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AngelList founder, Naval is an inspiration to many. His podcasts, tweets and the general zen-thinking approach towards life (and work) inspires many.

Over the last few years, he has shared books he recommends – which are a great mix of  zen thinking, mixed with realism and of course, Jiddu! These book recommendations by Naval are spread across many formats – guest interviews, tweets, podcasts etc etc.

Here goes a collection which took us time, yet was totally worth the effort! We looked at several of Naval Ravikant’s podcasts, tweets and curated the books he recommends.

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1. The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception.

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2. The Lessons of History

A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.

With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time.

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3. Skin in the Game

"Skin in the game is the ultimate BS filter and the engine of evolution. Do not pay attention to what people say, only to what they do and how much of their neck they are putting on the line."

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4. Transmetropolitian

Transmetropolitan is a cyberpunk transhumanist comic book series written by Warren Ellis and co-created and designed by Darick Robertson; it was published by the American company DC Comics in 1997–2002

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5. Illusions

n the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders ... until he meets Donald Shimoda - former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar.

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6. The Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations--to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives and illuminate the causes of human flourishing

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7. Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti

Described by the Dalai Lama as ‘one of the greatest thinker’s of the age’, J, Krishnamurti’s revolutionary teachings on personal freedom and the search for truth have influenced millions of people throughout the twentieth century.

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8. The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

If, as Darwin suggests, evolution relentlessly encourages the survival of the fittest, why are humans compelled to live in cooperative, complex societies? In this fascinating examination of the roots of human trust and virtue, a zoologist and former American editor of the Economist reveals the results of recent studies that suggest that self-interest and mutual aid are not at all incompatible.

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9. The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

The Salmon of Doubt is Douglas Adams's indispensable guide to life, the universe and everything. This sublime collection dips into the wit and wisdom of the man behind The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, uncovering his unique comic musings on everything from his school-trousers to malt whisky and from the letter Y through to his own nose, via atheism, hangovers and fried eggs.

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10. The Boys: The Name of the Game

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to welcome Gath Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys as they present the first trade paperback collection of the comic book series everyone is talking about!!

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11. Chaos

Chaos, a book by James Gleick, is a best seller that first introduced the concept and early development of the chaos theory to the public. Chaos theory is a relatively new field in physics, and deals with simple and complex causes that react to one another.

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12. Snow Crash

After the Internet, what came next?
Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the person behind the avatar. Snow Crash bleeds into reality.

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13. The Three Body Problem

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China’s Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

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14. Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

Within the pages of Striking Thoughts, you will find the secrets of Bruce Lee's amazing success— as an actor, martial artist, and inspiration to the world. Consisting of eight sections, Striking Thoughts covers 72 topics and 825 aphorisms—from spirituality to personal liberation and from family life to filmmaking—all of which Bruce lived by.

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15. The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti

365 Daily Meditations on Freedom, Personal Transformation, Living Fully, and Much More, from the Man the Dalai Lama Described as "One of the Greatest Thinkers of the Age"

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16. Meditations

Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe.

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17. The Origin of Species

The theory of natural selection constructed by Charles Darwin is comprised in his revolutionary work of scientific literature called the Origin of Species. This piece of work recounts his ideas on the process of evolution of living beings based on the process of natural selection and it laid down the foundation for evolutionary biology.

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18. Siddhartha

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of a boy known as Siddhartha from the Indian subcontinent during the time of Lord Buddha.

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19. Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit And Wisdom Of Charles T. Munger is a biography written by Charles T. Munger. It also includes a foreword by Warren E Buffett and is edited by Peter D Kaufman.

This book is a biography that chronicles Charlie’s growth from his humble Omaha childhood to his phenomenal financial success. His Midwest values prepared him well for his long illustrious journey. The book also summarises his approach to life, decision-making, learning, and investing. It talks about his unconventional method of thinking and his astonishing work ethic, that is, the twin fonts of his remarkable success. There is a special Mungerisms: Charlie Unscripted section that holds a collection of scathing remarks he had made at previous Wesco Financial and Berkshire Hathaway annual meetings.

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20. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.s.)

In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity.

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