Favaholic Blog — Favorite Books from Famous People

Favorite Books from Mark Cuban, Owner of Dallas Mavericks

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 17, 2009

The NBA Basketball season is almost upon us, so we thought it would be an opportune time to show you some of the influential reading that has shaped entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s thinking.

  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    “… It encouraged me to think as an individual, take risks to reach my goals, and responsibility for my successes and failures. I loved it. I don’t know how many times I have read it, but it got to the point where I had to stop because I would get too fired up.”
  • Cold Calling Techniques: That Really Work by Stephan Schiffman
  • Marketing Outrageously: How to Increase Your Revenue by Staggering Amounts! by Jon Spoelstra

Go HERE to see what other books he recommends to business people and non-business people alike.


Gwyneth Paltrow’s Favorite Books

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 16, 2009

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow impressed us all with her Oscar winning performance in “Shakespeare in Love”…  Just kidding, but she was the bomb dot com as Pepper Potts in “Ironman”.  W00t!

Here are a couple book recommendations from this literary lady:

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Click HERE for to see more of Gwyneth Paltrow’s reading list.

What does Bill Gates read?

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 15, 2009

Here is a sample of Bill Gates’ reading list.  It includes some of his favorite books for business as well as what he reads for recreation.

  • Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
    By Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
    Gates’ endorsement: “I’ve long admired Dell’s pioneering use of the World Wide Web. In Direct from Dell, you’ll find strategies for using the Web to enhance your sales and empower information throughout your business. If you want to capitalize on cyberspace, you should read this book.”
  • What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives
    By Michael L. Dertouzos, Bill Gates
    Gates’ endorsement: “‘What Will Be’ is an engaging and visionary guide to the future…. Whoever takes part in the coming Information Reovlution-and that’s just about all of us-needs to know ‘What Will Be’.”
  • The Catcher in the Rye
    By J.D. Salinger
    Gates’ endorsement: “One of my favorite books from childhood is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I have read it so many times that I can quote large portions of it from memory.”

Click HERE for more of Bill Gates’ book recommendations.

Warren Buffet Book Recs for Investing & Business

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 14, 2009

The Oracle from Omaha Warren Buffet recommends these books for investors, though really he recommends these books to just about everybody because he thinks everyone should invest!  (Smartly, of course).

  • Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons from the Dean of Wall Street
    By Janet Lowe
    Buffet’s endorsement: “…anyone with an interest in investments will relish this book.”
  • Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor
    By John C. Bogle
    Buffet’s endorsement:”A must read for every investor.”
  • John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years
    By John C. Bogle
    Buffet’s endorsement: “Any investor who owns or is thinking of owning shares in a fund should read this book cover to cover.”

Click HERE for more of Warren Buffet’s favorite books.

Business Book Recs from Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 13, 2009

Tap into the mind of Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt and check out his reading list. Probably of great interest to all of you techies and businessmen/women out there.

  • Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World HC by Don Tapscott
    Schmidt’s endorsement: “Demonstrates the world changing power of the Net Generation. If you want to understand their impact, read this book.”
  • Adventures of an IT Leader by Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, Shannon O’Donnell
    Schmidt’s endorsement: “Ever wonder what a CIO’s life is really like? Read this engaging ‘novel’ to understand the experience of an IT executive.”
  • Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy by Carl Shapiro, Hal R. Varian
    Schmidt’s endorsement: “Information Rules is the first book to explain network economics, the new economics of our lives.”

Go HERE for more of Eric Schmidt’s favorite business books.

Recommended Reading: For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 12, 2009

I got lucky and attended the first half of the 2009 Startup Bootcamp hosted by MIT today.  Like a lot of folks, I get a kick out of listening to the stories and advice of entrepreneurs who’ve “made it”, and on top of that is the fact that many of them had book recommendations for wannabe entrepreneurs like us! 😀

  • Adam Smith of Xobni – Xobni is “inbox” spelled backwards, and its a Y Combinator startup.  His favorite books include: Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston, High Stakes No Prisoners, and (no surprise here) Paul Graham’s essays.
  • Dan Theobald of Vecna – A profitable social venture technology company – who knew?  His favorite books include: On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B.
  • Angus Davis of Tellme – A company that specialized in telephone-based apps, acquired by Microsoft in 2007 for around $800 mil.  Yup.  His favorite books include: Four Steps to Epiphany.

I took a slew of notes because all of the speakers had sage advice, including Reddit’s Alexis O, Justin.TV’s Kyle Vogt, and MIT Professor Ken Zolot.  I’ll try to post all of their wisdom sometime today either here or the Brainyflix blog.

Favorite Books from Senator Ted Kennedy

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 12, 2009

Here are some of book recommendations from the late Senator Kennedy.

  • Insult to Injury: Insurance, Fraud, and the Big Business of Bad Faith by Ray Bourhis
    Senator Kennedy’s endorsement: “… He makes clear that we need to do much more to end the shameful abuses of the current system and guarantee honorable insurance coverage for every American.”
  • State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence by Philip Dine
    Senator Kennedy’s endorsement: “Long-time respected labor reporter Phil Dine makes a compelling case that a much stronger labor movement in the years ahead is indispensable for restoring fairness for working families and reducing the widening income gap that is threatening the American dream for so many millions of our families.”
  • Ralph W. Yarborough, the People’s Senator by Patrick L. Cox
    Senator Kennedy’s endorsement: “Ralph Yarborough was a loyal friend and a tower of integrity… In his biography of this greatly respected and much beloved giant of our time, Patrick Cox shows us why Ralph Yarborough truly was ‘the People’s Senator.'”

Go HERE for more of Edward M. Kennedy’s book recommendations.

What Does Michael Moore Read?

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 11, 2009

Is it any surprise that these books look different than Glenn Beck’s (see previous post)?  Regardless, it’s interesting to see the favorite books from Michael Moore that shape his thinking.

  • “In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (American Empire Project)” By Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, Brendan Smith
  • “America’s Military Today: The Challenge of Militarism” By Tod Ensign
  • “The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group” By Dan Briody

Click HERE for more of book recommendations from political documentary film-maker, Michael Moore.

Book Recommendations from Glenn Beck, Conservative TV Political Pundit

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 10, 2009

We try to be as apolitical here as possible, so balancing out our previous posts is this list of Glenn Beck’s favorite books.
“Atlas Shrugged” By Ayn Rand
“The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life” By Ben Sherwood
“Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse” By Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Click HERE for more Glenn Beck book recommendations.

Oprah’s Favorite Books

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 9, 2009

We all know about Oprah’s Book Club, but did you know what her personal favorite books are?

“The Color Purple” By Alice Walker
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” By Zora Neale Hurston
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)” By Betty Smith

Click HERE to see more of book recommendations from Oprah.