Reading List & Recommendations

Steve Jobs was one of the greatest entrepreneurs of his generation, although not a voracious reader to the tune of Bill Gates or Elon Musk, Jobs did manage to have a well balanced bookshelf throughout his life.

The following collection is a reading list and a series of book recommendations from Steve Jobs, which were compiled from a series of interviews he gave throughout his career and from the authorised biography by Walter Isaacson.

by George Orwell
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In Summary: One man’s desperate struggle against an all-pervasive state that is committed to controlling every facet of the population.

Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
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In Summary: A single individual brings the world to a halt by persuading the world’s innovators to withdraw from it. According to Steve Wozniak: “Steve was very fast thinking and wanted to do things, I wanted to build things. I think Atlas Shrugged was one of his guides in life.”

Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
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In Summary: The author, by describing his life experiences, attempts to explain the laws behind both the ordinary and miracles alike.

Be Here Now
by Ram Dass
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In Summary: An esoteric journey describing the author’s spiritual transformation through yoga.

The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
by Dylan Thomas
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In Summary: A collection of poems, which Dylan Thomas considers a curation of his best work.

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
by Chögyam Trungpa
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In Summary: This book argues against the idea of spirituality as a form of self-improvement; arguing instead that liberation comes from letting go of the self.

Diet for a Small Planet
by Frances Moore Lappe
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In Summary: Rules for a healthy diet, along with many recipes for protein-rich meals and a meatless diet.

The Innovator’s Dilemma
by Clayton M. Christensen
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In Summary: The book presents the classic argument that technology no longer develops incrementally and instead is subject to regular “disruptions” that favour small and nimble companies and organisations.

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
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In Summary: The book describes Captain Ahab’s monomaniacal quest for Moby Dick — the sperm whale that destroyed his ship and bit off his leg.

Mucusless Diet Healing System
by Arnold Ehret
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In Summary: This scientific method of eating, developed by Ehret in 1922, presents a complete, workable program for cleansing, repairing, rebuilding, and maintaining a healthy body. Jobs became something of a nutritional extremist after reading Ehret’s work, subsisting on apples and carrots for weeks at a time while Ashton Kutcher—in preparing for his role of Steve Jobs—ended up in the hospital.

Only The Paranoid Survive
by Andrew S. Grove
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In Summary: Unlike most CEO success authors, Grove delves as deeply into his failures as his successes.

The Tao of Programming
by Geoffrey James
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In Summary: A collection of parables about computer programming based on the classics of Taoism.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki
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In Summary: It provides the basics of Zen and Zen meditation, including the method that Jobs himself used to centre himself during difficult moments in his career.

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