9 Books That Will Give You a New Superpower

You’ll be capable of extraordinary things after picking up these useful skills.

1. Control minds:

Influence by Robert Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Superpower: Learn the “weapons of influence” you can use to convince anyone — and to defend yourself against other skilled persuaders.

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2. Make better decisions:

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Superpower: Avoid mental malfunctions and overcome the shortcomings of human intuition by learning how humans actually think.

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3. Resolve conflicts:

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Superpower: Employ the same strategies as the world’s top negotiators to turn the stickiest conflict into mutual agreement.

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4. Control yourself:

Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

Superpower: Resist temptations big and small, so that you can focus on what’s truly important to you.

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5. Cook anything:

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Superpower: Frost a cake, de-bone a quail, and master more than 2,000 other simple dishes — while even enjoying it.

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6. Get everything done:

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Superpower: Plow through your most important work by transforming yourself into a well-oiled productivity machine.

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7. Kick bad habits:

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Superpower: Optimize your daily routine by adjusting your habits, and forming better ones.

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8. Write clearly:

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

Superpower: Express yourself more effectively in your writing.

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9. Read intelligently:

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

Superpower: Read more books, and understand more of what you read.

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