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Blinkist Staff Picks

We have blinked over 1500 books for you, here are our personal favorites.
32 books | Curated by Blinkist
Carol Dweck

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 demonstrat...

The Black Jacobins
C.L.R. James

The Black Jacobins traces the remarkable history of the revolution in the French colony of San Domingo (modern day Haiti). It describes the events that helped the revolution become the first successful slave rebellion in history.

In particular, The Black Jaco...

The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit explains how important a role habits play in our lives, from brushing our teeth to smoking to exercising, and how exactly those habits are formed. The research and anecdotes in The Power of Habit provide easy tips for changing habits both ind...

Robert B. Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (1984) explains in detail the fundamental principles of persuasion that get us to say yes, including how they are used against us by compliance professionals like salespeople, advertisers and con artists. Knowing these principles ...

59 Seconds
Richard Wiseman

59 seconds (2010) lays out some handy tips and insights backed by scientific research. Apply them today, and experience the change you want in your life.

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“I love these blinks because of their surprising, a...

Daily Rituals
Mason Currey

Daily Rituals (2013) is an entertaining and illuminating collection of the daily routines of great minds and artists. Including the work habits of people such as Jane Austen, Ludwig van Beethoven and Pablo Picasso, it offers insights into the best ways to maximize effic...

Hatching Twitter
Nick Bilton

Hatching Twitter tells the story of the four men responsible for Twitter as we know it. It’s a tale of backstabbing, superstar glory and billions of dollars that chronicles the drama and defining decisions that made Twitter what it is today.


The Sports Gene
David Epstein

The Sports Gene takes a look at the physiological traits that are beneficial in various sports, and at their hereditary background. It also examines why people in certain parts of the world have evolved in their particular way, and how this is beneficial in the realm of...

The Creative Habit
Twyla Tharp

In The Creative Habit (2003) internationally acclaimed choreographer Twyla Tharp shares the approaches, habits and routines that keep her creativity honed and active. Drawing on her own experiences with creative projects and overcoming creative hurdles, she offers simpl...

Nicholas Nassim Taleb

Some things seem to improve if they are placed in environments of volatility and unpredictability. Antifragile analyzes why this is the case. It suggests that this quality has been vital for the progress of human civilization since ancient times.

Nassim Nicholas ...

The Sleepwalkers
Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers takes a fresh look at the outbreak of the First World War, focusing on the alliances established among Europe’s nations in the years leading up to 1914. In his compelling and masterful account, Clark examines the decisions, both big ...

Richard Wiseman

Quirkology (2007) takes a uniquely scientific look at some common questions that are often dismissed as trivial: What kind of impact does astrology have on our lives? Is the number 13 really unlucky? Can a joke truly be harmful? And more!

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The Greatest Show on Earth
Richard Dawkins

The Greatest Show on Earth (2009) tackles the arguments made by the creationists who deny that evolution is a scientific fact, and shows their criticisms to be false.

Richard Dawkins provides the evidence that explains how the wide variety of life on Ear...

The Soul of an Octopus
Sy Montgomery

The Soul of an Octopus (2015) is about a fascinating sea creature that few people appreciate. Octopuses may appear like alien creatures, with their tentacles and suckers, but in fact, they are brilliant, intriguing creatures.

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Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding

Frank Abagnale’s story of swindling millions of dollars from unwitting victims while posing as a pilot, lawyer and professor is the stuff of legend. In Catch Me If You Can (1980), he tells his tale.

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Howard Hughes
Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele

This biography (1979) tells the remarkable life story of Howard Hughes, the world-renowned pilot, filmmaker, inventor, business tycoon and germophobe.

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An intriguing look at the extraordinary life of the e...

Men Explain Things To Me
Rebecca Solnit

Men Explain Things To Me (2014) is a collection of essays that examine the range of misogyny in our culture, from everyday microaggressions to legal systems that fail to punish rape. Solnit explains how sexism perpetuates itself, and what we can all do to eliminate it.

The Genius of Birds
Jennifer Ackerman

The Genius of Birds (2016) is all about the incredible intellect of these winged creatures. These blinks explain the many ways birds display their intelligence, from tool making and navigation to memory and song.

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The Sleep Revolution
Arianna Huffington

These blinks are about the importance of a basic human necessity that we often brush aside: sleep. Getting enough sleep isn’t just about feeling better in the morning – it improves your work performance, health and even your personal relationships. Similarly, sleep deprivation i...

A History of the World in 6 Glasses
Tom Standage

A History of the World in 6 Glasses (2006) is a look at human history through an unusual lens: our favorite drinks. These blinks outline the global rise of beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, tea, coffee and soda, and how they each played into major historical developments a...

The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben

Trees are engaged in countless complex cycles and they constantly struggle for water, light and their own survival. This struggle has led to some astonishing abilities: trees communicate with one another, give each other assistance, collaborate with fungi and other creatures, ha...

The Pomodoro Technique
Francesco Cirillo

The Pomodoro Technique presents a simple yet effective method of structuring your workday. This method helps to overcome your lack of motivation by cutting large or complex tasks into small, manageable chunks. Using these techniques, you will gain more control over your...

Drunk Tank Pink
Adam Alter

Drunk Tank Pink probes the hidden psychological and social influences that shape the way we see, think, feel, and act in the world.

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“I am always interested in the subtle things that shape people’s behavior...

Through the Language Glass
Guy Deutscher

Through the Language Glass (2010) explores the many ways in which language both reflects and influences our culture. By exploring the different ways that languages deal with space, gender and color, the book demonstrates just how fundamentally the language you speak alt...

Bourbon Empire
Reid Mitenbuler

Bourbon Empire (2015) takes you on an exciting journey through time, revealing the complex history of America’s famous corn-based whiskey. Learn how this tipple survived the dry period of Prohibition, numerous corruption scandals and competition from overseas spirits wh...

Mark Kurlansky

Cod (1997) charts the rise and fall of the codfish. A major commodity in the European market during the discovery of the New World, cod went on to cause national conflicts and, due to overfishing, eventually became vulnerable to extinction. Find out how this fish change...

Benjamin Franklin
Walter Isaacson

In Benjamin Franklin (2004), you’ll discover the life and passions of one of America’s most respected and beloved personalities, from his early days as an essay writer to his budding scientific career to finally his inspirational role as one of the founding fathers of t...

Martin Wallen

To simply explain the fascinating animal known as the fox in biological terms wouldn’t do it justice. This mysterious animal has long been the subject of countless stories and myths and cultures around the world have developed their own unique perception of the animal. Fox

Nonviolent Communication
Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

These blinks introduce the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a compassionate way of being with ourselves and others. Through simple techniques, you can learn how to consciously change your language and thinking to forge better quality relationships with others.

The Blue Zones
Dan Buettner

The Blue Zones (2012, first published in 2008) whisks you through the regions of the world with the highest concentrations of healthy centenarians. By examining how people in these regions live and interact, we gain insight into how to extend our own lifespans.

Spam Nation
Brian Krebs

Spam Nation reveals how a handful of spammers and other cybercriminals have created a hugely profitable, yet largely illegal, industry. Concerns over spam, however, go deeper than the annoyance of a few email scams, as individuals, companies, governments – even societie...

Where Good Ideas Come From
Steven Johnson

Where Good Ideas Come From examines the evolution of life on Earth and the history of science. This New York Times bestseller highlights many parallels between the two, ranging from carbon atoms forming the very first building blocks of life to cities and the W...

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