Reading List

Note: Books included on this list are not necessarily books I endorse. I try to have a variety of viewpoints in what I read, which means I may read books which I do not expect to agree with.

Currently Reading 1 book · 643 pages

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Down the Highway

The Life of Bob Dylan

Nonfiction

  • Howard Sounes
643

Completed in 2018 50 books · 16,185 pages

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iGen

Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Nonfiction

  • Jean M. Twenge
352

Turtles All the Way Down

Fiction

  • John Green
298

Identity Crisis

The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America

Nonfiction

  • John Sides
  • Michael Tesler
  • Lynn Vavreck
352

Uneasy Street

The Anxieties of Affluence

Nonfiction

  • Rachel Sherman
325

The Coddling of the American Mind

How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

Nonfiction

  • Greg Lukianoff
  • Jonathan Haidt
352

Water

The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Nonfiction

  • Steven Solomon
628

Being Wrong

Adventures in the Margin of Error

Nonfiction

  • Kathryn Schulz
420

The Fifth Risk

Nonfiction

  • Michael Lewis
221

The Fault in Our Stars

Fiction

  • John Green
318

Boom Town

The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding, its Apocalyptic Weather, its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Nonfiction

  • Sam Anderson
435

The Wizard and the Prophet

Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World

Nonfiction

  • Charles C. Mann
598

American Green

The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

Nonfiction

  • Ted Steinberg
295

Click Here to Kill Everybody

Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World

Nonfiction

  • Bruce Schneier
288

Bowling Alone

The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Nonfiction

  • Robert Putnam
545

The Handmaid’s Tale

Fiction

  • Margaret Atwood
311

The Tipping Point

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Nonfiction

  • Malcom Gladwell
322

Uncivil Agreement

How Politics Became Our Identity

Nonfiction

  • Lilliana Mason
192

The Gift of Fear

Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

Nonfiction

  • Gavin de Becker
354

Mindlessness

The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism

Nonfiction

  • Thomas Joiner
220

Debt

The First 5,000 Years

Nonfiction

  • David Graeber
560

The Loss of Sadness

How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder

Nonfiction

  • Allan V. Horwitz
  • Jerome C. Wakefield
312

Bullshit Jobs

A Theory

Nonfiction

  • David Graeber
369

Triumph of the City

How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Nonfiction

  • Edward Glaeser
351

Ubik

Fiction

  • Phillip K. Dick
241

The New Geography of Jobs

Nonfiction

  • Enrico Moretti
309

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

How to Get By Without Even Trying

Nonfiction

  • Sarah Cooper
176

Takeoff

Seth Walker Book 1

Fiction

  • Joseph Reid
295

Your Money or Your Life

9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

Nonfiction

  • Vicki Robin
  • Joe Dominguez
366

The Big Ones

How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)

Nonfiction

  • Lucy Jones
256

False Profits

Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes

Nonfiction

  • Joyce K. Reynolds
  • Robert L. Fitzpatrick
227

God Save Texas

A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

Nonfiction

  • Lawrence Wright
344

Against the Grain

A Deep History of the Earliest States

Nonfiction

  • James C. Scott
335

Selfie

How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing To Us

Nonfiction

  • Will Storr
416

The View from Flyover Country

Dispatches from the Forgotten America

Nonfiction

  • Sarah Kendzior
237

Pound Foolish

Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

Nonfiction

  • Helaine Olen
292

Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Nonfiction

  • Alexandra Horowitz
372

Skin in the Game

Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Nonfiction

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb
254

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Nonfiction

  • Charles Mackay
402

Stop Acting Rich

…and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire

Nonfiction

  • Thomas J. Stanley
288

The Case Against Education

Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

Nonfiction

  • Bryan Caplan
399

A Generation of Sociopaths

How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America

Nonfiction

  • Bruce Cannon Gibney
394

The Economy of Cities

Nonfiction

  • Jane Jacobs
288

Love Your Life, Not Theirs

7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want

Nonfiction

  • Rachel Cruze
227

Treating People Well

The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life

Nonfiction

  • Lea Berman
  • Jeremy Bernard
257

Waffle Street

The Confession and Rehabilitation of a Financier

Nonfiction

  • James Adams
288

What’s the Matter with Kansas?

