Books I’ve Loved — Neil Strauss (#450)

Neil Strauss

Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books—the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them for the better. I hope you pick up one or two new mentors—in the form of books—from this new series and apply the lessons in your own life.

Neil Strauss (@neilstrauss) is a ten-time New York Times best-selling author, award-winning writer for Rolling Stone, and former reporter at the New York Times. Strauss has also contributed to Esquire, Salon, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Details, The Source, New York Newsday, and many other magazines and newspapers. He has interviewed some of the biggest icons in the world of entertainment and beyond, including the legendary Chuck Berry, Tom Cruise, Madonna, and Elon Musk. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for work during his book Emergency.

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#450: Books I've Loved — Neil Strauss

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16 Replies to “Books I’ve Loved — Neil Strauss (#450)”

  1. I love your podcast, your books, and your blog. But it’s still mostly white men in the content. Can you share the stories of high-performers who have more diverse identities? Who had to overcome not just their personal struggles, but societal barriers as well?

    1. So you don’t like the race and sex of the guests. I am appalled and shocked by this racist and sexist comment. Please delete it.

      1. Erica, I don’t see any racism in what Maria said. She just suggested in a neutral tone to have more diversity. Read again what Maria wrote without using any filter.

    2. Tim has tons of amazing women on his podcast! -so I’m guessing that you are talking about their skin color. I don’t care if the person is black, white, yellow or green. It’s their ideas shared through their voice that I come here for 🙂

  2. I’ve been a long-time Neil Strauss fan, so I’ll definitely be tuning in for this one. Just in time too, as I’ve pretty much exhausted my Netflix list and need to find some books to help pass the time in quarantine. 🙂

  3. Hello, I have read/ own all your books and listen to the podcast regularly. You have mentioned a few times about how you wanted to get an MBA, but decided to spend that money and time, essentially developing your own curriculum. Which lead me to the idea of “4 hour MBA.” It would be fascinating if you could use the same “distillation” of methodologies and resources that you have acquired to quiet the noise that is involved with the orthodox educational system. As you already know, there are endless ocean of business literature, but none of them with the approach that you have taken with the “4 hour” modus operandi and fundamentally hack the system. Thank you for your time and I’m sure whatever your next project may be will be great.

    1. Hey Nelson, you might want to check out „The Personsl MBA“ by Josh Kaufman. It’s ver much along the lines of what you mentioned.

  4. Hey Mr. Ferriss,

    Just wanted to thank you for the books, podcasts, and blog posts you have put out over the years. The tools you’ve brought forward have made a real impact in my life.

    Keep doing great work!



  5. Mr Ferris, just wanted to commend you on your ongoing series of interesting and inspiring interviews and podcasts. Its the haters that tend to speak up the most and while I don’t speak for everyone I wanted you to know many of us love what you do, and sometimes I’m sure it’s just nice to hear.

  6. Great website and informative, varied interviews.

    There are several people I’d like to suggest you interview:
    Marva Allen, Jamaican-born CEO of, a female & minority-owned Book Publishing & Media Company.

    Eva Ritvo, MD, acclaimed Miami Psychiatrist & author
    of Bekindr, The Healing Power of Kindness.

  7. Hi Tim, It would be interesting to hear an interview with Angela Washko. She created The Game: The Game — a video game which explores the pick-up artist community and its psychological tactics & ethical assumptions through the game’s female avatars, with the point of the game being to survive hostile attempts at manipulation into sexual encounters that are not being pursued for the purpose of mutual empowerment/satisfaction. Thanks, Kate