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6 Books in 6 Lines

By Samir | August 29, 2011

I love reading non-fiction. In a given week, I’ll thumb through at least two books, read at least 10 articles across The Globe And Mail, The Economist, The WSJ, and CIO Magazine.

That said, most great works of non-fiction are written with one central idea, one tenet, one guideline. The theme acts like the glue that holds an entire piece of work together. The theme can be used to summarize the entire work, as well.

Here are some of my favorite works of non-fiction of the year, and what I would say are the overall themes of each one. As this is an exercise in brevity, I’ll maintain a 1:1 ratio here - 1 book, 1 theme.

Book: The Wealthy Barber
Author: David Chilton
Theme: Wisely and consistently invest some of your money for later; you’ll be rich before you know it.

Book: Leadership and Self-Deception
Author: The Arbinger Institute
Theme: The best leaders begin first by being completely honest with themselves, about themselves, and avoiding self-delusion.

Book: Huge In A Hurry
Author: Chad Waterbury
Theme: Train with the basics, lift until you can’t lift quickly, and get plenty of rest.

Book: First, Break All The Rules
Authors: Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman
Theme: The best managers use what works, not what is conventionally accepted.

Book: The Pursuit of Happyness [sic]
Author : Chris Gardner
Theme: No matter where you are, you can succeed and end up happy.

Book: Chief Culture Officer
Author: Grant McCracken
Theme: The best corporations are not sterile, bland money-making organisations, but active contributors to the development of humanity and its cultures.

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