An eclectic collection of books I’ve enjoyed. Needless to say, I don’t agree with everything in each book, but they’ve all been influential on my thinking in some way. For a full list of likes and dislikes, check goodreads.

People & History

A Primate's Memoir

Robert Sapolsky
The Alchemy of Air

Thomas Hager
Armed Struggle

Richard English
Baghdad Diaries

Nuna al-Radi
Bury the Chains

Adam Hochschild

Adrian Goldsworthy
Code Girls

Liza Mundy
Command and Control

Eric Schlosser
Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell
Eichmann in Jerusalem

Hannah Arendt
Eyes on the Street

Robert Kanigel
Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers

Cheryl Misak
Ghenghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford

Anne Applebaum
Hero of Two Worlds

Mike Duncan
Hitch 22

Christopher Hitchens

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Infidel and the Professor

Dennis C. Rasmussen
Iron Curtain

Anne Applebaum
Keynes Hayek

Nicholas Wapshott
Letters to a Young Scientist

E.O. Wilson
Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl
Mao: The Unknown Story

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
The Marginal Revolutionaries

Janek Wasserman

Christopher Hitchens

Elie Wiesel
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Azar Nafisi
Strangers Drowning

Larissa MacFarquhar
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!

Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman
The Anatomy of Fascism

Robert Paxton
The Ascent of Money

Niall Ferguson
The Fall of Berlin 1945

Antony Beevor
The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin
The Gulag Archipelago

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Power Broker

Robert Caro
Turing's Cathedral

George Dyson
Wittgenstein's Poker

John Eidinow, David Edmonds


A Conflict of Visions

Thomas Sowell
Against Empathy

Paul Bloom
All Life is Problem Solving

Karl Popper
Animal Liberation

Peter Singer

James Gleick

Melanie Mitchell
Conjectures and Refutations

Karl Popper
The Enigma of Reason

Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber
Expert Political Judgement

Philip Tetlock
Fabric of Reality

David Deutsch
Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas Hofstadter
How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan
Knowledge and the Body-Mind Problem

Karl Popper

Sam Harris
Moral Tribes

Joshua Greene

Vaclav Smil
On Inequality

Harry Frankfurt
Philosophy and the Real World

Bryan Magee
Political Philosophy

Adam Swift
Poor Economics

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit
Relative Justice

Tamler Sommers
Seeing like a State

James Scott
Stubborn Attachments

Tyler Cowen
The Beginning of Infinity

David Deutsch
The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker
The Blank Slate

Steven Pinker
The Case Against Education

Bryan Caplan
The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs
The Dictator's Handbook

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita & Alastair Smith
The Drunkard's Walk

Leonard Mlodinow
The Elephant in the Brain

Robin Hanson and Kevin Simmler
The Expanding Circle

Peter Singer
The Five Invitations

Frank Ostaseski
The Logic of Scientific Discovery

Karl Popper
The Moral Animal

Robert Wright
The Moral Foundations of Politics

Ian Shapiro
The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

Erik J. Larson
The Myth of the Framework

Karl Popper
The Myth of the Rational Voter

Bryan Caplan
The Open Society and its Enemies, Vol 1+2

Karl Popper
The Poverty of Historicism

Karl Popper
The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas Kuhn
The Three Languages of Politics

Arnold Kling

Sebastian Junger
Where is my flying car?

J. Storrs Hall
Why Information Grows

César Hidalgo
Words on the Move

John McWhorter

Fiction & Other


George Orwell
A Hero of our Time

Mikhail Lermontov
Animal Farm

George Orwell
Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Captains Courageous

Rudyard Kipling
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

David Foster Wallace
Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Exhalation: Stories

Ted Chiang

Jorge Luis Borges

Knut Hamsen
Invitation to a Beheading

Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov
Purple Hibiscus

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Red Plenty

Francis Spufford
Stories of your Life and Others

Ted Chiang
The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco
The Royal Game

Stefan Zweig
The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Trial

Franz Kafka
Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee