Best Non-Fiction Books: 
Summaries, Reviews & Notes

I shamelessly stole the idea for book notes from Derek Sivers and the execution from Nat Eliason.

The smartest people read nonstop, mostly books, from a variety of disciplines. The best books spark new ideas and insights with each reading, so it's better to read a great book twice than a marginal one once. "Some books should be tasted, some devoured," wrote Francis Bacon, "but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly."

When asked about the key to success, Warren Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, "Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it."

Each of the following books includes a high-level summary and notes from the most insightful and thought-provoking ideas. Cedric Chin offers a good mental model on the three kinds of non-fiction books.

"It will generally be admitted that the true test of all books is the influence they have upon the lives and conduct of their readers." ~ Charles Helman

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