Books Recommended by Ryan Holiday
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
Source: "A friend and peer of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael Titian and all the other great minds of the Renaissance sat down in 1550 and wrote biographical sketches of the people he knew or had influenced him." - Ryan Holiday
The Little Girl at the Window
Source: "Has sold something like 5 million copies in Japan alone (an insane number). Totto-Chan is a special figure in modern Japanese culture—she is a celebrity on par with Oprah or Ellen." - Ryan Holiday
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman
The Earl of Chesterfield
Source: "[The author] wrote his letters to his illegitimate son, tutoring him on how to learn, how to think, how to act, how to deal with important people. I don’t agree with all his advice but most of it is great." - Ryan Holiday
Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
George Horace Lorimer
Source: "The (supposedly) preserved correspondence between Old Gorgon Graham, a self-made millionaire in Chicago, and his son who is coming of age and entering the family business." - Ryan Holiday
The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
Source: "Probably the greatest post-WWII military strategist; he developed the F-15 and F-16, revolutionized ground tactics in war and covertly designed the US battle plans for the Gulf War." - Ryan Holiday
Soldier, Realist, American
B. H. Liddell Hart
Source: "This was someone I knew little about before I read the book, and by the end of it found myself referencing and thinking of him constantly." - Ryan Holiday
Sex on the Brain
The Biological Differences Between Men and Women
Source: "One of the better books on evolutionary biology that focuses almost entirely on the biological and psychological differences between men and women." - Ryan Holiday
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Source: "I found Rockefeller to be strangely stoic, incredibly resilient, and, despite his reputation as a robber baron, humble and compassionate." - Ryan Holiday
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Source: "Ostensibly about the art of writing, but really it too is about life and how to tackle the problems, temptations and opportunities life throws at us." - Ryan Holiday
The Moral Sayings Of Publius Syrus
A Roman Slave (1855)
Source: "A Syrian slave in the first century BC, Publius Syrus is a fountain of quick, helpful wisdom that you cannot help but recall and apply to your life." - Ryan Holiday
Average Is Over
Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
Source: "Changes how you see the future and help explain real pain points in our new economy–both good and bad." - Ryan Holiday
Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Source: "Contains some of the most cogent insights on life, pain, loss, love, success, youth that I have ever seen." - Ryan Holiday
The Moral Animal
Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
Source: "The definitive beginner text on evolutionary psychology and one of the easiest to get into." - Ryan Holiday
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