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Table of Contents

Books

Startups and Business

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike | Phil Knight | 4.46 | 2016 | | The Compound Effect | Darren Hardy | 4.40 | 2010 |
| High Output Management | Andy Grove | 4.38 | 1995 |
| Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success | Napoleon Hill | 4.38 | 2011 | | How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be : The 25 Principles of Success | Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer | 4.26 | 2007 |
| The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine | Michael Lewis | 4.26 | 2015 |
| The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership | Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh | 4.21 | 2009 |
| The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers | Ben Horowitz | 4.20 | 2014 |
| Think and Grow Rich | Napoleon Hill | 4.17 | 1937 | | Outliers: Story of Success | Malcolm Gladwell | 4.11 | 2008 |
| The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing : A Guide to Move More Profitable | Thomas Nagle, John Hogan, Joseph Zale | 4.09 | 2005 |
| Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action | Simon Sinek | 4.07 | 2009 |
| Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children | John Wood | 4.07 | 2006 |
| Hackers and Painters | Paul Graham | 4.06 | 2004 |
| Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don’t | Jim Collins | 4.05 | 2001 |
| The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses | Eric Ries | 4.04 | 2011 |
| The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal | Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz | 4.03 | 2005 |
| The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right | Atul Gawande | 4.03 | 2009 |
| Where Good Ideas Come From | Steven Johnson | 4.03 | 2010 |
| Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose | Tony Hsieh | 4.01 | 2010 |
| The Innovator’s Dilemma | clayton m. christensen | 4.00 | 1997 |
| Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change | Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson | 3.98 | 2007 |
| The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It | Michael E. Gerber | 3.98 | 1995 |
| Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity | David Allen | 3.98 | 2001 |
| Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way | Richard Branson | 3.97 | 1998 |
| SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance | Steven D. Litt | 3.96 | 2009 |
| The Ten Faces of Innovation | Tom Kelley | 3.96 | 2005 |
| Rich Dad Poor Dad : What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor And Middle Class Don’t | Robert T. Kiyosaki | 3.95 | 1997 |
| Founders At Work: Stories Of Startups Early Days | Jessica Livingston | 3.94 | 2007 |
| The Paypal Wars | Eric M. Jackson | 3.94 | 2010 |
| Lean In : Women, Work and the Will to Lead | Sheryl Sandberg | 3.94 | 2013 |
| ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever | David Heinemeier Hansson | 3.93 | 2010 |
| The 22 Immutable Laws Of Branding | Laura Ries and Al Ries | 3.93 | 1998 |
| Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything | Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner | 3.93 | 2006 |
| The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference | Malcolm Gladwell | 3.92 | 2002 |
| The Four Steps to the Epiphany | Steve Blank | 3.92 | 2005 |
| The Curse of the Mogul | Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, Ava Seave | 3.91 | 2009 |
| David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants | Malcolm Gladwell | 3.90 | 2013 |
| Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto | Adam Werbach | 3.89 | 2009 |
| The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable | Nassim Nicholas Taleb | 3.88 | 2007 |
| Contagious: Why Things Catch On | Jonah Berger | 3.88 | 2013 |
| Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change | Louis V Gerstner, Jr | 3.88 | 2003 |
| Linchpin: Are You Indispensable | Seth Godin | 3.87 | 2010 |
| The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future | Chris Guillebeau | 3.85 | 2012 |
| Too Big to Fail | Andrew Ross Sorkin | 3.85 | 2011 |
| The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less | Barry Shwartz | 3.84 | 2005 |
| The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything | Guy Kawasaki | 3.82 | 2004 |
| Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business | Jeff Howe | 3.82 | 2008 |
| Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age | Clay Shirky | 3.82 | 2010 |
| Zero to One | Peter Thiel, Blake Masters | 3.75 | 2014 |
| One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com | Richard Brandt | 3.75 | 2011 |
| Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think | Kenneth Cukier | 3.70 | 2013 |
| The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich | Timothy Ferriss | 3.61 | 2012 |
| The Accidental Billionaires : The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal | Ben Mezrich | 3.50 | 2009 |

