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Books of Titans Podcast

Books of Titans Podcast

A podcast that pulls out life-changing ideas from highly influential books. I talk a bit about each book, tie ideas together from a variety of genres, and share the one thing I always hope to remember from each book.

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If you’ve never listened to an episode of the Books of Titans Podcast, here are some episodes to get you started:

  1. The Books of Titans Story
  2. The Most Important Ideas from 6 Years of Reading
  3. How to Remember What You Read
  4. How to Double Your Reading per Year
  5. Ten Rules for Reading

Erik Rostad and Jason Staples started discussing books together in May 2017. The first 50 episodes are Jason and Erik together. The more recent episodes mostly consist of Erik talking about the books he’s reading with occasional visits by Jason.

Recent episodes are around 30 minutes and contain the following three segments:

  1. Overview of the book
  2. A few of my favorite things
  3. The One Thing – my one key takeaway

“I look forward to each episode every week. Very informative and the breakdown of each book is second to none. Highly recommend.” – Irvin from USA

“I love the fact that the hosts a true book readers and the fact that they are documenting their journey is awesome. The idea behind the podcast is what intrigued me and I look forward to more episodes.” – Alexander from USA

“Every episode is full of great tips and takeaways from really engaging books.” – Scott from Australia

“This is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. Great summaries, humble posture, concise, great format. Thank you!!!” – Solly from Australia

