Book Reviews
Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Awesome books that I was lucky to browse through.

What makes a good teacher? How do we learn? What techniques do chess champions, martial artists and tennis coaches employ to sustain high levels of performance, year after year?

  1. The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin (2008).
  2. Nurtured by Love (2nd Ed) by Shinichi Suzuki (1996).
  3. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer by David Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener and Tanjala Kole (1998).
  4. The Inner Game of Tennis by W Timothy Gallwey (1997).
  5. With Winning in Mind (3rd Ed) by Lanny Bassham (2012).
  6. The Art of Teaching by Gilbert Highet (1954).

Food and disease are inter-related. In 2012, I was delighted to come in touch with 'plant based diets', which prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity. These diets remind me of plain and simple (sattvik) food from India.

  1. The Spectrum by Dean Ornish (2008).
  2. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn Jr (2008).
  3. Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard (2008).
  4. Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman (2011).
  5. The Starch Solution by John McDougall & Mary McDougall (2013).
  6. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (2009).
  7. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss (2014).

Books on meditation, with ideas for generating peace and joy in our hearts.

  1. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh (1999).
  2. Who Am I? by Ramana Maharshi (2008).
  3. I Ching Wisdom (Volume One) by Wu Wei (2004).
  4. The Meditative Mind by Daniel Goleman (1996).
  5. Courage by Osho (1999).

Running, marathon training, stretching & yoga. These books are inspiring!

  1. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (2011).
  2. Marathon! by Jeff Galloway (2000).
  3. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer by David Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener and Tanjala Kole (1998).
  4. The Complete Book of Running by James Fixx (1977).
  5. The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami (2005).
  6. Light on Yoga by B K S Iyengar (1979).
  7. Spark by John J Ratey (2013).
  8. Starting Strength (3rd Edition) by Mark Rippetoe (2011).
  9. Stretching (30th Anniversary Edition) by Bob Anderson (2010).

Books on marriage, relationships and communication.

  1. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman (2010).
  2. Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B Rosenberg (2003).
  3. Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Jon Gottman (2000).

Books on back pain, food, healing, drugs and so on. My personal belief lies in the mind-body connection and minimal usage of drugs.

  1. Healing Back Pain Naturally by Art Brownstein (2001).
  2. Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins (1991).
  3. Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil (2000).
  4. Your Drug May Be Your Problem by Peter R Breggin and David Cohen (2000).
  5. Overdiagnosed by H Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin (2011).
  6. Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber (2009).
  7. Natural Strategies For Cancer Patients by Russel Blaylock (2003).

Awesome puzzle books for computer scientists and mathematicians.

  1. Mathematical Puzzles: A Connoisseur's Collection by Peter Winkler (2003).
  2. Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd by Sam Loyd & Margin Gardner (editor) (1959).
  3. The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations by Boris Kordemsky (1956).

Books on positive psychology, healing and recovery. Plus random niche areas in psychology.

  1. Understanding Human Nature by Alfred Adler (1927).
  2. The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky (2007).
  3. Opening Up by James Pennebaker (1997).
  4. Living the Truth by Keith Russell Ablow (2007).
  5. On Grief and Grieving by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler (2007).
  6. The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W James and Russel Friedman (1998).
  7. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor (2009).
  8. Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss (1988).
  9. Age of Propaganda by Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson (2001).

Fascinating books on the history of mathematics, history of economics, and history of popular debates. These books showcase how our approach to these subjects has changed over hundreds of years.

  1. The Worldly Philosophers (7th Ed) by Robert L Heilbroner (1999).
  2. Paradigms Lost by John L Casti (1990).
  3. Crest of the Peacock by George Gheverghese Joseph (1992).
  4. The Lessons of History by William Durant and Ariel Durant (1968).

Books by Peter Lynch, Bob Malkiel and John Bogle. These books convinced me of the value of minimalist portfolios with index funds.

  1. One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch (1990).
  2. A Random Walk Down Wall Street (9th Ed) by Burton G Malkiel (2007).
  3. Bogle on Mutual Funds by John Bogle (1994).

Books on cultural anthropology, customs in different parts of the world, and so on.

  1. Down to Earth Sociology (14th Ed) by James Henslin (2007).
  2. Family, Kinship and Marriage in India by Patricia Uberoi (editor) (1994).

A few good books for kids, with inspiring stories.

  1. The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola (1996).
  2. The Three Questions by Jon J Muth (2002).
  3. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G Birney (2007).
  4. A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh (2008).
  5. Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno (2014).

Books on random subjects.

  1. The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant (1926).
  2. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte (2001).
  3. The Triple Helix by Richard Lewontin (2000).
  4. The Supermen by Charles J Murray (1997).
  5. Ordeal by Hunger by George R Stewart (1971).
  6. The Endurance by Caroline Alexander (1998).
  7. A Mathematician's Apology by G H Hardy (1967).
  8. The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck (1931).
  9. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (2000).
  10. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care (8th Ed) by Benjamin Spock (2004).
  11. Positive Discipline by Jane D Nelsen (2006).
  12. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared M Diamond (1999).
  13. Beyond the Grave by Gerald Condon (2001).
  14. The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (2002).
  15. The Art of War by Sun Tzu, translated by Samuel B Griffith (1971).
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