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Financial Self Defense by Charles Givens....

Got me thinking about my financial future at an early age...Moved on from there!

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I think there was an older similar thread. In any case:

"Why I Am Not a Christian" Bertrand Russell
"Democracy and Education" John Dewey
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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Kyiosaki.

Read it in 1999 when I was sick with the flu. It made me think about assets in a different way.
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Not changed, but influenced - A biography of Enrico Fermi.
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I'll take this in a different direction - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. TANSTAAFL!
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I don't know of a single book that dramatically changed my life, but the most influential books in my life so far have probably been:

Religion and the Decline of Magic (Keith Thomas): Fascinating, non-polemical account of the function of magic and superstition in a society. It looked at sixteenth-century England and explained why/how people believed in magic and the utility that superstition played and why many of these beliefs eventually declined. It's helped me understand, even now, why so many people believe in objectively impossible things.

The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (David Chalmers): This book made me more aware of my own intellectual limits because it was probably the first book I loved but found incredibly difficult. I'd never found reading so hard and so pleasurable as when I was reading this.

Warren Buffett's Letters to Berkshire Shareholders: Have read all of them cover to cover three times now and still find something new to learn every time I read it again.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Alice Schroeder): Best biography I've ever read. Loved it as an account of a life well lived. Fascinating and helped me think about what it would be like to live life with an "inner scorecard."

I'm not sure if the OP meant to include only positive influences, but as far as negative influences. It took me a long time to get rid of the kind of beliefs I grew up with and I wasted a lot of my life because of the Bible. But now that I personally approach it as a book of myth-making, it is like reading stories of the Greek gods and goddesses and I am able to enjoy it more without the baggage.
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Alcoholics Anonymous
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‘How to solve all your money problems forever” by Victor Boc
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1984 - by George Orwell.
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Waiting for Godot -- Samuel Beckett
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Irisheyes wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:29 pm Foucault, Discipline and Punish.
Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
Happy to see Foucault make an appearance. Very unexpected in this forum. Am a lifelong student of his work.
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There are a number of books, business and personal, that impacted my life. One that stands out is "What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School" by Mark McCormick, one of the first high profile sports agents. I was a young first time manager when I read it and it really helped me negotiate contracts and interact with people in general.
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No other book has changed my life more than the Bible.

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The Soul of a New Machine - Tracy Kidder

Read it in high school. Switched from mechanical to electrical/computer engineering.

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Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
The Last Don by Mario Puzo
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way by Jim Lundy
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I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
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TheTimeLord wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:39 am I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells?
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elvisimprsntr wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:48 am
TheTimeLord wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:39 am I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells?
LOL, awesome guess. Thanks that made my day, but that is not the book.
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WJW wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:38 am No other book has changed my life more than the Bible.

KJV supplemented with NASB versions.
+1.
The moment I stopped letting both sides tell me what was (and wasn't) in there and read it for myself was life changing.
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No question, "Your Money or Your Life".

Before that, I had read very interesting math and engineering books in high school that lead me to a tech career, but YMOYL taught me to understand the tradeoff of money vs time.
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There's been several, but the most recent was "Resilience" by Eric Greitens.
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Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis - taught me to look out for myself investment-wise, since bankers were only in it for themselves
Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham - I bet a lot of BHs would cite this one
Selfish Gene, The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins - Great writing about evolution & evolutionary biology
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Right, wrong, good or bad, these were books that, at the time, seemed to open up a new world of wild possibilities:

Stars: A Golden Nature Guide, by Herbert S. Zim. I read it around age six or seven. I couldn't understand how there could also be a planet out in space named Earth, and when my mom explained it to me it blew my mind. Honorable mention: the frontispiece in The Book of Knowledge showing airplanes flying from different planets to the sun and how long it would take to get there... maybe at 200 mph (which make earth to sun a fifty-year trip).

The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, possibly at about age eight or nine

Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott

New numbers: How acceptance of a duodecimal (12) base would simplify mathematics, by F. E. Andrews. I don't remember if I ever made a pest of myself trying to proselytize for base 12 numbers, but it was just a stunning mind-opener at the time. Whoever thinks of using a base other than ten until someone tells them?

Two books by John R. Pierce: Electrons, Waves, and Messages and Symbols, Signals, and Noise.

Some purple spirit-duplicator copies of some notes from some course my math teacher had taken, that explained barycentric coordinates, and the rudiments of linear algebra (which is hugely simplified if you use barycentric coordinates).

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. I read them just before they came out in paperback, when there was just a small coterie of fans... and when I bumped into a high school classmate who was studying Old Icelandic, we astonished each other with the discoveries that he didn't know Tolkien had ever written fiction, and I didn't know that Tolkien had been the man responsible for the reputation of Beowulf.

Here's the worst thing. There was a very important book whose name I just can't remember, let alone who wrote it. It was some kind of introduction to the ideas of calculus, aimed perhaps at a high school audience. (It had a red cover.) One of the parts I remember was a diagram of elliptical and circular orbits and some planet with a talk balloon saying to Kepler something like "I'm right here on the ellipse, where I should be! There isn't any circle." It wasn't necessarily a lost Great Book, but it was the right thing at the right moment for me.
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'Calculus' textbook by Purcell

I was a late bloomer in higher education and successfully working through this higher level mathematics for an entire year (4 quarters) gave me the confidence to carry on and succeed in multiple areas of my life.
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Saving to check later.

