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The BEST Cal Newport Books & Quotes of All Time

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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Who Is Cal Newport?

Cal Newport is an American computer science professor and author of multiple books that address the risks and advantages of digital technology, doing better in school/college and working more effectively (See e.g., Deep Work) Learn more about Cal Newport

The Best Cal Newport Books of All Time

Why these best Cal Newport books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best Cal Newport books ever published as decided by book lovers like you.

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other books by Cal Newport that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, here are the best Cal Newport books of all time...

Best Cal Newport Books: Deep Work
1. Deep Work - Cal Newport (FREE Summary)
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Deep Work is a timely reminder of the value of deep, focussed work and the dangers of losing yourself in the shallows of entertainment and distraction - by author and associate professor, Cal Newport.
Published 2016 // 296 pages // Rated 4.2 over 109,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Cal Newport Books: So Good They Can't Ignore You
2. So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
Published 2012 // 288 pages // Rated 4.1 over 33,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Cal Newport Books: How to Be a High School Superstar
3. How to Be a High School Superstar - Cal Newport
A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)
Published 2010 // 272 pages // Rated 4.1 over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best Cal Newport Books: Digital Minimalism
4. Digital Minimalism - Cal Newport
Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
Published 2019 // 302 pages // Rated 4.1 over 55,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Cal Newport Books: How to Win at College
5. How to Win at College - Cal Newport
Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students
Published 2005 // 193 pages // Rated 4.0 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads
Best Cal Newport Books: How to Become a Straight-A Student
6. How to Become a Straight-A Student - Cal Newport
Published 2006 // 217 pages // Rated 4.0 over 8,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Cal Newport Books: A World Without Email
7. A World Without Email - Cal Newport
Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload
Published 2021 // 320 pages // Rated 3.9 over 3,000 reviews on Goodreads

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