Shane Parrish

52 Shane Parrish Recommended Books

Shane Parrish is a Canadian entrepreneur and the founder of the blog Farnam Street, a platform that provides mental models to help its readers make better decisions. He is also a podcast host, writer, and speaker. Shane has an MBA from the University of Ottawa and has written for Forbes, Quartz, and Harvard Business Review. His mission is to help people learn, think, and make decisions better.

52 Books recommended by Shane Parrish

The Lessons of History

The Lessons of History

Author :Will & Ariel Durant

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"I’ll be re-reading this a few times." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Buffett

Buffett

The Making of an American Capitalist

Author :Roger Lowenstein

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"By pure luck I came across this book and it introduced me to the thinking of Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves

Author :Dan Ariely

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"A fascinating look at our own propensity to cheat and rationalize our dishonesty." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Superforecasting

Superforecasting

The Art and Science of Prediction

Author :Philip E. Tetlock

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Shane Parrish recommended this book in his blog. [Source]

City of the Century

City of the Century

The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

Author :Donald L. Miller

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"The most referenced book I could find [about the history of the Chicago fire] and it did not disappoint." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters to a Young Scientist

Author :Edward O. Wilson

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"Partly a memoir and partly a how-to guide for a thoughtful young person interested in making a dent in science." - Shane Parrish [Source]

How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Author :Mortimer J. Adler

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"If you believe that you’re not getting everything out of your reading that you should, this book is awesome." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Think Twice

Think Twice

Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

Author :Michael Mauboussin

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"I highly recommend reading [this book]." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Seeking Wisdom

Seeking Wisdom

From Darwin to Munger

Author :Peter Bevelin

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"Inspired by Munger, [the author's] put together a book of the big ideas that carry a lot of weight in life." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author :Cheryl Strayed

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"Ran me through the range of emotions from happy to crying." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin

An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

Author :David Quammen

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"A short biography of Darwin." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

Author :Eric Jorgenson

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"Packed with unforgettable wisdom and penetrating insights, your mental gears will be working overtime." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Author :Diogenes Laertius

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"I picked up this book as there is a small section on [Bion of Borysthenes]." - Shane Parrish [Source]

101 Things I Learned® in Engineering School

101 Things I Learned® in Engineering School

Author :John Kuprenas

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"You can read it in a night and walk away thinking about materials differently." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau

A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

Author :Michael Sims

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"A worthwhile chronicle of Thoreau’s formative years." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Power Broker

The Power Broker

Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Author :Robert A. Caro

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"It’s amazing. But it’s not a light read." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Simple Rules

Simple Rules

How to Thrive in a Complex World

Author :Donald Sull

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"Way more useful than I would have guessed based on the title." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Thinking with type

Thinking with type

A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students

Author :Ellen Lupton

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"The foundational book that’s used around the world." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Living within Limits

Living within Limits

Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos

Author :Garrett Hardin

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"You need to read the source material over and over in order to soak up the available wisdom." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Brave Enough

Brave Enough

Author :Cheryl Strayed

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"Well worth picking up and makes the perfect gift for anyone going through something difficult in life." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Creative Society

The Creative Society

How the Future Can Be Won

Author :Lars Tvede

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"An interesting take that creative decay is normal a la revision to the mean." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Poor Charlie's Almanack

Poor Charlie's Almanack

The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

Author :Charlie Munger

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"If it’s knowledge and not credentials you’re after, [read this book]." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Walden

Walden

Author :Henry David Thoreau

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"A reflection on simplicity." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Rework

Rework

Author :David Heinemeier Hansson

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"This book showed me that I wasn’t alone or crazy." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Laws of Thermodynamics

The Laws of Thermodynamics

A Very Short Introduction

Author :Peter Atkins

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"Explains the four laws and how they work in relatively accessible language." - Shane Parrish [Source]

In Praise of Slowness

In Praise of Slowness

Challenging the Cult of Speed

Author :Carl Honore

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"An interesting history of our relationship with time." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger

The Complete Investor

Author :Tren Griffin

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"Does an extraordinary job of curating, synthesizing, and organizing the vast wisdom Munger has left for humanity." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Maestro