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Philosophy And Psychology

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion | Gregory Boyle | 4.41 | 2010 |
| Education and the Significance of Life | Krishnamurti | 4.38 | 2008 |
| Man’s Search for Meaning | Viktor E. Frankl | 4.33 | 2006 |
| The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size | Tor Norretranders | 4.30 | 1999 |
| Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen | Christopher McDougall | 4.27 | 2009 |
| Prometheus Rising | Robert Anton Wilson | 4.26 | 2010 |
| The Concise 48 Laws of Power | Robert Greene | 4.25 | 2011 |
| The Hero with a Thousand Faces | Joseph Campbell | 4.24 | 1972 |
| Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind | Shunryu Suzuki, David Chadwick | 4.23 | |
| The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present | Eric Kandel | 4.22 | 2012 | | Meditations | Marcus Aurelius | 4.21 | | | Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion | Robert B. Cialdini | 4.18 | 2006 |
| Gifts of Imperfection | Brene Brown | 4.18 | |
| Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern | Douglas Hofstadter | 4.16 | 1996 |
| The Truth About Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy : With Illustrations | Matthew Stewart | 4.15 | 1997 |
| How to Win Friends and Influence People | Dale Carnegie | 4.14 | 1998 |
| Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life | Shakti Gawain | 4.13 | 2002 |
| Bulfinch’s Mythology | Thomas Bulfinch | 4.13 | 1998 |
| Ego Is the Enemy | Ryan Holiday | 4.12 | 2016 |
| Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! | Anthony Robbins | 4.11 | |
| The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment | Eckhart Tolle | 4.11 | 1997 |
| Predictably Irrational | Dan Ariely | 4.10 | 2008 |
| Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience | Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi | 4.10 | 1990 |
| Thinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman | 4.09 | 2011 |
| Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy | William Barrett | 4.09 | |
| The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World | David Deutsch | 4.08 | |
| Metaphors We Live By | George Lakoff, Mark Johnson | 4.08 | 2003 |
| Grit | Angela Duckworth | 4.08 | 2016 |
| In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto | Michael Pollan | 4.07 | 2008 |
| The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature | Steven Pinker | 4.07 | 2003 |
| The History of Western Philosophy | Bertrand Russell | 4.06 | 2008 |
| Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them | Joshua Greene | 4.05 | 2013 |
| Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking | Susan Cain | 4.04 | 2012 |
| The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind | Michio Kaku | 4.04 | 2014 |
| Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized | James Ladyman, Don Ross, et al | 4.04 | 2007 |
| Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) | Nassim Nicholas Taleb | 4.04 | 2012 |
| Mindset: The new psychology of success | Carol S. Dweck,Ph.D. | 4.04 | 2006 | | The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business | Charles Duhigg | 4.03 | 2012 |
| The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic | Dan Ariely | 4.00 | |
| Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence | David Perkins | 4.00 | 1995 | | The Art of War | Sun Tzu | 3.95 | 2005 |
| Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength | Ron P. Baumeister, John Tierney | 3.95 | 2011 |
| A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future | Daniel H. Pink | 3.95 | |
| Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel | Rolf Potts | 3.92 | |
| Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities | Dean Radin | 3.91 | 2013 |
| Prisoner’s Dilemma | William Poundstone | 3.91 | 1993 | | The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature | Steven Pinker | 3.90 | 2007 |
| Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge | Edward O. Wilson | 3.90 | 1999 |
| Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average | Joseph T. Hallinan | 3.87 | 2009 |
| You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation | Deborah Tannen | 3.86 | 2007 |
| Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy | Michael Bruce, Steven Barbone | 3.85 | 2011 |
| What the Dog Saw: and other adventures | Malcolm Gladwell | 3.82 | 2009 |
| Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior | Geoffrey Miller | 3.82 | |
| Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis | Eric Berne. | 3.81 | |
| This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking | John Brockman | 3.81 | 2012 |
| Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking | Daniel C. Dennett | 3.80 | 2014 |
| Jonathan Livingston Seagull | Richard Bach | 3.80 | |
| Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story | Jim Holt | 3.77 | 2012 |
| The Social Contract | Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maurice Cranston | 3.75 | |
| The Ethical Brain: The Science of Our Moral Dilemmas | Michael S. Gazzaniga | 3.70 | 2006 |
| Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid | Robert J Sternberg | 3.68 | 2003 |
| Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Others | Sherry Turkle | 3.62 | 2011 |
| How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic | Madsen Pirie | 3.55 | 2006 |
| Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life: Winifred Gallagher | Winifred Gallagher | 3.54 | |
| The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills -- and Leave a Positive Impression | Debra Fine | 3.36 | 2005 |
| Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You: Sam Gosling | Sam Gosling | 3.33 | |

