FiveBooks: Literature to Help You Become an Expert on Anything

The site helps you become an instant expert, thanks to great book recommendations.

Most of us don’t have much time to read—so we want to be sure that when we crack the spine of a book, it’s something that’s really going to bring value to our lives. So where should we go for help in finding the best books about any particular topic?

We recommend FiveBooks, a site that offers book recommendations from some of the best minds of our time about their areas of specialization. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof shares recommendations for five books on how to make the world a better place, including the bestseller Three Cups of Tea, as well as lesser-known books like Jacqueline Novogratz’s The Blue Sweater, about how you can use business to help people in poverty.

Interested in learning more about the history of Iraq, and why it’s in such turmoil? Native Iraqi, professor, and human rights advocate Kanan Makiya shares his take on the most important books to help you understand the culture, such as Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War.

The site includes expert interviews and book recommendations on everything from Jane Austen to economic theory—take a peek around and see what you want to slip under the covers with tonight.