Maestro

A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening

Author :Roger Nierenberg

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"Exceptional." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Primed to Perform

Primed to Perform

How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation

Author :Neel Doshi

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"Yet another book on unleashing human performance." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Sam Walton

Sam Walton

Made In America

Author :Sam Walton

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"The big lesson I took away from [this book] is that you don’t need to come up with all the ideas yourself." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Antifragile

Antifragile

Incerto, Book 3

Author :Nassim Taleb

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"Changed how I see the world." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself

Author :Peter Drucker

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"An excellent short read." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Mindfulness in Plain English

Mindfulness in Plain English

Author :Henepola Gunaratana

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"Deepens our understanding of the nuts-and-bolts of meditation." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Stopwatch Gang

The Stopwatch Gang

Author :Greg Weston

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"The first book I ever read cover to cover for pleasure." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Back of the Napkin

The Back of the Napkin

Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

Author :Dan Roam

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"Consider this a smart primer on visual thinking." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Devil's Financial Dictionary

The Devil's Financial Dictionary

Author :Jason Zweig

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"Takes an equally beautiful and cynical view of the entire finance industry." - Shane Parrish [Source]

When Genius Failed

When Genius Failed

The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

Author :Roger Lowenstein

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"It was great to re-read this." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Emotionally Intelligent Investor

The Emotionally Intelligent Investor

How self-awareness, empathy and intuition drive performance

Author :Ravee Mehta

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"Has less to do with investing and more to do with decision making." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Soul of the World

The Soul of the World

Author :Roger Scruton

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The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal

Author :Donald Trump

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"It’s clear he’s honed his persuasion skills over many years and he’s one of the best." - Shane Parrish [Source]

A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis

A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis

The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

Author :Eugene S. Bardach

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"Not as boring as it sounds but not as thoughtful as I had hoped." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Mindware

Mindware

Tools for Smart Thinking

Author :Richard E. Nisbett

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"Explores how scientific and philosophical concepts change the way we solve problems by helping us think better." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Author :Cheryl Strayed

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"Ran me through the range of emotions from happy to crying." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Information

Information

A Very Short Introduction

Author :Luciano Floridi

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"Explores information as it relates to both philosophy and science." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Art Of Scientific Investigation

The Art Of Scientific Investigation

Author :W. I. B. Beveridge

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"Endeavors to understand the methods by which discoveries have been made and form some general observations." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

Author :M. Soupio

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"Offers a practical philosophical underpinning that fosters mental discipline and a spirit of critical self-examination." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Shortcut

Shortcut

How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas

Author :John Pollack

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"I thought I’d skim this book but I had a hard time putting it down." - Shane Parrish [Source]

The Complete Essays

The Complete Essays

Author :Michel de Montaigne

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"Really helped foster my interest in philosophy." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Pebbles of Perception

Pebbles of Perception

How a Few Good Choices Make All The Difference

Author :Laurence Endersen

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"An invitation to be curious, build character, and make better choices." - Shane Parrish [Source]

Filters Against Folly

Filters Against Folly

How To Survive Despite Economists, Ecologists, and the Merely Eloquent

Author :Garrett Hardin

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"One man’s attempt to answer the question of how we, as laymen, can survive in a world increasingly dominated by experts." - Shane Parrish [Source]

FAQs

Q1: What books does Shane Parrish recommend?

Shane Parrish recommends books on a wide range of topics, including business, philosophy, psychology, investing, finance, and much more. His favorites include books such as The Black Swan, Poor Charlie's Almanack, and The Mom Test.

Shane Parrish believes books should be read often and read for enjoyment. He believes that books can offer insight, guidance and provide a roadmap for making better decisions.

Shane Parrish recommends books that are both educational and enjoyable. He looks for books that provide insight and advice, but also provide a great story and valuable lessons.

Shane Parrish reviews and recommends books on a regular basis. His blog and podcast provide his readers and listeners access to books that have the potential to highly enrich their reading experience.

Yes, Shane Parrish provides book reviews on his blog, discussing the books he has read and shares his opinion on them. He also shares recommendations of books he enjoyed or felt were particularly impactful.