List Of Books

This is an incomplete list of the books that I have read. The verdict is binary: Either “Good!” or “Bad!”.

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2022

Bad: “Factfulness”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Remarks
    • In theory, the book is great! The book even has its own Wikipedia page.
    • But the book is very repetitive and I do not want to spend 8 hours learning about the simple (but valuable) core message.
    • The core message is good and after listening to the book for about two hours you can stop in my opinion.
    • My verdict is biased because I have a background in statistics and therefore the statistical part of the core message was not new to me.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content is good as an audiobook but often diagrams are mentioned that are part of the accompanying PDF. But I did not need to look at the PDFs in order to understand the message.
    • Language: English
      • Easy to understand as a non-native speaker.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Hans Rosling
      • Ms. Anna Rosling Rönnlund
      • Mr. Ola Rosling
  • ISBN
    • ‎ 978-1250107817

Bad: “The Joy of Less”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Remarks
    • The book feels like a book from a female author for a female audience.
    • I stopped listening to the audiobook after about one-third of the book because it got very predictable.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content is great as an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Easy to understand as a non-native speaker.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Francine Jay
  • ISBN
    • ‎ 978-1452155180

Good: “Algorithms to Live By”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • The first chapter was a bit difficult to follow as an audiobook but after that the book is great!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • Apart from the beginning, the content is great as an audiobook.
      • A minor criticism is that each chapter is quite long (e. g. 40 min) and each chapter is not further sub-divided. This means that there are only a few natural stopping points.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Brian Christian
      • Mr. Tom Griffiths
  • ISBN
    • 978-1627790369

Good: “Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • The information density is low, and I mean that as a good thing when listening to it as an audiobook.
    • Some of the statements in the book are a bit extreme and seem archaic or very old-school.
    • I would go so far and call the book partially entertaining.
    • The author of the book thinks very highly of himself which is a bit annoying sometimes. At least from a European point of view.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Steven B. Sample
  • ISBN
    • 978-0787955878

Good: “Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • In general, the book is a good resource for beginners in machine learning with a background in statistical mathematics and programming.
    • I’m not too fond of the lack of professionalism of the audio recording, e. g. that the recording includes apparent outtakes.
    • The audiobook is good if you can get ot for cheap, let’s say $10 or less.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners: A Plain English Introduction (Third Edition) (Python for Data Science, Band 3)”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Oliver Theobald
  • ISBN
    • 979-8558098426

Good: “Kill It With Fire”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • I found the book because the book received a positive review in the German IT magazine c’t 04/2022 (Page 180).
    • I do not have an actual interest in the topic (maintaining legacy IT systems) but the (audio)book is interesting to listen to. For example, the book covers some IT history which I find very interesting and entertaining.
    • The book does not contain a single line of code! Instead, the book is more about the right mindset.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Kill It With Fire: Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Marianne Bellotti
  • ISBN
    • 978-1718501188

Good: “Talk Like TED”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • I had a hard time to decide if the book is Good! or Bad!. Mostly because to me the author seems to be overly confident and full of himself. That does not resonate well at all with me. This starts with the clickbait book title.
    • The recommendations are rather simple. “Make It Clear”, see below, is much more substantial.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Carmine Gallo
  • ISBN
    • 978-1250041128

Good: “Make It Clear”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • Easy to listen to (audiobook).
    • The book has about 40 chapters which I like in this case. Each chapter is not too long and covers a specific topic.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
      • I did not like the voice of the audiobook: It sounded like a robot.
      • I would recommend to also buy the paper version and put it (= the paper version) on your desk at work.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Make It Clear: Speak and Write to Persuade and Inform”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Patrick Henry Winston
  • ISBN
    • 978-0262539388

Good: “Predictably Irrational”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remarks
    • Easy to listen to (audiobook).
    • The informatuon density is relatively low which I liked in this case. You can listen to the audiobook when you take as walk and it does notr matter when you are distracted for a couple of seconds.
    • The book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is similar regarding teh covered topics but mich more dense and therefore requires much more concentration.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Dr. Dan Ariely
  • ISBN
    • 978-0061353246

