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My 2011 Reading List

by Sean Croxton

Vacation is nice.

I’ve been lying in bed the last couple hours, adding books to my Amazon wish list and thought I’d share with you the books I read in 2011.

It’s a trip. You can kinda see the phase I am going through in life by looking at the books I read.

Right now — since the radio show and YouTube channel are on holiday hiatus — I’ve been reading a lot about marketing and success.

Next week, I’ll get back to reading about more health-related topics.

So here’s my 2011 Reading List. Most are available in my Amazon Store. These are just the books I actually finished. There are a bunch more that I got about halfway through. Next year, I’d like to have a list of 75. I learned some speed reading tactics from Jim Kwik a few weeks ago. Working like a charm!

Please leave your book recommendations in the comments below! Always looking for a good read. Thx!

Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Additiction: The Hidden Epidemic by Pam Killeen
Lights Out by T.S. Wiley
The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman
Primal Body—Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas
The Obesity Epidemic by Zoe Harcombe
The New Metabolic Effect Diet by Drs. Jade & Keoni Teta
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
The New Evolution Diet by Art De Vany
The Book of EST by Luke Rhinehard
Earthing by Clint Ober
Inflammation Nation by Floyd Chilton
The Emotion Code by Bradley Nelson
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton
The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife ND
The Palm Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife ND
Eating for Energy by Yuri Elkaim
Forever Young by Dr. Nicholas Perricone
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
Disconnect by Dr. Devra Davis
The Simple Success Solution by Deb Cheslow and Angie Flynn
Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale
The Potbelly Syndrome by Russell Farris
The Gabriel Method by John Gabriel
Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
Life Unlocked by Dr. Srini Pillay
Devil in the Milk by Keith Woodford
UNmarketing by Scott Stratten
The Baby Boomer Diet by Donna Gates
The 50th Law by Robert Greene
Money Success & You by John Kehoe
Delivering Happiness by Tony Shieh
Drive: The Shocking Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz
Rework by Jason Fried
The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy

Happy Almost New Year!




45 thoughts on “My 2011 Reading List

  1. Anna D

    In case you have not read it: Healing Our Children by Ramiel Nagel, Food is Your Best Medicine by Henry G Bieler, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann
    Happy New Year!!!!!

  2. Jon Ham

    Nice List Sean, very cool!
    I have some overlap with ya, but here’s a few I enjoyed this year that are worth mentioning.

    In the Plex by Steven Levy
    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    The Big Short by Michael Lewis
    E-myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
    When Genius Failed – The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
    All the Devils are Here – Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
    The Facebook Effect – David Kirkpatrick

  3. Andrea Schüler

    Thanks for the list Sean. Of course I have Robb Wolf, Art de Vany, Cate Shanahan, Mark Sisson on my bookshelf.

    More interesting stuff:
    Gray Cook. Paleo oriented Physiotherapist and Kettlebell Trainer


    Gray’s blog

    One of my favourite books:
    Dr. Romanov’s ” POSE Method for Triathlons”.

    WHAT? Chronic cardio?
    Nope. I couldn’t care less about triathlons, marathons and “chronic cardio” but the book helps everybody who likes to sprint, run shorter distances, rides a bike or swims. Whether you do it just for fun or competitive – it doesn’t matter. Crossfit Endurance teaches POSE Running. Better performance, less injury.

    You will never look at movement the same way.

    POSE is a rehab tool for curing the disease of “Western Movement” which is part of the Western lifestyle and as bad as the Western diet.
    POSE goes against “Conventional Wisdom” – not in nutrition but in exercise. Exercise? Not exactly. I prefer the term: movement efficiency. Like in MovNat.

    POSE Master Trainer Lee Saxby: Barefoot Running

    PS: Keep an eye on Dr. Jack Kruse. He started writing his book. And Erwan Le Corre’s book will be available in 2012.

  4. Marcus

    BEST BOOK OF 2011 BY FAR THE DARKSIDE OF FATLOSS BABY #JERF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Dan

    Cool that you read the five love languages. I’m reading it now (almost finished) and i think if more people could learn this stuff, marriages would be revitalized and there would be a whole lot less divorces!

  6. Barb

    Thanks for a great 2011 Sean. How about going into some of the water issues relating to large companies taking over our water rights. People did die in the water wars in Boliva (people did not even own the rain that fell from the sky on their lands). You can check out from netflix streaming blue gold but there are also some other movies out there. The main lady in this film would be wonderful for an interview and these water issues (control) are very much a civil rights issue as with your wonderful farmon interview.

    Another good one on our soil is Dirt!

    Thanks so much for all the inspiration and knowledge. I look forward to 2012.

    Barb (aka FireGirl)

  7. Wendy

    I have a book recommendation for you since you want to read about marketing and success: THE HOLY BIBLE

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3

  8. Anna D

    this has nothing to do with nutrition directly but it has everything to do with life: Neale Donald Walsch all of his books, and it has nothing to do with religion – despite the title, rather it explains life – personally it made clear so many issues for me and as you know mental health plays huge role in physical health

  9. UW Sean Post author

    Thanks, Andrea. I used to follow Gray Cook when I was a trainer. Good stuff.

    I’m interviewing Jack Kruse next weekend for the Paleo Summit, and he will be on UW Radio in March.

