Books I read in 2006

Every year I review the books I have read and listened to. Here are 2005 and 2004.

In 2006, I read 48 books (I listened to 23 of them) somehow. Of the 25 I read … some of those books were so bad I couldn’t finish. Others were really short. And most of the reading was done on a plane or during my Sunday evening reading time I generally devote to myself. But one thing I did to keep reading going is that I have been reading 10 pages of a book before I go to bed every day. and while this isn’t much (only 10 minutes a day), it adds up to basically completing a book over 5-6 weeks.

Of the books in 2006, I’ve bolded the ones (12 of them) that I felt were particularly good and really had a profound impact on me.

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III by Bob Woodward

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Small is the New Big by Seth Godin

Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s warning : How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in This Century–On Earth and Beyond by Martin J. Rees

The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 by Niall Ferguson

Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in A Noisy World by Linda Kaplan Thaler

The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense by Michael Shermer

The Commanding Heights : The Battle for the World Economy by Daniel Yergin, Joseph Stanislaw

Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

China Inc: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World Ted Fishman

Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East Michael B. Oren

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend by Joseph B. Treaster

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey and H.A. Rey

A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong

Co-Leaders: The Power of Great Partnerships by David A. Heenan and Warren Bennis

Burn Before Reading by Stansfield Turner

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

Bla Bla: 600 Incredibly Useless Facts: Something to Talk About When You Have Nothing to Talk About

Bell Labs: Life in the Crown Jewel by Narain Gehani

The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Joe Trippi

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Night by Elie Wiesel

The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the New Economy by Pekka Himanen, Linus Torvalds and Manuel Castells

Science Friction : Where the Known Meets the Unknown by Michael Shermer

Charlemagne by Richard Winston

Get Back in the Box : Innovation from the Inside Out by Douglas Rushkoff

Takedown : The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire by Rick Cowan

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

I Didn’t Do It for You : How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong

See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terror by Robert Baer

How to use Google

The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey

End of Faith by Sam Harris

Why Do Men Have Nipples : Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor after Your Third Martini by Mark Leynet and Billy Goldberg

Executive Intelligence by Justin Menkes

On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors by Evan Schwartz

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein

DisneyWar by James Stewart

Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitcick

The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil

2 thoughts on “Books I read in 2006

  1. Ron Keller

    For someone who read this much books, I’m surprised how your writing is full of errors, which can be very confusing to the reader and certainly doesn’t make for a smooth reading. However, the content is quite refreshing. Happy New Year!

  2. Rolf - Audio Books Fan

    Whoww, this is a very broad variety of books. You certainly read more than the average person. Does ‘reading’ – actually listening to – audiobooks make a difference? I find that by using time that I could not previously use to read, because it’s simply not practical to read and drive, I am now reading more books.


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