Mario Puzo Books: 6 Best Selling Books From The Author Of The Godfather

Mario Puzo Books: 6 Best Selling Books From The Author Of The Godfather

Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo is best known for writing books about the Mafia and Italian American gang culture in the US. His most popular work is the Godfather trilogy which was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppolla. As well as writing The Godfather, Mario Puzo wrote extensively about the mafia, and in this list we’ve compiled his best works.

6 Best Selling Books From The Author Of The Godfather

1. Omerta – Mario Puzo

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This book is also a tale of a “Mafia” family – which mentions the Corleones from the Godfather. This is a different type of Mafia that Mr. Puzo brings us; it is quite contemporary with events leading to the mid 1990’s.

New York and Sicily feature prominently in the book, and with a style that only Mr. Puzo can bring to the topic.

2. Last Don – Mario Puzo

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The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs become well established. The prologue to the story is at the christening of his nephews, Cross De Lena and Dante Clericuzio. Now, thirty years later, the Clericuzio’s have become the dominant Mafia family in the US after costly wars with other families. They have gained a hand in politics, gambling, drugs, and even Hollywood.

3. The Sicilian – Mario Puzo

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This book is set in Sicily, and Mario Puzo’s love and understanding of the long-suffering land shines through. The story follows a Sicilian outlaw and his climb to the top of criminal hierarchy, his associated betrayals, cunning treacheries and loyalty that never should be taken for granted.

4. Fools Die – Mario Puzo

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This book has it all. Lust, greed, treachery, deception, sex and violence all the way from the High Roller Gambling Rooms of Las Vegas to the Shores Of Japan. It has been described as one of Mario Puzo’s best books, even better than The Godfather. See for yourself.

5. The Fortunate Pilgrim – Mario Puzo

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Mario Puzo took the everyday life of an ordinary Italian immigrant family and turned it into a masterpiece with The Fortunate Pilgrim. The style is gorgeously cinematic and seems to reflect the powerful vision of a boy growing up in New York who saw beauty all around him. This book has been described as the ‘parent’ to The Godfather.

6. The Fourth K – Mario Puzo

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In the final instalment in this list, Francis Xavier Kennedy, nephew of the slain JFK, has ascended the presidency due to his family name, his political instincts, and his near-adolescent idealism. The Fourth K is all about a presidential dynasty and an Arab terrorist attack. A first-class piece of literature.

4 Of The Best Fitness And Workout Books Ever Written

4 Of The Best Fitness And Workout Books Ever Written

Fitness Books

For any fitness enthusiast or someone looking to start strength and fitness training, these books are essential in giving you the tools and knowledge to get you off to a powerful and efficient start. You do not want to be in the gym, day in and day out, using the wrong form and wasting your time. These fitness books will teach you the right techniques and the ideal form to get the results that you want.

As part of a healthy lifestyle and a nutritious diet, these fitness books will help you get the body you want. Not only will you have more energy and be naturally happier, your body will build a stronger immunity to diseases and defend against ageing.

For more healthy eating books, check out our Health, Diet and Fitness section and our Weight Loss Recipes.

Without further ado,

4 Of The Best Fitness And Workout Books

1. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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This book has everything you need to know about all aspects of bodybuilding. It starts with basic recommendation and training techniques for the beginner. It ends with bodybuilding contests, but if that’s not your goal, you can simply ignore that and use the training tips instead.

2. Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength – Steven Low

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This book mainly focuses on upper body strength development in a gymnast’s way. In Overcoming Gravity, the progressions are in much smaller steps which allows for the reader to pick up at his or her ability easily and immediately begin developing their strength.

3. Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance – Kelly Starrett

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This book seeks to “Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur”, and according to the hundreds of reviews and tens of thousands of sales, its safe to say it does just that.

4. Starting Strength – Mark Rippetoe

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Beginners can greatly benefit from this book to learn good form right off the bat. Experienced lifters might also want to check it out because,

a) there’s always more to learn, and

b) your form might not be as good as you think it is.

Leave any comments and suggestions below.

Adventure Books – 3 Thrilling True Story Adventure Books

Adventure Books – 3 Thrilling True Story Adventure Books

Adventure Books

These books are true life tales of exploration, adventure, and survival. They have inspired their readers to go and explore the unknown and conquer their fears.

