Books Read


The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence – edited by David Remnick. Prophetic.

On Saudi Arabia – Karen Elliott House. Surreal.


Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (fiction) – Tom Robbins. Outrageous.

Turning the Flywheel – Jim Collins. Insightful.

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. – Ron Chernow, narrated by George Plimpton. Boring.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari. Tedious (thoughts).

Being Mortal – Atul Gawande. Heart-breaking.

The Attention Merchants – Tim Wu. Comprehensive.

Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning – April Dunford. Useful.

Hooked – How to Build Habit-Forming Products – Nir Eyal. Prescriptive.

How To Build A Car – Adrian Newey. Average.

Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell – Neal Stephenson (fiction). WTF.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari. Thought-provoking.

Bad Blood – Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – John Carreyrou. Shocking.

Free as in Freedom – Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution – Sam Williams (re-read). Inspiring.

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. Fun.

Principles: Life and Work – Ray Dalio. Instructive.

The Unwinding – George Packer. Unsettling.

Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker. Eye-opening (ha).

Breakthrough: A Personal Account of the Egypt-Israel Peace Negotiations – Moshe Dayan (1981). Intriguing.

The Bombay Plan – Blueprint for Economic Resurgence – (edited by) Meghnad Desai and Sanjay Baru. Depressing.


None. See “2018: Books vs TV


Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow

The Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953 – Robert Dallek

Insane Clown President:  Dispatches from the 2016 Circus – Matt Taibbi

Kafka on the Shore (fiction) – Haruki Murakami

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson (re-read)

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future – Kevin Kelly (re-read)


The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort

How We Got To Now – Stephen Johnson

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius – Leonard Shlain

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

At Home: A Short History of Private Life – Bill Bryson

1Q84 (fiction) – Haruki Murakami

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt – Edmund Morriss

Theodore Rex – Edmund Morriss

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World – Michael Lewis

The Inevitable Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future – Kevin Kelly

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

How To Be Alone – Sara Maitland

@War – The Military-Internet Complex – Shane Harris

Hitch-22: A Memoir – Christopher Hitchens

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products – Nir Eyal

Growth Hacker Marketing – Ryan Holiday

Alexander the Great – Philip Freeman

The Blockchain – Melanie Swan

Cryptonomicon (fiction) – Neal Stephenson (re-read)

Infinite Jest (fiction) – David Foster Wallace (re-read)

Down Under – Bill Bryson (re-read). Also published as ‘In a Sunburned Country’

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Omnibus – Douglas Adams (re-read)

Oblivion (fiction) – David Foster Wallace (re-read)

Vineland (fiction) – Thomas Pynchon (re-read)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (fiction) – Stieg Larsson (re-read)


From this blog post.

Nonfiction, A-list

Nonfiction, B-list

Nonfiction, C-list (disappointments)