If you have any goals you want to achieve in the future you need to learn more about strategy. I hope you enjoy these books.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow (Amazon). This is the best business biography I have ever read. John Rockefeller Sr. was history’s first billionaire and the creator of the all-powerful Standard Oil monopoly. He is the most controversial businessman in American history (until Zuckerburg does something terrible with everyone’s personal data). There is a reason Jay-Z named his record label Roc-A-Fella Records
The Power Broker by Robert Caro (Amazon). This book will cause a paradigm shift in anyone reading it. It’s over 1000 pages, and somehow it is still a page-turner. I don’t want to spoil it so I will won’t describe the plot but it was the winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, and it has a 4.5 star rating on Goodreads with 9000+ ratings.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Amazon). The ancient Chinese military startegy book from Sun Tzu (translation – Master Sun). This book has had an incredible influence on both Eastern and Western military thinking, and business tactics. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (Amazon). Machiavelli has been incredibly unfairly judged by history. He was the first influential thinker to divide politics from ethics. The Prince, his Magnus Opus describes princehood, and this can never be forgotten and makes the work slightly aged. His observations about human nature are blood-curdlingly accurate.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Robert Greene has created an anthology of power, this book without a doubt is the purest strategy book of any in this list. The cynicism surrounding this work is incredible, I am firmly of the belief that you should understand the world completely and willful ignorance should be avoided, I think Robert Greene would agree.
McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny (Amazon). Estimates say that 1/5 of global GDP comes from crime. It’s an ugly topic, but Misha Glenny is a fantastic author and understanding the global criminal underworld illuminates the dark side of human beings. Arguably the book you will learn the most about the modern world from in this list.
The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent (Amazon). A pseudo-biography that tells the rags to riches story of Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent. 50’s fearlessness allowed him to rise as a drug dealer in the streets, as well as as a rapper and entrepreneur. I am biased towards this book because I was a fan of 50 Cent’s music in my teenage years.
The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia by David E. Hoffman (Amazon). The fall of the Soviet Union left a power vacuum through Russia and the former Soviet provinces. This led to some men accumulating an incredible amount of wealth and power. Their strategies were Machiavellian and cunning, it is incredibly important to understand the tactics people will use to exploit a power vacuum.
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson (Amazon). An understanding of financial history will help you understand power and greed. Strategy is often used to acquire these two, particularly in the modern world.