Reading list & ideas contributed by Dr. Charlie Easmon


Dr. Charlie Easmon, Medical Director of Your Excellent Health Service, recently attended a Golden Civilization Conversation in London and felt inspired to share a reading list and ideas that he feels are contributing to delivering a Golden Civilization now.  

Ted Talks


  • Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl

  • Thinking fast, thinking slow by Daniel Kahneman

  • Neurotribes - Steve Silberman

  • Why we sleep by Prof Matthew Walker

  • Madness explained, Richard Bentall

  • The Element: How finding your passion changes everything by Ken Robinson

  • Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar PHD

  • Stephen Covey - the 7 habits of highly effective people 

  • Awaken the giant within By Anthony Robbins 

  • Napoleon Hill any book

  • Dale Carnegie any book

  • The leader who had no title by Robin Sharma

  • The Kaiser Permante ACT study

  • The Spirit to Serve by J.W. Marriott Jnr & Kathi Ann Brown

  • The top five regrets of the dying by Bronnie Ware

  • How the mind works by Steven Pinker 

  • Status syndrome by Prof Michael Marmot 

  • You are not a gadget by Jaron Larnier & 10 reasons to turn off all your social media right now

  • Madness and Civilization by Foucault

  • Man up: surviving modern masculinity by Jack Urwin

  • Being a man the lousy modern world by Robert Twigger

  • Stiffed: The Betrayal of Modern Man by Susan Faludi

  • The OIQ Factor: Raising your school’s organisational intelligence - How schools can become cognitively, oscillating and emotionally smart by William Powell & Ochan Kusuma-Powell

  • Smile or Die: How positive thinking fooled America & The World by Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Authentic Happiness by Martin EP Seligman

  • Toxic Parents: overcoming their hurtful legacy and reclaiming your life by Dr Susan Howard

  • Sway: the irresistible pull of irrational behaviour by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman

  • The Descent of man by Grayson Perry

  • Happiness: Lessons from a new science by Richard Layard

  • Confidence by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds by Mackay

  • Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig

  • How much is enough? By Robert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky

  • The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

  • Rumi

  • The Happiness Advantage: The 7 principle that fuel success and performance at work by Shawn Achor

  • The art of handling people by Herbert N. Casson

  • Why we sleep by Prof Matthew Walker 

  • The art of Happiness: A handbook for living The Dalia Lama

  • The road to character by David Brooks

  • The confidence game by Maria Konnikova

  • The art of the good life by Rolf Dobelli

  • Seneca the good life

  • Fear of Freedom by Erich Fromm

  • The Anatomy of Human Aggressiveness by Erich Fromm

  • On Aggression by Konrad Lorenz

  • The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt

  • The deepest well: healing the long-tern effects of childhood adversity by Dr Nadine Burke Harris

  • Fully connected: Social Health in an age of overload by Julia Hobsbawm

  • The Power of Less: 6 essential productivity principles that will change your life by Leo Babuata

  • The Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz

  • The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

  • Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

  • Scrum - The art of doing twice the work in half the time by Jeff Sutherland

  • A guide to confident living by Norman Vincent Peale

  • The art of loving by Erich Fromm

  • Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman

  • Primary Greatness by Stephen R. Covey

  • Confessions of a sociopath by M.E.Thomas

  • The First and Second Penguin Krishnamurti Reader

  • The first and last freedom by Krishnamurti

  • Intimacy: Trusting oneself and the other by Osho

  • We are what we think - a journey through the wisest and wittiest sayings in the world by James Geary

  • How art can make you happy by Bridget Watson Payne

  • Poiesis: The language of psychology and the speech of the soul by Stephen K.Levine

  • Sapiens: 10,000 year’s of human history by Yuval Noah Harari

  • The Logic of Life by Tim Harford

  • Mid Life: look younger, live longer, feel better by Dr Muir Gray

  • Theory X & Theory Y Douglas McGregor of MIT 1960s

  • The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton

  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas




  • Dr Rosemary Taylor (adolescents)

  • Tony McLellan crew inc

  • Mandy Saligari

  • Nightingale

  • Dr Andy Zamar

  • Sleep specialists including .....

    • Resilience Prof Richard Williams (via Iapos)

    • Lexxic

    • Simon Baron-Cohen

    • Lighthouse

    • Alpha

    • Warren Von

    • Hoffman

    • Central and North West London NHS Gaming addiction Prof Bowden-Jones


  • Counselling of many sorts

  • EMDR

  • RTMS

  • ECT

  • Drugs

  • Psychopaths vs sociopaths

  • Training for non specialists

  • Mental health First aid

  • People management

  • The one minute manager series by Ken Blanchard

  • Emails to chaplian


  • Deloitte Mental Health Champions

  • Disney

  • Zappos Tony Hsieh

  • Unilever

  • De Bono 6 thinking hats


Dr. Charlie Easmon MBBS MRCP MSc Public Health DTM&H DOccMed
Medical Director of
Your Excellent Health Service