • Educators and academics
  • Students and lifelong learners
  • Anyone interested in self-improvement

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

The Society of the Spectacle

Guy Debord
3.8 (37 ratings)
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What's The Society of the Spectacle about?

The Society of the Spectacle (1967) plunges into an intricate world where media, culture, and consumerism converge, shaping perceptions and experiences. It’s a journey through a labyrinth of modern life's illusions, offering insights on discerning reality amidst the dazzling distortions and finding your path in a world awash with reflective deceits.

Who should read The Society of the Spectacle?

  • Critical thinkers and social commentators
  • Students and enthusiasts of political theory
  • Budding philosophers and cultural theorists

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Swipe to Unlock by Neel Mehta, Parth Detroja & Aditya Agashe

Swipe to Unlock

Neel Mehta, Parth Detroja & Aditya Agashe
The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy
4.3 (10 ratings)
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What's Swipe to Unlock about?

Swipe to Unlock (2017) offers a clear and concise understanding of the key concepts and technologies shaping today’s digital world. It breaks down complex tech topics into easily digestible explanations, covering everything from how the internet works to the business strategies of major tech companies. It’s essential material for anyone looking to navigate the intersection of technology, business, and everyday life, regardless of their technical background.

Who should read Swipe to Unlock?

  • Aspiring tech professionals who don’t want to be coders
  • Non-tech professionals working at tech companies
  • Anyone curious about the inner workings of the tech industry

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: Positive Chaos by Dan Thurmon

Positive Chaos

Dan Thurmon
Transform Crisis Into Clarity and Advantage
3.8 (30 ratings)
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What's Positive Chaos about?

Positive Chaos (2023) delves into the complexities and paradoxical benefits of chaos. Drawing on groundbreaking research, it shows how to transform chaos from a disruptive force into a catalyst for personal development.

Who should read Positive Chaos?

  • Individuals seeking strategies to thrive in chaotic environments
  • Leaders aiming to enhance their skills in unpredictable times
  • Professionals interested in personal and workplace growth

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Books: The Poetry and Music of Science by Tom McLeish

The Poetry and Music of Science

Tom McLeish
Comparing Creativity in Science and Art
4.2 (13 ratings)
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What's The Poetry and Music of Science about?

The Poetry and Music of Science (2019) delves into the creative parallels between scientific inquiry and artistic expression. It explores how scientific pursuits, much like poetry and music, are deeply rooted in human creativity and storytelling, and how both domains are united in their quest to understand and interpret the world.

Who should read The Poetry and Music of Science?

  • Those wanting to know about the creative process behind discoveries
  • Artists, musicians, writers interested in the parallels between their work and scientific breakthroughs
  • Lifelong learners fascinated by topics like human creativity, innovation, and problem-solving

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