Tribe of Mentors — Recommended Books from Mentors and Top Books from Tools of Titans

The list below includes all the mentors in alphabetical order from Tribe of Mentors who have made book recommendations. I have also included the top most recommended books (two or more mentions) on the top. You will also find at the bottom of the post the top most recommended books from Tools of Titans as well. Enjoy!


Top Books (2 or more mentions):

Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)

The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Steven Pinker)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Tim Ferriss)

The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)

Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu)

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World (David Deutsch)

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment (George Leonard)

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Steven Pressfield)

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

Poor Charlie’s Almanack (Charles T Munger)

Finite and Infinite Games (James Carse)

The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Shunryu Suzuki)

Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)


Abusulayman, Muna: The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes (William Ury)

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi: The Open Society and Its Enemies (Karl Popper)

Anderson, Chris: The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World (David Deutsch), The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

Aoki, Steve:  The Singularity Is Near (Ray Kurzweil), The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X)

Arnold, John: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (Matt Ridley), The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Steven Pinker)

Aronofsky, Darren: Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby), Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby)

Ashley, Maurice:  Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life (Gail Sheehy), Sugar Blues (William Dufty), Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment (George Leonard), The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Tim Ferriss)

Attia, Peter: The Transformed Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer (Stephen A. Rosenberg), Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions (Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson), Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Richard P. Feynman)

Babauta, Leo: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (Shunryu Suzuki), What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind (Norman Fischer)

Bell, Mark: Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on your Passion (Gary Vaynerchuk), The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Tim Ferriss), 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength (Jim Wendler)

Belmont, Veronica:  10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works- True Story (Dan Harris)

Boeree, Liv: The Passion Trap: How to Right an Unbalanced Relationship (Dean C. Delis), Map and Territory & How to Actually Change Your Mind (Eliezer Yudkowsky)

Boone, Amelia: Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens), Brave Enough (Cheryl Strayed)

Brand, Stewart: Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility (James P. Carse), One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism (Rodney Stark), The Idea of Decline in Western History (Arthur Herman), The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Steven Pinker)

Brown, Brené: The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships & Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts (Harriet Lerner), Positive Discipline series (Jane Nelsen Ed. D.), Touchpoints series (T. Berry Brazelton)

Call, Jon: Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business and Life (Chungliang Al Huang)

Cantley, Lewis Clayton: The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Richard Rhodes), The Baroque Cycle (Neal Stephenson), Bernie Gunther Novels (Philip Kerr)

Case, Steve: The Third Wave: The Classic Study of Tomorrow (Alvin Toffler)

Chadha, Richa: Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda), Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), Shame (Salman Rushdie), No Logo (Naomi Klein)

Chainani, Soman: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Steven Pressfield), A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara), Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)

Crews, Terry: The Master Key System (Charles F. Haanel), Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl), You Are Not So Smart (David McRaney)

Cummings, Whitney: Getting the Love You Want (Harville Hendrix PhD), The Fantasy Bond: Structure of Psychological Defenses (Robert Firestone PhD), The Female Brain (Louann Brizendine M.D.)

Dalio, Ray: The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell), The Lessons of History (Will and Ariel Durant), River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (Richard Dawkins)

Davidsdottir, Katrin: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court (John Wooden), The Champion’s Mind: How Champions Think, Train, and Thrive (Jim Afremow PhD)

Duncan, Graham: Making Sense of People: The Science of Personality Differences (Samuel Barondes), In Over Our Heads (Robert Kegan), Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World (Jennifer Garvey Berger)

Dyson, Esther: The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease (Marc Lewis), Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan), From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (Daniel C. Dennett)

Ek, Daniel: The Minefield Girl (Sofia Ek), Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success (Matthew Syed), The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), Poor Charlie’s Almanack (Charles T Munger)

Fallon, Jimmy: Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl), The Monster at the End of This Book (Jon Stone)

Fisher, Adam: The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance (Steven Kotler)

Forleo, Marie: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles  (Steven Pressfield)

Fried, Jason: Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger (Peter Bevelin)

Gable, Dan: The Heart of a Champion: Inspiring True Stories of Challenge and Triumph (Bob Richards)

Gaiman, Neil: Paco and the Orchestra; Paco and Jazz; Paco and Rock; Paco and Vivaldi; Paco and Mozart (Magali Le Huche)

Galef, Julia: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner), How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business (Douglas W. Hubbard), Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Chip and Dan Heath)

Gervais, Michael: Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl), Tao Te Ching (Lau Tzu), Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence (Gary Mack), Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success (John Wooden)

Gordon-Levitt, Joseph: Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (Lawrence Lessig)

Gregorek, Aniela: Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl), Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (Oliver Sacks)

