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

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

Business

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

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

Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication shows us how to have healthy relationships through openly and honestly communicating our observations, feelings, needs and requests. This book can help us move past dysfunctional communication habits we learned growing up including guilt tripping, being passive aggressive, blaming, labelling and judging others as good or bad.
communication, psychology, relationships
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Business

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich is a classic self help book, based on Napoleon Hill interviewing 500 millionaires including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. He says the formula for riches is first having a burning desire for them, then following a definite plan and having faith that plan will succeed.
classic, motivational, personal finance
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Self Help

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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Health

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

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits shows how each of our habits, good or bad, follow the 4 steps of The Habit Loop: Cue, Craving, Response and Reward. More importantly, this book shows how we can hack these 4 steps using practical techniques backed by scientific studies and colorful anecdotes.
habits, productivity, self discipline
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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

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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Self Help

Man’s Search For Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning was written after Viktor Frankl survived the concentration camps of WW2. He noticed that his fellow prisoners who could find purpose and meaning in their suffering found the strength to survive, while others perished. This book is also a guide to finding meaning in your life.
happiness, psychology
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Self Help

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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Business

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing was published in 1993. Some examples are outdated, but the laws are true as ever. The authors go against common sense which says products can win by being better. Instead, they say to be the leader, you must be first in a product category.
marketing, selling
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Business

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Business

Pre-Suasion

Pre-Suasion is a new side of influence: it's about everything that happens BEFORE you ask someone to say yes to you. Professor Cialdini has distilled hundreds of studies to show that how you FRAME a discussion from the beginning is crucial to success.
communication, marketing, psychology
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