2021

Good: “Checklist Manifesto”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • Very interesting and easy to listen to (audiobook).
    • First I thought that it is close to impossible to wtite a who;e book aboit checklist :).
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Atul Gawande
  • ISBN
    • 978-0312430009

Good: “The Lean Startup”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • Very interesting and easy to listen to (audiobook).
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers. But there are some specific terms that might be difficukt to understand if you are not familiar with the concepts at all, e. g. “to pivot”.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Eric Ries
  • ISBN
    • 978-0670921607

Good: “Miteinander reden 1” [German]

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • Very relevant topic for personal life and work life.
    • The author seems to like to use sophisticated German vocabulary, which makes it a bit boring and unnecessarily academic-sounding.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Miteinander reden 1: Störungen und Klärungen: Allgemeine Psychologie der Kommunikation”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Friedemann Schulz von Thun
    • ISBN
      • 978-3499174896

Good: “LaTeX Beginner’s Guide”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Ebook
    • Language: English
      • Good to understand for non-native speakers.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “LaTeX Beginner’s Guide: Create visually appealing texts, articles, and books for business and science using LaTeX, 2nd Edition”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Stefan Kottwitz
  • ISBN
    • 978-1801078658

Bad: “The Signal and the Noise”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Remark(s)
    • It was hard for me to devide whether I would recommend the book or not.
    • I have the feeling that the time you need to spend to read (or listen, approx. 16 hours) to the complete book is too much compared to the benefit (offered insights).
    • When I wrote this sentence, I was halfway through, and the book focussed a lot on sports (baseball) and earthquakes. I am a German citizen and have almost no understanding or interest in neither of both topics.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The book is partially very domain-specific, e. g. baseball. This makes it hard to understand sometimes.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail–but Some Don’t”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Nate Silver
  • ISBN
    • 978-0143125082

Bad: “Mit Ignoranten sprechen” [German]

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Remark(s)
    • Too many repetitions of the same concepts.
    • Personally, I found the book too polemic.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Mit Ignoranten sprechen: Wer nur argumentiert, verliert”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Peter Modler
    • ISBN
      • 978-3593510804

Good: “Making Work Visible”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book focussed on software-related work.
    • This was my first book about Kanban and related concepts such as Agile and it gave me a good intuitive understanding of the core concepts.
    • I do not think that the book is enough for me to apply the ideas myslef but it woudl now be easier to work in an organizatuion that uses Kanban-related methods.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is suitable for an audiobook but in order to have all essential benefits from the book you need to have accesss to the pictures in the book (example Kanban boards).
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Dominica Degrandis
    • ISBN
      • 978-1942788157

Good: “Up the Organization”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • I assume that the target audience is upper management in big companies.
    • The book is quite old and therefore some of the language and examples are unintentionally weird/funny.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Robert C. Townsend
      • Warren Bennis
    • ISBN
      • 978-0787987756

Good: “Good Boss, Bad Boss”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book contains interesting thoughts that make you think.
    • For my taste, the statements/opinions are too often presented as facts.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Robert I. Sutton PhD 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0446556071

Bad: “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Remark(s)
    • Two many pages (minutes) for too little information.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Daniel H. Pink 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0735210622

Good: “Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken” [English Title “Thinking, Fast and Slow”]

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • This is a very interesting book! But be aware that the duration is about 20 hours (audiobook)!
    • As I said, the content is interesting but it is difficult to follow the thoughts. I wish there would be a shorter “best of” version of the content that I could re-visit after having listen to the complete book :).
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is good enough for an audiobook. Sometimes there are little exercises that are not suitable for the audio format.
    • Language: German
      • For a German-speaking person, the book is good to understand. Personally (as a German), I do not think that I could listen to the audiobook in English — the content is too complex for that. This may be different when reading the paper version of the book.
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken” [English Title “Thinking, Fast and Slow”]
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Daniel Kahneman  
    • ISBN
      • 978-3886808861 [English Version 978-0141033570]

