‘Do you have any books?’

‘In Rome, I had nearly five thousand volumes in my library. By reading and re-reading them, I discovered that one hundred and fifty books, carefully chosen, give you, if not a complete summary of human knowledge, at least everything that is useful for a man to know. I devoted three years of my life to reading and re-reading these hundred and fifty volumes, so that when I was arrested I knew them more or less by heart. In prison, with a slight effort of memory, I recalled them entirely. So I can recite to you Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Livy, Tacitus, Strada, Jornadès, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli and Bossuet; I mention only the most important.’

Abbé Faria in The Count of Monte Cristo






Books I’ve Read on The Pigeonhole

Books I’ve Read on Blinkist

  • Confessions of an Advertising Man, by David Ogilvy
  • Hey Whipple, Squeeze This!, by Luke Sullivan with Sam Bennett
  • The One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard with Spencer Johnson
  • What Great Brands Do, by Denise Lee Yohn
  • Permission Marketing, by Seth Godin
  • Zero to One, by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters