The best 100 Learning books

Learning is an essential aspect of human growth and development. It helps us acquire new skills, expand our knowledge, and adapt to an ever-changing world. Our thoughtfully selected book list is designed to enhance your learning experience in various fields.

By exploring these books, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the process of learning and discover effective strategies to optimize your personal and professional growth. So, let's embrace the joy of learning and embark on this enlightening journey together!
The best 100 Learning books
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Learning Books: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman
4.5 (5,496 ratings)
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What's Thinking, Fast and Slow about?

Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) – a recapitulation of the decades of research that led to Kahneman's winning the Nobel Prize – explains his contributions to our current understanding of psychology and behavioral economics. Over the years, the research of Kahneman and his colleagues has helped us better understand how decisions are made, why certain judgment errors are so common, and how we can improve ourselves. 

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Who should read Thinking, Fast and Slow?

  • Anyone interested in the human mind 
  • People curious about how we make judgments
  • Students of psychology and behavioral economics

Learning Books: Mindset by Carol Dweck


Carol Dweck
The New Psychology of Success
4.4 (2,459 ratings)
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What's Mindset about?

Mindset (2006) discusses the differences between people with a fixed mindset versus those with a growth mindset. Our mindset determines the way we deal with tough situations and setbacks as well as our willingness to deal with and improve ourselves. This book demonstrates how we can achieve our goals by changing our mindset.

Who should read Mindset?

  • Anyone who wants to find out about different mindsets and how they influence our behavior
  • People who want to learn how to realize their own potential to the fullest

Learning Books: Mastery by Robert Greene


Robert Greene
4.3 (609 ratings)
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What's Mastery about?

In Mastery (2012), author Robert Greene argues and illustrates that everybody can achieve mastery of a skill or field if they follow the established steps of historical and present-day masters. Based on interviews and studies of some of the best in their respective fields, Greene provides a diverse array of tips and strategies on how to become a master.

Who should read Mastery?

  • Anyone who is new to a field or subject
  • Anyone who has just finished school and is thinking about what to do with their life
  • Anyone who has worked in a certain field for a long time and is frustrated because they’re not advancing to a higher level

Learning Books: Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

Talent is Overrated

Geoff Colvin
What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
4.5 (113 ratings)
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What's Talent is Overrated about?

Talent is Overrated explores the top performers in a number of fields to get at the bottom of just what makes them great. Contrary to what most of us intuitively think about skill, this book offers enticing evidence that top performance in any field are not determined by their inborn talent, but by deliberate efforts over many years.

Who should read Talent is Overrated?

  • Anybody who wants to discover the secrets of what makes a world-class performer
  • Anyone interested in applying the principles of great performance to their own life
  • Anyone who believes they “just aren’t cut out” for greatness in certain fields

Learning Books: The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

The Talent Code

Daniel Coyle
Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.
4.5 (246 ratings)
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What's The Talent Code about?

The Talent Code uses recent neurological findings to explain how talent can be trained through deep practice. It shows how nurturing our cellular insulation – called myelin – influences the development of our skills, and explains why certain methods of practice and coaching have been used in “talent hotbeds” around the world to great success.

Who should read The Talent Code?

  • Anyone who wants to understand where talent really comes from
  • Anyone who wants to learn to practice anything effectively
  • Anyone who wants to become a better teacher, instructor or coach

Learning Books: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking with Einstein

Joshua Foer
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
4.2 (260 ratings)
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What's Moonwalking with Einstein about?

Moonwalking with Einstein takes us on the author’s journey towards becoming the USA Memory Champion. Along the way he explains why an extraordinary memory isn’t just available to a select few people but to all of us. The book explores how memory works, why we’re worse at remembering than our ancestors, and explains specific techniques for improving your own memory.

Who should read Moonwalking with Einstein?

  • Anyone who can’t remember their spouse’s or best friend’s phone number   
  • Anyone who wants to impress others with their broad knowledge at a cocktail party
  • Anyone who has trouble remembering names

Learning Books: How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

How to Become a Straight-A Student

Cal Newport
The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
4.4 (199 ratings)
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What's How to Become a Straight-A Student about?

How to Become a Straight-A Student offers you successful strategies used by actual straight-A students to help you score better grades while studying less. From time management to concrete advice on developing a thesis, this book gives you all the tools you need to earn the perfect 4.0 without burning out.

Who should read How to Become a Straight-A Student?

  • Students who are sick of pulling all-nighters
  • Anyone who wants to make the most out of their time
  • Anyone who would benefit from less procrastination

Learning Books: How We Learn by Benedict Carey

How We Learn

Benedict Carey
The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why It Happens
4.4 (196 ratings)
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What's How We Learn about?

How We Learn explains the fascinating mechanisms in our minds that form and hold memories, and shows how with this information, we can better absorb and retain information. You’ll explore the many functions of the brain and gain practical advice on how to better study and learn.

Who should read How We Learn?

  • Anyone who wants to get better grades in school or be a more productive learner
  • Anyone interested in how the brain works
  • Anyone interested in psychology

Learning Books: Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

Fluent Forever

Gabriel Wyner
How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
4.3 (298 ratings)
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What's Fluent Forever about?

Fluent Forever unlocks the secrets of how to get the most out of your memory, so you can learn languages faster than you ever thought possible. It teaches you how your memory works and the precise techniques you can use to remember more words, more accurately, in a way that’s efficient and fun.

Who should read Fluent Forever?

  • Anyone learning a language
  • Anyone who wants to improve their memory

Learning Books: A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley

A Mind for Numbers

Barbara Oakley
How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra)
4.3 (201 ratings)
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What's A Mind for Numbers about?

A Mind for Numbers offers insight into the way our brains take in and process information. It outlines strategies that can help you learn more effectively, especially when it comes to math and science. Even if mathematical or scientific concepts don’t come naturally to you, you can master them with the right kind of dedication and perseverance – and this book will teach you how.

Who should read A Mind for Numbers?

  • Anyone interested in math
  • Anyone interested in science
  • Anyone who wants to get better at studying and retaining information

Learning Books: How To Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster

How To Read Literature Like A Professor

Thomas C. Foster
A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
4.1 (254 ratings)
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What's How To Read Literature Like A Professor about?

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (2003) is an accessible and engaging introduction to literary analysis. With illuminating examples drawn from both classic and contemporary literature, these blinks provide readers with the tools they need to detect deeper meaning in any fictional text.

Who should read How To Read Literature Like A Professor?

  • Young readers who want to learn how to interpret literature
  • Anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with basic literary devices
  • Educators seeking support material for teaching literature

Learning Books: The Memory Palace by Lewis Smile

The Memory Palace

Lewis Smile
Learn Anything and Everything (Starting with Shakespeare and Dickens)
4.1 (304 ratings)
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What's The Memory Palace about?

The Memory Palace (2012) is a step-by-step guide to using your spatial memory to help you remember absolutely anything. It teaches you how to build a palace of memories that will give you the power to recall everything you read, and even to memorize the names of every Shakespeare play in just 15 minutes.

