A sampling of the books I've read. I've maintained a more complete list here.

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The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
There was just this faith that they’ll get there. They don’t quite know how. They don’t quite know where, but they’ll get there, and it’s not particularly unreasonable in their own time and place. It’s not unreasonable for them to have this kind of faith.
The Sovereign Individual by William Rees-Mogg , James Dale Davidson
The American Story by David M. Rubenstein
How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson
The march of technology expands the space of possibility around us, but how we explore that space is up to us.
Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science by Robert M. Sapolsky
No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings , Erin Meyer
Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt , Jonathan Rosenberg , Alan Eagle
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen A. Schwarzman
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor , Saul Singer
Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
A person was like a city. You couldn’t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don’t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant
The mindset isn’t about seeking a result—it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life.
Permutation City by Greg Egan
Caring too much about the truth could lead to a pathological obsession with the infrastructure – the algorithms and optical processors, the machinery of “deception” which lay beneath every surface.


The Lessons of History by Will Durant and Ariel Durant
Even the skeptical historian develops a humble respect for religion, since he sees it functioning, and seemingly indispensable, in every land and age.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Ultralearning by Scott H. Young
Teach Yourself Physics: a travel companion by Jakob Schwichtenberg
Physicists and philosophers can argue all day long about how beautiful some theory is, but in the end, the only thing that matters is if it agrees with what we observe in experiments.
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki
You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice.
Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen
Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
Keep in mind that innovators in both literature and science are basically dreamers and storytellers. In the early stages of the creation of both literature and science, everything in the mind is a story.
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
For millions of years, my people had no notion of her, just as a flatworm is unlikely to discover that the planet is round; a colony of bacteria will never know the walls of the flask; a single cell in your hand will not know it is contributing to a concerto on the piano.
The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People by Stephen Wolfram
Perhaps the clearest lesson is that serious ideas that people have are always deeply entwined with the trajectories of their lives.
Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
What is Life? by Erwin Schrödinger,
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
You do not consider your statement a disloyal one? No, sir. Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall
When we are reaching for the stars, the challenges ahead are such that we will perhaps have to come together to meet them: to travel the universe not as Russians, Americans, or Chinese but as representatives of humanity.
The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik
"One day whole rooms, buildings, perhaps even bridges may generate their own energy, funnel it to where it is needed, detect damage, and self-heal. If this seems like science fiction, bear in mind that it is only what living materials do already."
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
"We are defined by the places we hold in the web of others’ lives. I pull my gaze back from the Go board until the stones fuse into larger patterns of shifting life and pulsing breath. Individual stones are not heroes, but all the stones together are heroic."
The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
"Memory arises not only from experience but from the intercourse of many minds."
Writing to Learn by William Zinsser
"Writing is thinking on paper. Anyone who thinks clearly should be able to write clearly—about any subject at all."
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
"An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience. From experience alone can quality come."
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
"People are made of stories. Our memories are not the impartial accumulation of every second we’ve lived; they’re the narrative that we assembled out of selected moments."
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Neuromancer by William Gibson
"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis
The Industries of the Future by Alec J. Ross
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis et al.
Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
“Just as no building lacks an architecture, so no choice lacks a context.”
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
“We study natural stupidity instead of artificial intelligence.”
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
“The problem with you hackers is you never stop working.” “That’s what a hacker is,” Hiro says.
Open by Andre Agassi
I play and keep playing because I choose to play. Even if it’s not your ideal life, you can always choose it. No matter what your life is, choosing it changes everything.
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim.
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia Puigcerver
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
As statistician Doug Altman put it, “Everyone is so busy doing research they don’t have time to stop and think about the way they’re doing it.”
Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John E. Doerr
Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.
The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge by Abraham Flexner
The real enemy of man is one who tries to mold the human spirit so that it will not dare to spread its wings.
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister
Self control is a muscle that is depleted through use, much like any other muscle.
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist by Richard Feynman
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World by Hans Rosling
Being humble means being aware of how difficult your instincts can make it get the facts right, about being realistic about the extent of your knowledge, about being happy to say "I don't know", and being prepared to change your opinion when faced with new facts.
The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams
How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts
The Universe is full of dots. Connect the right ones and you can draw anything. The important question is not whether the dots you picked are really there, but why you chose to ignore all the others.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
Educated by Tara Westover
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers by Arundhati Roy
Circe by Madeline Miller
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin
Death's End by Liu Cixin
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
Origin by Dan Brown
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Steve Wozniak
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel , Blake Masters
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Martian by Andy Weir
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman , Robert B. Leighton , Matthew L. Sands
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny by Amartya Sen
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics by Marcus du Sautoy
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
1984 by George Orwell
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram G. Rajan
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma by Gurcharan Das
Connect The Dots by Rashmi Bansal
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli


The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World by Leslie Valiant
AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Mathematician's Apology by G.H. Hardy
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl
Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows
Future Ethics by Cennydd Bowles