Ultimate Book List

If you are looking for a list of great books to read, the following are the my very favorite books (mostly non-fiction) that I have read since college — presented in alphabetical order.

  • 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
  • Exodus by Leon Uris (fiction)
  • 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 by Jack Weatherford
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (fiction)
  • How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  • John J. McCloy: Chairman of the Establishment by Kai Bird
  • Just and Unjust Wars by Michael Walzer
  • Justice 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
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
  • The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Path to Power: Early Life of Lyndon Johnson by Robert 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 by Victor Sebestyen
  • Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (fiction)
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Too Big to Fail by 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 by Ayn Rand (fiction)
  • 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 by Peter Thiel