Who should read The Memory Palace?

  • Anyone interested in improving their memory
  • Forgetful people who need help remembering their shopping list
  • Trivia buffs who want vast amounts of knowledge at their disposal

Learning Books: Use Your Memory by Tony Buzan

Use Your Memory

Tony Buzan
4.1 (234 ratings)
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What's Use Your Memory about?

Use Your Memory (1986) reveals how to develop, train and employ a stellar memory. In a series of guided step-by-step mental exercises, this book will give you all the tools you need to memorize everything from short grocery lists to complex subject matter.

Who should read Use Your Memory?

  • Anyone in the midst of their studies at college or university
  • Anyone who thinks they might be suffering from memory problems
  • People who want to unlock the power of a remarkable memory

Learning Books: The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure

Jessica Lahey
How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
4.6 (54 ratings)
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What's The Gift of Failure about?

In The Gift of Failure (2015), Lahey offers compelling reasons for caregivers to relinquish control over their children and let them fail. By taking this approach, Lahey argues, it will give children an important opportunity to learn about their values and skills, while strengthening their confidence, autonomy and sense of responsibility.

Who should read The Gift of Failure?

  • Parents and caregivers
  • Teachers
  • Anyone working with children

Learning Books: The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

The Sense of Style

Steven Pinker
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
4.2 (99 ratings)
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What's The Sense of Style about?

The Sense of Style (2014) offers a refreshing and relevant guide to writing potent, readable texts of all kinds. Instead of extolling the same confusing and sometimes counter-intuitive rules found in traditional style guides, The Sense of Style offers simple tricks and heuristics guaranteed to improve your writing.

Who should read The Sense of Style?

  • Lovers of the English language
  • Professional or amateur writers
  • People interested in linguistics

Learning Books: Fluent In 3 Months by Benny Lewis

Fluent In 3 Months

Benny Lewis
Tips and Techniques to Help You Learn Any Language
3.9 (311 ratings)
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What's Fluent In 3 Months about?

Fluent In 3 Months (2014) is a guide to mastering any language in record time. These blinks are full of useful methods to help you learn a new language efficiently and effectively. They debunk traditional forms of language learning, offer actionable strategies to get you speaking today and will set you on the road to being multilingual.

Who should read Fluent In 3 Months?

  • Frequent travelers and anyone else who wants to learn a new language
  • Readers who are moving to a new country
  • Anyone who has given up on mastering a second language

Learning Books: The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

The Happiness Equation

Neil Pasricha
Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
4.4 (197 ratings)
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What's The Happiness Equation about?

The Happiness Equation (2016) unlocks nine essential secrets to living a happy life. These are guidelines that can help anyone reap the rewards that come with having a positive outlook on life. Happiness isn’t just about reducing stress and anxiety; it’s about paving the way to great work and success.

Who should read The Happiness Equation?

  • Unhappy people
  • Employees who dread their job
  • Readers looking for guidance in life

Learning Books: Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley

Unlimited Memory

Kevin Horsley
How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive
4.1 (541 ratings)
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What's Unlimited Memory about?

Unlimited Memory (2014) explains memory techniques that will help you remember and retain any information you want to. These blinks will show you how to organize and store information in your mind so that you’ll never forget it.

Who should read Unlimited Memory?

  • Chronically forgetful folks
  • Fans of facts and numbers
  • Anyone who has trouble remembering names

Learning Books: Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

Failing Forward

John C. Maxwell
Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones For Success
4.5 (228 ratings)
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What's Failing Forward about?

Failing Forward (2000) provides a positive perspective on failure. These blinks draw on legendary success stories and literary anecdotes to explain the importance of failure, the advantages of embracing it and the power of leveraging your mistakes to stimulate personal growth.

Who should read Failing Forward?

  • Creative professionals struggling to take risks in their work
  • Perfectionists looking for new ways to accept and interpret their mistakes
  • Ambitious readers curious about the role of failure in success

Learning Books: Learn Better by Ulrich Boser

Learn Better

Ulrich Boser
Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
4.3 (381 ratings)
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What's Learn Better about?

Learn Better (2017) upends traditional approaches to learning skills and obtaining knowledge. Learning was once thought to depend entirely on the innate ability and intelligence of the learner. Rote learning was the order of the day. We now know there are much more effective ways to learn. In fact, there are six simple steps to better learning.

Who should read Learn Better?

  •  Anybody with learning difficulties
  • Teachers, professors and students
  • Anyone who needs to master a skill

Learning Books: The Consultant’s Handbook by Samir Parikh

The Consultant’s Handbook

Samir Parikh
A Practical Guide to Delivering High-Value and Differentiated Services in a Competitive Marketplace
4.3 (87 ratings)
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What's The Consultant’s Handbook about?

The Consultant’s Handbook (2015) is an indispensable field guide to the world of consultancy. Packed with top tips, illuminating examples and hands-on advice, it’s the perfect explainer for consultants past, present and future, as well as anyone keen to pick up some consultancy tricks to boost their performance in adjacent industries.

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Who should read The Consultant’s Handbook?

  • Business graduates interested in consulting
  • Consultants looking to boost their careers and pick up new ideas
  • Anyone involved in client and stakeholder interactions

Learning Books: The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman

The First 20 Hours

Josh Kaufman
How to Learn Anything… Fast
4.2 (370 ratings)
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What's The First 20 Hours about?

The First 20 Hours (2013) is about learning new skills quickly. These blinks will help you shake off the notion that it’s too late to expand your horizons. Whether you want to master a foreign language or learn how to fly a helicopter, here are ten simple steps for getting started.

Who should read The First 20 Hours?

  • Dreamers and curious souls
  • Procrastinators
  • Wannabe polyglots

Learning Books: Problem Solving 101 by Ken Watanabe

Problem Solving 101

Ken Watanabe
A Simple Book for Smart People
3.9 (177 ratings)
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What's Problem Solving 101 about?

Problem Solving 101 (2009) is a short and snappy guide to problem-solving. Originally written to help kids become better problem solvers, it can help anyone who wants to improve their ability to resolve issues, no matter how big or small.

Who should read Problem Solving 101?

  • Schoolkids and young adults
  • Business owners and leaders
  • Anyone who wants to realize their dreams

Learning Books: Game Changers by Dave Asprey

Game Changers

Dave Asprey
What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life
4.3 (210 ratings)
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What's Game Changers about?

Game Changers (2018) condenses the wisdom of 450 highly successful business leaders, scientist, athletes, authors, artists, journalist and other individuals at the top of their fields. It then combines that wisdom with an understanding of human biology and psychology. The result? A wide-ranging and practical guidebook to success.

Who should read Game Changers?

  • Those looking for a more scientific approach to self-help
  • Individuals who want to change their diets, sleep patterns or exercise regimes
  • Whoever wants to escape fear and stress

Learning Books: Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Daniel T. Willingham
A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
4.3 (137 ratings)
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What's Why Don’t Students Like School? about?

Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009) seeks to explain the brain’s most important processes relating to memory, learning and intelligence. A stronger understanding of these mechanisms will enable all educators to train themselves in better teaching methods and result in more engaging and effective educational programs.

Who should read Why Don’t Students Like School??

  • Parents wanting to ensure their children succeed at school
  • Educators and teachers hoping to hone their craft
  • Forgetful people trying to improve their memory recall

Learning Books: Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel


Daniel J. Siegel
The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
4.6 (114 ratings)
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What's Brainstorm about?

Brainstorm (2014) is devoted to the many mysteries and secrets of the teenage brain. These blinks debunk lazy stereotypes about adolescents and paint a more positive picture. Our teenage years aren’t just a period of hormonal and cognitive disarray; they’re also a crucial phase in the brain’s development.

Who should read Brainstorm?

  • Parents and guardians
  • Teenagers tired of being told they’re wasters
  • Psychologists and educators

Learning Books: Ultralearning by Scott H. Young


Scott H. Young
Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Tasks and Outsmart the Competition
4.5 (1,162 ratings)
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What's Ultralearning about?

Ultralearners are ordinary people who can master difficult skills with extraordinary speed. As a result, they achieve tremendous personal success and cultivate a serious professional advantage. But how exactly do they pull it off? In Ultralearning (2019), Scott H. Young analyzes the aggressive, self-directed learning strategies of some of the world’s most successful ultralearners and breaks them down into techniques and strategies that anyone can implement.

Who should read Ultralearning?

  • Anyone who’s tried to learn a new skill and become discouraged.
  • Workers who want to extend and upgrade their professional skill sets.
  • Busy people who want to skill up efficiently and effectively.

Learning Books: The Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment

The Call of the Wild and Free

Ainsley Arment
Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education
4.6 (50 ratings)
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What's The Call of the Wild and Free about?

The Call of the Wild and Free (2019) is a practical guide for homeschooling children, brimming with advice and inspiration for parents thinking about an alternative education for their children. In the process, it dispels a few old stereotypes about homeschooling and makes a case for its legitimacy as a model of education today. Frequently going beyond homeschooling to reflect upon the concept of education generally, the author presents both a powerful critique of the school system and a call to arms to educate our children differently.

Who should read The Call of the Wild and Free?

  • Parents thinking about an alternative education for their children
  • Educators looking for ideas to complement a traditional education
  • Anyone who wants to rekindle their own childhood curiosity and adventurousness

Learning Books: Elevate by Joseph Deitch


Joseph Deitch
An Essential Guide to Life
4.2 (381 ratings)
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What's Elevate about?

Elevate (2018) is an indispensable guide to upping your game and living your life to the fullest. Whether you’re looking for a career boost or want to bring more meaning and joy into your private affairs, these blinks contain an arsenal of tips and tricks to help you take things to the next level.

Who should read Elevate?

  • Anyone looking to learn important skills for entrepreneurship
  • Anyone who wants to feel more motivated
  • Anyone who wants to enjoy more success and fun in life

Learning Books: The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

The Little Book of Talent

Daniel Coyle
52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
4.4 (196 ratings)
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What's The Little Book of Talent about?

The Little Book of Talent (2012) shares tried and tested methods of developing skills from top performers and talent hotbeds around the world. From sports players to musicians, anyone can easily apply these strategies and reach their full potential. 

Who should read The Little Book of Talent?

  • People who want to improve their skills and talent
  • Teachers and coaches looking for new methods
  • Anyone curious about talent development

Learning Books: Limitless by Jim Kwik


Jim Kwik
Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life
4.6 (2,559 ratings)
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What's Limitless about?

Limitless (2020) is an empowering how-to guide for making full use of your brain’s incredible capabilities. It goes out to anyone who’s ever felt too dumb, too slow, or too unskilled to succeed. Learn how to unlimit your brain – and gain the power to achieve anything at all.

Who should read Limitless?

  • Lifelong learners and people with big aspirations
  • Self-criticizers who fear that they just can’t learn as fast as everyone else
  • Businesspeople, students, and employees who want to fit learning into their busy schedules

Learning Books: Why Don't We Learn from History? by B. H. Liddell Hart

Why Don't We Learn from History?

B. H. Liddell Hart
4.0 (260 ratings)
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What's Why Don't We Learn from History? about?

Why Don't We Learn from History? (1944) is a meditation on the nature of history and on why so few heed its lessons. First published near the end of World War Two, this thoughtful treatise contains many insights still relevant today. 

Who should read Why Don't We Learn from History??

  • Frustrated historians wondering why no-one listens
  • Armchair generals seeking insight on military strategy
  • Anyone curious about how society relates to its own past

Learning Books: Grasp by Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto


Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto
The Science Transforming How We Learn
4.1 (193 ratings)
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What's Grasp about?

Grasp (2020) covers the development of modern education systems and the ways in which their current forms conflict with recent scientific insights into how the brain works. It describes a variety of experimental techniques being applied to improve education and discusses how they might become more broadly generalized.

Who should read Grasp?

  • Academics, teachers, school administrators 
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in improving their own ability to learn

Learning Books: The Upskilling Imperative by Shelley Osborne

The Upskilling Imperative

Shelley Osborne
5 Ways to Make Learning Core to the Way We Work
4.3 (98 ratings)
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What's The Upskilling Imperative about?

What’s it about?

The Upskilling Imperative (2020) introduces practical tips for companies to ensure their staff have ample opportunity to learn skills for the future. With industries and technologies changing all the time, it shows business leaders the steps they can take to stay ahead of the curve and establish robust, accessible learning environments.

Who should read The Upskilling Imperative?

Who’s it for?

  • Managers or C-Level executives looking to upskill their teams
  • People interested in Learning and Development or HR

Employees who want to change the way their company views training 

Learning Books: The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler

The Art of Impossible

Steven Kotler
A Peak Performance Primer
4.7 (527 ratings)
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What's The Art of Impossible about?

The Art of Impossible (2021) is a science-driven guide to reaching your maximum potential. By developing four key skills –⁠ motivation, learning, creativity, and flow –⁠ you’ll gain the power to smash whatever goals you set. With enough time, you may even achieve the impossible.

Who should read The Art of Impossible?

  • Aspiring movers and shakers
  • Go-getters driven to achieve their maximum potential
  • Anyone who wants to boost their performance and be at their peak

Learning Books: Learn Like a Pro by Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe

Learn Like a Pro

Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe
Science-based Tools to Become Better at Anything
4.4 (393 ratings)
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What's Learn Like a Pro about?

Learn Like a Pro: Science-based Tools to Become Better at Anything (2021) looks at the most powerful strategies for staying focused and learning effectively. Both coauthors draw on their past struggles with learning, and use insights from experts and research to find out what works and what doesn’t. 

Who should read Learn Like a Pro?

  • Students looking to supercharge their learning
  • Anyone who has struggled to learn something new
  • Education gurus

Learning Books: Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt


Tom Vanderbilt
The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning
4.5 (269 ratings)
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What's Beginners about?

