The Books You Recommended

Yesterday, I asked for seven book recommendations for me to read during the seven weeks my kids will be away this summer.

We collected all of your ideas – you picked a total of 140 books for me to choose from. There were only a handful of repeats from multiple people, which was surprising. Below, all suggested books, in alphabetical order. The asterisks were books that were repeated. I’ve already read a few of these, but left them on the list.

I’ll be selecting my seven books shortly and giving you the list in advance. You can read along with me each week and then we’ll react to each one together.

Absent SuperpowerPeter Zeihan
AdriftSteven Callahan
Against the Gods**Peter L. Bernstein
Alexander HamiltonRon Chernow
Alone in AntarcticaFelicity Aston
Am I Being too SubtleSam Zell
American CaesarWilliam Manchester
American NationsColin Woodward
American UlyssesRonald C. White
An American SicknessElisabeth Rosenthal
At HomeBill Bryson
Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand
Barking Up the Wrong TreeEric Barker
Beat the MarketEdward O. Thorp and Sheen T. Kassouf
Bed of ProcrustesNassim Taleb
BehaveRobert Sapolski
Being MortalAtul Gawande
BeisnerDean Acheson
Black Edge**Sheelah Kolhatkar
Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous WeaponSteve Sheinkin
Brave CompanionsDavid McCullough
BrothersStephen Kinzer
Buffet – The BiographyRoger Lowenstein
Charlie Wilson’s WarGeorge Crile III
ChroniclesBob Dylan
Confederacy of DuncesJohn Kennedy Toole
Cork DorkBianca Bosker
Creativity IncAmy Wallace and Edwin Catmull
Dark PoolsScott Patterson
Den of ThievesJames B. Stewart
Development as FreedomAmartya Sen
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World SystemsGalileo Galilei
DreadnoughtRobert K. Massie
Dream HoardersRichard V. Reeves
Fatal ShoreRobert Hughes
Fed UpDanielle Dimartino Booth
Fooled by RandomnessNassim Nicholas Taleb
Fortune’s FormulaWilliam Poundstone
FountainheadAyn Rand
Gates of FireSteven Pressfield
GileadMarilynne Robinson
Good ProfitCharles Koch
Guns Germs and Steel**Jared Diamond
Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood
Hip Hop Family TreeEd Piskor
History of GoldPeter L. Bernstein
History of the World in 6 GlassesTom Standage
Homo Deus**Yuval Noah Harari
How Will you Measure your LifeClayton M. Christensen
I’m a Stranger Here MyselfBill Bryson
Immortal IrishmanTimothy Egan
In the Kingdom of IceHampton Sides
Innocents AbroadMark Twain
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for ThinkingDaniel Dennett
John Adams**David McCullough
Killing RommelSteven Pressfield
Killing the Rising SunBill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Letters from EarthMark Twain
LifeJames Fox and Keith Richards
Lords of FinanceLiaquat Ahamed
Losing my VirginityRichard Branson
Man for all MarketsEdward O. Thorp
Man’s Search for MeaningViktor Frankl
Mental Models, Investing and YouVishal Khandelwal
More Money than GodSebastian Mallaby
Murder at the AltarVeronica Heley
My Cross to BearGregg Allman
My Promised LandAri Shavit
News of the WorldPaulette Jiles
OctoberRichard Wright
Odd Man RushBill Keenan
Oh TyrannyTimothy Snyder
On Being CertainRobert A. Burton
Operation NemesisEric Bogosian
Out of RevolutionEugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Paradise NowChris Jennings
Pilot’s JourneyGeorge Norfleet
Politics and the English Language and Other EssaysGeorge Orwell
PostwarTony Judt
Predator’s BallConnie Bruck
Prisoners of GeographyTim Marshall
Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American PowerSteve Coll
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapatalismMax Weber
Rainbow’s EndVernor Vinge
Ready Player OneErnest Cline
Reminiscences of a Stock OperatorEdwin Lefèvre
Revenge of GeographyKaplan
Road to CharacterDavid Brooks
SaltMark Kurlansky
SapiensYuval Noah Harari
Seeking WisdomPeter Bevelin
SelloutPaul Beatty
Shoe DogPhil Knight
ShogunJames Clavell
Short History of Nearly EverythingBill Bryson
StalingradAntony Beevor
Stories of Your Life and OthersTed Chiang
Tales of Two CitiesCharles Dickens
The Boy Who Harnessed the WindBryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba
The Buried GiantKazuo Ishiguro
The Captain and KingsTaylor Caldwell
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMark Haddon
The Drunkard’s WalkLeonard Mlodinow
The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin
The Great TransformationKarl Polanyi
The Hour between Dog and WolfJohn M. Coates
The Invention of AirSteven Johnson
The Invisible HandsSteven Drobny
The Longest ClimbPaul Pritchard
The Lords of FinanceLiaquat Ahamed
The MartianAndy Weir
The Most Important Thing IlluminatedHoward Marks
The Nightmare YearsWilliam L. Shirer
The Power BrokerRobert Caro
The Prize**Daniel Yergin
The Secret Club that Runs the WorldKate Kelly
The SPEED of TrustRebecca R. Merrill and Stephen M. R. Covey
The Sports GeneDavid Epstein
The Success Equation**Michael J. Mauboussin
The SummitEric Alexander
The Swerve: How the World Became ModernStephen Greenblatt
The Terezin Album of Marianka ZadikowDebórah Dwork and Marianne Zadikow May
The UnconqueredScott Wallace
The Undoing ProjectMichael L. Lewis
The Zurich AxiomsMax Gunther
Top DogAshley Merryman and Po Bronson
Trade Like ChuckChuck Hughes
TribeSebastian Junger
UbiquityMark Buchanan
UnbrokenLaura Hillenbrand
Undaunted CourageStephen E. Ambrose
Undisputed TruthMike Tyson
VogelDeng Xiaoping
War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy
We Learn NothingKreider
What Got You Here Won’t Get You ThereMarshall Goldsmith
When Genius FailedRoger Lowenstein
Winds of WarHerman Wouk
World OrderHenry Kissinger
Wright BrothersDavid McCullough


You can head over to Amazon to check these out while I pick from the list…thanks for all the great ideas!

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