3 Thrilling True Story Adventure Books 

1. Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival – Joe Simpson

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There have been many a lot of mountaineering stories over the years, but none more amazing than the story of Joe Simpson, who with his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. This is their thrilling story.

2. Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Aron Ralston

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place describes Ralston’s life-changing experience in having his arm pinned down by an 800-pound boulder in a canyon. As he runs out of food and water, he is forced to make some incredibly difficult decisions.

3. A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts – Andrew Chaikin

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The story of the first and only ever human mood landing, and the other 23 Apollo A Man On The Moon has been described by the astronauts themselves as the definitive account of their missions.

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books

What follows is the 4 best non-fiction books about war, many of which have been turned into movies and TV shows. These war books are the most compelling that have ever been written. If you think we missed any, be sure to let us know in the comments.

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books 

1. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – Stephen E. Ambrose

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Band of Brothers, by Stephen Ambrose, is the story of E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. It’s a very personal account, as Ambrose conducted numerous interviews with the surviving members of the company and uses those interviews to instill a sense of closeness to the action.

2. Black Hawk Down – Mark Bowden

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The heroic tale of a group of just over 100 U.S. Rangers, DELTA operators, and SEALs in the 15+ hour non-stop battle of their lives against thousands of aggressive, armed Somali militia is near impossible for anyone to put down. However, the main strength of the book is delivered by the author Mark Bowden. As an investigative reporter, he takes pains to  simply report the facts surrounding the October 3-4, 1993 “Battle of the Black Sea” in Mogadishu.

3. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 – Marcus Luttrell

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This book is a compelling, easy read that you will find hard to put down. The first part takes you through SEAL training in Coronado, CA and gives you a deep appreciation for just how hard it is to become a SEAL. The second half takes you through a harrowing battle that in many ways validates just why the SEAL selection and training process is so difficult and so effective.

The battle sequence in Afghanistan and its aftermath is incredibly intense, moving, and awe inspiring. Lone Survivor is an incredibly compelling war book that had to make it on this list.

4. Flags of Our Fathers – James D. Bradley

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FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS is a brilliant work for so many reasons: it pays homage to the six men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during WWII, it is a testimonial to the USMC and its fighting men; it portrays a graphic and at times unimaginable description of the horrors of war; and, it depicts not only the indignities that we humans can suffer upon one another, but also the moments when common men are moved to perform acts of uncommon valor and courage.

When reading this book, you will feel pride, grief, anger, sadness, and dismay. Its words will make you laugh, cry, mourn, and think hard.

Fatherhood: 4 Best Books Every Father Must Read

Fatherhood: 4 Best Books Every Father Must Read

Fatherhood

Becoming a father is arguably one of the most significant moments of any mans life and the responsibility of being a father is a great one. It’s important to note the different roles that each parent plays, and there are an abundance of great books which illustrate both a modern view of fatherhood and a more traditional approach.

In this post, we’ve compiled the 4 best books on fatherhood. Books which are essential reading before any other books are read on the subject. They have been compiled based on their credibility, reviews and sales figures over the years since their publication and we hope you find them beneficial.

Fatherhood: 5 Significant Books Every Father Must Read

1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

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Atticus Finch, the father character in Harper Lees only novel, seems to embody all of the virtues. He is tolerant, patient, kind, and understanding. He does not meddle with his children’s affairs and he speaks to them as fellow adults. The world certainly needs more people like him. Along with a story about racism and persecution in Alabama during the 1930s, To Kill A Mockingbird is an essential book to read if you haven’t already.

2. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

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Reading this book is like taking a cold shower. Hays has brought us a Marcus Aurelius who puts his hand on your shoulder, looks you in the eye, and tells you like it is: Get over yourself. You can’t change the world. Do your best and realize you are of this earth. Human experience is muddy, so what? This book is best read in tough times, when you could use a little steel in your spine. One of the fundamental books of Stoicism is worth every minute.

3. The Road  Cormac McCarthy

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A father and his son walk alone through a post apocalyptic and burned America. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, are sustained by love.

4. Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions – Daniel Wallace

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This phenomenal father son tale tells the story of Edward Bloom, through the eyes of his son, William Bloom. Edward is dying and in order to reconstitute his life, his son starts telling his (Edward’s) stories –somehow, he believes that telling this father’s adventures is a form of keep him alive. Like his father advises to him once: ‘Remembering a man’s stories makes him immortal’.

