Book Summaries: 20+ Popular Book Summaries to Save You Time

Discover the Best New Books in Self-Help, Business, Health, Finance, Psychology and more.

Health & Nutrition

How Not to Die

How to Not Die reveals the connection between what we eat and chronic diseases. Based on hundreds of references to scientific evidence, Dr. Michael Greger shows how to prevent (and even reverse) the top causes of death like heart disease, most cancers, diabetes, obesity, strokes and Alzheimer's.
medicine, nutrition, vegan
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Business & Money

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert Kiyosaki's story of growing up with a "Poor Dad" (his middle class biological father) and a "Rich Dad" (his best friend's father and a savvy entrepreneur). Kiyosaki learned rich people buy assets that make them money, rather than working for an income.
investing, personal finance
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Health & Nutrition

Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep communicates the critical importance of sleep. Modern people don't know that getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep daily can cause dozens of serious problems for mental and physical health. Matthew Walker first helps you understand how sleep works, then how to get better sleep.
psychology, science
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Self-Help & Spirituality

Maps of Meaning

Maps of Meaning says that myths have a tremendous unseen value. They laid the foundation for large, stable and successful civilizations that lasted thousands of years. Myths also provide time-tested wisdom to help us eradicate evil in the social world, and move past unpredictable catastrophes in our personal lives.
morality, psychology, religion
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Self-Help & Spirituality

Behave

Behave explains why humans behave the way we do. Sapolsky breaks down complex science into enjoyable explanations, beginning at the level of our brains, then diving into hormones, genes, evolution and even culture and history. By the end, you'll be questioning many long-held assumptions about how much we control ourselves.
psychology, science
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Self-Help & Spirituality

Food of the Gods

Food of the Gods says psilocybin mushrooms were responsible for the unusually fast evolutionary growth of the human brain. Also it talks about how our relationships to psychoactive plants (including caffeine, sugar and alcohol) shaped human cultures. Finally, how we may restore personal, social and ecological balance in the world.
philosophy, psychedelics
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Health & Nutrition

The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox says lectins are bad. Lectins are proteins hidden in some plants like grains, beans and tomatoes. Dr. Gundry claims they cause many health problems rampant today (like obesity, diabetes and autoimmune diseases) and if you avoid lectin-producing plants, you will lose weight, live longer and feel better.
nutrition, weight loss
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Business & Money

Your Money or Your Life

Your Money Or Your Life is different than other personal finance books because it emphasizes choice, freedom and fulfillment rather than deprivation and discipline. You'll learn that money is life energy and how to become conscious of the movement of your money so it provides you maximum fulfillment.
investing, personal finance
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Self-Help & Spirituality

The True Believer

The True Believer was written over 60 years ago, but it is still frighteningly relevant and accurate today. From Christianity to National Socialism, Eric Hoffer shows how all mass movements are similar. People join movements because of personal feelings of inadequacy or failure, to escape their seemingly powerless individual self.
marketing, psychology
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Self-Help & Spirituality

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements isn't new age nonsense. It explains how language creates our "dream" of reality (an idea from modern linguistics.) It also shows how you can live a better dream by not taking anything personally, not judging yourself and always doing your best.
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Business & Money

The Prosperous Coach

The Prosperous Coach will help you create a coaching business that is profitable AND fulfilling. You'll learn how to create clients through giving a powerful experience of coaching. Steve and Rich also share their best tips to become disciplined, charge higher fees and sell with confidence.
communication, selling
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Business & Money

Propaganda

Propaganda is controlling how the public SEES a business, group or idea. Edward Bernays says understanding propaganda will help you better understand democracy and human nature. And you'll learn to USE propaganda to spread your ideas and build a professional reputation to attract more business.
classic, communication, psychology
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Business & Money

Unshakeable

Unshakeable is about achieving financial security and freedom through smart investing. Tony Robbins explains the simple way to grow wealth using index funds and compound interest. You'll also learn strategies like diversification to keep your money safe. And you will outsmart the greatest enemies of beginner investors: fear and fees.
investing, personal finance
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Business & Money

Total Recall

Total Recall is a dream immigrant success story, but Arnold shares his many mistakes and flaws, too. People said he couldn't succeed because he had a strong accent and no money or connections. But by the end, you'll believe someone with a plan and determination can succeed in almost anything.
biography, motivational, self discipline
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Business & Money

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog is an inspirational story of overcoming challenges to grow a company as fast as possible. You'll learn real-world business lessons that only Nike's founder can teach you. Phil Knight is brutally honest about the extreme difficulties they had to overcome.
billionaire, biography, motivational
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Business & Money

Made in America

Made in America is priceless if you want to grow a business. You'll see how Sam Walton grew one small-town store into an empire. Sam says he learned his best ideas from visiting his competitor's stores. He also explains how capitalism forces people and industries to evolve--for better or worse.
billionaire, biography, small business
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Business & Money

Contagious

Contagious is a must-read book for marketers who want to create viral advertising. Jonah Berger reveals how you can create marketing that gets remembered and messages that get shared. The 6 principles are: social currency, triggers, emotion, public, practical value, and stories.
communication, marketing, psychology
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