Autobiographies and Biographies

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption | Laura Hillenbrand | 4.39 | 2010 |
| Long Walk to Freedom | Nelson Mandela | 4.31 | 1995 |
| My Life and My Work | Henry Ford | 4.29 | |
| Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character | Richard Feynman | 4.29 | 1997 |
| The Autobiography of Malcolm X | Malcolm X, Alex Haley | 4.29 | |
| Elon Musk: Inventing the Future | Ashlee Vance | 4.25 | 2015 |
| The Last Lecture | Randy Pausch | 4.25 | 2008 |
| Freedom in Exile | Dalai Lama XIV | 4.24 | 1991 |
| Madame Curie: A Biography | Marie Curie | 4.22 | 2001 |
| Wings of Fire | A.P.J. Abdul Kalam | 4.20 | 2011 |
| The Man Who Knew Infinity : A Life of the Genius Ramanujan | Robert Kanigel | 4.15 | 1991 |
| An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth | Chris Hadfield | 4.14 | 2013 |
| The Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank | 4.10 | 1993 |
| Einstein: His Life and Universe | Walter Isaacson | 4.09 | 2007 | | Steve Jobs | Walter Issacson | 4.09 | 2011 |
| My Experiments with Truth | Mahatma Gandhi | 4.07 | 1993 |
| The Story of My Life | Helen Keller | 4.07 | 1990 |
| The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | Rebecca Skloot | 4.05 | 2010 | | Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography | Richard Branson | 3.97 |1999|
| Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker | Kevin Mitnick | 3.95 | 2011 |
| An Autobiography: Toward Freedom | Jawaharlal Nehru | 3.85 | 1989 |
| iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It | Steve Wozniak | 3.82 | 2007 |

History

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Yuval Noah Harari | 4.42 | 2014 |
| The Discoverers | Daniel J. Boorstin | 4.34 | 2012 |
| One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War | Michael Dobbs | 4.20 | 2008 |
| The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet | David Kahn | 4.18 | 1996 |
| From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present | Jacques Barzun | 4.12 | 2001 |
| Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future | Ian Morris | 4.09 | 2010 |
| The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide | Robert Jay Lifton | 4.07 | 1986 |
| God Created The Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History | Stephen Hawking | 4.06 | |
| Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II | Madhusree Mukerjee | 4.05 | 2010 |
| El Tiempo Entre Costuras | María Dueñas | 4.04 |2009 |
| Guns, Germs, And Steel : The Fates Of Human Societies | Jared M. Diamond | 4.00 | 2005 |
| Discovery of India | Jawaharlal Nehru | 3.98 | |
| The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.) | Matt Ridley | 3.98 | 2010 |
| Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground | Kevin Poulson | 3.96 | 2011 |
| The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World | Steven Johnson | 3.91 | |
| The Rise and Fall of the British Empire | Lawrence James | 3.89 | 1997 |
| The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires | Tim Wu | 3.89 | 2010 |
| Spycraft | Robert Wallace, H. Keith Melton, Henry R. Schlesinger | 3.81 | |
| Civilization: The West and the Rest: Niall Ferguson | Niall Ferguson | 3.78 | 2011 |
| The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate | Robert D. Kaplan | 3.68 | 2012 |
| The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century | Thomas L. Friedman | 3.66 | 2006 |

