Recommended Books

An eclectic collection of books containing an idea which has been influential on my thinking. For a full list of what I've enjoyed visit goodreads.
I take obscene liberty in omitting the post-colon parts of some titles.

People

Baghdad Diaries

Nuna al-Radi
Caesar

Adrian Goldsworthy
Code Girls

Liza Mundy
Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell
Eichmann in Jerusalem

Hannah Arendt
Eyes on the Street

Robert Kanigel
The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin
Hitch 22

Christopher Hitchens
A House in the Sky

Amanda Lindhout
Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Letters to a Young Scientist

E.O. Wilson
Mao: The Unknown Story

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
Mortality

Christopher Hitchens
Night

Elie Wiesel
Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl
The Power Broker

Robert Caro
A Primate's Memoir

Robert Sapolsky
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Azar Nafisi
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!

Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman
Unfollow

Megan Phelps Roper
Wittgenstein's Poker

David Edmonds & John Eidinow

Ideas

Against Empathy

Paul Bloom
All Life is Problem Solving

Karl Popper
Animal Liberation

Peter Singer
The Beginning of Infinity

David Deutsch
The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker
Chaos

James Gleick
Complexity

Melanie Mitchell
Conjectures and Refutations

Karl Popper
Doing Good Better

Will MacAskill
The Drunkard's Walk

Leonard Mlodinow
The Elephant in the Brain

Robin Hanson and Kevin Simmler
The Expanding Circle

Peter Singer
Fabric of Reality

David Deutsch
The Five Invitations

Frank Ostaseski
Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas Hofstadter
Knowledge and the Body-Mind Problem

Karl Popper
The Logic of Scientific Discovery

Karl Popper
Lying

Sam Harris
The Moral Animal

Robert Wright
Moral Tribes

Joshua Greene
The Myth of the Rational Voter

Bryan Caplan
On Bullshit

Harry Frankfurt
On Tyranny

Timothy Snyder
Philosophy and the Real World

Bryan Magee
Radical Markets

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl
Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit
The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas Kuhn
Stubborn Attachments

Tyler Cowen
Tribe

Sebastian Junger
Why Information Grows

César Hidalgo
Words on the Move

John McWhorter

Analyses

The Anatomy of Fascism

Robert Paxton
The Blank Slate

Steven Pinker
The Case Against Education

Bryan Caplan
A Conflict of Visions

Thomas Sowell
The Dictator's Handbook

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita & Alastair Smith
Enlightenment Now!

Steven Pinker
Expert Political Judgement

Philip Tetlock
God is not Great

Christopher Hitchens
How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan
The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs
The Moral Foundations of Politics

Ian Shapiro
The Most Good You Can Do

Peter Singer
The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

Erik J. Larson
The Myth of the Framework

Karl Popper
The Open Society and its Enemies, Vol 1+2

Karl Popper
Political Philosophy

Adam Swift
Poor Economics

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
The Poverty of Historicism

Karl Popper
Relative Justice

Tamler Sommers
Strangers Drowning

Larissa MacFarquhar
Notes on Nationalism

George Orwell
On Inequality

Harry Frankfurt
Seeing like a State

James Scott

History

Against the Grain

James Scott
The Ascent of Money

Niall Ferguson
Bury the Chains

Adam Hochschild
Command and Control

Eric Schlosser
The Fall of Berlin 1945

Antony Beevor
Ghenghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford
Gulag

Anne Applebaum
The Gulag Archipelago

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson
SPQR

Mary Beard
Turing's Cathedral

George Dyson

Fiction & Other

1984

George Orwell
Animal Farm

George Orwell
Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Captains Courageous

Rudyard Kipling
Catch 22

Joseph Heller
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

David Foster Wallace
Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Exhalation: Stories

Ted Chiang
Fictions

Jorge Luis Borges
A Hero of our Time

Mikhail Lermontov
Hunger

Knut Hamsen
Invitation to a Beheading

Vladimir Nabokov
To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov
The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco
Purple Hibiscus

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Royal Game

Stefan Zweig
Stories of your Life and Others

Ted Chiang
The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe
The Trial

Franz Kafka