This is part 3 of Story told by an entrepreneur of becoming %1 (Part 1 Story) which is originally posted at How can one become part of the 1%?.  The author offers a list of books he recommends.

PPS, since many of you have asked what books to read, or books that I found useful or influenced my thinking, I have decided to compile a short list here. This list will probably get updated from time to time since I am constantly reading new books.

Amazon.com: Robinson Crusoe (Penguin Classics) (9780141439822): Daniel Defoe, John Richetti: Books

This is actually the very first book I have ever read in my life, I read it in Chinese when I was seven. It left an everlasting impression on me to be strong, independent and having the courage to seek out adventures. Come to think of it, I will have to go visit Christmas Island one of these days.

Liar’s Poker (Norton Paperback): Michael Lewis: 9780393338690: Amazon.com: Books

This is bordering on the cliche now, I read this book on my second year in college and I knew right away my goal of being an engineer was over. I wanted to go to Wall Street. This all time classic made me a big fan of Michael Lewis and it changed my life.

Market Wizards, Updated: Interviews With Top Traders: Jack D. Schwager: 9781118273050: Amazon.com: Books

I read this book when I was twenty, it was still in its first print at the time. I had very foggy concepts about finance, markets and money at the time but it got me very very fascinated about what traders do. There are several follow-ups books, all very worthwhile to read. The stories of some of the traders foreshadowed the ups and downs I was going to have in my life as a trader as well. Spooky!

How I Made $2, 000, 000 in the Stock Market: Nicolas Darvas: 9781614271697: Amazon.com: Books

I read this book when I got serious about trading, it inspired me to be an independent thinker and ignore all the noise that is Wall Street. All the lessons taught in this book is just as relevant today.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator: Edwin Lefèvre, Roger Lowenstein: 9780471770886: Amazon.com: Books

Jesse Livermore is perhaps the greatest trader ever, but a tragic life nonetheless. This book inspired me to get into the trading business, but the tragedy that is Jesse Livermore also made me quit and pursue my current business.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life: Alice Schroeder: 9780553384611: Amazon.com: Books

This biography of Warren Buffett is a must read for just any aspiring person who wants to get into business or investments. This book deeply influenced my current approach to business as well as investments. I am not sure I would have appreciated the lessons in this book when I was younger though.

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials): Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, Warren E. Buffett: 9780060555665: Amazon.com: Books

Not the most entertaining read but the concept of margin of safety is hugely important.

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto): Nassim Nicholas Taleb: 9780812973815: Amazon.com: Books

Consider me a fan of Nassim Taleb, the man is prescient. This book actually saved my current business as it served as a massive warning right ahead of the collapse of 2008-2009, I hunkered down and did everything I could to stay in the game.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto): Nassim Nicholas Taleb: 9780812975215: Amazon.com: Books

A very sobering book that uses a great deal of statistical concepts to teach us about the probabilities in life and business. It drastically changed my view of success and failures. I only wished this book was around I was much younger.

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business: Clayton M. Christensen: 8601300047348: Amazon.com: Books

I consider this book the bible for all startup guys out there. The concepts laid out in this book taught me to look beyond the obvious and look for ways to compete more effectively.

The 48 Laws of Power: Robert Greene: 8580001039893: Amazon.com: Books

Don’t be a victim, learn from past masters on how to play the game in business and life.

Where Good Ideas Come From: Steven Johnson: 9781594485381: Amazon.com: Books

You will learn that good ideas are products of accidents, errors and slow hunches. The key is to open-minded.

Amazon.com: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (9780609809648): Jack Weatherford: Books

An absolutely fascinating read about one the greatest conquerors in history, it is full of lessons how to to be an upstart that can go big.

Amazon.com: The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin (9780307961617): Steven Lee Myers: Books

This biography of Putin is full of lessons on survival and the rise of an unlikely startup.

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor (Columbia Business School Publishing): Tren Griffin: 9780231170987: Amazon.com: Books

Mr. Munger is Warren Buffett’s sidekick, and probably the more intellectual of the two. This book is full of lessons on business and investments.

Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life: Alexander V. Pantsov, Steven I. Levine: 9780199392032: Amazon.com: Books

Another story of an unlikely upstart guy who ended up as a giant in history. Full of tales of survival, redemption, and human tragedy. I learned a great deal of modern Chinese history from this book.

Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry: Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff: 9781250060174: Amazon.com: Books

The story of Blackberry is still ongoing, and it is full of what not to do in business.