Beginners (2021) is a light-hearted study of the joys of life-long learning. Part personal story and part scientific primer, it demonstrates the benefits of always trying something new.

Who should read Beginners?

  • Middle-aged folks trapped in the same routines
  • Seniors seeking ways to stay sharp
  • Anyone eager for a little inspiration to never stop learning

Learning Books: Hyper-Learning by Edward D. Hess


Edward D. Hess
How to Adapt to the Speed of Change
4.4 (320 ratings)
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What's Hyper-Learning about?

Hyper-Learning (2020) shows you how to adapt to a rapidly changing world in which technology threatens to make many skills redundant. By adopting a growth mindset, becoming less egotistical, and learning to collaborate, you’ll be ready to face the future. 

Who should read Hyper-Learning?

  • Those looking to optimize their learning skills
  • Business leaders who want to harness innovation
  • Anyone worried about a future of enormous disruption and change

Learning Books: Frames of Mind by Howard Gardner

Frames of Mind

Howard Gardner
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
4.5 (400 ratings)
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What's Frames of Mind about?

Frames of Mind (1983) is a landmark text that first proposed the psychological theory of multiple intelligences. Upending the long-held conception that intelligence is just one general, monolithic trait, it argues instead that there are several intelligences that everyone possesses in different quantities. By studying them, educators and policymakers can reshape the educational system to benefit a much greater number of students than the current programs do.

Who should read Frames of Mind?

  • Psychology fans interested in one of the field’s significant texts
  • Educators, teachers, and tutors who want to better understand their students
  • Anyone fascinated by the human mind

Learning Books: Thrivers by Michele Borba


Michele Borba
The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine
4.4 (215 ratings)
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What's Thrivers about?

Thrivers (2021) is a study of what it means to be a child in today’s fast-paced, ultra-competitive, and digital world. Kids are achieving more and more, but they’ve never felt so lonely and stressed. In our rush to prepare them for an uncertain future, we’ve taught them to strive for accolades but forgotten that there’s more to success – and happiness – than test scores and grades. What’s missing is an emphasis on helping them thrive.

Who should read Thrivers?

  • Parents worried about their kids’ futures
  • Teachers on the frontlines of our burnout-inducing education system
  • Psychologists interested in child development

Learning Books: How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

How to Take Smart Notes

Sönke Ahrens
One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers
4.4 (834 ratings)
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What's How to Take Smart Notes about?

How to Take Smart Notes (2017) is exactly that – an explanation of how and why to take smart notes. It explains how this simple, little-known, and often misunderstood technique can aid your thinking, writing, and learning. With the help of smart notes, you may never face the horror of a blank page again.

Who should read How to Take Smart Notes?

  • Students and professors with papers to write
  • Budding nonfiction writers
  • Notetakers hoping to up their game

Learning Books: Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny

Leveraged Learning

Danny Iny
How the Disruption of Education Helps Lifelong Learners, and Experts With Something to Teach
4.3 (102 ratings)
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What's Leveraged Learning about?

Leveraged Learning (2018) provides a six-step process for designing and implementing an optimized method of learning or teaching any subject. Drawing on recent advances in the field of education, its lessons are equally applicable to those pursuing traditional, newfangled, or self-led courses of study – no matter whether the aim is personal, professional, or academic advancement. 

Who should read Leveraged Learning?

  • Lifelong learners 
  • Current or future students of formal education programs 
  • Teachers, course designers, and educational entrepreneurs

Learning Books: Driving Performance Through Learning by Andy Lancaster

Driving Performance Through Learning

Andy Lancaster
Using L&D to Improve Performance, Productivity and Profits
4.1 (195 ratings)
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What's Driving Performance Through Learning about?

Driving Performance Through Learning (2019) is a guide to help learning and development professionals understand the full breadth of possibilities for learning in the modern workplace. It explains the benefits of learning during the natural flow of work, encouraging a wide range of innovative methods.

Who should read Driving Performance Through Learning?

  • Learning and development professionals expanding their horizons
  • Managers who want to understand L&D better
  • Workers who love learning new professional skills

Learning Books: Brilliance by Design by Vicki Halsey

Brilliance by Design

Vicki Halsey
Creating Learning Experiences that Connect, Inspire, and Engage
4.4 (158 ratings)
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What's Brilliance by Design about?

Brilliance by Design (2011) is all about creating learning experiences that bring out the brilliance in every student. Targeted at coaches, teachers, mentors, and anyone who spends time in a classroom, it provides a handy and helpful model for high-impact instructional design that will inspire and motivate learners. 

Who should read Brilliance by Design?

  • Teachers looking to add tools to their repertoire
  • Mentors having a hard time energizing their mentees
  • Anyone who spends time at the front of a classroom

Learning Books: Smarter Tomorrow by Elizabeth R. Ricker

Smarter Tomorrow

Elizabeth R. Ricker
How 15 Minutes of Neurohacking a Day Can Help You Work Better, Think Faster, and Get More Done
4.1 (798 ratings)
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What's Smarter Tomorrow about?

Smarter Tomorrow (2021) shows you how to upgrade your brain using a technique called neurohacking. You’ll learn how to improve your memory, creativity, emotional regulation, and what’s known as “executive functioning” through self-testing and experimentation – all backed up with insights from neuroscience.

Who should read Smarter Tomorrow?

  • Thinkers looking to improve their cognitive skills
  • Budding neuroscientists and brain nerds
  • Anyone looking to keep up with modern science

Learning Books: Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze

Smart Money Smart Kids

Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze
Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money
4.1 (208 ratings)
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What's Smart Money Smart Kids about?

Smart Money Smart Kids (2014) guides parents – or anyone helping raise children – in teaching those kids to become financially smart. Review basics like the relationship between work and money and find actionable advice for instructing toddlers through teens to gain confidence with money.

Who should read Smart Money Smart Kids?

  • Parents or guardians who want to raise money smart kids
  • Anyone teaching young people how to be financially fit
  • Financially wealthy individuals wondering how to build generational success

Learning Books: Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliott

Existential Kink

Carolyn Elliott
Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power
4.2 (57 ratings)
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What's Existential Kink about?

Existential Kink (2020) invites you to transform your life by embracing your deepest desires and hidden shadows. Through a radical and intriguing journey, you'll discover the power of turning your “wrongness” into personal growth and self-acceptance. With the help of seven axioms and practical exercises, prepare to unleash your true potential and create positive change.

Who should read Existential Kink?

  • Spiritual explorers seeking personal growth
  • Fans of unconventional self-help methods
  • Individuals curious about shadow work

Learning Books: The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies

The Montessori Toddler

Simone Davies
A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being
4.3 (72 ratings)
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What's The Montessori Toddler about?

The Montessori Toddler (2019) teaches parents how to better understand their toddlers and raise them according to the method developed by Italian physician and philosopher Dr. Maria Montessori. With its practical approach, it offers actionable advice that parents and grandparents can apply no matter whether they already have experience with the Montessori method or not.

Who should read The Montessori Toddler?

