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The PWI Required Reading List


Just finishing Zen and the Art of MotorCycle Maintenace. Like many of my favorite reads, this one has sat on my wish list for far too long (3 years). He has a very interesting writing style. Intertwining a story of traveling across the west on a cycle wth his son with philosophy.

Has anyone else read it? I’m probably going to buy a physical copy of the book.


It is my favourite. It is the source of the quote my girlfriend put on a poster for me:

‘Until the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, - ‘Wait and hope.’


Yeah, read it in the eighties, brilliant.


One of only a handful of books that I want to begin writing and discussing the second I finish.


@ Zen and the Art of MotorCycle Maintenance, I remember it was such a great book, but I’m like @The_Myth. I read it when I was around 20 or so, and I can’t remember it well enough to talk about it now. It’s one of the few I’ve kept in my office for a very long time.


A couple recent reads:

Dichotomy of Leadership - Jockos sequel to Extreme Ownership. I thought this book was far better than the first.

Effective Executive - Peter Drucker - Really enjoyed this book and have employed several things from it.

Mastery - Robert Green - Meh. I liked 48 Laws better

Fooled By Randomness - NNT - the third time through and still picking up new things.

Riches Among Ruins - Robert Smith - For some reason I always think of @loppar when I read this. Really a great book about brokering sovereign debt.


Jacko’s the man. I have got to pick that up. I just started Dracul (Dacre Stoker), I’m hoping it’s as good as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but I know that’s asking a lot.


As hard as I try, I just can’t get into fiction.

I read biographies if I want a story. My favorites are still Buyside, Straight to Hell and Riches Among Ruins.


Fiction? Bram Stoker’s Dracula is real!


I have this queued up next after i finish listening to JBP 12 Rules
I gotta say a great sequence of reads/listens is Extreme Ownership followed by 12 Rules…
I’m looking forward to DoL … I’ve been loving Jocko lately man

I’d say this is his best book - I’ve also read 33 Laws of War and his Seduction one … and 48 Laws is better imo

I’m the same way … I find most fiction to be kinda terrible. Although I’m reading Doestoyevsky’s “The Double” right now … fucking great. Just an amazing writer he is … make sure to get a good translation though if you decide to pick up Doestoyevsky otherwise the literal translation take away from what he was trying to convey…


Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior


Picked up The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene on Audible today…got through the introduction on my way to work … really looking forward to working my way through this … might pick up a hard copy depending on how I feel about it…I really liked his 48 Laws, wasn’t a fan of 33 Laws of War though…


Manufacturing Consent by Noam Champsky and Edward S. Herman.

It breaks down and gives examples of the corporate media’s bias for the status quo/ruling class. The mass media uses propaganda to keep the public from knowing the information they need to know to make informed decisions. Examples of side-by-side media stories given by different news outlets from other countries and the U.S. Whole sections of the stories were not talked about in the American press to guide people to make choices that are diametrically opposed to their own self-interest and to the benefit of the established class.

It will change the way you view the world!


Well shit … Zep made a good post … thanks for the rec dude … in all honesty this is something I tend to agree with Chomsky over and appreciate his insight into … also, good write up and summation of the book


The book highlights the propaganda model and will make you think more clearly about politics, advertising and money. It may change your view on politics. It did mine.


I’m fairly familiar with the concept and connections but, like I said, appreciate Chomskey’s insight into the matter - I’ll have to throw it on my to read list, which is like a mile long at this point…

A little while ago I read something about the different biases propagated by the various mainstream outlets - and I started hearing it and noticing it … it’s one of those things where once you see it/hear it you can’t undo it …


You might like:
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few By Robert Reich

I think he’s like 98.9% wrong, but who knows…


You will not view politics and media the same again. This book is fundamental and ought to be required reading.


Of course. You’re a victim of propaganda.


Cool story, Comrade