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My favorite books..

I don’t read as much as I used to, I never seem to find enough time, so when I do find some time to read I tend to choose something that’s a littel mind stretching, rather than mind numbing (I watch Neighbours at lunch time for that).

In the process of trying to find “enlightening” books to read, I’ve ended up reading quite a few that were hard work and didn’t make much of a diffeence to my life or the way I view the world, but there were a few that were worth reading more than once..

So here are the best books I’ve read over the last few years: –


The Game by Neil Strauss

Neil is a journalist who decides to goes undercover in the world of pick up artisits (PUA’s) and ends up becoming a world class “PUA” himself, even winning the title “World’s best PUA” at one point.

When I first got hold of this book I read it almost from cover to cover in one go, with a small break to have some sleep. It really is a wicked read, although it’s obviously a bit5 more interesting for boys than girls..


The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists


New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

This is not a new book by any means, it’s been around for years, but it’s one of those books that I reckon anyone could benefit from reading at least once, and most people will find it so useful that they’ll end up reading it more than once, I know I will..

It gives the clearest and simplest ways of looking at our own behaviour and how to change our life by simply changing the way we look at the world.
New Psycho-Cybernetics


Psycho-Cybernetics (CD Audiobook) by Maxwell Maltz

There’s also a Spoken Word CD Version..
Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised


Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion [4th Ed] by Robert Cialdini

This is simply one of my all time fav books, it’s the kind of book that you can read again and again and get more from..

Cialdini shows just how sales people use different pyschological tricks to influence us and get us to buy stuff that we don’t always want, let alone need..
Get it and read it before you spend money on something and wonder why afterwards..

Influence: Science and Practice (4th Edition)


The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

I came across this book by accident, but it was another one I just couldn’t put down once I started reading it.

Discover how and why “alternative” medicine really can work and how our mental atitude and thoughts effects our physical condition, even how and why the “Placebo” effect works.

Lipton may be a cell biologist, but his writing style makes it easy to understand the stuff in here. It’ll change the way you think about health and medicine.
The Biology Of Belief: Unleashing The Power Of Consciousness, Matter And Miracles


Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast

Greg Palast books are easy to read, but disturbing at the same time, as he really does dig up all the dirt on the state of the US political system, the Iraq war, oil, and a whole lot more.

The level of corruption uncovered by Palast is truly disturbing and very “eye opening”..

Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08,No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of th


Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner

This is unlike any other economics book you’ll ever read, in fact I don’t really think it counts as an “economics” book, it’s just a fascinating read.

Discover how the most succesful drug dealers run their business like a real business, how the drop in crime in the US a decade ago was down to a change in the abortion laws years earlier, how & why Sumo Wrestling is fixed, whether childrens future performance is based on their parents genes, schooling or background and more

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything


Freakonomics (CD Audiobook) by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner

Feeling lazy, get the spoken version..

Freakonomics Rev Ed CD: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything


Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell’s ideas on ‘thin-slicing’ and how we make some of our best decisions almost instantaneously are pretty enlightening, especially how first impressions and “snap decisions” can be heavily influenced by culturally determined preconceptions and prejudices..

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking


Body Language by Allan Pease

As an ex-“sales professional” I’ve always been interested in body language and Allan Pease’s book was the first that I read on the subject that helped me understand this fascintaing subject, but be careful, it can be a very addictive subject to learn..

The Definitive Book of Body Language


The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout

Don’t bother with this one unless you’re interested in business and marketing, but if you are it is an absolute classic and a “must read”!

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!

3 Comments to “My favorite books..”

  1. on 11 Apr 2007 at 10:17 pmChris Merriman

    Yea, the comments are back :>
    Thanks for the heads up on the books, I’ve got a b_day coming up in a couple of weeks, so if I’ve enough money left over, I’ll be using your links :>

  2. on 28 May 2007 at 6:41 pmalbert

    I find it very interesting to have some one put a list of books and have him match my favorite books almost bull size. I will only add 3 titles. Why we buy (By Paco Underhill) , The Tird Chimpance (By Jarred Diamond) and Mind wide open (By steven Johnson).

  3. on 17 Jun 2007 at 2:33 pmemail

    thanks Albert, I’ll take a look at those three and might well add them to my reading list, although it is a bit long at the moment.

    I REALLY need a couple of weeks lying on a beach somewhere to catch up on my pile of books to read.