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The Atrahasis
Homer Hollywood
Homer’s Iliad vs Hollywood’s Troy
The Iliad Fitzgerald
The Iliad by Homer (2nd Reading)
Enuma Elish
Enuma Elish
Dr. Jason Staples
Q&A #3: The Bible with Dr. Jason Staples
The New Testament David Bentley Hart
The New Testament (David Bentley Hart Translation)
Hebrew Bible Robert Alter
The Writings (Hebrew Bible Book 3)
The Prophets Robert Alter
The Prophets (Hebrew Bible Book 2)
Book Notes
On Taking Notes in Books
The Five Books Of Moses
The Five Books of Moses
2024 Reading List Big Fat Greek Reading List
2024: My Big Fat Greek Reading List
Paul And The Resurrection Of Israel Jason Staples
Paul and the Resurrection of Israel by Jason A. Staples
2023 Reading Year In Review
2023: Reading Year in Review
Elon Musk
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Basil On Greek Literature
On Greek Literature by St. Basil the Great
The Homeric Hymns
The Homeric Hymns
The Odyssey
The Odyssey by Homer
The Iliad Emily Wilson
The Iliad by Homer
Erik Rostad Bookshelves
Three Powerful Ideas from Books for our Time
The Greek Way
The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
The Histories
The Histories by Herodotus
Persians Book
Persians by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Stung With Love
Theogony & Works and Days
Theogony & Works and Days by Hesiod
Babylon by Paul Kriwaczek
Erik Rostad Bookshelves
2023: Mid-Year Checkup
Everything Sad Is Untrue
Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
In Praise Of Good Bookstores
Book Pairing: In Praise of Good Bookstores (Jeff Deutsch) and On Writing (C.S. Lewis)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson & Reimagining Apologetics by Justin Ariel Bailey
Uk Bookish Adventures
Bookish Adventures in the UK
Assyria by Eckart Frahm
Moses Among The Idols
Moses Among the Idols by Amy Balogh
The Rig Veda
The Rig Veda
Writings from Ancient Egypt
Writings from Ancient Egypt
Dr. Jason Staples
Q&A: The Bible w/ Dr. Jason Staples
Civilizations Of Ancient Iraq
Civilizations of Ancient Iraq and Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Important Ideas
The Most Important Ideas from 6 Years of Reading
The Case for Reading Straight Through the Bible
The Dawn
The Dawn by Yoram Hazony
Jeremy Anderberg Podcast Episode
How to Read More Books: A Discussion
2022 Reading Year In Review
2022: Reading Year in Review
Shoe Dog
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Splendid And The Vile
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
The Viking Heart
The Viking Heart by Arthur Herman
The Great Books List
How to Create Your 2023 Reading List
Doug Mckelvey
The Places Beyond the Maps by Douglas McKelvey
The Wingfeather Saga
The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
The Apocrypha
Beautiful Books Of Titans Studio
The Great Books
The Body
The Body by Bill Bryson
Wild Problems
Wild Problems by Russ Roberts
Ellison Mccaulley Morrison Baldwin
Ellison, McCaulley, Morrison, and Baldwin
The Mind Of The Maker
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers
From The Holy Mountain
From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
Sir Gibbie
Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald
The Truth And Beauty
The Truth and Beauty by Andrew Klavan
Jayber Crow
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Fun With Fiction
Fun with Fiction
The Road
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Psychology Of Money
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
One Man War
Jack Hinson’s One-Man War by Tom C. McKenney
6 Books Portrait
6 Books from May & June
Industrial Society And Its Future
Industrial Society and Its Future by Theodore John Kaczynski
Sir Richard Burton
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice
The Seven Storey Mountain
The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton
Haruki Murakami
That Murakami Quote
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Bookseller Of Florence
The Bookseller of Florence by Ross King
Rembrandt Is In The Wind
Rembrandt Is in the Wind by Russ Ramsey
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Amusing Ourselves To Death
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
The Black Count
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
On Reading Well
On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior
2021 Reading Year In Review
2021: Reading Year in Review
Atomic Habits
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Theory Of Moral Sentiments
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
Dangerous Liasons
Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos
Harry Potter
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Ends Justify Means Podcast
Do the Ends Justify the Means?
2022 Reading List Books Of Titans
My 2022 Reading List
Lbj Vs Robert Moses
LBJ vs. Robert Moses
Intellectual Moral Life
The Intellectual & Moral Life
Civil War Volume1
The Civil War Volume I: Fort Sumter to Perryville
The Idea Of Israel
The Idea of Israel by Jason Staples
The Power Broker
The Power Broker by Robert Caro
Mid Year Reading Project Status 2020
2021 Mid-Year Reading Project Status
Gene Hanratty
Books of Presidents with Gene Hanratty
Russ Roberts Portrait
Books by Russ Roberts
Working by Robert Caro
Retelling The Story Series
Retelling the Story Series by Russ Ramsey
Lord Of The Rings Series
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Years Of Lyndon Johnson
The Years of Lyndon Johnson Series by Robert A. Caro
The Passage Of Power
The Passage of Power by Robert Caro
Master Of The Senate
Master of the Senate by Robert Caro
Means Of Ascent
Means of Ascent by Robert Caro
The Path To Power
The Path to Power by Robert Caro
Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Our Hope
Our Hope by Father Dmitrii Dudko
Life Of Wallace Cover
Life of Wallace by James Paterson
Key Takeaways 2020
Key Takeaways from My 2020 Reading List
Let's Talk Books
Let’s Talk Books
Frederick Douglass Prophet Of Freedom
Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight
My 2021 Reading List
My 2021 Reading List
Blood Meridian Cormac Mccarthy
Blood Meridian Discussion
Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Where You Go
Where You Go by Charlotte Pence
Promises To Keep
Promises to Keep by Joe Biden
Crippled America
Crippled America by Donald J. Trump
The Truths We Hold
The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris
David Crockett
David Crockett by Michael Wallis
Draft No 4
Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
Choose Books
What Books Should I Read?
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Romanovs
The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Highlanders Last Song
The Highlander’s Last Song by George MacDonald
Range by David Epstein
Mid Year Reading Project Status 2020
Mid-Year Reading Project Status
Permanent Record
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Crime And Punishment
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Destiny Disrupted
Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary
Between The World And Me
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Six Recent Books
Six Recent Books
Brave New World
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Power And The Glory
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The Sacred Romance
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
