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There are a lot of questions about what programming books should be on the programmer's bookshelf. How about non-programming related books that can help you become a better programmer or developer? It would also be interesting to know why they would help.

My first choice would be Sun Tzu's "Art of War" (however cliché), because it made it obvious that the success of any project depends on the strength of its weakest link (and warfare is a big project).

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Dan Millman's "Everyday Enlightenment". A self-help book, whose title is far more esoteric than the advice it actually gives. It is clearly written and structured, encouraging, and actually helpful.

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Conceptual Blockbusting by James L. Adams

A good book concerning problem solving.

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  • The Pragmatic Programmer

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This are both programming books. –  HerbN Sep 26 '10 at 5:55

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