Science and Medicine

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Asimov’s New Guide to Science | Isaac Asimov | 4.36 | 1985 |
| Origins of Form: The Shape of Natural and Man-Made Things | Christopher Williams | 4.31 | 2013 |
| Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid | Douglas R. Hofstadter | 4.30 | 1979 |
| The Little Schemer | Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen, Duane Bibby, Gerald J. Sussman | 4.27 | 1995 |
| Scientific Genius: A Psychology of Science | Dean Keith Simonton | 4.25 | 1988 |
| Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World | Kevin Kelly | 4.24 | 1995 |
| The Brain: The Story of You | David Eagleman | 4.20 | 2015 | | A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson | 4.19 | |
| The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain | Terrence W. Deacon | 4.17 | 1998 |
| A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking | 4.12 | 1998 |
| The Selfish Gene | Richard Dawkins | 4.11 | |
| Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind | Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen | 4.11 | 2009 |
| The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World | Elkhonon Goldberg | 4.07 | |
| The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene | Richard Dawkins | 4.07 | 1999 |
| Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe | Peter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee | 4.06 | 2003 |
| Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers | Mary Roach | 4.05 | 2004 |
| Darwin’s Dangerous Idea | Daniel C. Dennett | 4.03 | |
| The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future | Kevin Kelly | 4.02 | 2016 |
| The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us | Noson S. Yanofsky | 4.00 | 2013 |
| The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition | Thomas S. Kuhn | 3.99 | 1996 |
| At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity | Stuart Kauffman | 3.97 | 1996 |
| The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom | Yochai Benkler | 3.95 | 2006 |
| Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence | Hans Moravec. | 3.95 | 1990 |
| How to Find a Habitable Planet | James Kasting | 3.93 | 2010 |
| The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution | Gregory Cochran, Henry Harpending | 3.91 | |
| Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives | David Sloan Wilson | 3.90 | 2007 | | Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life | J. Craig Venter | 3.87 | 2013 | | The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains | Nicholas Carr | 3.85 | 2011 |
| Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human | Richard Wrangham | 3.83 | 2009 |
| Heaven in a Chip: Fuzzy Visions of Society and Science in the Digital Age | Bart Kosko | 3.82 | 2000 |
| The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex | Murray Gell-Mann | 3.81 | |
| Tomorrowland: Our Staggering Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact | Steven Kotler | 3.80 | 2015 |
| Origins of Genius: Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity | Dean Keith | 3.74 | 1999 |
| Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense | Jonathan D. Moreno | 3.45 | 2007 |

Logic and Problem Solving

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| What Is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles | Raymond M. Smullyan | 4.24 | 2011 |
| A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science even If You Flunked Algebra | Barbara Oakley | 4.22 | 2014 |
| How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method | George Polya | 4.16 | 2015 |
| Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge | William Poundstone | 4.05 | 1989 |

Politics

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------| | The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness | Michelle Alexander | 4.49| 2010 | Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? | Michael J. Sandel | 4.25 | |
| The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion | Jonathan Haidt | 4.16 | 2012 |
| Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right | Arlie Russell Hochschild | 4.15 | 2016 |
| Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime | John Heilemann, Mark Halperin | 4.10 | 2010 |
| Bolo’bolo | P.M. | 4.05 | 1984 |
| The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies | Bryan Caplan | 3.96 | 2007 |
| Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict | Michael Klare | 3.73 | |
| The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream | Barack Obama | 3.70 | 2006 |

Economics

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Origin of Wealth | Eric D. Beinhocker | 4.23 | 2006 |
| Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy | Mark Broadie | 4.23 | 2014 |
| Economic Facts and Fallacies | Thomas Sowell | 4.18 | 2008 |
| Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years | David Graeber | 4.17 | 2011 |
| Capital in the Twenty-First Century | Thomas Piketty | 4.01 | 2014 |
| 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism | Ha-Joon Chang | 3.97 | |
| The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don’t | Nate Silver | 3.96 | |
| Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis | James Rickards | 3.96 | 2011 |
| The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World | Niall Ferguson | 3.88 | |
| The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It | Paul Collier | 3.85 | 2007 |
| The Thank You Economy | Gary Vaynerchuk | 3.83 | 2011 |
| Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart | Ian Ayres | 3.70 | |
| A Farewell to Alms : A Brief Economic History of the World | Gregory Clark | 3.67 | 2007 |

Gender

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference | Cordelia Fine | 4.15 | 2010

Sexuality

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern | Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha | 4.02 | 2010 |
| The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities | Dossie Easton, Catherine A. Liszt. | 3.83 | 2004 |
| The Sex Myth | Brooke Magnanti | 3.50 | 2015 |

Education

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas | Seymour A. Papert | 4.32 | 1993 |
| How Children Fail | John Holt | 4.22 | 1995 |
| Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning | Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel | 4.20 | 2014 | | Teaching as a Subversive Activity | Neil Postman, Charles Weingartner | 4.19 | 1971 |
| Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood | A. S. Neill, Albert Lamb | 4.09 | 1995 |
| The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance | Josh Waitzkin | 4.08 | 2016 | | Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture | Kirsten Olson, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Parker J. Palmer | 3.92 | 2009 |
| Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist | John Brockman | 3.72 | 2005 |

