notes and summaries of books i've read

click on any linked title below to begin reading my notes. they're often short and concise, but will give you an idea of what i believe to be are the key takeaways of each book. i've tried categorizing by topic of the books, though most will are self-help and business related regardless.

all summaries

Skin in the Game

book: Skin in the Game author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb general overview Skin in the Game is part of Taleb’s Incerto series, which his past three books are part of. their themes are rationality, uncertainty, information,...


The Boron Letters

book: The Boron Letters author: Gary C. Halbert, Bond Halbert general overview The Boron Letters is a series of letters written in the 1980s by world-renowned copywriter Gary Halbert to his son Bond Halbert....


The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

book: The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking author: Dale Carnegie becoming a talented speaker is not something innate. public speaking is something you can learn. in “The Quick and Easy Way to...


The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life Book by Epictetus

book: The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life Book by Epictetus author: Epictetus, translated by Sam Torode of Ancient Renewal general overview this book is a must read if you’re new to Stoicism. there are...


The Hard Things About Hard Things

book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things author: Ben Horowitz general overview Ben Horowitz is a fantastically successful technology entrepreneur, venture capital investor, and Silicon Valley business leader. his book starts with a unique...


The Trial and Death of Socrates

book: The Trial and Death of Socrates author: Plato general overview when you think of “philosophy” you probably imagine a dry, intellectually demanding university course led by a professor whose greatest achievement is his...


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life author: Mark Manson general overview Manson calls his work “a counter-intuitive approach” – and he is absolutely...


The 48 Laws of Power

book: The 48 Laws of Power author: Robert Greene general overview i started this book already knowing that it is controversial title. i had heard about its cult following in the hip hop and rap...


The Dip

book: The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) author: Seth Godin rating: 8.5/10 general overview The Dip is a quick and easy-to-follow read, chock full of...


Shoe Dog

book: Shoe Dog author:Phil Knight general overview in Shoe Dog, Nike founder and board member Phil Knight offers a look behind the curtain of the enormously successful brand. he covers its trajectory from a...