Top 42 Books our Travelers Read in 2015
Want to get ahead this year? We recently asked our travel community for the most influential nonfiction books they’ve read this year and the results were incredible...
"About a bad ass woman journalist traveling throughout hot spots in the world and covering the news stories. She's all over from Afghanistan to Palestine and with every chapter is a recipe for something she ate while she was there. (I know amazing)"
"Talks about the evolution of warfare from pitched battles, trench warfare, total war, and to finally 4th generational warfare (or guerilla insurgency warfare) it also talks about how to combat it and how we're still adapting to it."
"Is a good view into the life of an asian American who grows up a rotten banana or as an asian that doesn't fit his or her stereotype."
"It'll help you delve into the Cambodian genocide without sanitizing it. It's gritty, it's raw, and it horribly sad. My parents went through it so it made me understand them and our history."
"Is a great book that delves into the world of mma but also has alot of traveling in it. It's adventure and machismo all wrapped up in a book that will help you understand the world of fighting."
"Explains why the congo is so fucked up without leaving out any details. It doesn't dwell of the death and genocides like other books do it instead analyzes and explains the conflicts and problems that cause the congo to be "a hot mess.""
Recommended by alumni: Dev Kambodyana
Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea by Jang Jin Sung is captivating.
"Different from other North Korean defector stories in that 1) the author was part of Kim Jong Il's inner circle, so he both lived a privileged life and has internal knowledge of the North Korean regime, and 2) his profession in North Korea was that of a writer, and therefore he doesn't need a ghostwriter to tell his story for him."
Recommended by alumni: Kelly Kim
"Thom Shea wrote it as a guidebook for his children on how to live their lives in case he did not return home from one of his many tours of duty. Powerful stories and countless number of pointers and thought processes on how to live a more successful and fulfilled life."
Recommended by alumni: Stephen Skolnik
"A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success"
Recommended by alumni: Katherine Black
"Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business"
Recommended by alumni: Josh Warren
"A different kind of business book that explores a new reality"
Recommended by alumni: Maria Joyner
"An inspiring career guide for twenty-somethings to get unstuck"
Recommended by alumni: Jennifer DeSimone
"Shows us what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it"
Recommended by alumni: Natalie Evans
"Completely changed my life by opening up a whole new world of lifestyle possibilities. As a direct result of reading this book, I quit my full time job in finance to pursue my dream or traveling the world and working as a digital nomad."
Recommended by alumni: Eric Christian
"Is the financial plan of mediocrity -- a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as "The Slowlane" your plan for creating wealth? This is the fast-lane alternative"
Recommended by alumni: Jason Bay
"Cool non typical meditation practices to help you kick more @$$"
Recommended by alumni: Claire Lucas
"Lose up to a pound a day, reclaim energy and focus, upgrade your life."
Recommended by alumni: Manny Tulumaris
"If you are brave enough, often enough, you will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up"
Recommended by alumni: Taryn Michele
"The disciplined pursuit of less"
Recommended by alumni: Pete Sveen
"In the wake of her mother's death, with her family scattered, and in the ashes of a failed marriage, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail."
Recommended by alumni: Caroline Robb
"It's a memoir of a married couple who quit their jobs, sell everything and buy a one way ticket to Costa Rica in search of a happier, more fulfilling life. Great read, witty, funny, inspiring at times and only $2.99 on Amazon."
Recommended by alumni: Katie Nevels
"Probably the greatest story I've ever read"
Recommended by alumni: Megan McKenzie
"A transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability"
Recommended by alumni: Aditi Narayan
"How I learned to stop worrying and let people help"
Recommended by alumni: Meg Hathaway
"The story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life."
Recommended by alumni: Danielle Oxford
"All about creative living beyond fear is a must read!"
Recommended by alumni: Samantha Vigliotti
"The book that brought gender differences in ways of speaking to the forefront of public awareness"
Recommended by alumni: Anne Desrosiers
"A collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in your everyday life"
Recommended by alumni: Cassie Guba
"Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose"
Recommended by alumni: Cara Murphy
"With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old."
Recommended by alumni: Matt Wilson
"Based on extensive research and one-on-one interviews with more than 50 of the most legendary financial experts in the world—from Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett, to Ray Dalio and Steve Forbes—Tony Robbins has created a simple 7-step blueprint that anyone can use for financial freedom."
Recommended by alumni: Kevin Diamond
"Stephen M.R. Covey again illuminates the hidden power of trust to change lives and impact organizations in Smart Trust."
Recommended by alumni: Andrew Mercier
"With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today."
Recommended by alumni: Bailey Neal
"Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of mindfulness and spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being."
Recommended by alumni: Carla Blumenthal
"A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices"
Recommended by alumni: Rajiv Nathan
"Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice."
Recommended by alumni: Kelly Kretschmar
"From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure."
Recommended by alumni: Rajiv Nathan
"In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing."
Recommended by alumni: Natalie Evans
"Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did."
Recommended by alumni: Chris Hughes
" The riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all—and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks."
Recommended by alumni: Natasha Menon
"An impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world."
Recommended by alumni: Brooke Thrasher
"The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny"
Recommended by alumni: Jacalyn Marie
"In this vivid portrait of the new business world, Thomas L. Friedman shows how technology, capital, and information are transforming the global marketplace, leveling old geographic and geopolitical boundaries."
Recommended by alumni: Mitz Horrigan
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