Good: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book over-simplifies the world on purpose in order to make a point. In the last chapter, this problem is addressed.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Carol S. Dweck 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0345472328

Bad: “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life”

  • Verdict
    • Bad!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Twyla Tharp
    • ISBN
      • 978-0743235273

Good: “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Audiobook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an audiobook.
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 – 10th Anniversary Edition: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Tina Seelig
    • ISBN
      • 978-0062942586

2020

Good: “Busy is the New Stupid”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Ebook
      • The content of the book is very suitable for an ebook.
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Busy is the new stupid: Die effizientesten Techniken und modernsten Strategien für mehr Fokus, höhere Produktivität und ein besseres Zeitmanagement (konzentriert … erfolgreich handeln)”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Tim Reichel
    • ISBN
      • 978-3959723060

Good: “The Elements of International English Style

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • A must-read for professionals who communicate in English (written or spoken). This includes native speakers that communicate with non-native speakers!
    • It would be nice if there would be a kind of checklist that summarizes the book. It’s difficult for me to remember all the tips otherwise.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Paper
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Elements of International English Style”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Edmond H. Weiss 
    • ISBN
      • 978-0765615725

Good: “Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt” [German]

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Christoph Keese
    • ISBN
      • 978-3328100331

2019

Good: “NASA Systems Engineering Handbook”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • Difficult to read but still worth it!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Ebook (converted from PDF using Amazon’s “convert” feature for “Kindle” devices)
      • The content of the book is not suitable to be read on an ebook reader – better use a tablet (e. g. “Kindle” app). The main reason for that is that the document contains diagrams and tables that are hard to read on an ebook reader such as the “Kindle Paperwhite”.
    • Language: English
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “NASA Systems Engineering Handbook” (Rev 2 from 2007, see here)
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • NASA
    • NASA Document Number
      • NASA SP-2016-6105 Rev2

Good: “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Ebook
    • Language: English
      • The language in the book is easy to understand for non-native English speakers
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Jason Fried
      • David Heinemeier Hansson
    • ISBN
      • 978-0062874788

2017

Good: “How to Win Friends & Influence People”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • I got aware of the book because it was part of the TV show “Young Sheldon” (S01E02).
    • The book has some interstings recommendations and i funny to read becauise it was written a very long toime ago (1963). Thefore, some of teh examples in the book are outdated (in a fun way).
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Paper
    • Language: English
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “How to Win Friends & Influence People”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Dale Carnegie
    • ISBN
      • 978-1439199190

Good: “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book is indpenednet of the software that is used to create diagrams (which is positive).
    • Clean and minimalistic design.
    • The target audience is not at all specific to data scientists: Everybody that creates or consumes diagrams benefits from the book.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Traditional paper book (paperback).
    • Language: English
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Ms. Dona M. Wong
  • ISBN
    • 978-0393347289

2015

Good: “Mach sie fertig!: Wie Sie endlich Ihre Arbeit schaffen – anstatt Ihren Bürokram zu managen” [German]

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • Relatively short book about being efficient at work.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Traditional paper book
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “Mach sie fertig!: Wie Sie endlich Ihre Arbeit schaffen – anstatt Ihren Bürokram zu managen [German]”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. Peter Haupt
  • ISBN
    • 978-3709305652

2014 And Earlier

Good: “The Elements of Style” [Read in 2009]

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • A famous and classical (originates back to 1918) book about written communication.
    • The focus is on the English language, but most recommendations are universal.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Paperbook
    • Language: English
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Elements of Style”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Mr. William Strunk Jr.
      • Mr. E. B. White
    • ISBN
      • 978-0205309023
    • Wikipedia Links

Good: “Peter Principle”

  • Verdict
    • Good!
  • Remark(s)
    • The book has a really simple core message and helps to reflect on your own career.
  • Format and Language
    • Format: Paperbook
    • Language: German
  • Bibliographic Data
    • Full Title
      • “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong”
      • German: “Das Peter-Prinzip: oder Die Hierarchie der Unfähigen”
    • Author(s) / Editor(s)
      • Laurence J. Peter 
      • Raymond Hull
    • Wikipedia Links