Favourite nonfiction books
References in subjects you like, or simply books that you'd like to recommend.
A few of mine :
Han Fei Tse : A 2300 year old political treaty, which served as a blueprint to the unification of China. Serious reflexion on the nature of power and law, quite comparable to Machiavelli. Lots of anecdotes, very pleasant to read.
Social sciences :
Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) : Entertaining and provoking, the search for a recipe of success in all kinds of domains. Sometimes debatable, always positive.
Reading early Hammett (Leroy Lad Panek) : The book I wished I'd written on Dashiell Hammett, one of the founders of modern crime fiction.
Chaplin cinéaste (Francis Bordat) : A very thorough analysis of Chaplin's art as a filmmaker. Probably indispensable for any student of early cinema.
Martial Arts :
Old School (Ellis Amdur) : A master of traditional Japanese martial art schools gives an intimate picture of their history, their methods and philosophy.
Swim with sharks without being eaten alive (Harvey Mackay) : This one gives very clever practical advice, accessible to anyone.
What next ? (Dr Barbara Moses) : A good tool for self evaluation and setting goal in one's career evolution. I used it with very good profit.
Moneyball (Michael Lewis) : How the Oakland Athletics front office outsmarted the richer teams, all told in an extremely entertaining way.