3 Books to Upgrade Your Sex Life

3 Books to Upgrade Your Sex Life

Lets face it, everyone can do with an upgrade when it comes to the bedroom. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or not, there are new maneuvers you can make and intimate connections you can have to upgrade your sex life.

The 3 books below will help you do just that.

1. Great Sex: A Man’s Guide to the Secret Principles of Total-Body Sex – Michael Castleman

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Nowhere will a reader find another work that provides so much insightful information on how men and women can work together to create delectably healthy sexual relationships. From lackluster sex to male performance anxiety to the dearth of knowledge surrounding the female sexual response, Castleman tackles virtually every sexual issue affecting couples today. This book will definitely upgrade your sex life.

2. She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman – Ian Kerner

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From the beginner to the experienced enthusiast, there is something in this book for everybody. Ladies, make sure your partner reads this. Ladies/Gentlemen who have a woman partner: this is required reading.

It teaches you a lot about the female anatomy, the female sexual response, and the emotional/couple dynamics that factor into sex.

3. The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido: A Couple’s Guide – Michele Weiner Davis

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Show me a couple who has a mutually satisfying sexual relationship and I’ll show you a couple I can pick out of a crowd. There’s an almost visible bond between them-the gentle touches, knowing glances, laughter and warmth when their eyes meet. You can feel the connection between them. The aim of this book is to upgrade your sex life to this level.

Wolf of Wall Street Book List: 4 Top Books About Crime and Excess

Wolf of Wall Street Book List: 4 Top Books About Crime and Excess

The Wolf of Wall Street became an international phenomenon when the movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio came out in late 2012. The story of success and excess in wall street caught the imaginations of millions, and the tale became a warning against the lifestyle of spectacular opulance, when money is not an issue.

If you are a fan of the story, you will love the books below. Each are related to either the original story, or a new tale, either way, you’ll love them all.

1. The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess Turney Duff

The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess - Turney Duff

The Buy Side, by former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff, portrays an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements.

2. Wiseguy Mass Market – Nicholas Pileggi

Wiseguy Mass Market - Nicholas Pileggi

Charting the life of Henry Hill, the story behind another of Scorceses movies Goodfells, Wiseguy brings to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds.

3. Liar’s Poker – Michael Lewis

Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis

In the 1980’s, Michael Lewis was a neophyte bond salesman for Salomon Brothers in New York and London for four years. Liar’s Poker is a high-stakes game the traders, salesmen, and executives play each afternoon. The story is a difficult one to put put down.

4. Den of Thieves James B. Stewart

Den of Thieves - James B. Stewart

Den of Thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

There could be as many books written as opinions on which to read. This list is not at all exhaustive, but serves as a starting point for the inquisitive mind. These are all modern, easy to read books that don’t fill your brain with easily forgotten facts, but a way of thinking about the universe that makes you smarter.

Ranging from books based on science and new breakthroughs in psychological research, these books serve to awaken and enlighten you. If you’re only going to read 10 non fiction books, these books are all you need.

So, without further ado:

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

1. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, tells the story of 15 billion years of cosmic history like no one else can. This book shows how broad and deep Carl’s interests extend and draws the reader into a world of fascination. Although the book is primarily about how science has developed in our society, the book touches on subjects such as historyphilosophy, religion, and cultures. The book is written in simple terms and is understandable to those without a background in science.

2. Outliers: The Story Of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers brings a crucial point that there is logic behind why some people become successful, and it has more to do with legacy and opportunity than high IQ. This important idea, shifts the concept of the smarter the better to point out what actually goes into making a successful person. Although Malcolm Gladwells methods have been brought into questioning in recent times, there’s no doubt that this book is a great starting point for anyone interested in evolutionary psychology.

3. A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

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This is the greatest guide, to what we all should have learned in high school and beyond. Through one giant narrative, Bill Bryson takes the reader to the many physical quarks and wonders of our universe. As far as science books go, this one is a must read for anyone interested in how and why we are here.

4. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are – Robert Wright

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Where do morals come from? Why do we do certain things?
These are the questions the book challenges from a new perspective. Taking the basic principle of evolution and finally applying it to the way we act as humans.

