Doug Marshall's
Recommended Reading list

My recommended reading list encompasses those books that have had a profound impact on my thinking; others on the list are purely for reading pleasure. Some of the books listed include a book summary that you can download and read.

I would enjoy reading your comments about any of the books on my list, and if you have any reading suggestions for me, I always appreciate learning about books that others have enjoyed.

Have fun!

Doug Marshall

Book Categories

Professional Growth

Business Development

Personal Growth

Memory Training
Nutrition & Health
Social Psychology
Wealth Creation

Spiritual Growth

Christian Biographies
Christian Classics
Christian Living
Christian Theology

Reading for Fun

American History
Christian Fiction
Classic Novels
Contemporary Fiction

Book Category Author(s) Summary

Professional Growth

Business Development

4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere Timothy Ferriss
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies Jim Collins
E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and... Michael E. Gerber
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Jim Collins
Great Game Of Business: Unlocking the Power of Open-Book Mgmt Jack Stack
Mastery Robert Greene
Perfect Salesforce Derek Gatehouse
Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything Stephen M. R. Covey
Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle Dan Senor & Paul Singer
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life Donald Trump & Bill Zanke...


Aftershock:… the Next Global Financial Meltdown David Wiedemer
AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order Kai-Fu Lee
Code Red: How to Protect Your Savings from the Coming Crisis J. Mauldin & J. Tepper
Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle & How It Changes Ev... John Mauldin


21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will F... John Maxwell
Bringing out the Best in Others Thomas Connellan
Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space and Influence M. Morse & L. Sweet
Shackleton’s Ways: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antar... M. Morrell and S. Cappere...
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World Gen'l Stanley McChrystal


Art Of Possibility Rosamund Stone Zander
Greatest Salesman In the World Og Mandino
Greatest Salesman in the World, Part II: The End of the Story Og Mandino


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High Patterson, Grenny & et. a...
Getting to Yes With Yourself: (and Other Worthy Opponents) William Ury
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In William Ury & Bruce Patto...
Negotiation Boot Camp: How to Resolve Conflict, Satisfy Customer... Ed Brodow


Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will L... Donald Miller
Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs… to Engage Your ... A. Handley & C.C. Chapman
Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break thr... Joe Puluzzi
Fortune Cookie Principle: 20 Keys to a Great Brand Story Bernadette Jiwa
Generating Business Referrals Without Asking S. Brown Randall
Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness Jeffrey Gitomer
Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends Tim Sanders
Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset B. Henricks & R. Shelton
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship ... Keith Farrazzi
New Rules of Marketing & PR David Meerman Scott
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt
Spin Selling Neil Rackham
Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentles... Chet Holmes

Personal Growth

Memory Training

Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Joshua Foer
Your Memory: How It Works and to Improve It Kenneth Higbee

Nutrition and Health

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast Sustaine... Joel Fuhrman
Fat Fallacy: The French Diet Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss Will Clower
Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils... Udo Erasmus
Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot John Parker
Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person’s Guide to the J... J. Bingham & J. Hadfield
Move Yourself: …Doctor’s Guide to All the Healing Be... Tedd Mitchell
Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet Susan Allport
SuperFoods HealthStyle: Proven Strategies for Lifelong Health Steven Pratt & Kathy Matt...


7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Persona... Stephen Covey
9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life Dr. Henry Cloud
Are You Ready To Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieve Srikumar Rao
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest fo... August Turak
Getting to Yes with Yourself: How to Get What You Truly Want William Ury
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Angela Duckworth
Little Red Book of Wisdom Mark DeMoss
ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Re... Gary Keller
Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive... Stulberg & Magness
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’... Carmine Gallo
Ted Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking Chris Anderson
The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Ex... Tim Pollard
Train Your Brain For Success: Read Smarter, Remember More, and B... Roger Seip
Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to E... Frank Luntz

Social Psychology

Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell
Dare to Lead Brene" Brown
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the ... Brene' Brown
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling G... Malcolm Gladwell
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel Pink
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Travis Bradberry
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Daniel Goleman
How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the ... Sally Hogshead
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Man’s Search for Meaning Victor Frankl
Mastering Fear: A Navy Seal’s Guide Brandon Webb
Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Li... Brene' Brown
StrengthsFinder 2.0 Tom Rath
The Power of the Other: The Startling Effect Other People Have o... Dr. Henry Cloud
The Road to Character David Brooks
Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell
Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why Amanda Ripley

Wealth Creation

Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s... T. Stanley & D. Danko
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom Tony Robbins
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: …a Guide to Financial ... Robert Kiyosaki
Richest Man in Babylon George Clason

Spiritual Growth

Christian Biographies

Augustine Of Hippo: A Biography Peter Brown
George Mueller: Delighted in God Roger Steer

Christian Classics

Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs John Foxe
In His Steps Charles Sheldon
Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis
Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
Practice of the Presence of God Brother Lawrence
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Jonathan Edwards

