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This selection of non-fiction books is by no means representative of all non-fiction literature. It only reflects my own, modest range of reading preferences. There are numerous other genres in non-fiction, which are not included in this collection.
I am especially interested in books that make sense of global historical, demographic, political, economic and environmental developments. In particular, I like books that try to predict future trends in these fields of change.
However, as a father and grandfather, I am also very much interested in books on parenting - in particular in books on home-schooling and on how to promote intellectual and emotional child development.
I also like to read books on new trends in computers and software, as well as non-technical books on economics and finance. As a small-scale investor in stocks I like 'how-to' books that provide re­commendations on trading stocks and other financial assets.
Finally, I sometimes read - and recommend - books on philosophy, sociology and on political science.

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J.L. Collins
The Simple Path to Wealth
Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life
2021 (First published: 2016)
Here's an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective. This book will show, what financial independence looks like and how to have your money support you. It will explain, what the stock market really is and how it really works.
286 Pages
John C. Bogle
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing
The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of investing: low-cost index funds. Bogle describes the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term: buy and hold, at very low cost, a mutual fund that tracks a broad stock market Index such as the S&P 500.
304 Pages
John Hull
Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives
Global 11th Edition
This is the definitive guide to the derivatives market, updated with contemporary examples and discussions. Known as 'the bible' to business and economics professionals the book gives readers a modern look at the derivatives  market. By incorporating the industry's hottest topics, such as the securitisation and credit crisis, the author helps bridge the gap between theory and practice.
600 Pages
Morgan Housel
The Psychology of Money
Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness
2021 (First published: 2020)
Money?investing, personal finance, and business decisions?is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don’t make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics.
256 Pages
John C. Bogle
Common Sense on Mutual Funds
Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition
In this completely updated 2nd Edition, Bogle returns to take another critical look at the mutual fund industry and help investors navigate their way through the staggering array of investment alternatives that are available to them. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this reliable resource examines the fundamentals of mutual fund investing in today's turbulent market environment and offers timeless advice.
656 Pages
Foster Provost / Tom Fawcett
Data Science for Business
What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Data-Analytic Thinking
Written by renowned data science experts Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett, Data Science for Business introduces the fundamental principles of data science, and walks you through the "data-analytic thinking" necessary for extracting useful knowledge and business value from the data you collect. This guide also helps you understand the many data-mining techniques in use today.
413 Pages
Yuval Noah Harari
A Brief History of Humankind
2018 (First published: 2015)
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition.
576 Pages
Robert T. Kiyosaki 
Rich Dad Poor Dad
What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
2022 (First published: 1997)
2022 marks a 25-year milestone for the personal finance classic Rich Dad Poor Dad that still ranks as the #1 Personal Finance book of all time. And although 25 years have passed, readers will find that very little in the book itself has changed — and for good reason. While so much in our world is changing a high speed, the lessons about money and the principles of Rich Dad Poor Dad haven’t changed.
336 Pages
Bigrocks Thinking
Critical thinking, Logic & Problem Solving
2022 (First published: 2022)
The Ultimate Guide to Better Thinking, Systematic Problem Solving and Making Impeccable Decisions with Secret Tips to Detect Logical Fallacies. In this age of fake news, social media, and information overload, critical thinking, logic, and problem-solving are probably the most vital skills to develop for success.
109 Pages
John Hull
Machine Learning in Business
An Introduction to the World of Data Science - 3rd Edition
This book is for business executives and students who want to learn about the tools used in machine learning. In creating the third edition, John Hull has continued to improve his material. He has added new case studies and new material on the applications of neural networks. The book explains the most popular algorithms clearly and succinctly without using calculus or matrix/vector algebra. The focus is on business applications.
287 Pages
Vaclav Smil
Grand Transitions
How the Modern World Was Made
2021 (First published: 2019)
What makes the modern world work? The answer lies in four "grand transitions" of civilization--in populations, agriculture, energy, and economics. Societies that have undergone all four transitions emerge into an era of radically different population dynamics, food surpluses (and waste), abundant energy use, and expanding economic opportunities. Simultaneously, in other parts of the world, hundreds of millions remain largely untouched by these developments.
384 Pages
Timothy Snyder
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
2022 (First published: 2010)
Bloodlands is a history of mass killings in Eastern Europe, where the Soviets showed up, killed everyone they wanted to, and then the Nazis showed up and killed everyone else. By focusing on mass killings, rather than genocide, Snyder is able to draw connections between totalitarian regimes and examine the mechanisms by which small nations can suddenly and horrifyingly become much smaller. 
592 Pages
Karl Popper
The Logic of Scentific Discovery
2002 (First published: 1935)
This book revolutionized contemporary thinking on science and knowledge. Ideas such as the now legendary doctrine of 'falsificationism' electrified the scientific community, influencing even working scientists, as well as post-war philosophy. This astonishing work contains insights and arguments that demand to be read to this day.
544 Pages
Jack D. Schwager
The New Market Wizards
Conversations with America's Top Traders
2008 (First published: 1994)
You may not know their names, but they are the trading elite?a select group of super-money makers whose trading prowess has become the stuff of legend. They are speculators in everything from stocks and bonds to options and commodity futures who make millions?often in a matter of hours?and leave their peers in the dust. Jack Schwager interviews these stars, asking the questions that everyone with an interest in the financial markets would love know
624 Pages
Friedrich von Hayek
The Road To Serfdom
Collected Works - Vol. 2
2007 (First published: 1944)
Certainly one of the most important classic works in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944 The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production.
283 Pages
Frank Dikötter
Mao's Great Famine
The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62
2010 (First published: 2010)
"Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up to and overtake Britain in less than 15 years The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives." So opens Frank Dikötter's riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle.
448 Pages
Benjamin Graham / Jason Zweig / Warren E. Buffett
The Intelligent Investor
The Definitive Book on Value Investing
The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies -- has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.
640 Pages
Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
2018 (First published: 2017)
Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century.
464 Pages
Karl Popper
The Open Society and Its Enemies
Princeton Classics - 115
2020 (First published: 1945)
Written in political exile during the Second World War, Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most influential books of all time. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a ‘vigorous and profound defence of democracy’, its now legendary attack on the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx exposed the dangers inherent in centrally planned political systems.
808 Pages

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