2014 Book Recommendations

Every year I re-edit my list of favorite books of all time.  This year's edition has a few subtractions from years past and a two additions I read in 2014 (one by Peter Thiel and one by Ben Horowitz).  Enjoy:

Ultimate Auren Hoffman Reading List:

Against the Gods
The Remarkable Story of Risk
by Peter L. Bernstein

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

Coming Apart
by Charles Murray

Churchill: A life
by Martin Gilbert

Difficult Conversations
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

Economics Facts and Fallacies
by Thomas Sowell

The Effective Executive
by Peter F. Drucker

by Leon Uris

Fooled by Randomness
by Nassim Taleb

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069
by William Strauss & Neil Howe

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Jack Weatherford

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz

How the Mind Works
by Steven Pinker

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini

John J. McCloy: Chairman of the Establishment
by Kai Bird

Just and Unjust Wars
by Michael Walzer

by Mike Sandel

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat : And Other Clinical Tales
by Oliver Sacks

The Moral Animal : Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
by Robert Wright

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
by George Friedman

by Elie Wiesel

The Nurture Assumption
by Judith Rich Harris

by Malcolm Gladwell

Path to Power: Early Life of Lyndon Johnson
by Robert A. Caro

A Piece of the Action
How the Middle Class Became the Money
by Joseph Nocera

The Prize
The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
by Daniel Yergin

Revolution 1989
Victor Sebestyen

The Signal and the Noise
by Nate Silver

Social Animal
by David Brooks

Stumbling on Happiness
by Daniel Gilbert

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman

Thinking Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Too Big to Fail
Andrew Ross Sorkin

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
by Philip Gourevitch

We the Living
Ayn Rand

Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping
by Paco Underhill

A World Lit Only by Fire : The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance – Portrait of an Age
by William Manchester

Zero to One: How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel

1 thought on “2014 Book Recommendations

  1. Willy Xiao

    Good stuff. Just finished Zero to One.
    One quote I really liked: “Very few people take unorthodox ideas seriously today, and the mainstream sees that as a sign of progress. We can be glad that there are fewer crazy cults now, yet that gain has come at great cost: we have given up our sense of wonder at secrets left to be discovered.” Close to: what’s one truth you believe in that most other people disagree with?
    One part I question: his critique of Malcolm Gladwell and luck. I think that when you’re in a position to make decisions, you have to believe in personal agency and that the decisions you make have an impact on the future of the company. And those decisions, do obviously have an effect in that space.
    But I’m not sure that this contradicts a macro-view that ultimately people attain much of their success and failures as effects of their birth and their upbringing? What do you think? So while one perspective allows you to act as an effective leader another can inform your politics or philosophy of the world?


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