Book List

Working at sea in the maritime industry, most have extensive training in technical matters and have most likely been promoted based on technical expertise.  Unfortunately, there are those who might not have spent much time understanding the “computer between the ears” – in other words, our brains.  Below, we have a selection of books that might help you do just that – a little about the hard wiring of why we think like we think, do what we do and what we can do to mitigate some our lower evolved traits.  An ever growing list of books pertaining to the maritime industry, personal development, leadership and management has also been included.  They have been contributed by Merchant Marine Captain Dan Ziemer, U.S. Marine Corps Colonel (ret) Walt Megonigal, the cohort at gCaptain and the staff here at Madden Maritime.

Before you head out to sea again, you might want to pick up a couple of these.  There’s a lot of great information here!

Disclaimer : The links below are all to Amazon – not because Madden Maritime has any relationship with them, but simply because it seems to be the easiest way for those at sea to obtain them (i.e. through a Kindle or Kindle app).


Start With Why : How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action – Simon Sinek

Verbal Judo : The Gentle Art of Persuasion – George J. Thompson and Jerry B. Jenkins

Outliers : The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath : Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell

Dataclysm : Love, Sex, Race and Identity – What Our Online Lives Tell Us About Our Offline Selves – Christian Rudder

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Leadership Challenge : How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen In Organizations – James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Creating Magic : 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney – Lee Cockerell

Good to Great : Why Some Companies Make the Leap….and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

Leaders Eat Last : Why  Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t – Simon Sinek

Thinking About Thinking

How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer

Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Caine

The Talent Code : Greatness Isn’t Born.  It’s Grown.  Here’s How. – Daniel Coyle

The Art of Learning : An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance – John Waitzkin

The Power of Habit : Why We Do What We Want To Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) : Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts – Caroll Tavris and Eliot Aronson

My Stroke of Insight : A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey – Jill Bolte Taylor

Deep Survival : Who Lives, Who Dies and Why – Laurence Gonzales

Moonwalking with Einstein : The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer

The Lucifer Effect : Understanding How Good People Turn Evil – Philip Zimbardo

Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

The Teenage Brain : A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults – Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

Emotional Intelligence : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman

The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki

Being Wrong : Adventures in the Margin of Error – Kathryn Schulz

Transportation Industry

Logistics Clusters : Delivering Value and Driving Growth – Yossi Sheffi

The Box : How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger – Marc Levinson

Ninety Percent of Everything : Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes On Your Back, Gas In Your Car and Food On Your Plate – Rose George

Human Factors in the Maritime Domain – Michelle Grech, Tim Horberry and Thomas Koester


Managing Up – Margaret Meloni

Project Management For You : How To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality, Deliver On Your Promises and Get Things Done – Cesar Abeid

The Lazy Project Manager : How to be twice as productive and still leave the office early – Peter Taylor

It’s Your Ship : Management Techniques From the Best Damn Ship In the Navy – D. Michael Abrashoff

Biographies, Autobiographies and Historical

Founding Brothers : The Revolutionary Generation – Joseph J. Ellis

Susan B. Anthony : Rebel, Crusader, Humanitarian – Alma Lutz

The Smartest Guys in the Room : The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron – Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind and Joe Nocera

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense : The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers – Lawrence G. McDonald and Patrick Robinson

The Astonishing Collapse of MF Global – Matt Koppenheffer, John Reeves, Molly McCluskey, Tim Beyers and Alex Dumortier

When Genius Failed : The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management – Roger Lowenstein

Guns, Germs and Steel : The Fates of Human Society – Jared Diamond

Civilization : The West and the Rest – Niall Ferguson

The Voyage of the Rose City : An Adventure At Sea – John Moynihan

The Grey Seas Under – Farley Mowat

The Serpent’s Coil – Farley Mowat

In Peril : A Daring Decision, a Captain’s Resolve and the Salvage that Made History – Strong Skip and Braden Twain

Personal Development

The Primal Blueprint : Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy – Mark Sisson

The Personal Experience Effect : Big Brand Theory Applied To Personal Life – Jim Joseph

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