Mike Shukis

August 2022 Books

August 2022 Books


Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10

If you're trying to understand why you do what you do, read this book. I love books like this one.

We fool ourselves into thinking we're rational, but we're not. In his book, Dan discusses many interesting topics. He talks about prices, why we buy things we don't want, and why we procrastinate.

If you've ever bought something you didn't want or paid too much for something, this is a great book to read. I was surprised by many things as I read it.

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They Got It Wrong by Emma Marriott They Got It Wrong: All the Facts that Turned Out to be Myths by Emma Marriott

How strongly I recommend it: 6/10

This was a strangely interesting book. I think it's a good book for the right person. But I didn't like it too much.

The book goes through several common beliefs throughout history that have been proven wrong. It shows why these things were accepted and how they were eventually discredited. It's an interesting book, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10

This is an interesting book about nonverbal behavior. I think we pick up some of these things as we interact with people, but this book takes it to another level. If you've ever wondered why people do what they do, this is a good book for you.

As a former FBI officer, Joe made his leaving reading people's nonverbal behavior. It is interesting read everything Joe considered in his interactions with people. This book shows you how to understand people and how to use your own nonverbal behavior to your advantage.

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Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe and Andy Baker

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

Mark Rippetoe is one of my favorite strength coaches. His first book, Starting Strength, helped me a ton when I started coaching. If you are a strength coach and haven't read it, go read it. It's a classic.

This book is the next step after reading Starting Strength. In it, Mark and Andy discuss programming after the novice phase of training. After basic programming, more advanced methods must be used to continue gaining strength and making progress. With more advanced athletes, strength coaches must be smarter and better at their jobs. Anyone can train an athlete that is just starting. Everything works for a little while. But once someone gets strong, the coach must know what they're doing if they are going to continue helping them. This books shows you how.

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The Shallows by Nicholar Carr The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

If you haven't read Is Google Making Us Stupid?, you need to. It blew my mind. That was my first exposure to Nicholas Carr.

I've wanted to read this book for a long time. I'm glad I finally did. I thought the book would be a continuation of his essay, but it wasn't. In The Shallows, Nicholas discusses the internet's impact on our ability to read and think. I care deeply about reading and thinking. I've noticed something similar that Nicholas discusses in his book. As I've used the internet more, I struggle to concentrate while reading articles and books.

While the internet is a great tool, it should be used with caution. If we're not careful, it'll steal our minds.

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