  • Parents who want to understand how toddlers communicate
  • Parents whose children are nearing the toddler stage and want to provide a supportive environment for them
  • Parents curious about the Montessori method and how they can employ it in their own homes

Learning Books: The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins

The First 90 Days

Michael D. Watkins
Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
2.9 (431 ratings)
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What's The First 90 Days about?

The First 90 Days (2006) maps out the critical transition period for any business leader taking on a new role. It offers comprehensive and practical strategies for surviving – and thriving – past the first three months.

Who should read The First 90 Days?

  • Business leaders tackling a new role
  • Aspiring leaders preparing for their next move
  • Anyone looking to reduce their vulnerabilities as a leader

Learning Books: Million Dollar Micro Business	 by Tina Tower

Million Dollar Micro Business

Tina Tower
How to Turn Your Expertise Into a Digital Online Course
4.3 (78 ratings)
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What's Million Dollar Micro Business about?

Million Dollar Micro Business (2021) is a hands-on guide to creating your first online course – and making lots of money in the process. From coming up with an idea that feeds your passions to perfecting your marketing, it provides guidance on how to claim your place in this innovative, burgeoning industry of online learning.

Who should read Million Dollar Micro Business ?

  • Talented introverts who want to share their skills without venturing out of the house
  • Entrepreneurs who strive to be successful without working round the clock
  • Educators with a passion for teaching who want to expand their reach

Learning Books: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood & Jeffrey Brantley

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood & Jeffrey Brantley
Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance
4.5 (103 ratings)
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What's The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook about?

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook (2019) offers basic and advanced exercises to help people hone the four core emotional competencies. While it can be used alone, it’s also an excellent companion for anyone working with a therapist. 

Who should read The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook?

  • Anyone currently in therapy
  • People interested in self-improvement 
  • Individuals struggling to manage their emotions

Learning Books: Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks

Potty Training in 3 Days

Brandi Brucks
The Step-By-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers
4.4 (12 ratings)
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What's Potty Training in 3 Days about?

Potty Training in 3 Days (2016) is a success formula for parents and caregivers who want their babies to start using the toilet. The plan involves recognizing when your child is ready for potty training, what to do during the three days of intense practice, and how to follow up for lasting results.

Who should read Potty Training in 3 Days?

  • Parents
  • Family members and caregivers who want to understand their role in potty training
  • Pediatricians and teachers

Learning Books: What If? 2 by Randall Munroe

What If? 2

Randall Munroe
Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
4.1 (207 ratings)
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What's What If? 2 about?

What If? 2 (2022) is Randall Munroe’s follow-up to the New York Times best-selling What If? Like its predecessor, it comprises Munroe’s serious scientific answers to the absurd, funny, and whimsical questions submitted to him by readers, ranging from “How big would a snowball be if rolled from the top of Mt. Everest to the bottom?” to “Could a person eat a cloud?”

Who should read What If? 2?

  • Fans of xkcd’s nerd-culture humor
  • People who love science but don’t take it too seriously
  • Anyone who’s ever wondered what would happen if Jupiter were shrunk to the size of a suburban house

Learning Books: The Mountain Is You by Brianna Wiest

The Mountain Is You

Brianna Wiest
Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery
4.6 (1,146 ratings)
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What's The Mountain Is You about?

The Mountain Is You (2020) can help you recognize the negative patterns in your life and what they are really telling you. Changing those patterns will be like climbing a mountain and the reward will be unlocking your own potential.

Who should read The Mountain Is You?

  • People with bad habits that they want to understand and change 
  • Those looking to maximize their potential
  • Anyone who feels stuck

Learning Books: How to be Love(d) by Humble the Poet

How to be Love(d)

Humble the Poet
Simple Truths for Going Easier on Yourself, Embracing Imperfection & Loving Your Way to a Better Life
4.5 (207 ratings)
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What's How to be Love(d) about?

How to be Love(d) (2022) teaches you how to transform your thoughts and actions to give, receive, and experience more love in life. Full of relatable stories and actionable advice, this guide will teach you how to rid yourself of useless programming, embrace imperfection, and honor your progress – so you can better love yourself and others.

Who should read How to be Love(d)?

  • Anyone going through a breakup
  • People looking to improve their romantic, platonic, or family relationships
  • Fans of the author’s art and music

Learning Books: A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel

A Year of Positive Thinking

Cyndie Spiegel
Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage
3.9 (70 ratings)
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What's A Year of Positive Thinking about?

A Year of Positive Thinking (2018) provides you with a dose of positive thinking for every day of the year. By using its daily affirmations, inspirational quotes, and exercises you’ll learn to live your best life.

Who should read A Year of Positive Thinking?

  • Pessimists (and optimists) looking for uplifting advice
  • Individuals currently experiencing hardship
  • Anyone who wants to transform into a better version of themselves

Learning Books: The Power of One More by Ed Mylett

The Power of One More

Ed Mylett
The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success
4.0 (177 ratings)
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What's The Power of One More about?

The Power of One More (2022) follows the idea that doing “one more” in any situation can bring you greatness and open up more opportunities.

Who should read The Power of One More?

  • High achievers
  • Self-improvement seekers
  • Anyone willing to welcome a lifestyle change

Learning Books: Leadership by Peter Guy Northouse


Peter Guy Northouse
Theory and Practice
4.4 (166 ratings)
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What's Leadership about?

Leadership: Theory and Practice (2015) is a popular textbook exploring the topic of leadership. It discusses the main theories of leadership, explains the popular types of leadership style, and offers practical advice on improving your own leadership characteristics.  

Who should read Leadership?

  • Anyone interested in what makes a leader
  • Business-owners, teacher, coaches, or anyone involved in leading groups
  • Anyone wishing to be a leader

Learning Books: Next! by Joanne Lipman


Joanne Lipman
The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work
4.0 (98 ratings)
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What's Next! about?

Next! (2023) is an inspiring guide to personal reinvention. With insights from scientific research and real-life success stories, it provides practical steps to implement meaningful change in life and work.

Who should read Next!?

  • Tenacious scholars
  • Aspiring creatives
  • Visionary millennials

Learning Books: The Power to Change by Craig Groeschel

The Power to Change

Craig Groeschel
Mastering the Habits That Matter Most
3.4 (342 ratings)
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What's The Power to Change about?

The Power to Change (2022) is a practical guide to creating not just positive changes in your life but ones that have a lasting effect. Backed by Bible teachings, it walks you through the strategies on how to work your way towards a changed you. 

Who should read The Power to Change?

  • Christians struggling to change their lives
  • Anyone wanting to build or break a habit
  • Those looking to improve themselves and reach their full potential

Learning 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 (72 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

Learning Books: Two Weeks Notice by Amy Porterfield

Two Weeks Notice

Amy Porterfield
Find the Courage to Quit Your Job, Make More Money, Work Where You Want, and Change the World
4.2 (216 ratings)
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What's Two Weeks Notice about?

Two Weeks Notice (2023) is your step-by-step guide to launching a successful online business. It provides you with the tools and tricks you need to become your own boss – and gain the creative and financial freedom to live your best life. 

