This is a list of books I’ve read, have finished (x), or want to read (*). Please get in touch if you have any recommendations or comments. The order is approximately chronological, bottom to top. Entries may be repeated due to rereads. Bold = highly recommended.
(x) Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens
Picture all experts as if they were mammals.
The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley
(x) The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
Mao: the untold story, Chang, Halliday
(x) Consider Phlebas, Iain Banks
(x) The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare
Into Africa, Martin Dugard
(x) Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins
(x) The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
Why We Sleep Matthew Walker
The Road to Character David Brooks
Oranges John McPhee
(x) Why we get fat Gary Taubes
(x) The Everything Store Brad Stone
(x) Zero to One Peter Thiel
Citizens to Lords Ellen Meiksins Wood
(x) The Revolt of the Public Martin Gurri
(x) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Frederick Douglass
(x) Mere Christianity CS Lewis
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn
Grant Ron Chernow
Titan Ron Chernow
(x) Ball Lightning Cixin Liu
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
(x) The Innocents Abroad
The English and their History
(x) The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
Deep Learning, CGB
(x) The Road to Serfdom, Hayek
(x) Them, Ben Sasse
(x) The Vanishing American Adult, Ben Sasse.
Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
Democracy in America, Tocqueville
(x) Watership Down, Richard Adams
(x) Othello, Shakespeare
(x) Deep Work, Cal Newport.
(x) Twelve Rules for Life, Jordan Peterson. Recommended.
(x) John Adams, David McCullough. Highly recommended – keep a poet in your pocket.
(x) The Great Stagnation, Tyler Cowen
(x) Stubborn Attachments, Tyler Cowen.
(x) Thinking, fast and slow. Daniel Kahneman. Highly recommended, read the bit on iterated bets with loss aversion.
(x) How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams. Highly recommended. h/t Alexey Guzey
(x) The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957. Frank Dikotter.
The Dream Machine
The Trial. Franz Kafka
Pragmatism and other writings (Penguin). William James.
(x) Master and Commander. Patrick O’Brien. Actually only heard the audiobook but I absolutely loved it. This is the sort of novel I find it hard not to read in one sitting. Planning to get a few more in the (long!) series.
The Elephant in the Brain. Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson.
(*) The Complacent Class. Tyler Cowen.
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.
The Constitution of Liberty, Friederich Hayek
(x) The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky.
(x)The Three Body Trilogy, Liu Cixin.
Imperium; Conspirata; Dictator – Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy. A favorite.
I recommend all of these (no particular order):