Books i read in 2004

Looking back on 2004, i devoured 31 books (which is probably the most i have consumed in my adult life).   maybe that means i wasn’t working enough (though it probably has to do with the fact that i was frequently travelling overseas).   

Of the 31 books, exactly 20 where on paper.   The other 11 were audiobooks.  I have tried to find the time to listen to audiobooks while running, on safari, in the car, and even doing laundry around the house.   

I try to review/log each book that read (so i can remember later) — you can view them at

Below are the books I read (books in bold were ones i actually read — the ones in non-bold were audio books).   I highlighted the really amazing books in (the ones that really made me think) in orange.

    • Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
    • Lexis and the Olive Tree by Tom Friedman
    • Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
    • The Fatal Shore : The epic of Australia’s founding by Robert Hughes
    • How We Know What Isn’t So by Thomas Gilovich
    • The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia By David Hoffman
    • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    • The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
    • Colossus: The Price of America’s Empire by Niall Ferguson
    • Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 by Thomas Friedman
    • Emotional Intelligence : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
    • Conversationally Speaking : Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness by Alan Garner
    • Running On Empty : How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It by Pete Peterson
    • How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
    • The Anatomy of Buzz: How to Create Word-Of-Mouth Marketing by Emanuel Rosen
    • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
    • John Adams, by David McCullough
    • From Bush to Bush: The Lazlo Toth Letters by Don Novello
    • The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio
    • Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping by Paco Underhill
    • Just and Unjust Wars by Michael Walzer
    • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
    • The Influentials: One American in Ten Tells the Other Nine How to Vote, Where to Eat, and What to Buy by Jon Berry and Ed Keller
    • Out of the Madness by Jerrold Ladd
    • Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority by John McWhorter
    • Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Overcoming Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz
    • Woodrow Wilson by Louis Auchincloss
    • Stand-Up Comedy : The Book by Judy Carter
    • Geronimo: A Biography by Alexander Adams
    • I Love You, Ronnie by Nancy Reagan
    • An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek

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