Who should read Two Weeks Notice?

  • Newly minted online entrepreneurs and established business owners
  • Courageous women who are ready to be their own boss
  • Anyone fantasizing about ditching their 9-to-5 

Learning Books: On the Origin of Time by Thomas Hertog

On the Origin of Time

Thomas Hertog
Stephen Hawking's Final Theory
4.6 (492 ratings)
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What's On the Origin of Time about?

On the Origin of Time (2023) guides you through the humbling, stranger-than-fiction theories that the late physicist Stephen Hawking developed in the last two decades of his life. With quantum physics, holograms, and inspiration from Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory, it reveals what the great scientist came to believe about the origins of the universe.

Who should read On the Origin of Time?

  • Those curious about the origins of space and time
  • People fascinated by the multiverse

Anyone familiar with A Brief History of Time

Learning 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 (162 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

Learning Books: A Thousand Brains by Jeff Hawkins

A Thousand Brains

Jeff Hawkins
A New Theory of Intelligence
4.6 (118 ratings)
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What's A Thousand Brains about?

A Thousand Brains (2021) explores the fundamental nature of intelligence. It poses the theory that the brain is a collection of thousands of mini-brains, each generating and refining their own predictions. It also delves into the implications of this theory for artificial intelligence and our understanding of consciousness.

Who should read A Thousand Brains?

  • Fans of neuroscience who are interested in the latest research
  • Anyone curious about how humans think and learn
  • Those ready for an in-depth guide to one of life’s great mysteries

Learning Books: Understanding Artificial Intelligence by Nicolas Sabouret

Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Nicolas Sabouret
4.2 (525 ratings)
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What's Understanding Artificial Intelligence about?

Understanding Artificial Intelligence (2021) aims to demystify the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for everyone, including those who don’t have an IT or mathematical background. It will give you a basic understanding of how AI works and why sometimes it makes mistakes or offers imperfect solutions.

Who should read Understanding Artificial Intelligence?

  • The AI-curious
  • Nonspecialists who want to deepen their knowledge about AI
  • Sci-Fi fans worried about a dystopian future ruled over by AI overlords

Learning Books: My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn

My Philosophy for Successful Living

Jim Rohn
4.2 (382 ratings)
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What's My Philosophy for Successful Living about?

My Philosophy for Successful Living (2011) examines the secrets of how to lead a financially successful and personally fulfilling life. Drawing from the author’s experiences, it presents nuggets of wisdom on topics such as finances, personal development, and goal setting.

Who should read My Philosophy for Successful Living?

  • Anyone looking to change the trajectory of their finances
  • People wanting to turn their lives around
  • Finance and personal development enthusiasts

Learning Books: The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen & Amy Ellis Nutt

The Teenage Brain

Frances E. Jensen & Amy Ellis Nutt
A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
3.9 (94 ratings)
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What's The Teenage Brain about?

The Teenage Brain (2014) delves into the labyrinth of teenage neuroscience, offering a captivating exploration of why teens think and act the way they do. With a blend of science and real-world anecdotes, it illuminates the complexities and wonders of a brain in flux.

Who should read The Teenage Brain?

  • Concerned, proactive parents of teenagers
  • Educators seeking insight into students
  • Advocates of teenage mental health

Learning Books: Theories of Childhood by Carol Garhart Mooney

Theories of Childhood

Carol Garhart Mooney
An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky
4.3 (232 ratings)
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What's Theories of Childhood about?

Theories of Childhood (2000) is a foundational text for early childhood educators that explores the lives and work of five influential thinkers who have shaped modern education over the past century. 

Who should read Theories of Childhood?

  • Anyone curious about the minds and theories behind modern education
  • Classroom teachers seeking more information about child development
  • Parents or guardians seeking insight into age-appropriate challenges to help their children thrive at learning

Learning Books: Python Crash Course by Eric Matthes

Python Crash Course

Eric Matthes
A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming
3.5 (43 ratings)
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What's Python Crash Course about?

Python Crash Course (2015) offers a comprehensive journey into the world of Python programming. From building dynamic web applications and engaging games to visualizing data and exploring core programming concepts, it equips learners with the skills to master this versatile language.

Who should read Python Crash Course?

  • Aspiring programmers looking to break into the world of coding 
  • Coders and programmers seeking a Python refresher
  • Web designers wanting to design and deploy dynamic, data-driven websites

Learning Books: Smart Brevity by Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen & Roy Schwartz

Smart Brevity

Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen & Roy Schwartz
The Power of Saying More with Less
4.1 (222 ratings)
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What's Smart Brevity about?

Smart Brevity (2022) offers a guide to effective communication in an age of information overload. It emphasizes the importance of conveying ideas succinctly and clearly and provides practical strategies to streamline communication across various platforms, from emails and meetings to presentations and social media.

Who should read Smart Brevity?

  • Professionals seeking effective communication skills
  • Entrepreneurs in digital media and journalism
  • Anyone interested in concise writing techniques

Learning 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
4.1 (101 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 

Learning Books: Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey

Immunity to Change

Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey
How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
3.3 (248 ratings)
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What's Immunity to Change about?

Immunity to Change (2009) delves into the intricacies of human cognitive development – emphasizing that mental growth doesn't end in childhood, but instead continues throughout adulthood. It shows how understanding these adulthood developmental stages can be pivotal for effective leadership, and presents tools to confront and overcome the inherent resistances to change.

Who should read Immunity to Change?

  • Professionals aiming to enhance their leadership capabilities
  • Educators striving to foster advanced developmental thinking in students
  • Individuals dedicated to continuous personal growth

Learning Books: What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew by Sharon Saline

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

Sharon Saline
Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life
4.6 (73 ratings)
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What's What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew about?

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew (2018) provides parents with insights into the challenges and experiences of children with ADHD. It focuses on the importance of communication and collaboration between parents and children, and outlines the Five Cs that will help you help your child with ADHD. Learn the skills you need to ensure your child flourishes with the brain they have.

Who should read What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew?

  • Parents of children with ADHD
  • Teens and adults with ADHD
  • Teachers and parents

Learning Books: The Power of Neurodiversity by Thomas Armstrong

The Power of Neurodiversity

Thomas Armstrong
Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain
4.4 (51 ratings)
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What's The Power of Neurodiversity about?

The Power of Neurodiversity (2011) explores how reframing neurological differences as diversity rather than disorder can empower those with atypical minds. It covers the strengths of neurodivergent thinking, finding one's niche, positive adaptations, and envisioning a more inclusive world. It invites us to celebrate the brilliance found in all human brains.

Who should read The Power of Neurodiversity?

  • Teachers of all levels
  • Parents of children with learning or cognitive differences
  • Anyone whose brain is wired a little differently

Learning 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 (28 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

Learning Books: It's On Me by Sara Kuburic

It's On Me

Sara Kuburic
Accept Hard Truths, Discover Your Self, and Change Your Life
4.0 (106 ratings)
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What's It's On Me about?