Bible Question Answer Podcast
Q&A: The Bible
CSB Readers Bible
The Bible
Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer
The Book of Proverbs by King Solomon
10 Rules For Reading
Ten Rules for Reading
Generations by William Strauss & Neil Howe
State Of Reading Project
The State of the Books of Titans Project
2019 Recap
Key Takeaways from My 2019 52-Book Reading List
The Gulag Archipelago
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Lessons Of History
The Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant
2020 Reading List
My 2020 Reading List
Guantanamo Diary
Guantánamo Diary by Momamedou Ould Slahi
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Educated by Tara Westover
Can't Hurt Me
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
21 Lessons
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Marathon Monks
The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei
September 2019 Books
Four Books from September 2019
Skin In The Game
Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb
Double Reading Per Year
How to Double Your Reading per Year
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
Remember What You Read
How to Remember What You Read
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
What Every Body Is Saying
What Every BODY is Saying by Joe Navarro
Einstein by Walter Issacson
Devil In The White City
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Narrative Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
This Is Marketing
This is Marketing by Seth Godin
Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Murder On Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Killing Comendatore
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Splendor Of God Cover
Splendor of God by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Books Of Titans Logo Icon
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
The Fifth Risk
The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
Warnings Unheeded
Warnings Unheeded by Andy Brown
Lords Of The Desert
Lords of the Desert by James Barr
Touching The Rock
Touching the Rock by John M. Hull
The Widow Of The South
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Keep Going
Keep Going by Austin Kleon
Why Books Of Titans
Why I Read 52 Books a Year
About Face
About Face by Colonel David H. Hackworth
War Of Art
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
AI Superpowers
AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee
Don Quixote
Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
Robot-Proof by Dr. Joseph E. Aoun
Building A Story Brand
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
How To Lead When Not In Charge
How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
Genes Climate Culture
Genes, Climate, and Consumption Culture by Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth
Open by Andre Agassi
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
All The Kings Men
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Living With A Seal
Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler
War And Peace
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Art Of X Ray Reading
The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark
Never Split Difference
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
A Mind At Play
A Mind at Play by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman
Where We Want To Live
Where We Want to Live by Ryan Gravel
Books Of Titans Takeaways and Themes
Looking Back At 52 Episodes and The Future Of The Podcast
Leonardo Da Vinci
#52: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Man's Search For Meaning
#51: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Homo Deus
#50: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Guns Germs And Steel
#49: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
#48: Mastery by George Leonard
How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
#47: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts
Poor Charlie's Almanack
#46: Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger
Atlas Shrugged
#45: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
How Proust Can Change Your Life
#44: How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
Age Of Propaganda
#43: Age of Propaganda by Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson
Fooled By Randomness
#42: Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
Extreme Ownership
#41: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
The Power Of Persuasion
#40: The Power of Persuasion by Robert Levine
Creativity Inc
#39: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
#38: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Thinking Fast And Slow
#37: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#36: Principles by Ray Dalio
#35: Hooked by Nir Eyal
Tao Te Ching
#34: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Walt Disney
#33: Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
Maxims And Reflections
#32: Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Republic
#31: The Republic by Plato
Tribe Of Mentors
#30: Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss
Blood Meridian
#29: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Art Of Learning
#28: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
Deep Survival
#27: Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Autobiography Of Malcolm X
#26: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Books Of Titans Podcast
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The Artist's Way
#25: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Ogilvy On Advertising
#24: Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me
#23: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Genghis Khan And The Making Of The Modern World
#22: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Once An Eagle
#21: Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
Heraclitean Fire
#20: Heraclitean Fire
#19: Dune by Frank Herbert
#18: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Bird By Bird
#17: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Start With Why
#16: Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Good Podcast
#15.5: Special Episode – Interview on The Good Network
#15: Who by Geoff Smart & Randy Street
The Effective Executive
#14: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
#13: Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca
The Things They Carried
#12: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Buck Up, Suck Up, Foul Up
#11: Buck Up, Suck Up…and Come Back When You Foul Up by James Carville and Paul Begala
Surely Your Joking, Mr Feynman
#10: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
Show Your Work
#9: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Born Standing Up
#8: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin
#7: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Stone Soup
#6: Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
#5: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Natural Born Heroes
#4: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall
The 22 Immutable Laws Of Marketing
#3: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout
The Old Man and the Sea
#2: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Inevitable
#1: The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly