Reading List

Books Read Since Blogging

This is a list of most of the books I have read since starting up this blog in November 2009. Of the reviews, some are shorter and are more like lists of good quotes, whereas others are more fleshed out.

2016

  1. Hive Mind – Garrett Jones
  2. Superforecasting – Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
  3. The Selfie Vote – Kristen S. Anderson
  4. Fighting God – David Silverman
  5. Galileo’s Middle Finger – Alice Dreger
  6. How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler
  7. Crippled America – Donald J. Trump
  8. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds – Charles Mackay
  9. The Mathematics of Love – Hannah Fry
  10. Liar’s Poker – Michael Lewis
  11. The Age of Em – Robin Hanson

2015 – [batch review at end of this post]

  1. The Occupy Wall Street Handbook – Various Authors
  2. A Random Walk Down Wall Street – Burton G. Malkiel
  3. The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
  4. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  5. On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  6. Average is Over – Tyler Cowen
  7. The Great Stagnation – Tyler Cowen
  8. The Myth of the Rational Voter – Bryan Caplan
  9. The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
  10. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  11. The Price of Inequality – Joseph Stiglitz
  12. Humans Are Underrated – Geoff Colvin
  13. Islam and the Future of Tolerance – Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz
  14. Brief Candle in the Dark – Richard Dawkins
  15. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day

2014

  1. Getting Things Done – David Allen
  2. The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan
  3. The Better Angels of Our Nature – Steven Pinker
  4. Armchair Reader: The Book of Useless Information – Editors of Publications International Ltd.
  5. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  6. The Revenge of Geography – Robert Kaplan
  7. An Appetite for Wonder – Richard Dawkins
  8. The Big Short – Michael Lewis
  9. Flash Boys – Michael Lewis
  10. Drift – Rachel Maddow

2013

  1. Free Will – Sam Harris
  2. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  3. Death by Black Hole – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  5. God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens
  6. The Stuff of Thought – Steven Pinker
  7. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  8. When Genius Failed – Roger Lowenstein (see Thinking, Fast and Slow)
  9. Moonwalking With Einstein – Joshua Foer (see Thinking, Fast and Slow)
  10. Against the Gods – Peter L. Berstein (see Thinking, Fast and Slow)
  11. Coolidge – Amity Shlaes (see Thinking, Fast and Slow)
  12. The End of Faith – Sam Harris
  13. The Moral Landscape – Sam Harris
  14. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  15. Breaking the Spell – Daniel Dennett (see The Signal and the Noise)
  16. CEO Material – D. A. Benton (see The Signal and the Noise)
  17. The Blind Watchmaker – Richard Dawkins (see The Signal and the Noise)
  18. Mortality – Christopher Hitchens (see The Signal and the Noise)
  19. The Portable Atheist – Christopher Hitchens

2012

  1. Talent is Overrated – Geoffrey Colvin

2011

  1. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  3. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  4. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  5. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

2010

  1. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  2. Perfect Rigor – Masha Gessen
  3. The Elements of Style – William Strunk and E.B. White
  4. Viva la Repartee – Mardy Grothe
  5. Oxymoronica – Mardy Grothe
  6. Candide – Voltaire
  7. The Pirate Hunter – Richard Zacks
  8. The Pursuit of WOW! – Tom Peters
  9. Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos
  10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  11. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  12. Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  13. I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like – Mardy Grothe
  14. Ifferisms – Mardy Grothe
  15. Introduction to Graph Theory – Richard J. Trudeau
  16. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar – Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein
  17. On Writing Well – William Zinsser
  18. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  19. The Great Gatsby – F.S. Fitzgerald
  20. Gödel, Escher, Bach – Douglas Hofstadter
  21. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  22. Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card
  23. 1984 – George Orwell
  24. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  25. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  26. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  27. Screenplay – Syd Field
  28. Writing With Style – John R. Trimble
  29. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Phillip K. Dick
  30. Neuromancer – William Gibson

2009

  1. The Most Dangerous Enemy – Stephen Bungay
  2. QED – Richard Feynman

2 thoughts on “Reading List”

  1. A most interesting list. I have read many if not most of the titles in the list. I like in particular items 2015: 4 and 14; 2014: 5 and 9; 2013: 2, 4, 5, and 19; 2011: 1 and 3; 2010: 3, 9,and 20; and 2009: 2. You have an extraordinarily wide and deep range of interests. As suggestions, I would recommend “Genius” by James Glieik, a biography of Feynman, and “The Prize”, by Daniel Yergin, a history of the world oil economy from the 1910s in Pennsylvania up to the first Gulf War in 1993, and “The Quest”, a continuation of “The Prize” continuing to about 2010. If you want to read the 4 most influential books of the last 500 years, read Galileo’s “Dialog Concerning The Two Chief World Systems”, Newton’s “Philospohae Naturalis Principia Mathematica”, Darwin’s “Origin Of Species”, and Einstein’s “The General Theory Of Relativity” or a good overview general relativity. Collectively, these have most profoundly changed mankind’s understanding of the universe and his place in it.

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