It's On Me (2023) unpacks the experience of “self-loss.” It provides a revelatory process of self-reflection and acceptance to help you stop sleepwalking through life – and step into a vibrant, authentic, and purposeful you.

Who should read It's On Me?

  • People going through major life transitions
  • Those feeling unfulfilled, lost, or disconnected
  • Anyone seeking tools for self-reflection and personal growth

Learning 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 (65 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

Learning Books: The Bhagavad Gita by Vyasa

The Bhagavad Gita

4.5 (144 ratings)
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What's The Bhagavad Gita about?

The Bhagavad Gita is a self-contained episode of the Mahabharata, an epic poem about the devastating rivalry between two clans for control of the kingdom of Bharata in ancient India. Composed around the third century BCE, the 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita explore questions of social and religious duty, the nature of human action, and our relationship to God. For many readers, scholars, and believers, it is the quintessential religious text in Hinduism.

Who should read The Bhagavad Gita?

  • Seekers exploring Eastern spirituality
  • History buffs interested in India and its religions
  • Curious minds open to ancient insights 

Learning Books: Finance for the People by Paco de Leon

Finance for the People

Paco de Leon
Getting a Grip on Your Finances
4.0 (224 ratings)
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What's Finance for the People about?

Finance for the People (2022) takes a novel approach to personal finance by focusing on the psychological aspects of money management. Encouraging readers to examine and reshape their beliefs about money, this guide offers strategies for debt management, mindful spending, and wealth building.

Who should read Finance for the People?

  • Financial fledglings
  • Wealth strategy savants
  • Finance historians

Learning Books: Decisions about Decisions by Cass R. Sunstein

Decisions about Decisions

Cass R. Sunstein
Practical Reason in Ordinary Life
3.9 (284 ratings)
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What's Decisions about Decisions about?

Decisions About Decisions (2023) digs into the delicate process of how people make decisions big and small. It reveals the emotional and cognitive mechanisms hidden beneath decision-making methods and the effects of various strategies, showing how our judgments impact our ideas, values, and behaviors.

Who should read Decisions about Decisions?

  • Strategic leaders
  • Curious self-improvers
  • People interested in behavioral economics

Learning Books: How to Read Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

How to Read Lacan

Slavoj Žižek
3.7 (261 ratings)
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What's How to Read Lacan about?

How to Read Lacan (2007) offers a deep dive into the perplexing landscape of our inner psyche through the lens of twentieth-century psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan. It unravels the mysteries of unconscious beliefs, from the paradoxes of atheism to the rituals that mask genuine feelings. It leads us through an eye-opening journey, challenging our perceptions, and uncovering the unseen forces shaping our daily lives.

Who should read How to Read Lacan?

  • Philosophy lovers seeking deeper understanding
  • Students of psychological and behavioral sciences
  • Enthusiasts of introspection and self-exploration

Learning Books: How to Know a Person by David Brooks

How to Know a Person

David Brooks
The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen
4.4 (528 ratings)
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What's How to Know a Person about?

How to Know a Person (2023) challenges us to set aside our egos and look beyond people’s superficial traits to really get to know them: their stories, their passions, their motivations, and more. It acknowledges that being able to see someone and make them feel seen is hard –⁠ and yet it’s essential for cultivating healthy relationships. Fortunately, with some dedication, we can all learn how to have healthier, deeper conversations; give people quality attention; and see people in all their delightful complexity.

Who should read How to Know a Person?

  • Personal growth-seekers
  • Those starving for human connection and companionship
  • Coaches, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and HR professionals

Learning Books: Growing Up in Public by Devorah Heitner

Growing Up in Public

Devorah Heitner
Coming of Age in a Digital World
4.0 (82 ratings)
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What's Growing Up in Public about?

Growing Up in Public (2023) explores the many stresses both parents and children can experience in today’s digital world. Although raising children in the face of today’s many technological social outlets might seem overwhelming, this guide provides clear, actionable insight for guiding adolescent online behavior as well as monitoring our own adult actions.  

Who should read Growing Up in Public?

  • Parents or guardians concerned about their children’s social media usage
  • People looking for advice on raising children in today’s digital world
  • Anyone interested in the internet’s impact on adolescent development

Learning Books: How to Win at Chess by Levy Rozman

How to Win at Chess

Levy Rozman
The Ultimate Guide for Beginners and Beyond
3.7 (44 ratings)
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What's How to Win at Chess about?

How to Win at Chess (2021) is a comprehensive beginner-oriented guide to the ancient game of chess. Packed with insights into openings, endings, tactics, and strategy, it provides a clear, structured path for players to get to grips with the fundamentals of the game, and build on their skills.

Who should read How to Win at Chess?

  • Beginners wanting to learn fundamental chess strategies
  • Chess players aiming to improve their tactics and gameplay
  • Fans of GothamChess’s YouTube channel

Learning Books: Gifted and Distractible by Julie F. Skolnick

Gifted and Distractible

Julie F. Skolnick
Understanding, Supporting, and Advocating for Your Twice Exceptional Child
4.1 (21 ratings)
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What's Gifted and Distractible about?

Gifted and Distractible (2023) offers research-based strategies to support children who exhibit both giftedness and learning differences. The guide helps parents and teachers move beyond misconceptions that intellectual talent guarantees social and emotional success, and provides strength-based tools to nurture these remarkable yet often misunderstood kids.

Who should read Gifted and Distractible?

  • Parents who want to see their gifted children thrive
  • Educators looking to support the gifted children in their care
  • Clinicians or other experts who work with 2e children

Learning Books: Time Management Secrets for College Students by Dennis Stemmle

Time Management Secrets for College Students

Dennis Stemmle
The Underground Playbook for Managing School, Work, and Fun
4.3 (35 ratings)
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What's Time Management Secrets for College Students about?

Time Management Secrets for College Students (2020) offers time management strategies for students to navigate the transition from high school to the unstructured college environment. It offers a potential solution to the troubling statistics that thirty percent of college freshmen drop out after their first year, and less than 60 percent of students finish a four-year degree within six years.

Who should read Time Management Secrets for College Students?

  • Incoming or current college students
  • Parents of college students
  • Everyone who needs better time management skills

Learning Books: Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops by Ken Nelson, David Ronka & Lesli Lang with Liz Korabek-Emerson & Jim White

Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops

Ken Nelson, David Ronka & Lesli Lang with Liz Korabek-Emerson & Jim White
Creating the Conditions for Transformation in Your Groups, Trainings, and Retreats
2.3 (16 ratings)
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What's Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops about?

Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops (2022) offers insight into how to design and facilitate deeply meaningful workshops that can lead to transformation and positive change. By understanding group dynamics and creating the right conditions, you can guide participants on a journey of self-discovery, vulnerability, courage, and inspiration to unlock individual and collective potential.

Who should read Designing & Leading Life-Changing Workshops?