Amazon.com: The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future (9780393329681): Vali Nasr: Books

I had very little knowledge or understanding of the Middle East until I read this book.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future: Ashlee Vance: 9780062301239: Amazon.com: Books

Wow! But wait a minute, so Elon Musk wasn’t a prodigy? Yeah, the story of Elon Musk gives all of us mere mortals hope. You too can dream big and do great things.

Amazon.com: Bad Paper: Inside the Secret World of Debt Collectors (9781250076335): Jake Halpern: Books

The underbelly of America.

The Innovators( How a Group of Hackers Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution)[INNOVATORS][Hardcover]: WalterIsaacson: Amazon.com: Books

The history of Silicon Valley.

The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals: Frank Partnoy: 9781586488123: Amazon.com: Books

Just about everyone has heard of Charles Ponzi of the Ponzi scheme, but the story of Ivar Kreuger is simply incredible. A great study of human greed.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China: Evan Osnos: 9780374535278: Amazon.com: Books

Most Westerners still don’t get China, this book opened my eyes despite the fact I was from China and frequently visit.

The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition–with a new Introduction by the Author: Richard Dawkins: 9780199291151: Amazon.com: Books

An all time classic, a must read to understand ourselves better.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: Laurence Gonzales: 9780393326154: Amazon.com: Books

A compelling read about actual survival when in physical danger, some very interesting insights into human behavior.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers: Ben Horowitz: 9780062273208: Amazon.com: Books

I found plenty of similarities when compared to my own experiences of running a startup.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less: Barry Schwartz: 9780060005696: Amazon.com: Books

This book gave me insight on why and how people make choices, including myself.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds: Charles MacKay: 9781463740511: Amazon.com: Books

The insight on crowd psychology from nearly 150 years ago is just as relevant today.

The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do: Clotaire Rapaille: 9780767920575: Amazon.com: Books

A very fascinating book about different cultures.

Amazon.com: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (9780393317558): Jared M. Diamond: Books

A different way of looking at human history.

Amazon.com: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition (9780143117001): Jared Diamond: Books

If you don’t believe in climate change, this book will make you think twice.

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built: Duncan Clark: 9780062413406: Amazon.com: Books

It is utterly incredible that someone with no technical knowhow succeeds by sheer will and leap of faith, in an incredibly cut-throat and political environment that is China.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas: Warren Berger: 9781620401453: Amazon.com: Books

Never stop asking why 🙂

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined: Steven Pinker: 8601300108858: Amazon.com: Books

Just when you are depressed about the world around you, this book will give you context.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness: Gary Vaynerchuk: 9780062273123: Amazon.com: Books

I highly recommend the audiobook version of this book, I share much of the same views of Mr. Vaynerchuk.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business: Charles Duhigg: 9780812993394: Amazon.com: Books

I consider books like this entertainment, but not without some valid points.

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century: George Friedman: 2015767923057: Amazon.com: Books

Sobering book.

Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition): Robert B. Cialdini: 9780205609994: Amazon.com: Books

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike: Phil Knight: 9781501135910: Amazon.com: Books

Phil Knight’s amazing story of how he built Nike. Great writing, great story telling 🙂

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph: Ryan Holiday: 9781591846352: Amazon.com: Books

Want to build mental toughness? Read this book!

The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity: Steven Strogatz: 9780544105850: Amazon.com: Books

Math is the key to the understanding of so many things in life, this book is easy to read and a great refresher in case you forgot what you learned in school.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Duckworth: 9781501111105: Amazon.com: Books

Although I didn’t exactly follow what the book prescribes, but my overall direction and actions fits the bill. Persisting, sacrifices, and being optimistic and hopeful did help get me where I am today. This book attempts to have a “scientific” approach to validate these points, which I find somewhat dubious, but it is a good read nevertheless.

A Little History of Philosophy: Nigel Warburton: 2015300187793: Amazon.com: Books

I took a few philosophy classes in college, totally unnecessary towards whatever major I thought I wanted to pursue at the time, but it did teach me to be a skeptical, independent thinker. This is a great “Cliff Notes” approach of philosophers, easy to read and digest but still makes you think.

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Ellenberg, Jordan (2014) Hardcover: Jordan Ellenberg: Amazon.com: Books

A thoroughly fun book on everyday life and how math get entangled in it, it will shed light on an average person’s silly biases and lack of understanding handicapped by poor math. It will help you make better decisions.