Curious to let this go for a while then find the overlapping books to start with...
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The Grapes of Wrath
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People of the Lie: Peck


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VictoriaF wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:20 pm
jjunk wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:31 pm 10% Happier: Dan Harris
Check out his book "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics."
jjunk wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:31 pm The Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg
I thought it was the best book on habits until I read "Atomic habits" by James Clear.

Victoria
"Atomic Habits" is excellent. I am listening to the audiobook now. One of the most actionable "self-help" books I've read.
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In the very literal interpretation of changing my life, what I do for my career is the single biggest influence. The course of my career is defined by a specific area of engineering. There are several influential authors, but probably the most influential text in my field is 'The Finite Element Method' by Zienkiewicz and Taylor.

I mostly read for entertainment and education and not many books have changed the way I view the world. However, Orwell's 1984 provided a grim realization. For me, it wasn't so much about government control, but that society can become a slave to itself. Society convinces itself that giving up liberty and free will is what is best. I think it is slowly playing out in reality.

A mentor of mine loaned me his copy of Richard Bach's 'Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah'. It's a story that conveys the metaphysical idea that the only thing that is real is the way our mind interprets reality. He said it had changed his outlook on life, but didn't do much for me.
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TheTimeLord wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:39 am I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
Doctor Who?

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chipperd wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:32 pm "The 7 habits of highly effective people"
Excellent book!

"Seek first to Understand, then to be Understood"...… Great Advise
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Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
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"Self Reliance" by Emerson.

I wish everyone who posts "which underwear should I buy" questions online would read this first.
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Godot wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:26 am
Irisheyes wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:29 pm Foucault, Discipline and Punish.
Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
Happy to see Foucault make an appearance. Very unexpected in this forum. Am a lifelong student of his work.
:happy Influenced my grad degree and hence career.

Sam Beckett a great choice. I think of him when experiencing market downturns and am wondering whether to bail: "I can't go on. I'll go on."
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FI4LIFE wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:37 am
VictoriaF wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:20 pm
jjunk wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:31 pm 10% Happier: Dan Harris
Check out his book "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics."
jjunk wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:31 pm The Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg
I thought it was the best book on habits until I read "Atomic habits" by James Clear.

Victoria
"Atomic Habits" is excellent. I am listening to the audiobook now. One of the most actionable "self-help" books I've read.
I've pretty much read everything in this genre. I have a folder of docs of my own notes on all of them that I share with my employees. "Atomic Habits" was good (I did like it better than Duhigg's book), but if you've followed Clear's blog, it was nothing new. That's my only issue with books in this genre: eventually they all say the same thing...but I keep reading them.
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How to Win Friends and Influence People


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Winning the Losers Game
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Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. (I actually listened to the book through Audible)

Now, it got me in the thinking of saving, investing, and changed my way of thinking. I did read more books from that "product line" of Rich Dad Poor Dad, but I did not pay for a class, lecture, or advisor. Those are traps.

The book got me expanding my look of investing, brought me to the Intelligent Investor and other personal finance books, took me to BiggerPockets.com and also brought me here after a friend's suggestion after discussing this book.
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mak1277 wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:53 am "Self Reliance" by Emerson.

I wish everyone who posts "which underwear should I buy" questions online would read this first.
Yikes... Way to call me out. I've actually had the book sitting in my closet too and have never read =\
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Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Can't Hurt Me
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Two books did that for me.
Poverty of Spirit by J B Metz (only about 54 pages)
Depth Psychology and a New Ethic by E Neumann (147 pages)

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Leadership and Self-Deception
The Total Money Makeover
Getting Things Done
Behave
Atlas Shrugged
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bluebolt wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:01 am Selfish Gene, The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins - Great writing about evolution & evolutionary biology
Any number of books by Dawkins, a great mind and writer.
Also Christopher Hitchens

Worst influence: Ayn Rand. Read in HS, and made me an even bigger twit than would have been age appropriate.
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Love this thread. Already borrowed a couple of these books on Libby!

For me:
As a man thinketh
Learned Optimism
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
How to win friends and influence people
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Winning the losers game
People skills
Why does he do that
average married dad
Obesity code
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The Bible
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Atlas Shrugged.
Your Money or Your Life.
Reading "The Economist" mag and WSJ over the last several years has made me overall more reluctant to invest in emerging markets. Not that USA, European markets in general do not have corruption in government (LOL), but the regularity (.....almost to the point of the expectation of it ?), in emerging market countries just make me shy away. I'm a REALLY small potato, so no earth shattering movement, just my personal observation.
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'In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time -- none, zero. You'd be amazed at how much Warren reads--and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I'm a book with a couple of legs sticking out.'
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Atlas Shrugged
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Out of date set of World Book Encyclopedia, my parents scrounged for me when I was in elementary school.

Out of date set of Encyclopedia Britannica, middle school, missing a couple of volumes as I recall.

Heathkit catalog / The Radio Amateur's Handbook, etc.

The Soul of a New Machine
It helped build a fire in me for a successful career that barely ever felt like work and helped me to be comfortable with the likely impermanence of the result.
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I've read quite a few that you guys mentioned in my early days. "The Secret" was what I read when I was at the lowest point in my life and it really helped me get back up.
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