How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

Nonfiction

  • Thomas Frank
332

Nobody Wants Your Stuff

Resisting the Challenges of the 21st Century #2

Nonfiction

  • Rembert N. Parker
130

Fire and Fury

Inside the Trump White House

Nonfiction

  • Michael Wolff
328

Debt is Slavery

and 9 Other Things I Wish My Dad Had Taught Me About Money

Nonfiction

  • Michael Mihalek
132

Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts

Nonfiction

  • David Gerard
182

Completed in 2017 36 books · 13,433 pages

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Les Misérables

Fiction

  • Victor Hugo
1,487

Learning from Las Vegas

The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form

Nonfiction

  • Robert Venturi
  • Denise Scott Brown
  • Steven Izenour
193

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Nonfiction

  • Mark Manson
229

13 Bankers

The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

Nonfiction

  • Simon Johnson
  • James Kwak
336

Airbus A380

Superjumbo of the 21st Century

Nonfiction

  • Guy Norris
  • Mark Wagner
172

Time Enough for Love

Fiction

  • Robert A. Heinlein
612

The Federalist Papers

A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution

Nonfiction

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • James Madison
  • John Jay
532

The Narcissism Epidemic

Living in the Age of Entitlement

Nonfiction

  • Jean M. Twenge
  • W. Keith Campbell
368

Resisting the Challenges of the 21st Century

How Much Extra Does No Cheese Cost?

Nonfiction

  • Rembert N. Parker
159

The Overspent American

Why We Want What We Don’t Need

Nonfiction

  • Juliet B. Schor
253

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Nonfiction

  • Jane Jacobs
458

The Long Haul

A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road

Nonfiction

  • Finn Murphy
241

No Labels

A Shared Vision for a Stronger America

Nonfiction

  • No Labels Foundation
  • Jon Huntsman
104

The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

The Amazing Story of How America Lost Its Mind Over a Plush Toy—and the Eccentric Genius Behind It

Nonfiction

  • Zac Bissonnette
272

Alexander Hamilton

Nonfiction

  • Ron Chernow
827

Fraud

An American History from Barnum to Madoff

Nonfiction

  • Edward J. Balleisen
496

Money for Nothing

One Man’s Journey through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions

Nonfiction

  • Edward Ugel
260

Kill All Normies

Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right

Nonfiction

  • Angela Nagle
137

Conscience of a Conservative

A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle

Nonfiction

  • Jeff Flake
162

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Nonfiction

  • Daniel Kahneman
528

Ready Player One

Fiction

  • Ernest Cline
386

Chaos Monkeys

Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Nonfiction

  • Antonio Garcia Martinez
533

The Angry Chef

Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating

Nonfiction

  • Anthony Warner
336

The Wealth of Humans

Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century

Nonfiction

  • Ryan Avent
288

The Complacent Class

The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

Nonfiction

  • Tyler Cowen
254

The New Church Ladies

The Extremely Uptight World of “Social Justice”

Nonfiction

  • Jim Goad
224

The Manchurian Candidate

Fiction

  • Richard Condon
323

The Death of Expertise

The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Nonfiction

  • Thomas M. Nichols
272

Shattered

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Nonfiction

  • Jonathan Allen
  • Amie Parnes
480

Seeing Like a State

How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

Nonfiction

  • James C. Scott
468

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)

Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Nonfiction

  • Carol Tavris
  • Elliot Aronson
402

Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City

Nonfiction

  • Matthew Desmond
450

Success and Luck

Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy

Nonfiction

  • Robert H. Frank
200

The Unpersuadables

Adventures with the Enemies of Science

Nonfiction

  • Will Storr
346

The Undoing Project

A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Nonfiction

  • Michael Lewis
369

Fumbling the Future

How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, the First Personal Computer

