Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?
Pietertje: Although the book has more than 1200 pages it really kept me going. I read this book to get a better understanding of the ideology of some republicans. Fun read.
Ask HN: Non-tech books that have helped you grow professionally?
hirundo: It clarifies the moral benefit of a selfish honest creative pursuit of money. It seriously improves your workday to feel faintly heroic about it.
Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?
Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?
djkrudy: For its dogged adherence to finding out and practicing a morality. ...
f1gm3nt: A book I revisit every few years. It's taught me to be honest with myself even if the social norms aren't in alignment with I'm doing. It's also gave me a deeper understanding of my fellow man and why some are fine with handouts from others.
Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?
smaddox: [...] because they showed me how human systems break, and they provided human models for how to see and live in, through, and past those broken systems.
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Ask HN: What are your favorite books of all time, and why?
navyad: I like idea of 'I' itself which can shrug the belief(s) of social norms.
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Ask HN: Books on specific topics that have applied to many areas of your life?
8x8squares: These two books taught me the importance of being true to one's values and not sacrificing them under any circumstances. They introduced me to Individualism and Objectivism which have profoundly impacted the way I look at the world.
tomjen3: I have read Atlas Shrugged twice now, and it is a really nice treatment of guilt, especially unearned guilt.
megaman22: Atlas Shrugged is one of those books that is often life-changing. Whether that is positive or not depends wildly upon the reader and their situation.
Ask HN: What books have most influenced the way you see the world?
Necromant2005: Classic book of objectivism , self proud and wealth
Ask HN: What's one book that changed your life?
fcolombo56: I read this for the first time during the summer I graduated from college and was backpacking through South America. It struck me like a thunderbolt, putting into words principles that I strongly believed in but had not seen in print elsewhere.
Ask HN: What was the one book that you read and it actually changed your life?
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Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
tiglionabbit: I like this book because it attempts to show how things some people think are virtuous can be bad, and visa versa. The protagonists have a sort of honor code to them that defies common ideas of morality.
Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?
chrisBob: Beware of the elite who think that the country is there to serve them and that it is criminal how the government demands taxes to help those who were not born into wealth and privilege.
rayalez: Controversial, I know, a lot of people here hate it for some reason, but it was incredibly influential on me, inspired my passion for entrepreneurship and science and philosophy. Still is one of the best books I am aware of.
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