Reading
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Reading

I have been asked more than once what my reading recommendations are. Slowly compiling them into a list form here. By no means exhaustive.

All Time Favorites
  1. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  2. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  3. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  4. Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. High Output Management, by Andy Grove
  7. Mornings on Horseback, by David McCullough
  8. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
  9. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  10. What You Do is Who You Are, by Ben Horowitz
By Genre
Autobiography
  1. Will, by Will Smith
  2. Hit Refresh, by Satya Nadella
  3. What It Takes, by Stephen A. Schwarzman
  4. A Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
Audiobooks
  1. Will, by Will Smith
  2. Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey
  3. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Biography
  1. Steve Jobs, by Walter Issacson
  2. The Snowball, by Alice Schroeder
  3. Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  4. Mornings on Horseback, by David McCullough
  5. Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance
  6. Titan, by Ron Chernow
  7. The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis
  8. The Assassination of Fred Hampton, by Jeffrey Haas
  9. Twelve Against the Gods, by William Bolitho
  10. A Truck Full of Money, by Tracey Kidder
Business
  1. The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt
  2. Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
Business How-Tos
  1. Growing Pains, by Eric Flamholtz and Yvonne Randle
  2. Venture Deals, by Brad Feld
  3. Good Strategy, Bad Strategy, by Richard Rumelt
  4. The Automatic Customer, by John Warrillow
  5. The Startup Checklist, by David Rose
  6. The Messy Middle, by Scott Belsky
Business Bios
  1. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
  2. The Everything Store, by Brad Stone
  3. Bad Blood, by John Carreyou
  4. Onward & Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz
Classics
  1. Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
  3. The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
Company Culture
  1. Amp It Up, by Frank Slootman
  2. Radical Candor, by Kim Scott
  3. Good People, by Anthony Tjan
  4. Setting the Table, by Danny Meyer
  5. Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Laloux
  6. Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh
  7. The Alliance, by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh
Education
  1. Excellent Sheep, by William Deresiewicz
  2. Class Clowns, by Johnathan Knee
Epics
  1. Principles, by Ray Dalio
Fiction
  1. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  2. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Finance
  1. Valuation, by McKinsey & Company
  2. Accounting and Finance for Managers, by Matt Bamber & Simon Parry
History
  1. Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
  2. Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwinne
  3. The Gray Lady Winked, by Ashley Rindsberg
  4. The Great Game, by Peter Hopkirk
  5. The Mao’s Famine Trilogy, by Frank Dikkoter
Historical Fiction
  1. Half a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Just for Fun
  1. Bringing down the House, by Ben Mezrich
Leadership
  1. Leadership and Self-Deception, by the Arbinger Institute
  2. Turn the Ship Around, by L. David Marquet
  3. The Great CEO Within, by Matt Mochary
  4. What You Do is Who YouAre, by Ben Horowitz
  5. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz
  6. Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
Management
  1. High Output Management, by Andy Grove
  2. Anything by Patrick Lencioni
  3. Excellence Wins, by Horst Schulze
  4. Anything by Ichak Kalderon Adizes
  5. The Game-Changer, by A.G. Lafley & Ram Charan
Marketing
  1. Epic Content Marketing, by Joe Pulizzi
Non-fiction
  1. A Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
Plays
  1. Othello, by William Shakespeare
Sci-Fi
  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  2. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  3. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
Science
  1. The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Self-Help
  1. Never Split the Difference, By Chris Voss
  2. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, by Eric Jorgenson
Shorts
  1. Caffeine, by Michael Pollan
  2. Lying, by Sam Harris
Philosophy
  1. Zen and the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel
Popular Science/Psychology
  1. How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
  2. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
  3. Hooked, by Nir Eyal
Religion
Women’s Studies
  1. Half The Sky, by Nicholas Kristof + Sheryl WuDunn
  2. Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit

Honorable Mentions

Ride of a Lifetime, By Bob Iger

Play Nice by Win, by Michael Dell

Red Notice, by Bill Browder

Lamb, by Christopher Moore

Awareness, by Anthony De Mello

The Great Work of Your Life, by Stephen Cope

Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

The Road to Character, by David Brooks

The Radical King, by Cornel West

The Fourth Turning

Dune

(Last updated: 1/2022)