  • Workshop leaders, corporate trainers or retreat facilitators looking to up their skills
  • Educators or coaches looking to facilitate breakthroughs or boost engagement
  • All those wanting to facilitate transformational encounters or events

Learning Books: Essential Reiki by Diane Stein

Essential Reiki

Diane Stein
A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art
3.6 (40 ratings)
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What's Essential Reiki about?

Essential Reiki (1995) delves into Reiki, an ancient healing technique that involves the transmission of universal life energy through a healer’s hands. It emphasizes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing, rooted in the intuitive and respectful use of hand placements over various body points or chakras. This practice, based on the innate human and animal instinct to touch areas of pain for comfort, is independent of any religious belief and centers around the ancient life force known as Ki.

Who should read Essential Reiki?

  • Holistic health enthusiasts
  • Spiritual healing practitioners
  • Alternative medicine students

Learning Books: The Metaphysics by Aristotle

The Metaphysics

4.5 (15 ratings)
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What's The Metaphysics about?

First released in the mid-4th century BC, The Metaphysics is Aristotle’s major work in ontology, the philosophical study of existence and reality, including the interplay of substance and essence, potentiality and actuality.

Who should read The Metaphysics?

  • Aspiring philosophers
  • Curious minds interested in ontology
  • Students of ancient Greek thought

Learning Books: The Modern Learning Ecosystem by JD Dillon

The Modern Learning Ecosystem

JD Dillon
A New L&D Mindset for the Ever-Changing Workplace
4.4 (16 ratings)
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What's The Modern Learning Ecosystem about?

The Modern Learning Ecosystem (2022) offers a practical and transformative approach to help you adapt to the rapid pace of change in modern workplaces. It provides a comprehensive framework for Learning and Development (L&D) professionals to integrate learning seamlessly into daily workflows, helping employees navigate current challenges and future opportunities.

Who should read The Modern Learning Ecosystem?

  • New starters in the world of learning and development
  • L&D teams having difficulty with the pace of change
  • Professionals looking to understand how they can adapt their organizations’  approach to L&D

Learning Books: The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

The Intelligence Trap

David Robson
Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
3.7 (185 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

Learning 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
4.2 (16 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

Learning Books: ADHD an A-Z by Leanne Maskell


Leanne Maskell
Figuring It Out Step by Step
4.2 (155 ratings)
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What's ADHD an A-Z about?

ADHD an A–Z tackles the daily challenges of ADHD with an empowering guide drawn from personal insights. From time management to budgeting to managing emotions and stress, these bite-sized tips help readers harness their unique strengths and gain confidence to thrive in their own unique way.

Who should read ADHD an A-Z?

  • Individuals with ADHD
  • Their family and friends
  • Health professionals and educators

Learning Books: Seek by Scott Shigeoka


Scott Shigeoka
How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World
3.4 (38 ratings)
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What's Seek about?

Seek (2023) offers a transformative approach to nurturing deep connections and personal growth in a world increasingly marked by division and isolation. It introduces the DIVE model, a unique framework that empowers you to detach from prejudices, prepare your mindset, value every individual, and embrace life’s challenges. This guide provides practical strategies to harness the power of curiosity, paving the way for healing, understanding, and profound societal change.

Who should read Seek?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking innovative strategies
  • Curiosity enthusiasts exploring personal growth
  • Relationship builders fostering deeper connections

Learning Books: Accounting for Non-Accountants by Wayne A. Label

Accounting for Non-Accountants

Wayne A. Label
The Fast and Easy Way to Learn the Basics
3.9 (22 ratings)
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What's Accounting for Non-Accountants about?

Accounting for Non-Accountants (2006) is a guide that provides a comprehensive, accessible introduction to key accounting principles and concepts, empowering readers with essential financial knowledge to confidently manage budgets, cash flows, financial statements, and more in their personal and professional lives. This valuable resource serves as an approachable reference for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and any individual seeking to enhance their financial literacy and unlock opportunities for success.

Who should read Accounting for Non-Accountants?

  • Small business owners
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Anyone looking to enhance their financial literacy

Learning Books: Raising Critical Thinkers by Julie Bogart

Raising Critical Thinkers

Julie Bogart
A Parent's Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age
4.2 (55 ratings)
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What's Raising Critical Thinkers about?

Raising Critical Thinkers (2022) is a guide for parents who want their children to make up their own minds amid today’s flood of information. Personal stories and science-backed exercises offer practical wisdom with which families can nurture thoughtful minds and empathetic hearts.

Who should read Raising Critical Thinkers?

  • Parents seeking to nurture curious, discerning children who process information thoughtfully
  • Homeschooling parents looking for exercises to foster critical thinking
  • Teachers hoping to encourage perspective and insight in students

Learning Books: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Olivia Telford

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Olivia Telford
Simple Techniques to Instantly Be Happier, Find Inner Peace, and Improve Your Life
4.6 (234 ratings)
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What's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy about?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2020) explores a range of mental health topics, including managing anxiety, overcoming guilt, handling addiction, and integrating mindfulness into your daily life. Filled with practical tips, exercises, and real-world examples, it offers a user-friendly approach to enhancing mental well-being.

Who should read Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

  • Anyone who has experienced depression or anxiety
  • People interested in mental health disorders and solutions
  • Psychology students exploring therapeutic techniques

Learning Books: The Trusted Learning Advisor by Keith Keating

The Trusted Learning Advisor

Keith Keating
The Tools, Techniques and Skills You Need to Make L&d a Business Priority
4.5 (4 ratings)
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What's The Trusted Learning Advisor about?

The Trusted Learning Advisor (2023) offers an alternative for learning and development professionals to evolve beyond mere order-takers and become trusted learning advisors. It provides the tools, techniques, and skills needed to transform L&D into a proactive role through trust, stakeholder relationships, and strategic processes. This blueprint for L&D professionals aims to enhance their impact and give them a seat at the table.

Who should read The Trusted Learning Advisor?

  • L&D professionals at any stage of their career 
  • Leaders who want to foster a learning culture
  • Anyone who believes professional development is important

Learning Books: Why We Remember by Charan Ranganath

Why We Remember

Charan Ranganath
Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters
4.4 (95 ratings)
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What's Why We Remember about?

Why We Remember (2024) is an exploration of the fascinating mechanisms that underlie human memory. Challenging conventional perceptions, it presents memory as a dynamic force that not only records the past, but influences our present and future. Through engaging case studies and current scientific research, it reveals the processes that shape our ability to form lasting memories, and the factors that influence forgetting. Ultimately, it shows us how we can harness our memory for learning, healing, and growth.

Who should read Why We Remember?

  • Anyone fascinated by the inner workings of the human brain
  • Individuals experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers
  • Students of psychology and neuroscience

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What's the best Learning book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Thinking, Fast and Slow as the ultimate read on Learning.

What are the Top 10 Learning books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  • How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport
  • How We Learn by Benedict Carey
  • Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
  • A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley

Who are the top Learning book authors?

When it comes to Learning, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Daniel Kahneman
  • Carol Dweck
  • Robert Greene
  • Geoff Colvin
  • Daniel Coyle