Writing

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim | Stephen Sondheim | 4.77 | |
| On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft | Stephen King | 4.31 | 2002 |
| Clear and Simple as the Truth | Francis-Noël Thomas, Mark Turner | 4.06 | 1996 |
| The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century | Steven Pinker | 4.03 | 2014 |

Theater and Film

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Different Every Night: Putting the play on stage and keeping it fresh | Mike Alfreds | 4.69 | 2008 |
| Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre | Keith Johnstone | 4.27 | |
| The Actor and the Target | Declan Donnellan | 4.25 | 2006 |
| In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing | Walter Murch | 4.24 | 1995 |
| Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director’s Chair | Frank Hauser, Russell Reich | 4.21 | |
| How to Stop Acting | Harold Guskin | 4.17 | 2003 |
| A Practical Handbook for the Actor | Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previtio, Scott Zigler, David Mamet | 3.87 | 1986 |

Shakespeare

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Thinking Shakespeare: A How-to Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable With the Bard | Barry Edelstein. | 4.62 | |
| Hamlet and Revenge | Eleanor Prosser | 4.50 | 1971 |
| Shakespeare’s Metrical Art | George T. Wright | 4.39 | 1991 |
| Hamlet in Purgatory | Stephen Greenblatt | 3.98 | 2002 |

Fiction

Classics

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov | 4.32 | 1996 |
| Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace | 4.31 | 1995 |
| The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky | 4.30 | 2002 |
| Pride And Prejudice | Jane Austen | 4.24 | 2000 |
| A Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving | 4.22 | 1990 |
| Letters From The Earth | Mark Twain | 4.22 | 2004 |
| One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | Ken Kesey | 4.18 | 1963 |
| Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky | 4.18 | 2002 |
| Steppenwolf: A Novel | Hermann Hesse, Basil Creighton | 4.11 | 1999 |
| The Glass Bead Game | Hermann Hesse, Richard and Clara Winston | 4.11 | 2002 |
| War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy | 4.11 | 1998 |
| Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë | 4.10 | 1847 |
| Germinal | Emile Zola | 4.10 | 2004 |
| If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino and William Weaver | 4.08 | 1982 |
| The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other Stories | Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander | 4.07 | 2010 |
| Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen | 4.06 | 2003 |
| The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde | 4.06 | 1998 |
| Watership Down: A Novel | Richard Adams | 4.05 |1975|
| One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa | 4.04 | 2003 |
| The Death of Ivan Ilych | Leo Tolstoy | 4.04 | |
| Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy | 4.02 | 2012 |
| Bleak House | Charles Dickens | 4.00 | 2006 |
| J’accuse | Emile Zola | 3.99 | 1998 |
| Catch 22 | Joseph Heller | 3.98 | 2004 |
| The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton | 3.94 | 2006 |
| Confessions of a Mask | Yukio Mishima | 3.91 | 1998 |
| De L’esprit Des Lois | Montesquieu | 3.91 | 1995 |
| Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel García Marquéz | 3.9 | 1985 | | Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes | 3.85 | 2003 |
| Mansfield Park | Jane Austen | 3.84 | 2003 |
| Wuthering Heights | Emily Bronte | 3.82 | 2002 |
| Père Goriot | Honoré de Balzac | 3.82 | 1997 |
| Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain | 3.80 | 2002 |
| The Catcher in the Rye | J.D. Salinger | 3.79 | 2001 |
| Eugénie Grandet | Honoré de Balzac | 3.79 | 2003 | | Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values | Robert M. Pirsig | 3.76 | 1974 | | Candide | Voltaire | 3.76 | 1991 |
| Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand | 3.68 | 1957 | | Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert | 3.65 | 2004 |
| Confessions | Jean-Jacques Rousseau | 3.61 | 2003 |
| Lettres persanes | Montesquieu | 3.54 | |
| The Director | David Ignatius | 3.43 | 2015 |