Christian Living

5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts Gary Chapman
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Donald Miller
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By a Relentless God Francis Chan & C. Tomlin
Desiring God: Meditations of of Christian Hedonist John Piper
Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and ... Bob Goff
God is Closer than You Think John Ortberg
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary Wo... Bob Goff
Ordering Your Private World Gordon MacDonald
Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? Rick Warren
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream David Platt
Searching for God Knows What Donald Miller
Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community H. Halter & M. Smay
Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really. John Eldredge

Christian Theology

Five Points Of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented Steele, Thomas, Quinn
Heaven Randy Alcorn
Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Loraine Boettner
True Spirituality Francis Schaeffer

Reading For Fun

American History

1776 David McCollough
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts Andrew Chaikin
Age of Turbulence Alan Greenspan
America’s First Daughter: A Novel S. Dray & L. Kamoie
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Culture... Colin Woodard
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Paci... Peter Stark
Band of Brothers: …from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle&#... Stephen Ambrose
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era James McPherson
D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II Stephen Ambrose
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale… the Murder of a President Candice Millard
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys… Gilbert King
Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder Erik Larson
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Michael Lewis
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American… Erik Larson
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Nathaniel Philbrick
Killer Angels: …Classic Novel of the Civil War Michael Shaara
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America... B. O'Reilly & M. Dugard
Leadership: In Turbulent Times Doris Kearns Goodwin
Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural Ronlad White, Jr.
Nothing Like It In the World: …the Transcontinental Railro... Stephen Ambrose
Path Between the Seas: …the Panama Canal David McCollough
Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution Joseph Ellis
The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: …Forgotten War B. Kilmeade & D. Yaeger
Undaunted Courage: …the Opening of the American West Stephen Ambrose
Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy... Alexander Rose
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America Daniel Walker Howe
White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster Gary Krist


A Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story Hyeonseo Lee
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry Adam Makos
Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years Carl Sandburg
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betraya Ben Macintyre
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide Michael Oren
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House Jon Meacham
Babylon’s Ark: …Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo Lawrence Anthony
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Walter Isaacson
Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist’s Memoir of Death and R... Kamal Saleem
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist Roger Lowenstein
Cleopatra: A Life Stacey Schiff
Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love Kristin Kimball
Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson
Eisenhower: Soldier and President Stephen Ambrose
Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild L. Anthony & G. Spence
Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition Caroline Alexander
First: Sandra Day O’Connor Evan Thomas
George Washington: A Biography Washington Irving
German Boy: A Child in War Wolfgang Samuel
Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeannette Walls
Grant Ron Chernow
Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James... Scott Eyman
House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty… Ron Chernow
In The Sanctuary of Outcasts Neil White
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered Lynne Cheney
John Adams David McCollough
Last Lion: Winston Churchill: 1874-1932 William Manchester
Last Lion: Winston Churchill: 1940-1965 W. Manchester & P. Reid
Lee: The Last Years Charles Bracelen Flood
Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson
Life on the Color Line: …a White Boy Who… Was Black Gregory Williams
Long Walk The True Story of a Trek to Freedom Slavomir Rawicz
Man in the Rockefeller Suit Mark Seal
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles Margaret George
My Losing Season Pat Conroy
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Carmon & Knizhnik
President is a Sick Man: Grover Cleveland Matthew Algeo
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder… Bill Browder
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Susan Orlean
Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith and Life Well Lived Christopher Scalia
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer Lynne Cox
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Ri... David Kertzer
Theodore Rex (Teddy Roosevelt) Edmund Morris
Truman David McCollough
West with the Night Beryl Markham
Why I Left Goldman Sachs Greg Smith
Wright Brothers David McCollough
You Can’t Make This Up: … Sports and Television Al Michaels
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s ... Peter Stark

Classic Novels

1984 George Orwell
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Brothers Karamozov Fyodor Dostoevsky
Call of the Wild Jack London
Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Dracula Bram Stoker
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Illiad Homer
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Last of the Mohicans James Fennimore Cooper
O Pioneers! Willa Cather
Odyssey Homer
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
Song of the Lark Willa Cather
Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
White Fang Jack London

Contemporary Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Amor Towles
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doer
An Instance of the Fingerpost Iain Pears
Behold the Dreamers: A Novel Imbolo Mbundu
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan
Charm School Nelson DeMille
Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery Craig Johnson
Dark Matter: A Novel Blake Crouch
Gates of Fire: The Battle of Thermopylae Steven Pressfield
Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel Jamie Ford
Hunger Games Trilogy Suzanne Collins
Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel Ivan Doig
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Lord of the Rings Trilogy J.R.R. Tolkien
Martian: A Novel Andy Weir
Master and Commander Patrick O'Brien
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton Dray & Kamoie
Nightingale: A Novel Kristin Hannah
Orchardist: A Novel Amanda Coplin
Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel Gabrielle Zevin
Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Laurie R. King
The Life We Bury Allen Eskens
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
The River Why David James Duncan
The Shack William Young
Whiskey When We’re Dry John Larison


25 Myths That Are Destroying the Environment Daniel Botkin
Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Elizabeth Kolbert


Agincourt Bernard Cornwell
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia Anne Garrels
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle Senor & Singer
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel Helene Wicker
Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival John Vaillant