The Best Books: Recommended Reading List

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  1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  3. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  4. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
  5. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  6. Manual for Living by Epictetus
  7. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  8. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  9. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  10. The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  11. This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  12. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  13. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  14. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  15. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  16. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  17. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  18. Siddhartha By Herman Hesse
  19. Candide by Voltaire
  20. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  22. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone
  23. Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
  24. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  25. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
  26. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  27. Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree
  28. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  29. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  30. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
  31. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  32. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  33. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
  34. The Hard Thing About Hard Things Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  35. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen
  36. Dune Deluxe Edition by Frank Herbert
  37. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
  38. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  39. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
  40. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  41. The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
  42. The Evolving Self by Robert Kegan
  43. The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
  44. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  45. Influence by Robert Cialdini
  46. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  47. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  48. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  49. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  50. Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches by Marvin Harris
  51. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  52. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
  53. Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber
  54. On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
  55. Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
  56. Marriage: A History by Stephanie Coontz
  57. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
  58. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
  59. The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith
  60. Democracy for Realists by Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels
  61. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  62. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  63. The Republic by Plato
  64. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  65. This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin Hagglund
  66. Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant
  67. The Denial of Death and Escape from Evil by Ernest Becker
  68. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  69. Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
Last Updated: April 22, 2021