Fantasy

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| The Kingkiller Chronicle | Patrick Rothfuss | 4.55 | 2007 |
| The Lord of the Rings | J.R.R. Tolkien | 4.47 | 1954 |
| A Song of Ice and Fire | George R.R. Martin | 4.45 | 2005 |
| Harry Potter | J.K. Rowling | 4.44 | 1997 |
| Mistborn | Brandon Sanderson | 4.43 | 2006 | | Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality | Eliezer Yudkowsky | 4.38 | 2015 |
| Discworld | Terry Pratchett | 4.32 | 2001 |
| The Dark Tower | Stephen King | 4.27 | |
| His Dark Materials | Philip Pullman | 4.25 | |
| The Last Wish - Saga | Andrzej Sapkowski | 4.2 | 1993 | | The Chronicles of Narnia | Clive Staples Lewis | 4.24 | 2002 |
| The City & The City | China Mieville | 3.91 | 2009 |
| The Broken Empire | Mark Lawrence | 3.87 | 2011 |

Historical Fiction

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry | 4.47 | 1999 |
| The Help | Kathryn Stockett | 4.45 | |
| The Book Thief | Markus Zusak | 4.36 | |
| All the Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr | 4.31 | 2014 |
| The Pillars of the Earth | Ken Follett | 4.29 | 2002 |
| Kane and Abel | Jeffrey Archer | 4.27 | 2004 |
| Emma | Jane Austen | 3.99 | 2003 |
| Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy | Jostein Gaarder and Paulette Moller | 3.88 | 1996 |

Humor

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell | Tucker Max | 3.51 | 2006 |

Mystery

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle | 4.30 | 1998 |
| The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie | 4.20 | 2006 |
| The Eight | Katherine Neville | 4.17 | |
| Memory Man | David Baldacci | 4.05 | 2015 |
| The Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins | 3.88 | 2015 |
| The Da Vinci Code | Dan Brown | 3.79 | 2006 |

Science Fiction

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| The Martian | Andy Weir | 4.40 | 2012 | | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Douglas Adams | 4.38 | 1979| | Ready Player One | Ernest Cline | 4.31 | 2011 | | Ender’s Game - Saga | Orson Scott Card | 4.30 | 1994 |
| The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks | 4.26 | 1997 |
| The Fifth Sacred Thing | Starhawk | 4.25 | 1994 | | Hyperion | Dan Simmons | 4.21 | 1989 |
| Cosmicomics | Italo Calvino | 4.2 | 1965 | | The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson | 4.19 | 2000 |
| Dune Chronicles | Frank Herbert | 4.19 | 2006 |
| Foundation | Isaac Asimov | 4.13 | 2004 |
| Snow Crash | Neal Stephenson | 4.02 | 2000 |
| Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury | 3.97 | 2006 |
| Little Brother | Cory Doctorow | 3.94 | 2008 |

Horror

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski | 4.13 | 2000 |
| Dracula | Bram Stoker | 3.98 | 1986 |
| Frankenstein | Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle | 3.75 | 2003 |

Miscellaneous

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| The Queen’s Gambit | Walter Tevis | 4.11 | |
| The Bone People | Keri Hulme | 4.06 | 1986 |
| Cat’s Eye | Margaret Atwood | 3.92 | 1998 |
| Xeelee Sequence | Stephen Baxter | 3.69 | 1992 |
| Ghost Fleet | P.W. Singer and August Cole | 3.62 | 2015 |
| Future Crimes | Marc Goodman | 3.42 | 1990 |

Health

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease | Michael Greger, M.D. | 4.54 | 2015 | | Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (2nd edition) | Steven Low | 4.3 | 2016 | | Convict Conditioning | Paul Wade | 4.13 | 2012 |
| Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness | Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman | 3.95 | 2012 |
| 8 Weeks to Optimum Health | Andrew Weil | 3.86 | |

Design

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction | Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel | 4.38 | 1977 |
| How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built | Stewart Brand | 4.32 | 1995 | | Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability | Steve Krug | 4.24 | 2014 |
| The Design of Everyday Things | Donald Norman | 4.18 | 2002 |
| The Art of Looking Sideways | Alan Fletcher | 4.10 | 2001 |

Travel

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders | Joshua Foer | 4.24 | 2016 |

Language

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language | Douglas R. Hofstadter | 4.22 | 1997 |

Nature

| Name | Author | Goodreads Rating | Year Published |
|------|--------|------------------|----------------|
| Pilgrim at Tinker Creek | Annie Dillard | 4.11 | 1974 |

Credits

  • @hackerkid for starting the list.
  • @geritol for building the framework for maintaining the list.
  • All the contributors for keeping the list updated by adding new books.

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