Nonfiction

  • Douglas K. Smith
  • Robert C. Alexander
276

Completed in 2016 19 books · 6,309 pages

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Listen, Liberal

Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Nonfiction

  • Thomas Frank
354

Player Piano

Fiction

  • Kurt Vonnegut
354

The Big Sort

Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart

Nonfiction

  • Bill Bishop
396

Rise of the Robots

Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Nonfiction

  • Martin Ford
354

Creating Cities

Nonfiction

  • Marcus Westbury
194

Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Nonfiction

  • J. D. Vance
273

White Trash

The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

Nonfiction

  • Nancy Isenberg
476

Retirement on the Rocks

Why Americans Can’t Get Ahead and How New Savings Policies Can Help

Nonfiction

  • Christian E. Weller
223

The True Believer

Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Nonfiction

  • Eric Hoffer
196

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Nonfiction

  • Jonathan Haidt
530

Digital Gold

Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

Nonfiction

  • Nathaniel Popper
421

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Nonfiction

  • Edward R. Tufte
200

Flow

The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Nonfiction

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
322

Disrupted

My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Nonfiction

  • Dan Lyons
273

Bait and Switch

The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

Nonfiction

  • Barbara Ehrenreich
272

Misbehaving

The Making of Behavioral Economics

Nonfiction

  • Richard H. Thaler
432

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems

Nonfiction

  • David Rakoff
240

Nickel and Dimed

On (Not) Getting By in America

Nonfiction

  • Barbara Ehrenreich
255

Antifragile

Things That Gain from Disorder

Nonfiction

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb
544

Completed in 2015 18 books · 5,878 pages

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The Geography of Nowhere

The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-made Landscape

Nonfiction

  • James Howard Kunstler
303

First, Break All the Rules

What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

Nonfiction

  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Curt Coffman
368

Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Nonfiction

  • Jeff Speck
321

Mostly Harmless

Fiction

  • Douglas Adams
284

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Fiction

  • Douglas Adams
225

Life, the Universe and Everything

Fiction

  • Douglas Adams
242

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Fiction

  • Douglas Adams
255

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Fiction

  • Douglas Adams
204

Stuffocation

Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever

Nonfiction

  • James Wallman
320

The Martian

Fiction

  • Andy Weir
385

The Black Swan

The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Nonfiction

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb
444

Straight to Hell

True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals

Nonfiction

  • John LeFevre
336

War Dogs

Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love

Nonfiction

  • Rebecca Frankel
276

Generation on a Tightrope

A Portrait of Today’s College Student

Nonfiction

  • Arthur Levine
  • Diane R. Dean
256

Cyber War

The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

Nonfiction

  • Richard A. Clarke
  • Robert Knake
312

The Peter Principle

Why Things Always Go Wrong

Nonfiction

  • Laurence J. Peter
  • Raymond Hull
195

State of Fear

Fiction

  • Michael Crichton
816

Never Saw It Coming

Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst

Nonfiction

  • Karen A. Cerulo
336

Completed in 2014 14 books · 5,549 pages

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Hollowing Out the Middle

The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America

Nonfiction

  • Patrick J. Carr
  • Maria J. Kefalas
257

The Bedwetter

Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

Nonfiction

  • Sarah Silverman
259

Turn the Ship Around!