5. Thinking Fast And Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman presents the brain as we have never seen it. The basis of the book is simple. In judging the world around us, we use two mental systems: Fast and Slow. The Fast system (System 1) is mostly unconscious and makes snap judgments based on our past experiences and emotions. When we use this system we are as likely to be wrong as right. The Slow system (System 2) is rational, conscious and slow. They work together to give us a view of the world around us.

6. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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The lesson of this book is that we should be leery of trusting society’s or common wisdom. In other words, the book encourages us to keep our mind alert and break out of the mold in the way we see things. It introduces one of the most important topics which is differentiating correlation from causation.

7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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This is a great book about the power of habit and what we can do to change our habits in business, life, and society. The book is divided into three sections, first focusing on the individual, then companies, and finally societies.

8. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies – Jared Diamond

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the people’s of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their people’s. This book sheds light on why the Europeans advanced so much quicker than the rest of the world.

9. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher – Richard P. Feynman

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Physics can often be wrongly marred with hatred for its complexity and day to day social application. No one will ever come close to describing the fundamentals of our universe quite like Richard Feynman can. He is able to make physics intuitive, unlocking the many beauties for everyone to appreciate.

10. This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking – John Brockman

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What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?

This is the question John Brockman posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.

Books for Men: 10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read

Books for Men: 10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read

What are the Top Must Read Books For Men?

There are books that you read, and there are books that change your life. The list compiled below is an indication of some of the best books to read. From an infinite list of books, these 10 are ones that have defined generations and inspired countless authors. Some are a basis of what it is to be a man in today’s culture; to face fears and fight through them, to fight for justice and what is right, embracing the leader in us and leading a life of integrity. Men and woman everywhere, we give you, 10 Books Every Man Must Read.

So Gentlemen, here is the Top 10 List Of Books To Read For Every Man:

1. The Count Of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

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The epic adventure of Edmond Dantès and how he spent 14 years in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit, will keep you hooked to the point where your friends and family will be concerned for your well-being. This story takes you through the journey of Edmond Dante, the boy growing up to become The Count Of Monte Cristo.

2. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm

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Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE LAST LION picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. In covering Churchill’s years of political exhile between WWI and WWII, Manchester captures the man who was willing to assess the world order for himself and stand completely alone with every force imaginable opposing him. In the end, he was right and the world was wrong. This book captures that wonderfully.

3. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde

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A great book about the dangers of holding on to vanity and pride, The Picture of Dorian Grey is a remarkable book filled with moments of great self-reflection, we see Dorian Grey go on a sensual quest and the outcome of that is the final twist in the book.

4. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

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One of his most autobiographical books, Ernest Hemingway tells the story of the lost generation after World War I. It follows a group of friends through the night life of Paris and the bull fighting rings of Spain. One if his masterpiece works, the Sun Also Rises is a great read for everyone who wants to experience living a life of unfulfilled dreams and unrealized love.

5. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

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A spiritual book bases loosely on the life of Buddha, Siddhartha tells the story of a Brahmins journey in search of ultimate reality. This beautifully simple book has touched millions with its integration of Eastern and Western mythology and philosophy. Along with Demien, this book is a must read for any Herman Hesse fan or anyone interested in Buddhism philosophy.

6. The Arabian Nights – Tales From 1001 Nights – Richard Burton

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The Arabian Nights is considered to be one of the greatest classic and historical texts of all time. The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. This classic piece of literature includes some of the most well-known stories such as Ali Baba and The Forty Theives, Alladin, and Sinbad the Sailor.

7. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

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Meditations, written by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius for himself as a source of his own guidance and self-improvement. They illustrate how the emperor struggled to understand himself and the universe but offered a stoic philosophy as the solution to his internal struggles. A great insight into the mind of such a powerful man.

8. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

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The story of Santiago, the young shepherds journey from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of The Alchemist highlights the notion of everyone’s personal legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is”. After over 30 Million copies sold, The Alchemist has become one of the best-selling books in history.

9. The Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R Tolkien

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Calling Tolkiens Trilogy and epic masterpiece would be an understatement. At over 150 million copies sold worldwide, the story of Frodo Baggins and his companions journey into the shadows of the dark lord to save the world is filled with adventure and courage. The Lord of The Rings is an extraordinary work and if you haven’t seen the movies yet, make sure you read the book first.

10. The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

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With the slogan of Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, The 4-Hour Workweek tells us to forget about the old-fashioned notion of the retirement plan and deferred living. There is no need to wait and in unstable economic times, we have to change the way we work and live. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.