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  • 20 Books That Have Mattered to MeBY DANIEL H. PINK

  • INTRODUCTION

    If human beings, at least in part, are the sum of our

    experiences, then what we think and believe, at least

    in part, is the sum of what weve read. So as a dual

    act of self-reflection and sharing, Ive compiled a list

    of the books that have influenced me the most over

    my life. They arent necessarily the best in any ob-

    jective sense. Theyre simply books that mattered to

    me. Had I not read them, I would be a different per-

    son. Here they are in alphabetical order by author.

  • 1

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    The late poets autobiography is harrowing, studded

    with trauma that makes you wince. But its also a

    story of hope with a title metaphor that is powerful

    and enduring.

    MAYA ANGELOU

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  • 2

    Influence: Science and Practice

    If youre in the persuasion business and all of us

    are you need to read Cialdini.

    ROBERT CIALDINI

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  • 3

    The Universal Base-ball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.

    This novel is about a man obsessed with an intricate

    dice baseball game hes invented. I devoured it as a

    young teenager obsessed with sports, statistics, and

    a real game called Strat-O-Matic. Only when I read

    it again as an adult did I realize the book was about

    something else altogether.

    ROBERT COOVER

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  • 4

    Flow

    The legendary psychologist describes those mo-

    ments when the challenge we face is so exquisitely

    matched to our capabilities that we lose our sense of

    time, even our sense of self.

    MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI

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  • 5

    The Origin of Species

    You know how in college youre supposed to read

    a book that changes your life? Well, for me, this was

    that book.

    CHARLES DARWIN

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  • 6

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

    The way Id learned history early in school was stiff

    and sterile. But this first-person account of being a

    slave was vastly different so vivid (and occasionally

    horrifying), it made abstractions come alive.

    FREDERICK DOUGLASS

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  • 7

    The works of Peter Drucker and Tom PetersTheres no single title from these two prolific authors

    that mattered most. Its their entire bodies of work,

    which are vast, insightful, and inspiring. Anybody

    who writes about business for a popular audience

    stands on their shoulders.

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  • 8

    Mindset

    One of the most important books a parent can read. I

    wish Dwecks research had been around when I was

    much younger.

    CAROL DWECK

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  • 9

    Powers of Ten: A Flipbook

    This is a picture book. The image on the first page

    shows Earth from the edge of the universe. Then

    each subsequent image zooms in 10 times closer.

    Eventually we see the contours of the continent...

    then the city of Chicago...then a man asleep at a pic-

    nic...and then, zooming further, his skin cells and the

    carbon atoms of his DNA.

    CHARLES AND RAY EAMES

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  • 10

    The Great Gatsby

    I know. A conventional choice. But I truly love this

    novel. Ive read it 7 or 8 times.

    F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

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  • 11

    Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk

    Written in 2012, and describing an Iraq War soldiers

    brief return to the U.S. for a Dallas Cowboys football

    game, this might be my generations Great American

    Novel.

    BEN FOUNTAIN

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  • 12

    Mans Search for Meaning

    Trapped in a concentration camp, Frankl somehow

    survives and secretly creates a landmark work in

    psychology and personal development.

    VIKTOR FRANKL

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  • 13

    The Righteous Mind

    To make moral decisions, we dont reason our way

    to conclusions. Instead, we jump to quick, emotional

    judgments and then use reason to justify our viscer-

    al beliefs. This book changed the way I think about

    politics.

    JONATHAN HAIDT

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  • 14

    Bird by Bird: SomeInstructions on Writing and Life

    Whenever Im stuck which is pretty much all the

    time I think of this books core lesson. Then I take

    it bird by bird.

    ANNE LAMOTT

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  • 15

    Moneyball

    An excellent book about sports. An incredible book

    about the power of challenging conventional think-

    ing.

    MICHAEL LEWIS

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  • 16

    Levels of the Game

    A Sense of Where You Are

    Two more books I read as a kid. They helped show

    me that writers could take on topics that were actu-

    ally interesting in this case, basketball and tennis!

    and write about them in smart, compelling ways.

    JOHN MCPHEE

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  • 17

    Animal Farm

    You might think its a fable about totalitarianism. But

    its really a primer on organizational behavior.

    GEORGE ORWELL

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  • 18

    The War of Art

    How do you overcome resistance in the quest for

    mastery? Pressfield has the answer.

    STEVEN PRESSFIELD

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  • 19

    Working

    When I read this book as a kid, I found that hearing

    about peoples work was exhilarating. I still do.

    STUDS TERKEL

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  • 20

    The Third Wave

    Tofflers ability to see trends before anyone else is

    stunning, his ability to synthesize vast amounts of

    material breathtaking.

    ALVIN TOFFLER

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  • DANPINK.COM

    *Because this is a personal, idiosyncratic list, it reflects my own biases. Youll notice: among the authors, men outnumber women; most of the authors are American; and only a few are not white. Thats something for me to ponder and you to consider in making your own reading choices.

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