A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Nonfiction

  • L. David Marquet
274

Don Quixote

Fiction

  • Miguel de Cervantes
614

My Loser Phase

Tales of Video Game Retail 1992-1997

Nonfiction

  • Hugues Johnson
75

Crabgrass Frontier

The Suburbanization of the United States

Nonfiction

  • Kenneth T. Jackson
396

Console Wars

Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation

Nonfiction

  • Blake J. Harris
587

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Nonfiction

  • Thomas Piketty
696

Fight Club

Fiction

  • Chuck Palahniuk
221

The Big Roads

The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways

Nonfiction

  • Earl Swift
401

Scarcity

Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Nonfiction

  • Sendhil Mullainathan
  • Eldar Shafir
302

Duty

Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Nonfiction

  • Robert M. Gates
642

The Box

How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

Nonfiction

  • Marc Levinson
393

The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Nonfiction

  • Erik Larson
432

Completed in 2013 16 books · 5,298 pages

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Detroit

An American Autopsy

Nonfiction

  • Charlie LeDuff
304

The Hobbit

Fiction

  • J. R. R. Tolkien
306

Average is Over

Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

Nonfiction

  • Tyler Cowen
305

Predictably Irrational

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Nonfiction

  • Dan Ariely
382

The Defining Decade

Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now

Nonfiction

  • Meg Jay
264

Anne of Green Gables

Fiction

  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
284

A People’s History of the United States

Nonfiction

  • Howard Zinn
768

The End of the Suburbs

Where the American Dream Is Moving

Nonfiction

  • Leigh Gallagher
273

The Signal and the Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t

Nonfiction

  • Nate Silver
556

Adulting

How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Nonfiction

  • Kelly Williams Brown
267

Cockpit Confidential

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

Nonfiction

  • Patrick Smith
322

Never Eat Alone

And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Nonfiction

  • Keith Ferrazzi
  • Tahl Raz
309

Innumeracy

Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Nonfiction

  • John Allen Paulos
209

Class Matters

Nonfiction

  • The New York Times
288

Don’t Make Me Think

A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Nonfiction

  • Steve Krug
216

Fun Inc.

Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century

Nonfiction

  • Tom Chatfield
245

Completed in 2012 10 books · 4,186 pages

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The Working Poor

Invisible in America

Nonfiction

  • David K. Shipler
354

The Clash of the Cultures

Investment vs. Speculation

Nonfiction

  • John C. Bogle
384

The Diamond Age

Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

Fiction

  • Neal Stephenson
512

Reality Is Broken

Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Nonfiction

  • Jane McGonigal
400

Traffic

Why We Drive the Way We Do

Nonfiction

  • Tom Vanderbilt
418

Mockingjay

Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3

Fiction

  • Suzanne Collins
404

Catching Fire

Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2

Fiction

  • Suzanne Collins
403

How To Win Friends and Influence People

Nonfiction

  • Dale Carnegie
285

Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Nonfiction

  • Susan Cain
370

Steve Jobs

Nonfiction

  • Walter Isaacson
656

Completed in 2011 17 books · 7,539 pages

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Wicked

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Fiction

  • Gregory Maguire
406

Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World

Nonfiction

  • Michael Lewis
212

Physics of the Impossible

A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

Nonfiction

  • Michio Kaku
352

Ghost in the Wires

My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Nonfiction

  • Kevin Mitnick
433

A Dance with Dragons

Fiction

  • George R. R. Martin
1,045

The Mythical Man-Month

Essays on Software Engineering

Nonfiction

  • Frederick P. Brooks
336

Cryptonomicon

Fiction

  • Neal Stephenson
1,168

The Call of Cthulhu

Fiction

  • H. P. Lovecraft
36

Atlas Shrugged

Fiction

  • Ayn Rand
1,188

The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine

Nonfiction

  • Michael Lewis
287

Candide

Fiction

  • Voltaire
130

Liar’s Poker

Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

Nonfiction

  • Michael Lewis
313

The Myth of the Rational Market

A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street

Nonfiction

  • Justin Fox
404

The Four Pillars of Investing

Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

Nonfiction

  • William J. Bernstein
331

Bright-sided

How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Nonfiction

  • Barbara Ehrenreich
252

The Millionaire Next Door

The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

Nonfiction

  • Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.
  • William D. Danko, Ph.D.
273

Broke, USA

From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business

Nonfiction

  • Gary Rivlin
373