Gregorek, Jerzy: The Doctor and the Soul: From Psychotherapy to Logotherapy (Viktor E. Frankl), The Tao of Power (R.L. Wing), Letters from a Stoic (Seneca)

Grylls, Bear: Rhinoceros Success: The Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity (Scott Alexander)

Harris, Sam: The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World (David Deutsch), Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Nick Bostrom), In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)

Holmes, Anna: Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)

Holz, Fedor: Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)

Houston, Drew: Poor Charlie’s Almanack (Charles T Munger)

Huffington, Arianna: Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), Memories, Dreams, Reflections (C. G. Jung)

Jarre, Jérôme: Propaganda (Edward Bernays)

Jurvetson, Steve: Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (Alison Gopnik), Ready Player One (Ernest Cline), Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World (Kevin Kelly), The Age of Spiritual Machines (Ray Kurzweil)

Kelly, Kevin: Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke), The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand), Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman), My Experiments with Truth (M.K. Gandhi), Godel, Escher, Bach (Douglas R. Hofstadter), The Ultimate Resource (Julian Lincoln Simon), Finite and Infinite Games (James Carse), The Bible.

King, Larry: The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger), Lou Gehrig: A Quiet Hero (Frank Graham)

Koppelman, Brian: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami), The Artist’s Way  (Julia Cameron), Awaken the Giant Within (Tony Robbins), City of Thieves (David Benioff), Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins: Ping-Pong and the Art of Staying Alive (Jerome Charyn)

Kutcher, Ashton: The Happiest Baby on the Block (Harvey Karp MD), The Sleepeasy Solution (Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack), Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)

Laughlin, Terry: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment (George Leonard)

Levchin, Max: Master and Margarita (translated by Pevear, et al) (Mikhail Bulgakov)

Lewis, Sarah Elizabeth: A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Rebecca Solnit), James Baldwin: Collected Essays (James Baldwin), “The Creative Process” in The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 (James Baldwin)

Lynch, David: That Motel Weekend (James Donner), The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)

Maples, Mike (Jr.): The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by Dearly Departing (Bronnie Ware), Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach), Hope for the Flowers (Trina Paulus), Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want (Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy), How Will You Measure Your Life? (Clayton M. Christensen)

Maté, Gabor (Dr.): Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne), The Scourge of the Swastika (E.F.L. Russell), The Dhammapada (Anonymous), The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self (Alice Miller), Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)

Maynard, Kyle: Dune (Frank Herbert), The Stranger (Albert Camus), The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

McHale, Joel: The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie), The Book of Strange New Things (Michel Faber), How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Invention, Creation, and Discovery (Kevin Ashton), Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (Laurence Gonzales)

McMahon, Stephanie: Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

Millman, Debbie: The Voice That Is Great Within Us: American Poetry of the Twentieth Century (Hayden Carruth)

Moskovitz, Dustin: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership (Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman)

Negreanu, Daniel: The Four Agreements (Don Miquel Ruiz)

Newmark, Craig: Book of Longing (Leonard Cohen)

Noah Harari, Yuval: Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

Norman, Greg: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman), Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss), On China (Henry Kissinger), The Way of the Shark (Greg Norman)

Novogratz, Jacqueline: The Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison), Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)

O’Reilly, Tim: The Meaning of Culture (John Cowper Powys), The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu (translated by Witter Bynner), Rissa Kerguelen Saga (F.M. Busby)

Oswalt, Patton: The Enigma of Anger: Essays on a Sometimes Deadly Sin (Garret Keizer)

Paul, Caroline: The Stars (H.A. Rey)

Peters, Tom: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain), Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (Frank Partnoy), The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness (Linda Kaplan Thaler), The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference (Linda Kaplan Thaler), Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Cathy O’Neil), Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America (George Whalin), Small Giants: Companies That Chose to Be Great Instead of Big (Bo Burlingham), Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways (William C. Taylor), Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century: The Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders (Hermann Simon)

Pitt, Turia: The Map That Changed the World (Simon Winchester), Born to Run (Christopher McDougall), The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape), Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)

Pressfield, Steven: History of The Peloponnesian War (Thucydides)

Ravikant, Naval: Total Freedom (Jiddu Krishnamurti), Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari), The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge (Matt Ridley)

Ridley, Matt: The Double Helix (James D. Watson PhD), The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)

Ripert, Eric: 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line (Eric Ripert), The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), A Plea for Animals (Matthieu Ricard), Cent éléphants sur un brin d’herbe/ One Hundred Elephants on a Blade of Grass (Dalai Lama)

Robinson, Adam: Zen in the Art of Archery (Eugen Herrigel), Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Betty Edwards), The Crack in the Cosmic Egg (Joseph Chilton Pierce), The Act of Creation (Arthur Koestler), The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (Julian Jaynes)

