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Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?
padraigf: Mastery provides the historical examples (including incidentally, our hero, Paul Graham)
Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect?
jpamata: ...stories about the lives of luminaries such as Henry Ford, Michael Faraday, and Da Vinci on what it takes to be successful.
Ask HN: Recommendations on books and documentaries on tech companies/people?
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Ask HN: What are your favorite non-fiction books of all time?
amrrs: Can be dismissed as Anecdotes but really powerful ones
Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012
xiaoma: It's the result of years of his research on the process a human goes through to achieve mastery in a field. It breaks the process down to key components and stages and examines masters of various disciplines that exemplify these concepts. The subjects were pretty varied, from Leonardo to Darwin to PG! In short this book is everything I had originally hoped for in Outliers.