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by Frank Herbert

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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Categories: ClassicsLiterature & FictionScience Fiction & Fantasy

Reading time: 1618 hours


Kyle Maynard
Speaker, Author and Mixed Martial Arts Athlete

What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

Dune by Frank Herbert The Stranger by Albert Camus The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Tim Ferriss
Entrepreneur, Investor, Author, and Podcaster

I think everyone should read Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s just one of the best world-building fiction books of all time and I would say if you want to basically learn, let’s just say, 90 percent of all the lessons of leadership that you would get from reading a hundred of the best business books, nonfiction, on leadership, just read Dune. It’s so good. I love that book.

Seth Godin
Author, Entrepreneur, Marketer and Public Speaker

That shift is–I could tell you the shift, and now the book doesn’t work the way it would have if I hadn’t told you the shift. Because when it shifts in your head... if you read Dune, and you don’t read it for the plot but you read it for understanding geopolitics, suddenly something clicks in your head.