reading list

2020-05-09

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I love reading, but sometimes it can be challenging to know what to read next! To try to address that, I’ve been collecting books I’m interested in reading. An asterisk (*) means I don’t (yet) have a copy of it.

Biography

  • TR: The Last Romantic by Brands
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent by Robert Caro
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of The Senate by Robert Caro
  • Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 by Joseph Frank
  • Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 192-1941 by Stephen Kotkin*
  • Stan Lee by Liel Leibovitz
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen*
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

History

  • The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire by Gibbon
  • These Truths by Jill Lepore
  • A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power*
  • The Nine by Toobin

“Pop” and not so pop-Sci

  • The Half-Life of Facts by Arbesman
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Danie Ariely
  • This Idea Is Brilliant Edited By John Brockman*
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
  • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool*
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover
  • Chaos by James Gleick
  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson*
  • The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska, Elaine McArdle*
  • Kluge - The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus*
  • The Success Equation: Untangle Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael Mauboussin
  • The Lever of the Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress by Joel Mokyr*
  • A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr*
  • The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy by Joel Mokyr*
  • The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr*
  • Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan
  • Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford*
  • Theory of Games and Economic Behavior by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern*
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink*
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Dan Pink*
  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Sapolsky
  • The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer*
  • Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe by Steven H. Strogatz*
  • Alchemy by Rory Sutherland*
  • The Efficiency Paradox by Edward Tanner*
  • Superforecasters by Phillip Tetlock*
  • The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister*
  • Ultra Learners by Scott Young*

Fiction

  • Legacy of Orïsha, Book I: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi*
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin*
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin*
  • The Founders Trilogy, Book I: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett*
  • Don Quixote by Cervantes
  • The Fall by Albert Camus*
  • Robinson Crusoe by Defoe
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  • Too Far Afield by Günter Grass
  • The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton *
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Mila Kundera
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee*
  • Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu*
  • Circé by Miller
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Jazz by Toni Morrison*
  • Tar Baby by Toni Morrison*
  • Serpico by Maas
  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
  • Alaska by James Michener
  • Caravans by James Michener
  • Caribbean by James Michener
  • The Covenant by James Michener
  • The Fires of Spring by James Michener
  • Centennial by James Michener
  • Space by James Michener
  • Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi *
  • Nome Trilogy, Book I: Truckers by Terry Pratchett*
  • Nome Trilogy, Book II: Diggers by Terry Pratchett*
  • Nome Trilogy, Book III: Wings by Terry Pratchett*
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Devil’s Disciple by Bernard Shaw
  • Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
  • Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • Quicksilver, The Baroque Cycle Vol. 1 by Neal Stephenson
  • The Confusion, The Baroque Cycle Vol. 2 by Neal Stephenson
  • The System Of The World, The Baroque Cycle Vol. 3 by Neal Stephenson
  • Docile by K.M. Szpara *
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Garnett translation)
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych Leo Tolstoy
  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace*
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
  • Old School by Tobias Wolff
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf*
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright

Business

  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock*
  • Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan*
  • Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon, and David S. Duncan
  • The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
  • Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It by April Dunford*
  • Getting To Yes by Fisher, Ury and Patton
  • Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships by Ellen A. Ensher, Susan E. Murphy*
  • Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin*
  • The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you by Rob Fitzpatrick*
  • The Four by Scott Galloway
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West
  • Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid The Traps, Create Unity, And Reap Big Results by Morten T. Hansen
  • The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger*
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey Liker*
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune And Random Failure In Silicon Valley By Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • The Success Equation: Untangling Skill And Luck In Business, Sports, And Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Readically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Philosophy

  • The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Torode Translation)
  • The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Dover Thrift Translation)
  • The Hedgehog And The Fox by Isaiah Berlin*
  • Discourse on Methods and the Meditations by René Descartes
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson*
  • The Road to Serfdom by FA Hayek
  • Leviathan by Hobbes
  • The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  • The Essential Writings by William James
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kyosaki
  • Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier
  • Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanack - Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger*
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Socrates’ Cafe by Phillips
  • Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig
  • In Praise of Forgetting by David Rieff*
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? by Michael J. Sandel
  • Every Tool’s A Hammer by Adam Savage*
  • Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler

Tech

  • Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems by Martin Kleppmann*
  • Refactoring by Martin Fowler*
  • The Rust Programming Language by Steve Klabnik and Carol Nichols
  • The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond*
  • The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond
  • Paper Prototyping: The Fast And Easy Way To Design And Refine User Interfaces by Carolyn Snyder
  • Refactoring UI by Adam Watham & Steve Shoger*
  • Everything Curl by Daniel Stenberg

Other

  • Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Achen, C. and Bartels, L.*
  • #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  • Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time? by Pierre Azoulay, Christian Fons-Rosen, Joshua S. Graff Zivin*
  • After Picketty - Boushey et al*
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford*
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch*
  • How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg*
  • Collaborative Circles: Friendship Dynamics and Creative Work by Michael P Farrell*
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • Hunger by Roxanne Gay*
  • Not That Bad by Roxanne Gay*
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas*
  • Ordeal of Change by Eric Hoffer*
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger*
  • Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Against The Rules by Michael Lewis
  • The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
  • Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
  • “Anna Karenina” In Our Time: Seeing More Wisely by Gary Saul Morson
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff*
  • Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff*
  • Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
  • Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff*
  • Revenge of Analog by David Sax*
  • Powers of Two: The Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolk Shenk*
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp*
  • Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
  • The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World by Alison Wolf, Chrystia Freeland*

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