Book Summaries


“So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa

Welcome to the Sources of Insight Book Summaries page.

My book summaries are focused on answering one question well:

“How can you use this?”

And, I look for books that make you think or make you feel and that you can use in some way, in work or in life.

Latest Book Summaries  – a scrolling list of my book summaries by most recent first

Book Recommendations – a one-stop shop index of the books I recommend

Featured Book Summaries


The Undefeated Mind

by Dr. Alex Lickerman

Defeat comes not from failing, but from giving up.  An undefeated mind is one that never feels discouraged or despairing; it’s one that continues on in spite of it.  One way to stand strong is to have a personal mission you believe in because a personal mission gives you strength and, while a strategy might fail, you can always find another way to continue your mission.

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The First 90 Days

The First 90 Days

by Michael Watkins

The goal in a transition is to build momentum by building momentum, buidling credibility, and avoiding cycles that damage credibility.  The root causes of transition failure are always in the interaction between the situation and the individual.  The key is to better manage opportunities and pitfalls of a situation, while playing to your strengths and being aware of your vulnerabilities.

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The Charge

by Brendon Burchard

You were born for something more.  Do what makes your soul sing and bring out your best in all arenas of your life.  Your inspiration and zest for life comes down to embracing 3 questions: “Did I live?”, “Did I love?”, “Did I matter?”

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Highlights and Insights at Your Fingertips

My book summaries are more like movie trailers. I share clips and favorite scenes from the book so you can judge whether you like the book or not.

In each book summary, I provide a quick overview of the book, including what you can get out of the book, the chapters at a glance, and key features.  Where relevant, I share background on the author.

And, I finish with a small set of my favorite highlights from the book, that help give an overall impression of the book, and the author’s style.

Books Recommendations

My book recommendations are hand-crafted indexes of the books that I’ve found to be the most useful.

Books I Recommend