2014 Top 10 Book List



The brave author, leader, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass once said:

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Yearly, I release a list of the top ten non-fiction books that had the biggest impact on me. Often a book you read will forever change you (like My Orange Duffel Bag) or you find a book you that gives you new insights every-time you read it (like Leadership and Self Deception). Choosing only 10 is difficult, but allows me to reflect and prioritize the year through the lens of others’ words and knowledge. Some books are new, some are old – all were new to me this year (2014) and that is how they were chosen; new-to-me books that I have read this year that impressed me as being important, sharing valuable information, helping provide new thoughts, or just help to simplify life.

The benefits of reading are numerous. A great summary of some of the value that comes from reading can be found here. My goal for many years has been to read at least one book per week. Joseph Brodsky teaches us that:

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

Reading helps me expand my views and understand others as well as myself.

As John Green wrote:

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”

For me, reading allows me to experience what others have experienced, to feel what I might not have been able to feel otherwise

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. Reading fiction is important. It helps us develop empathy. Reading non-fiction is important. This list is just for non-fiction books.

If interested: Here is the 2013 List.

Below is a list of the Top 10 books that inspired me the most in 2014, in random order:

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph Lawrence, T E


The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict Arbinger Institute

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Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves Warner, C. Terry


Selected Works (Penguin Classics) Cicero, Marcus Tullius


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less McKeown, Greg


I And Thou Buber, Martin

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Little Miss: a father, his daughter & rocket science Meikle, Nathan

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Stories Mediators Tell Galton, Eric R.


The Secret Club That Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Traders Kelly, Kaye

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Unwind!: 7 Principles for a Stress-Free Life Bracken, Sam / Olpin, Michael


– Mareo McCracken