Image Credit: Kate Ter Haar, A book that is shut is but a block. ~Thomas Fuller, via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0) license

Image Credit: Kate Ter Haar, A book that is shut is but a block. ~Thomas Fuller, via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0) license

Business Insider’s Drake Baer and Mike Nudelman have complied an interesting list of 50 popular books and summarized each in a one-word sentence. They also recommend the list for great reading. You can read the entire list here. Here are my favorites (directly quoted).

Give and Take, by Adam Grant – Givers – people who try to benefit others in their interactions – are the most successful people, since they create durable, career-enabling relationships.

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Vicktor Frankl – People are motivated more by meaning than by pleasure or even happiness.

Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson – A lot of the accepted business wisdom – that workaholics are heroes, that a great resume signals a great candidate, and that you need outside investors – is completely false.

The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb – People are very good at fooling themselves into thinking they know much more than they do, which makes it easy for big, unusual events to surprise us.

Strengthsfinder 2.0, by Tom Rath – Instead of fixing your shortcomings, develop your strengths.

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss – Success is a matter of designing the life you want to lead.

Business Adventures, by John Brooks – People have been brilliant and idiotic in business for decades.

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