Rubin, Gretchen: A Pattern Language (Christopher Alexander), The Little House books (Laura Ingalls Wilder), The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), His Dark Materials books (Philip Pullman)

Rubin, Rick: Tao Te Ching (Translated by Stephen Mitchell), Wherever You Go, There You Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn), The Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf)

Sacks, Lord Rabbi: Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading (Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky)

Saint John, Bozoma: Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)

Salzberg, Sharon: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Shunryu Suzuki)

Sharapova, Maria:  The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story (Joel Ben Izzy)

Shea, Ryan: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari), The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson), The Sovereign Individual (James Dale Davidson)

Silbermann, Ben: The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Steven Pinker), Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Samin Nosrat)

Slater, Kelly: The Tao of Health Sex and Longevity (Daniel Reid), The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)

Stiller, Ben: The Second Tree From the Corner (E. B. White), Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger), The Jaws Log (Carl Gottlieb)

Strauss, Neil: Ulysses (James Joyce), Under Saturn’s Shadow (James Hollis)

Szabo, Nick: The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)

Thorisdottir, Annie Mist: Iceland Small World (Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson), Iceland In All Its Splendour (Unnur Jökulsdóttir)

Ulmer, Kristen: The Wisdom of the Enneagram (Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson), The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)

Urban, Tim: The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

Vietor, Tommy: The Nightingale’s Song (Robert Timberg)

Von Teese, Dita: On Sex, Health, and E.S.P. (Mae West), It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken (Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt), Your Beauty Mark (Dita Von Teese)

Waitzkin, Josh: On the Road (Jack Kerouac), Tao Te Ching (translated by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig), Ernest Hemingway On Writing (Larry W. Phillips)

Walker, Laura R.: Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Siddhartha Mukherjee), How to Cook Everything (Mark Bittman), Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (Rebecca Solnit), Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy), The Second Sex (Simone de Beauvoir), The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Tim Ferriss)

Wilcox, Zooko: Good Calories, Bad Calories (Gary Taubes)

Williams, Jesse: Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond), The Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole), Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison), The Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. DuBois), The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

Wilink, Jocko: About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior (Colonel David H. Hackworth)

Zamfir, Vlad: Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (Bertrand Russell), Complexity and Chaos (Dr. Roger White), The Lily: Evolution, Play, and the Power of a Free Society (Daniel Cloud)

Zelnick, Strauss: How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)


Top 17 from Tools of Titans (with three or more mentions in the book):

  1. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  4. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  5. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  6. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert
  8. Influence by Robert Cialdini
  9. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  10. Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
  11. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
  12. The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
  13. The Bible
  14. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  15. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  16. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  17. Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

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17 Replies to “Tribe of Mentors — Recommended Books from Mentors and Top Books from Tools of Titans”

  1. TOM is great so far! Love the look! The gold gloss is awesome 🙂 thank you for making this list 😀 keep up the good work and keep inspiring

  2. I can’t wait to read the book! It looks like another gem of yours. Can I ask if you could recommend a good book about public speaking? Making presentations and running meetings? That would be awesome! Thank you.

  3. I really surprised not to see in those lists even once “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill and “As a man thinketh” by James Allen

  4. too many darts on the wall amigo. it’s too easy to just agree with the ones i’ve read. how about a more refined list?

    which books were mentioned 5 or more times?

    any books mentioned 8 or more times?

    1. Hi there, I also was curious, here is the list of titles appearing more than twice:

      Man’s Search For Meaning 6

      Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 3

      Tao Te Ching 3

      The 4-Hour Workweek 3

      The Alchemist 3

      The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined 3

      The Fountainhead  3

  5. Did anyone mention any of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s works? That’s a shame. He’d be great on either podcast.

  6. I’ve been making my way through a few of these books this year. My two favorites so far are Sapiens and Poor Charlie’s Almanack. Thank you for all the work that you do and time that you give—it’s much appreciated!

  7. In 4HWW you advised on media fast which is effective and went further on saying if you are to read a book you select based on reviews and (“no wonna-bees are worth the time”). In a scenario in which there are say more than 10-20 best sellers in a given genre and the authors you trust for reviews suggested 3 of such best sellers (e.g Influence, invisible influence and pre-suasion). What metric will you use to select just one. Thank you.

  8. As The Dao De Jing comes highly recommended here I would like to suggest a different translation than the one that is linked in this article. To this day I didn’t find any translation that does this text more justice than the Philosophical translation of Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall (Dao De Jing – “Making this life significant”). This translation has an extremely thoughtful historical and philosophical introductions to the texts as well as a translation and commentary of each chapter. To approach this text without the understanding of the context in which it was written and the underlying philosophical ideas and approaches that are represented is like staring at a hieroglyph, sure you might find it beautiful but you will never get to fully enjoy and understand it’s true meaning.