Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose Discuss Their Top 5 Must-Read Books


Up to no (coherent) good once again, The Random Show returns.

In episode 3, Kevin Rose and I discuss our top 5 must-read books, how we use them, and who should read them.

The 10 books are…

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Getting Real
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel
Seneca: Letters from a Stoic
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

Envisioning Information
The Tipping Point
8 Weeks to Optimum Health
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
The Intelligent Investor

Others mentioned:
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
Motherless Brooklyn

If you missed them, check out Episode 1 and Episode 2. From functional MRIs and knives to angel investing and naming companies, it’s as random as the name implies.

Related Odds and Ends:
Tim Ferriss on Twitter
Kevin Rose on Twitter
Fireside Chat with Tim Ferriss at Google
Tim Ferriss presentation at TED: Smash Fear, Learn Anything


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Posted on: June 1, 2009.

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313 comments on “Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose Discuss Their Top 5 Must-Read Books

  1. I have a vision of this dynamic duo taking this act mega mainstream. I’ve been holding my breath waiting for Episode 3. Kevin, I only was introduced to you through following Tim’s work, but my hope is both you guys, keep up the grassroots project known as “Random” as long as possible.


  2. Great selections however I think Al Ries and Jack Trout’s book “Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind” is a must read for anyone interested in marketing.

    Thanks for your recommendations!



  3. Hey Tim,
    Cool list! I really enjoyed Rolf’s book right after I read yours for the first time, I bought it at your suggestion. Another great anti-busy-work book, sits right on my shelf next to Four Hour Work Week :)

    keep up the great work sir!



  4. That video just made me lose another $100 on books this month! So thanks for that. I also guessed as soon as I read the title of the video Tim was going to throw Seneca in there.

    And Kevin don’t listen to Tim that tree would totally support you.


  5. Sweet. I’ve got trade credit at Dog Eared Books – now I know how to spend it!

    Kevin, if you haven’t already checked him out I bet you’d love just about anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn.


  6. Great selections. I’ve read some & will look at the others. One thought/addition, The Art of War by Sun Tzu would be on my list. He has a great mind and is a fantastic strategist.

    Love the randomness of the show!


  7. My top 5

    1. The Warren Buffet Way- It helps me define what investing is really about.

    2. My Wicked Wicked Way – I love this Errol Flynn autobiography. It always makes me want to live a life of adventure. Also it reminds me of what happens if you live in excess.

    3. Competitive Advantage. Michael Porter’s theories are taught heavily in every MBA program.

    4. How To Stop Worrying and Start Living. Dale Cargenie always explains that life’s problems are not the end of the world.

    5. Four Hour Work Week. No I am not sucking up LOL. The truth is that it can often be lonely at the top. After spending 9 years building my company I had more time and money than most of my peers. Its nice to know that someone is living the way I way to live.


  8. I missed a really great book called “The-4-Hour-Workweek” in your list, Tim ;-)

    I recommend you Paolo Coelhos “The Manual of the Warrior of Light” which seems to follow the same idea as Letters from a Stoic. This book tiny little book includes a great practical AND phylosophical solution to almost every personal problem a human being can have.

    Its written in short storys, of which each is written on a single side.

    I also liked “The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary”.

    Thanks for your great show and PLEASE *beg* continue doing this show. I always look forward to it, since the first episode.


  9. Too many books on my list already. I’m picking up vagabonding though.

    I’ve found that reading philosophy is what separates the truly interesting from the mindless drones.