Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose Discuss Their Top 5 Must-Read Books

Up to no (coherent) good once again, The Random Show returns.

In episode 3, Kevin Rose and I discuss our top 5 must-read books, how we use them, and who should read them.

The 10 books are…

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

Getting Real

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel

Seneca: Letters from a Stoic

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

Envisioning Information

The Tipping Point

8 Weeks to Optimum Health

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

The Intelligent Investor

Others mentioned:

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)

Motherless Brooklyn

If you missed them, check out Episode 1 and Episode 2. From functional MRIs and knives to angel investing and naming companies, it’s as random as the name implies.

Related Odds and Ends:

Tim Ferriss on Twitter

Kevin Rose on Twitter

Fireside Chat with Tim Ferriss at Google

Tim Ferriss presentation at TED: Smash Fear, Learn Anything


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314 Replies to “Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose Discuss Their Top 5 Must-Read Books”

  1. Always great to see a tip of the hat to Thoreau! If anyone here enjoyed Walden, then I’d definitely recommend Where I Lived and What I Lived for. Definitely speaks to people who subscribe to some of the life philosophies shared on this site.

  2. Coincidentally I have read 4 of 10 on this list (Vagabonding, The Intelligent Investor, Leaving Microsoft to Change to World, and The Tipping Point). I look forward to reading the others. One book I would highly recommend if you have not already done so is Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. I think this one of the most important and inspirational books of the 20th century. Great video guys! Always looking for new books to read.