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July 2017 Readings


July 2017 Readings

1. Stretching scientifically (Thomas Kurz)

After reading the Ultimate Guide to Stretching and Flexibility, this second book also deals with how to become more flexible. The book supports the concept of full flexibility with no warm-up, which for some is dubious, but it is a really effective guide about stretching and flexibility, suggesting several exercises and stretches for all parts of the body.

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J. K. Rowling)

I guess most of you know about Harry Potter’s adventures against Dark Lord Voldemort. In case you don’t know, Harry Potter is a young wizard and the protagonist in a series of books featuring his fight to defeat the powerful dark wizard Lord Voldemort. I’d finished the series in the past, but I decided to pick it up again recently and try to figure out the reasons behind its early success, even before it became a huge cinematic hit.

3. Kotler On Marketing (Philip Kotler)

A pretty good basic book about marketing for managers. This book will give you lots of ideas on how to advance your marketing strategy. It is a great tool which can help you shift your organization from product-centered to market and customer-centered. It does a good job analyzing and presenting recurring critical issues and all the possible strategies you can follow to tackle them.

4. Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)

This a famous personal development and self-improvement book that actually rates among the most popular readings in general, with over 100 million sales worldwide. Although a lot of people find this kind of books impractical, its 13 steps (1.Desire 2. Faith 3. Autosuggestion 4. Specialized Knowledge 5. Imagination 6. Organized Planning 7. Decision 8. Persistence 9. Power of the Master Mind 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation 11. The Subconscious Mind 12. The Brain 13. The Sixth Sense), which are thoroughly analyzed in the book, can be really helpful and become a roadmap in an individual’s development.

5. Closed Casket (Agatha Christie)

One of Agatha Christie’s classic detective fiction novels, where the puzzling case is ultimately solved, as always, by the famous detective Hercule Poirot.

6. A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking (Greg R. Haskins)

“Just because you are intelligent or have great knowledge does not mean you can think critically”. This book is an effective introduction to critical thinking, how to reach objective and rational viewpoints using the information and knowledge that we’ve got. The book presents four critical thinking steps: 1) Adopt the attitude of a critical thinker. 2)Recognize & Avoid Critical Thinking Hindrances 3)Identify & Characterize Arguments 4)Evaluate Information Sources 5)Evaluate Arguments. In addition, in Appendix 3, there is a thorough list of the most common biases and fallacies, with short explanations of each, which can be really helpful in recognizing those biases in your everyday life.

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