Jim’s Book List

Wealth Building

  • Think and Grow Rich: Napolean Hill: Classic book on fundamentals of wealth.
  • The Richest Man in Babylon: George Clayson: Basic concepts of saving. Great for young adults too.
  • The Millionaire Next Door: Thomas Stanley This book blows away common myths about millionaires and how easy it is to become one.
  • Wealth Without Risk: Charles Givens: This book is hard to find but goes in length about practical applications in today’s world.

Busines Development

  • E-Myth: Michael Gerber: This is a must read for a business owner. Get the first version, not the sequels. There is a whole series now for each type of buiness “E-Myth For the General Contractor” for example. Try to find the original.
  • 4 Hour Work Week: Timothy Ferriss: Really good little tips and golden nuggets of information in here. This will take your next vacation to new level.

Personal Growth

  • Atomic Habits: James Clear: I thought I had succesful habits dialed in but this guy brought me to a whole new level. 
  • Unlimited Power: Anthony Robbins: This is the very first book that changed my life. It introduced me to the basic concepts of self development. ALL of his books rock and if a seminar visits your town, it’s a must do.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie: Don’t you wish everyone read this book? The next time you get cornered at a party by someone, suggest this book.
  • Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Steven Covey: This is a dry read but really good content. Break this book up into pieces so you can digest it propertly.
  • How To Stop Worrying and How To Start Living: Dale Carnegie: If you have trouble sleeping at night, this is a must read. I’ve been sleeping solid for the past 20 years because of this book.
  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Do: Amy Morin: When you get stuck in a rut, this is good reading.
  • Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus: John Gray: This book saved my marriage. This book is a better read for men as women have known these concepts since the dawn of man…
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: Robert Kiyosaki: This is one of those books that explain why I am who I am. Unfortunately, I lived this book way before I learned it. Do yourself a favor and read this book now if you have kids.
  • Die Broke: Stephan Pollan: If you have a family (or mentor families) this book explains why the old concepts of transferring wealth is extremely dangerous to offspring.
  • Prisons of the Mind: Andreas Michael Theodorou: If you ever want to learn why people never escape their condition, this explains it all. If you want to change your condition or standard of living, this is a must read.
  • Deep Survival: Lawrence Gonzales: A delightful short read about people who survived. It demonstrates those who have will overcome those with just skill.
  • The Easy Way To Control Alcohol:  Allen Carr: I was a heavy drinker for more than 30 years. It’s pure luck I didn’t blow up my liver, hurt someone or get a DUI. Quitting alcohol changed my life. If you are having problems with alcohol, get the audio version for your next long drive by yourself.  


  • The World Is Flat: Thomas Friedman: This is an excellent glimpse of your future. If you are not constantly learning, you will get eaten for lunch.
  • Guns, Germs & Steel: Jared Diamond: Whoa. Want to know the history of mankind and discover how cultures evolved?
  • The Rational Optimist: Matt Ridley: Don’t let the media fool you. We are WAY better off today than we were generations ago.


  • The Forgotten Soldier: Guy Sajer: Just writing this comment put chills down my spine. Read this real life story about a German soldier who survived the Russian front in WWII and you will forget all about your daily trials and tribulations.
  • The Last Battle: Stephen Harding: I’m surprised this wasn’t made into a Hollywood Movie. This is a true story of how Americans fought with decorated German soldiers in defending an ancient castle in the last few days of WWII. 
  • Double Cross: Sam Giancana: This true story about the Kennedy family, the FBI, the CIA and the Mafia will blow your mind.
  • Stalin: Ian Grey: Stalin makes Hitler look like Mr Rogers. The only reason most people don’t know this is because everyone who really knew him was killed.
  • Ghost Wars: Steve Coll: This book will question our need for the CIA. The benefits of this institution are dubious.
  • Ballad of The Whiskey Robber: Julian Rubinstein: Hilarious true story of a Hungarian professional hockey player became one of the most prolific bank robbers. He’s due out of prison….
  • Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World: Jack Weatherford: Our US government is modeled after many of the concepts he developed. Fascinating read.