Best Books for 2007

It appears I read 32 books this year. Most have been since going TV-free in August. Everyone loves a top 10 list. Here is mine. Note that many of these books were not written in 2007. That is just the year I got around to reading them.

1 – Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. I read some good books this year, but this was the clear winner. It is a user manual to human emotion. Phenomenal.

2 – The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene. Even better than the 48 Laws Of Power.

3 – The World is Flat – A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman. Stellar job covering how the world went flat.

4 – The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Not for everyone, but it was perfect for me.

5 – The World’s Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton. My new favorite writer is a real life Indiana Jones with the wit of Joe Queenan.

6 – The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. It’s a tough read, but like a David Lynch movie the effect is delayed. This book has forever changed the way I see the world.

7 – Amarillo Slim – The Worlds Greatest Gambler by Amarillo Slim Preston. Great stories from an American gambling legend.

8 – Covert Persuasion: Psychological Tactics and Tricks to Win the Game by Kevin Hogan. Information can be used for good or evil.

9 – SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life by Steven G. Pratt. I’m a big fan of nutrition and this book has already impacted my food choices.

10 – One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer. A very short book packed with wisdom.

Worst book of the year? The Secret

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Critical MAS is the blog for Michael Allen Smith of Seattle, Washington. My interests include traditional food, fitness, economics, and web development.