    Interviewing Erwan tomorrow AM.


  10. UW Sean Post author

    Loved 5LL. I learned that I’m all about acts of service. Very helpful book.

    Heard of Tom Venuto. Not familiar with his work, though. Will google him.

    Thanks, Lynn!

  11. Barb

    Thanks Sean you always do such wonderful interviews

    I was blown away with bolivia too…how could people be so demented and devioius. SO not completely beleiving it I asked a fellow volunteer Fire Fighter that goes to Bolivia to work with street kids….Truth they could not even collect rain water. People died and there were massive riots that our news never covered….so with this structure being put in place in many 3rd world countries is the plan to slowly chip away and control people through their food and water? Sickens me

    But Bolivia has now what looks like a good resolution…I will let you watch the move Blue Gold but there are others out there too.

    enjoy and thanks again

  12. Angel

    Really liked that podcast about Life Unlocked – it’s on my to-read list now.
    A recommendation in that spirit is “Authentic Happiness” by Martin E.P. Seligman. It is filled with GOLD. My favourite part is about how you should work on your strengths instead of focusing on what you’re bad in. One of the things you just stop at and go “hey, how come I never thought of that?”

  13. planteater

    You’ve gotta read “Super Immunity” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Indispensable nutrition information to help prevent illness.

    Also, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition” by Julianna Hever is fantastic.

  14. Robert Klanica

    Yo Sean, an excellent book to read is “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. I would love for him to be a guest on your podcasts. A very very informative book.

  15. Robert Klanica

    BTW the by line for the book is “Your not sick, your thirsty, Don’t treat thirst with medication”

  16. Rach

    ‘Stop Alzheimer’s Now!’
    Looks like a light weight self help book when inside it has some really good clearly explained science.
    Although the title is Alzheimer it is really about neurological and neurodegenerative diseases in general; Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease, epilepsy, diabetes, stroke, and various forms of dementia.
    I think he is trying to say although these diseases may have diverging symptoms the original cause of the damage is shared and it is only the area where the neurological damage occurs that defines the exact disease.
    I think the idea is that all these neurodegenerative diseases are caused by a combination of insulin resistance leading to brain cell starvation and death and brain cell damage from oxidation (particularly from hydrogenated oils) and glycation (which is when fats or proteins combine with glucose i.e. damage from sugar). It seems to suggest a ketogenic diet, high in saturated fat and low in carbohydrate plus taking MCT oil, which is in coconut oil.

  17. Sophia C.

    Sean Have you read/reviewed,

    Mark Macdonald’s book Body Confidence.

    Is it true that we burn muscle when we miss a meal?

  18. Pete K.

    One of the best of 2011 – “The Art and Science of Low-carbohydrate Living” by two long-time top-gun low carb. scientists Stephen Phinney & Jeff Volek.

  19. Josh Frey

    I’ve read about 10 of those, half of which I thought were awesome and half of which were just okay.

    If you had to pick a couple that you liked the most, what would they be?

  20. Evan Kennedy

    I’m impressed by the sheer size of this list. Rather amazed actually. How do you find time, or organize your life well enough to have the time to read so much? As well, to actually motivate yourself yourself to sit down and do it. I’m quite passionate about nutrition myself but my list is only about a quarter of that size for a year. Also, do you find yourself to be a quick reader?

    Thanks Sean

  21. Becky

    Just found your website because of the Paleo Summit, which I read about on Amy Dungan’s website, You have a great book list. I first read Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat, then Mark Sisson’s Primal Bluepring and Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly. My eyes were opened! Now I have a few to add to your list.

    Gut and Psychology Syndrome [GAPS] (Revised and Expanded in 2010) by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is full of information about various abnormal children’s conditions such as autism, ADHD, and depression, and adult conditions like multiple food allergies, leaky gut, and candidiasis, all probably caused by unhealthy gut conditions from eating carbs. Included in the thick book is a lot of diet information with recipes. It’s written for parents with children who need these diets and for adults with these conditions.

    More about healing unhealthy guts: Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates (revised 2011) and Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall (first printed in 1994).

    Since my gut definitely needs healing, these 3 books are helping me the most lately.

  22. Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama

    I love 5LL along with the 5LL for children-that is a book I want to give EVERY SINGLE PARENT so we can start listening to our kids and keeping their ‘love tank’ full!! What a different world we would live in 😉

  23. Gary 'Wellness' Legard

    Wow! I seem to be a little late to the party here…

    Probably going to take me a few weeks to work through all the books listed here but I’d like to contribute one of my favorites – 1984 by George Orwell. Seems to be coming more and more relevant!

    – Gary

  24. Sarah

    Have you read In the Realm Of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate?
    It was life changing for me. It’s a book about addiction but his theories can easily be applied to food addiction as well.

  25. Christopher Rubin

    -Against the Grain by Richard Manning, and his article “The oil we eat:
    Following the food chain back to Iraq”
    One of the first guys to write about our failing agriculture.
    -Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture by Dale Allen Pfeiffer
    Mind bender!
    -A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization by John Perlin
    What can we learn from our relationship with trees about the limits of the natural resources upon which our existence depends?
    -1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann

    Thank you for the Summit!

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